Level 3 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services

Your Unique Experience

You will taught by a number of Tutors with real life Uniformed Service experience and a Progress Tutor who will specifically look after your pastoral and study programme needs.

Assessment involves a range of methods including group discussions, posters, report writing, presentations, photographic & video evidence and a range of practical and outdoor assessments. There is no formal exam but students are encouraged to aim for higher level grades within the pass/merit/distinction grading system.

The course includes a comprehensive work experience programme with involvement from many of our Uniformed Service organisations including the British Army, Royal Marines, Greater Manchester Police, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service and a range of guest speakers including former students now serving within our Uniformed Services.

Students may get the opportunity to take part in residential trips throughout the course so if you may want to consider spending some time away with the Royal Marines, the British Army or the Royal Navy to see what life is really like on a military base then this could be the course for you.

Course Content

The course is designed to help develop the skills and qualities you would need to work in the Uniformed Services. You will experience a range of activities including classroom based learning, physical fitness training, outdoor and adventurous activities and a comprehensive work experience programme with a range of Uniformed Service organisations.

Throughout the course you will study a range of topics including:

Investigating Employment

Physical Fitness


Conflict Management

Uniformed Services Routine

Map Reading & Navigation

Adventurous Activities

Government, International Organisations and Media Studies

More than just a Course

Uniformed Services work in the UK can be both challenging and rewarding so preparing you for this is built into how the course runs. You may be interested in a career with our Armed Forces or serving your local community as an Emergency Service worker but they all require dedicated individuals with a desire to serve and help people. This course will give you an insight into the range of jobs and roles available, what you need to join to join these organisations and how to prepare yourself for entry to our Uniformed Services. Working within the Uniformed Services can be both demanding and challenging so this course can help you to prepare for entry and offer you a chance to experience working within these organisations.

Course Format

This is a full time programme where you will be expected to complete 9 units of work throughout the year. Your work is assessed by your tutors and you have the opportunity to gain either pass/merit/distinction grades in each unit. In addition to this you may be required to further improve your current Maths and English grades to enhance your employability prospects and you will undertake a tutorial with your progress tutor each week, where you will get the opportunity to develop other elements such as CV writing, time management and advice on part time job opportunities.

Special Features

We participate in the Greater Manchester College Group Public Services Competition each year and were the 2016 champions with a number of students from the NCFE level 3 course in the winning team.

Students may get the opportunity to gain a level 2 Award in Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events.

Entry Qualifications

Learners are required to have 4 GCSEs at level 3 (new grading system) including equivalents and will also be required to undertake a pre-course interview and assessment day. Candidates will be expected to be enthusiastic about embarking on a career in the Uniformed Public Services and engage fully with all aspects of the course.


On successful completion of this qualification you may have the opportunity to progress onto:

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services.

Make an application to join the Public Service of your choice.


For enquiries please contact the College on 0161 908 6789 or web: www.tameside.ac.uk/contact.

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Please Note: While every effort is made to maintain the accuracy of these details, changes can and do occur. Government policy changes rapidly (particularly from one academic year to the next) which often has an effect on availability, eligibility for funding and the fee contribution required. Please confirm the course details when enrolling.