Public Services - BTEC Extended Diploma - Level 3

Balliol Road Campus

Course Details

This Level 3 course is aimed at students who wish to progress to university to study courses such as Criminology or Law. You will be studying core units and three specialist units to take your knowledge to the next level. All units are designed to give you a sound knowledge of the industry in order for you to progress in your chosen role.

All Public Services students are offered the opportunity to study an additional Level 2 award qualification called Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events. This qualification enables you to steward at various sports and entertainment events and venues.

Enrichment activities that you will be involved in throughout your time on the course include; day visits to House of Parliament, British Army and RAF bases, Police Academy, Fire and Rescue Training Centre and navigation exercises in North Wales. Overnight residential trips are also a key feature of this course.

The programme also includes studying Maths and English towards GCSE grade 9-4 (old grading system: A*-C) if you do not already have these grades.

  • Understanding the public sector – how the public services work
  • Law and the legal system
  • Leadership
  • Citizenship and contemporary issues
  • International perspectives
  • The Uniformed services – the potential world of work
  • Physical preparation for the uniformed services
  • Expedition needs
  • Human behaviour – psychology and behaviour
  • Media and the public services – how society perceives the public sector
  • Understanding discipline
  • Public services in Europe
  • Dealing with accidents – first aid and accident prevention
  • Teamwork
  • Health and fitness
  • Outdoor activities
  • Major incidents – command and control in the Police and Fire service
BTEC Extended Diploma in Uniformed Services Level 3
1 year
  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment
  • Army
  • RAF
  • Navy
  • Royal Marines
  • Coast Guard
  • Fire Fighter
  • Police Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Young Offenders Team ( YOT)
  • NHS Administration
  • Police Civilian Administration
  • Communication and Technology (control room)
  • Security Officer
  • Criminal Courts Administrator
  • PCSO
  • Court Administration
  • Social Support Worker

Entry Requirements

How much will this course cost me?

Aged 16-18


Aged 19+

There may be fees associated with this course.

You may be eligible to have some or all of these fees waived by the College, depending on your individual circumstances.

Please call 0151 353 4444 or email with any queries.

Financial Support (all ages)

You may be eligible to receive financial support for course fees, travel and childcare. Please visit our Student Finance page for more information.

Please call 0151 353 4444 or email with any queries.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

If you are aged 16-18 then the majority of our courses are free for you to study. If you are aged 19+ then there may be fees associated with the course. You may be eligible to have some, or all of these fees waived by the College, depending on your individual circumstances. Visit our Student Finance pages for more information.

You do not have to let a lack of money stop you from coming to Hugh Baird College. We have bursaries and grants in place to help support those students that may find it more difficult to cover the costs of participating in further education, these include help with things such as tuition fees, childcare and travel. Visit our Student Finance pages for more information.

No. We can enrol students from any area. Public transport links are good too, so the College is easy to get to from all across Merseyside.

Please contact our independent Careers Advisors. Call 0151 353 4444 or email