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Public Services and Active Leisure

Course Code: DSL1

Level: 1
Subject area: Public Services
Awarding body: Edexcel
Qualification: Diploma
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One year

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About the course

This BTEC Level 1 Diploma is the perfect course for you if you’re looking forward to a career in the leisure industry or uniformed public services. It will give you the skills to need to progress to higher-level study in either field, or help you make the decision about which pathway is right for you if you’re still considering your options. We’ll give you a comprehensive overview of the industries and put you on the right track to becoming employable. This study programme is mostly practical and combines a wide range of activities. This year, our students helped out at the Plymouth 10K!

What you'll learn

This course includes the following subjects:

  • improving health and fitness
  • personal skills
  • planning and participating in an event
  • public service project
  • leadership
  • health and fitness
  • health and work
  • introduction to security work in the public services
  • team work
  • map reading
  • building relationships with colleagues and customers

There is also the opportunity to take additional qualifications such as:

  • functional skills
  • NCFE in Sport and Exercise Studies
  • National Open College Network Awards in Indoor Team Games and Participating in Leisure Activities

Your individualised study programme will be made up of the following four areas:

  • the qualification you are studying
  • English and maths
  • work experience
  • other activities to develop your personal skills e.g. preparing you for employment, training or higher/further education
Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements, however you must show a willingness to engage and a genuine interest in the course that will enable you to progress into employment or further education.


The course is assessed on a continuous basis with written coursework and practical assessments.

What's next?

On successful completion you can progress to the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Sport or Public Services.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.


Course Code: DSL1

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £999

B Reduced Course Fee (for eligible students): £0

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

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 This course is free for this age group
19 - 23 A  or   B(Note: If you do not have a level 2 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ A  or   B

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.