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Public Protective Services

School Leaver / 16 - 18 yr Old Adults Vocational Courses

Public Protective Services - Level 2

Whether you are planning a career in the armed forces or emergency services or aspire to progress to further study in public services, then this is the course for you.

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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

    Streamed pathways

    This course is split into two different pathways:

    • Blue - for those interested in emergency services
    • Green - for those interested in armed forces

    Blue - Units/Modules

    If you choose the blue pathway, you will study:

    • The role and work of the public services (exam based assessment)
    • Citizenship, society and public services (exam based assessment)
    • Working skills in the public services sector
    • Crime and its effects on society and individuals
    • Security procedures in the public services
    • Preparing to respond to emergency incidents
    • Public services and community protection
    • Law and its impact on the individual

    Units exclusive to the blue pathway are in bold.

    Green - Units/Modules

    • The role and work of the public services (exam based assessment)
    • Citizenship, society and public services (exam based assessment)
    • Working skills in the public services sector
    • Crime and its effects on society and individuals
    • Security procedures in the public services
    • Land navigations by map and compass
    • Health, fitness and lifestyle for the public services
    • Sport and recreation in the public services
    • Adventurous activities in the public services

    Units exclusive to the green pathway are in bold.

    Physical training

    Physical Training is a mandatory part of the course (for both pathways) and is designed to help students increase their levels of fitness in order to ensure they have the ability to successfully pass a uniformed services fitness selection test. This will include:

    • Running
    • Circuit training
    • Military style fitness training
    • Team sports

    There will also be many opportunities to participate in team activities.

    Other opportunities and activities

    • Visiting service speakers
    • Visits to service establishments
    • Inter-group competitions
    • Duke of Edinburgh award at either Bronze or Silver (see below)
    • Thetford Forest camp and activities experience in the 2nd week of September

    Visits to service establishments have previously included:

    • Local Fire Stations
    • Local Police Stations
    • Local Ambulance Stations
    • RAF Marham
    • HM Prisons - Wayland and Whitemore
    • Commando Training Centre - Royal Marines
    • British Army training centres
    • RAF Regiment Honington
    • Thetford Forest and local areas

    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

  • Entry Requirements

    You will need:

    • 4 or more GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or higher and 1 GCSE at grade 4 in either English or maths


    • A relevant Level 1 qualification, with good attendance and progress reviews.

    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 Emergency Services - Level 3 (King's Lynn)
    • Uniformed and Emergency Services - Level 3 (Wisbech)
  • 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 First Extended Certificate in Public & Protective Services (Level 2)

    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?

    Assessment is mainly through coursework assignments and external paper-based exams. Some assessment will involve practical and theoretical group work and presentations in front of a teacher and class members, practical demonstration of competency via video/photographic evidence will also be used.

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.

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