Public Services at Varndean College


These courses are particularly suitable if you are studying in preparation for employment in the Public Sector, particularly in job roles where you will be expected to use physical fitness skills, research skills or carry out customer-facing operational roles. They offer skills for working in the public sector but also transferable skills for any type of employment. They are suitable if you are considering a police or military career but also if you are interested in developing, maintaining and protecting our society. You will learn by providing evidence gathered from realistic workplace scenarios and activities. You will gain experience through a wide range of tasks, visiting speakers and visits. You can combine a range of units to build up different sized qualifications

There are lots of trips including optional longer stays in places such as New York. There are some compulsory trips and students will need to make a payment of about £60 at the start of the course.

The course investigates a range of Public Services.

Some of the units we may study are:

  • Government Policies and the Public Services
  • Leadership and Team Working
  • Citizenship and Diversity
  • Physical Preparation, Health and Lifestyle
  • Dealing with Major Incidents
  • Emergency Services
  • Crime and the Community
  • War and Terrorism

I believe this course was the best for me to complete my long term goal of becoming a policeman. What I have enjoyed most about this subject is that I don’t feel pushed. I also like the fact that you learn a lot about the public services.

Adam Palethorpe ex Burgess Hill Academy

Course Essentials

COURSES AVAILABLE
Single BTEC Level 3 (equivalent to 1 A Level)
Double BTEC Level 3 (equivalent to 2 A Levels)
STANDARD ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
HOW THE COURSE IS ASSESSED
You will be continuously assessed with a series of assignments based on real organisations and projects. BTEC courses are currently under revision for 2017 so there may be some externally assessed units.
CAREER PATHWAYS
The BTEC National Diploma provides a valid progression on to further study at Higher Education or a direct route into employment. It is suitable if you want to work in any type of Public Service organisation or simply develop a wide range of employability skills
TRANSFERABLE SKILLS
Teamwork and leadership skills; communication skills; problem solving skills: these are all developed in practical and written tasks.
ENQUIRIES TO
Richard Carter: rac@varndean.ac.uk