BTEC Extended Diploma in Public Services (Uniformed)

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Exam Board: Pearson

2 years

Equivalent to: 3 A Levels

Course Content:

You will study:

  • Leadership and teamwork in the public services
  • Fitness testing and training
  • Responding to emergency service incidents
  • Skills for land based outdoor and adventurous expeditions

Another important aspect of any career in Public Services is a clear understanding of the background and political agenda to any operation so you will also study areas such as

  • Government, policies and the public services
  • Understanding the impact of war, conflict and terrorism on Public Services
  • Crime and its effects on society
  • Aspects of the legal system and the law making process
  • Police powers in the public services

There are a total of 20 units which will be taught by a small team of specialists.


100% coursework

This is equivalent to 3 A levels

It carries UCAS points equal to 3 A* at A level, allowing you to go to university

Studying at Alton College:

Lessons activities are wide ranging, from lectures, simulations and research  to detailed analysis and feedback.  You will be in the fitness suite for one lesson and working on coursework for the next, for example. 

As there is continuous assessment through coursework you need to be prepared to work hard and spend at least 15 hours a week studying outside of the classroom.

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. For GCSEs which remain with the old grading system, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C. Alternatively, if you have studied at Level 2, you should have achieved a merit or above. Vocational courses are an ideal qualification for students who prefer coursework.

To study this course, you should have an interest in working with people.

Course costs:

Essential: £60 for textbooks and a course polo shirt

Adventurous training activities (C.£400)

You will be expected to provide suitable sportswear for the practical sessions.


Hampshire Mountain Centre, Brecon - Public Services Trip November 2018 from alton college on Vimeo.