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Public Services BTEC Level 1
Study Mode
Full Time 
Exams and Coursework 
Public Services 
Course Code:
Entry Requirements
The entry requirements for this course are 4 GCSE grades A* - E. Alternatively, a suitable entry level qualification will also be considered.

Public Services BTEC Level 1

This course is an introduction to the work of the Uniformed Public Services and offers you the opportunity to develop the skills and personal qualities needed for further study or employment.

About the Course

This course is suitable for those interested in a career in the Uniformed Public Services. It is important that you have a positive outlook and a willingness to step out of your comfort zone by trying different activities. You should come with a reasonable level of fitness and stamina, have commitment to the course, and be able to deal with discipline. As BTEC courses are coursework - based programmes with no formal exams, excellent attendance and punctuality is a key to success.

Approximately 50% of the course is practical and 50% is classroom work. There will be regular walks in the local area to practise navigation skills. Taking part in a range of sports and fitness activities is a fundamental part of the course.

Key Units

Key Units
  • Uniformed Public Services Roles
  • Improving Health and Fitness for Uniformed Public Services
  • Teamwork and Leadership
  • Working With Others and the Community
  • Public Service Incidents
  • First Aid
  • Employment Opportunities in the Uniformed Public Services
Course enrichment activities include visits, training days and residential courses. A range of public services organisations and guest speakers come into college to give presentations and work with students on practical activities and assessments.

Work experience can include working with community and voluntary organisations, major incident simulations with the fire service and work supporting police training.

You will be expected to study Functional Skills qualifications in English and Maths, and a course in Personal and Social Development. There is also the opportunity to study for additional qualifications such as awards in volunteering, self defence and sports leadership.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for this course are 4 GCSE grades A* - E. Alternatively, a suitable entry level qualification will also be considered.


The BTEC course is mainly assessed by coursework.

Other assessment methods include:
  • Written assignments
  • Worksheets
  • Role plays
  • Practical assessments
  • Observations
  • Workbooks

Where does this Lead

Successful completion of this course, good attendance and punctuality along with tutor recommendation can lead to our Uniformed Public Services BTEC Level 2 Diploma course or other Level 2 courses.

Future Opportunities

Future career opportunities could include working in, the Armed Forces, Police service, Fire service, Ambulance Service, UK border agency, outdoor activity centres, Prison Service, Security Services and voluntary organisations.

Tell Me More

Why study this course at The Sheffield College?
At the Sheffield College you will learn from highly qualified staff with a range of academic and public services work related backgrounds. Our students benefit from our good partnerships with the local emergency services and public sector employers.

Extra Costs

Uniformed Public Services students are expected to wear a uniform which includes a course polo shirt and appropriate clothing when at college, but especially when representing the college on visits. 

You may be entitled to help from the college’s Learner Support Fund with the cost of trips, visits, uniform and anything else you need to buy for your course.