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Armed Forces Preparation

Course Code: NPS1DF

Level: 3
Subject area: Public Services
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Diploma
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One - two years

About the course

Are you interested in pursuing a career in one of the Armed Forces? This Level 3 Diploma in Armed Forces Preparation is targeted at those who would like to gain employment in the Armed Forces and you will have been developed to provide further training, education and progression opportunities. The qualification will develop your abilities through the knowledge and skills gained on the course and are suitable for students who would like to know more about employment in one of the Armed Forces.

What you'll learn

This course covers the following units:

  • government, policies and the public services
  • leadership and teamwork in the public services
  • citizenship, diversity and the public services
  • physical preparation, health and lifestyle for the public services
  • understand the impact of war, conflict and terrorism on public services
  • behaviour in public sector employment.
Entry requirements

This course requires four GCSEs at grade 4 and above (including English and maths) or a relevant level 2 qualification.


There are no written exams on this course. All work will be assessed through various in house assessment methods.

What's next?

On successful completion of this course, you could go onto to study the FdSc in Community and Public Services at the College.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2022/23 (August 2022 – July 2023). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2023/24.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: NPS1DF

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: Not applicable to this course

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: £2500

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 This course is free for this age group
19 - 23 D(Note: If you do not have a level 3 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ D

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.