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Public Protective Services

School Leaver / 16 - 18 yr Old Vocational Courses

Air & Defence College

The College of West Anglia's Air & Defence College provides employer-led, career-focused education and technical training for 16 to 19-year-olds. Our employer supporters will work closely with us to provide this unique and innovative model, which is designed to create secure career paths for young people in the RAF, aerospace and catering industries.

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Careers - Public Protective Services

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Senior officers in fire, ambulance, prison and related services


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Ambulance staff (excluding paramedics)


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Police community support officers


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  • Course Description

    Our carefully designed study programmes, which have been shaped by our industry partners, offer a unique blend of academic education and technical training, infused with an additional focus on leadership, communication and team building.

    Our students will get involved with industry-set projects, co-designed by employers - equipping them to enter their career of choice, ahead of the game and ready to progress.

    Air Defence College students will spend a significant proportion of time experiencing industry environments first-hand through an extensive programme of work experience. And industry experts will join the tutors at college to pass on their knowledge and experience.

    Core academic study areas like maths, English and science will be contextualised to the specialism of the Career College; digital skills development will be a major priority.

  • Entry Requirements

    Level 1

    You will need:

    • GCSE Grade 4 (C) in either English or Maths

    Level 2

    You will need:

    • GCSE Grade 4 (C) in either English or Maths

    • 4 or more GCSEs at Grade 3 (D) or higher

    A relevant level 1 qualification may be considered in place of one GCSE.

    Level 3

    You will need:

    • 5 or more GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or higher, including English and Maths

    • A relevant Level 2 qualification may also be considered.

    You will be invited for interview to ensure you are on the correct course. Exceptional entry may be considered in certain circumstances.

  • Course Length

    How long is this course?

    1 year for level 1 and 2; 2 years for level 3

    When does this course start?


    How many hours / days per week is this course?

    5 Days a week course

  • Course Fees
    Age Cost
    16-18 Free*

    * Certain courses may have additional costs to cover trips or DBS checks, and for some courses you will be expected to purchase additional items such as uniform or equipment.

    Fee information

    Though this course is free for those aged 16-18, there may be additional fees related to the programme, such as additional equipment or uniform, trips, DBS checks and work placement costs. Further information will be sent to all applicants before enrolment.

    Find all the information you need about course fees and financial help below.

    Information on Fees and Financial Help

    Please note the information on this page was correct at the time of publication but is subject to change due to factors beyond our control.
  • Additional Information

    What qualification will I achieve?

    In addition to the uniform services element students will also follow one of the vocational options below:


    • Diploma in Engineering Technologies (Level 2)
    • Extended Diploma in Engineering (Level 3)


    • Extended Certificate in Computing (Level 2)
    • Extended Diploma in Computing (Level 3)

    Professional Cookery

    • Introduction to Professional Cookery (Level 1)
    • Professional Cookery (Level 2)

    Uniformed and Emergency Services

    • Extended Diploma in Public Services (Level 3)


    • Business Level 2 - Extended Certificate
    • Business Level 3 - Extended Diploma)

    Your chosen option will be identified and discussed with you at your initial interview. You will also have to have a separate interview with your chosen course area.

    Students aged 16 to 18 who do not already have GCSE qualifications in maths and/or English at grades 4 (C) - 9 (A*) will take qualifications in English and/or maths as part of their vocational study programme - this is a government requirement.

    How is my course assessed?

    There will be a range of assessment methods which will include both written and practical activities.

Starting 06/09/2021

King's Lynn


Duration 1 year for level 1 and 2; 2 years for level 3


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Samuel Harrison

Public Services - Level 3

Samuel knew he wanted to pursue a career in public services, but was undecided on which service to choose. This course would enable him to expand his knowledge of each service, as well as gain vital knowledge and skills along the way.

“I really enjoy the units that we are being taught as they focus on all issues related to the public services, such as politics and citizenship. The tutors are amazing, as they are really helpful and understanding, and have all served in the public services so offer crucial information and experiences that aids us in our learning. The facilities at CWA are amazing, particularly for my course."


Kavanar Hibberd

Public Protective Services

“I had heard a lot of good things about the college through friends and family and being in the area, made this a natural option for me."

My current employer is the Royal Airforce and my trade is Police. My job role is aviation security fight, which sees me doing avaiation security in different parts of the world.

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