Course: BTEC Level 3 in Public Services

Department: Public Services and Criminology

Type: 16+

Duration: One or two years, depending on study route

The Course

This programme of study will prepare you for direct employment in the uniformed public services and is suitable for anyone who wishes to enter a particular specialist area of work. It includes work experience with one of the services to build your experience. If you know what career path you want to take in the public services, this is the course for you.


A range of pathways are available, dependent on your qualifications.

  • Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma, including English and Maths (year 1)
  • Level 3 90 Credit Diploma (year 1)
  • Level 3 120 Credit Diploma, including English and Maths (year 2)
  • Level 3 180 Credit Extended Diploma (year 2).

What You Study

  • An insight into the public service sector
  • The qualities required for a successful career
  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Competitive sports and outdoor activities
  • Work experience and employability skills
  • English and Maths, as required.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 4 or C or equivalent, preferably including English and Maths, or a relevant BTEC Level 2 qualification. A satisfactory reference is also needed.

Katrina Turnbull

BTEC Level 3 in Public Services

With our new Public Services course due to launch at Riseholme in September 2018, find out more about Katrina Turnbull's time at our partner college Bishop Burton College.

Katrina was named ‘Outstanding Public Services Student of the Year’ at a highly prestigious national awards ceremony for her exceptional commitment to her studies and her efforts to help other people.