BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Public Services (Uniformed)

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

Exam Board: Pearson

2 years

Equivalent to: 1 A Level

Course Content:

  • Skills for land based outdoor and adventurous expeditions
  • 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
  • Citizenship, Diversity and the Public Services
  • Command and Control in the Uniformed Public Services

There are a total of 6 units which will be taught by a small team of specialists.


100% coursework

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.

Public Services works well with: