Public Services Participation

An integral part of studying Public Services at Alton College is to gain real life insight into different aspects of the Public Service Sector. Students recently took part in the Hampshire Constabulary Rural Crime Prevention Initiative, attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Parade and took Royal Navy Psychometric testing during a visit to campus. 

In December, students were given the opportunity to volunteer with Hampshire Constabulary Safer Neighbourhood Team. This is a Rural Crime Initiative and students attended an event at Froyle Park Country Estate, in which they were supporting Hampshire Constabulary in an operation to reduce crime in the rural community. The opportunity was also used to help support the students’ learning as well as gaining first-hand experience of the Police Service. The students were able to support the police and PCSOs to register visitors and allow the public to get the most out of the event. The police gave presentations about how to stay safe in rural areas.

28 Public Services students from College went to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Parade at the end of the year to learn about leadership and career opportunities offered in the Army as an Officer Cadet. It takes a year to train and the Cadets always finish with a large Military Parade which is known throughout the world. There were four former Alton College students on Parade this year, so it was a particularly proud event for Jo Edmonds, teacher of Public Services and former Army Major seeing his ex-students passing out. All the students thoroughly enjoyed the day, watching the great show of self-discipline in bright sunshine. Some students in the group completed their own parade a month before having completed three months of drill training themselves. The students then had a tour around the Academy to glean inspiration for a future career in the Army as an Officer. Two students reacted by completing their Gap Year Commission applications and submitted them that day to join the British Army as Officer Cadets.

More recently, ten Public Services students took the Royal Navy Psychometric Test. One of these students was Andrew Humphries, previously at Robert May’s School, and he explained what was involved:

‘The test was built up of four sections and every question was multiple choice. The sections consisted of:

  • Reasoning – 30 questions, 9 minutes
  • Verbal ability – 30 questions, 9 minutes - this was a test of our understanding of what is the same even though the wording is very similar but has different meaning
  • Numeracy – 30 questions, 16 minutes - variations of different standard equations
  • Mechanical reasoning – 30 questions, 10 minutes - this was basic understanding of mechanics, tools and gravity. 

The questions themselves were not too hard but it was difficult to get through the entire exam in the allotted time. We also had to manage our own time, once the exam started we were not given any indication of how long was left, so we had to answer a lot of questions in a short amount of time to try and complete everything in time.

I found this experience useful as it gave me an idea of how to sit the test when I come round to do it officially. It was a really good opportunity, as the test was given to us as a free trial and would only count if we passed, this was useful as you can only fail twice and then you can't sit it again. I am planning to take the route of a police officer through the navy as they are more likely to accept people then the actual police service. This will provide me with experience after a few years and then I'll have the choice to either stay in the navy or move over to the police.’


Find out more about studying Public Services at Alton College here