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Public Protective Services

School Leaver / 16 - 18 yr Old Adults Vocational Courses

Public Protective Services - Level 1

If you are interested in working in any of the Uniformed Services, e.g. ambulance, fire, police, armed services, this course will provide a solid start to your career.

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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

    All students will take physical training, a mandatory part of the course, to help increase fitness levels to ensure they can pass a Uniformed Services fitness test. This will include:

    • Running.
    • Circuit training.
    • Fitness training in a weights room.
    • There will also be many opportunities to participate in team activities on the obstacle course.

    Other activities or visits

    Other activities throughout the year will include:

    • Inter-group competitions (Cross country, log-run, competition Day).
    • Police Riot Training.
    • Visiting Service speakers.

    All students will be given the opportunity to spend time away with the Armed Forces looking at various trades within them. These will include:

    • RAF Honington.
    • Commando Training Centre Royal Marines.
    • Royal Navy.

    You will also visit the local fire station and have the option of completing a Duke of Edingburgh (DofE) award at Bronze, Silver or Gold level. There are a number of other opportunities that develop through the year.

    Additional costs

    There are some optional costs for this course for trips and awards. All costs are approximate and will be confirmed closer to the time of the event. If you are eligible for financial support, we may be able to contribute towards these costs. Please click here for more information about financial support.

    Duke of Edingburgh (DofE) award

    Bronze award: £60 Silver award: £70 Gold award: TBC

    Optional trips

    Orienteering and camping at the Peak District - £50 Mountain biking at Thetford forest - £25

    Other trips may be available throughout the year.

  • Entry Requirements

    You will need:

    • 3 or more GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or higher


    • Entry Level qualifications

    You will be invited to an interview to help us ensure the course is right for you.

  • Course Length

    How long is this course?

    1 year

    When does this course start?


    How many hours / days per week is this course?

    Full-time courses at the college are generally 3-4 days per week (you may be in an extra day if you are resitting English and/or Maths). All students are expected to complete study hours in the Learning Resource Centre and at least 30 hours work experience on top of their college hours.

  • Progression Opportunities

    What can I do after this course at CWA?

    The College of West Anglia offers many opportunities to continue studying from entry level through to degrees at University Centre West Anglia. Some of the courses available for those who have successfully completed this course include:

    • Uniformed and Public Services - Level 2 (Diploma) (King's Lynn & Wisbech)
    • Sport - Coaching and Activity Leadership - Level 2 (Diploma) (Sports Campus)
  • Course Fees
    Age Cost
    16-18 Free*
    19+ £900

    * 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

    Learners with an active Education, Health & Care Plan

    If you are aged 19 - 24 at the start of your course and have an active Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP), any course up to and including level 3 will be fully-funded by the government. This means you will not have a course fee to pay and any equipment considered essential to complete your course will be provided by the college.

    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?

    • BTEC Level 1 Introductory Award in Public Services
    • BTEC Level 1 Introductory Certificate in Public Services
    • BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Public Services
    • Functional Skills Certificates in ICT

    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?

    To qualify for the qualification you will need to complete a portfolio of evidence for all unit work, which is assessed regularly.

    You will also complete 60 hours work experience alongside this course.

Starting 06/09/2021

King's Lynn


Duration 1 year


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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.

Read his story

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