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Public Services

Course Code: CUPS

Level: 1, 2
Subject area: Public Services
Awarding body: NCFE
Qualification: Certificate
Course type: Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: 12 weeks
When you'll study: Mondays and Fridays, 10.00am to 3.30pm

About the course

This new 12-week course is perfect for 16 to 18-year-olds considering a career in the Armed Forces.

While completing this qualification, you will develop the knowledge, understanding and essential skills that will help your application to the military and will also come in useful when you are proudly serving your country.

You will work on key skills, such as team work, independent learning, and problem solving, to more tricky-to-measure skills, such as:

  • appropriate behaviour and dress
  • appropriate interpersonal skills
  • communicating with professional colleagues/peers and/or hierarchical seniors
  • supporting other employees
  • personal manners
  • understanding work practices and how different roles and departments function within an organisation.

This is a fun, hands-on and physical course that will get you out and about – perfect for those who don’t want to be stuck in a classroom or office.

What you'll learn

This course will cover two units that you can then build upon by progressing to level 2 qualification, or put into practice in employment.

The units you will study are:

  • introduction to uniformed protective services skills looking at – Drill, communication methods, crime scene preservation and searching.
  • physical preparation for the uniformed protective services looking at  fitness levels and improvement, water-based activities, map reading and expedition skills.
Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.


Assessment will be via a combination of presentations, group work and practical demonstrations.

What's next?

After completing this course, you can progress to:

  • Level 2 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services
  • Level 3 Introductory Certificate, Certificate, Diploma and Extended Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services.
  • employment in the Armed Forces.
Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2021/22 (August 2021 – July 2022). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2022/23.

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.)

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete an Expression of Interest form.
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