Entry to the Uniformed Services Extended Diploma Level 3

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    Two Years

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    September 2024


The structure of the NCFE Level 3 Entry to the Uniformed Services Extended Diploma provides an innovative and creative curriculum which combines classroom study with practical outdoor activities. The aim of this qualification is to allow learners to gain transferable skills that can be applied to the workplace or further study. Boston College work in conjunction with Lincolnshire Police and other public service organisations to ensure students gain a realistic learning experience.

This an exciting two-year course, in which you will develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours from expert staff from public service and industry backgrounds. During your first year, you will study the Level 3 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services. Upon successful completion of the first year, you will then progress on to the second year to study the Level 3 National Extended Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services. There will be a clear set of values that allow an understanding of the public services and the community, promoting curiosity, independence, resilience and self-awareness.

This qualification also supports progression onto higher education.

What will I do?

Year 1

  • Prepare for a career in a chosen UPS
  • Develop aspects of physical fitness for entry to the uniformed services
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Equality, diversity, and inclusion
  • Uniformed services hierarchy and routine
  • Mental and physical wellbeing
  • Understand conflict management and personal protection
  • Sports coaching
  • Understanding discipline in the UPS

Year 2

  • Values and standards
  • Telecommunications in the UPS
  • Emergency planning and response in the UPS
  • Skills for land-based outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Outdoor and adventurous expeditions
  • Crime scene investigation
  • UK legal systems and UPS
  • Security procedures in the UPS

The desirable entry qualifications for Level 3 Entry to the Uniformed Services Extended Diploma are five GCSEs which will include a grade 4 in English Language.

Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths or a Merit/Distinction profile in a course related subject will also be considered. Suitability to this course can also be assessed on interview.

The course will take you two years to complete. You will study at College for four days a week, plus independent study.

The Level 3 Entry to the Uniformed Services Extended Diploma is free, if you are under the age of 19 on 31 August of the year you start the course.

Aged 19+

For those aged 19+, this course will cost: £6602.
You may be eligible to study this course for FREE should you be eligible under one of the following criteria:

  • Aged 19 or over, and earning less than £25,000
  • Aged 19 or over, and currently unemployed and receiving JSA, ESA or Universal Credit
  • Aged 19 or over and do not currently hold a Level 3 qualification

Alternatively, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with your College fees. If you progress to employment you won't have to pay anything back until you’re earning £25,000 per year. Your household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit check. Your eligibility depends on your course, nationality, and age. To find out more contact the College Information Line on 01205 313218.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

Assessment of this course will be mainly via coursework.

Upon successful achievement of this course you may progress onto:
Apply to study the BTEC Higher National in Public Services (HNC/HND Level 4/5).
Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Outdoor Programmes.
Level 3 Certificate in Knowledge of Policing.
Public Services Foundation Degree.
Higher Apprenticeships.
BA (Hons) in Public Services.

Learners may be subject to a yearly fee of up to £100 to cover the cost of any outdoor adventurous activities and residential trips.

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