Department       Learning for Life and Work

Subject Title       Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Public Services

Qualification     BTEC Level 3

Exam Board        Edexcel


Course Description

What will learning be like?           This course is aimed at learners who would like to gain employment in the Public Services such as the Police, Fire, Ambulance, Prison Services, HM Customs & Revenue, the UK Border Agency or the Armed forces. These sectors remain in demand and continue to have a vital role in running the country.


All pupils will study:

Government, Policies and the Public Services

Leadership and Teamwork in the Public Services

Citizenship, Diversity and the Public Services


Three optional units will also be studied. At present these are:

Crime and its effects on society

The impact of war and conflict on public services

Career Planning for the Public Services


The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is 100% coursework assessed. A range of outside agencies such as Belfast City Council and the Army come in to help deliver some aspects of the course. Visits to Stormont Parliament Buildings, Belfast and The Houses of Parliament in London are also part of the course.



Requirements   Grade C or above in Learning for Life and Work or an OCN Level 2 in Personal Well Being would be useful but not essential.

Grade C or above in English is preferred.

Progression Routes


Is it accepted by most major universities?

Careers The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Public Services provides a well-established route into a variety of specialist Higher Education (HE) courses in this sector, when taken alongside other qualifications appropriate for the desired course of study. It is equivalent to one A Level and worth a maximum of 120 UCAS points if you are considering going into Higher Education.



This course would be relevant if you are considering a career in the uniformed or non-uniform public sector e.g.

Armed Forces



Ambulance Service

Customs and Excise

Border Agency

Local Government

Health Service

Further Details

Where can I find out more?

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