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Do you want to make a difference?

Our public services courses are designed to give you the skills and knowledge you will need.

City College Plymouth provides excellent support for those considering a career in the Armed Forces or emergency services. Our highly experienced staff will assist in both physical and mental preparation for the next steps.

We maintain close relationships with local uniformed sectors to offer endorsed programmes that provide a professional environment for our students.

Through co-created methods, students are assessed on industry-specific tasks and duties, providing them with rare insights into a wide range of careers they may not have considered.

With so many opportunities available within the public services, we believe that covering a variety of topics is essential to provide a broad base of knowledge. This approach helps our students understand the society they intend to serve and develop transferable skills such as teamwork, communication, leadership, and resilience.

Our students can expect a professional environment that includes daily routines and fitness sessions to develop the necessary level of industry expectation and entry requirements.

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Uniformed, Community and Public Services

  • Course code: NPS1
  • Level: 3
  • Qualification: Extended Diploma
  • Awarding body: Northern Council for Further Education (NCFE)
  • Duration: Two years
  • Course type: Full-time

Community and Public Services Management

  • Course code: UF6057, UX6057
  • Level: 6
  • Qualification: BSc (Hons) top-up
  • Duration: One year (full-time), two years (part-time)
  • Course type: Full-time, Part-time

Community and Public Services Management (Healthcare)

  • Course code: UF6058, UX6058
  • Level: 6
  • Qualification: BSc (Hons) top-up
  • Duration: One year full-time
  • Course type: Full-time
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Devon & Cornwall Police Partnership

City College Plymouth actively works alongside Devon & Cornwall Police to enrich our students’ learning experience by offering a real-world perspective on policing careers, as well as working in the public sector. Our alliance has significantly enhanced our curriculum, fostering a learning environment where students are enriched with the proper values, attitudes, and skills needed for success in their chosen fields.

Future Careers

What you could earn:

Senior Police Officers


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Entry level salary


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Annual openings in Plymouth

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City College Plymouth like you’ve never seen it before. Tour our facilities from the comfort of your sofa and explore our various subject area-focused introductory videos and demonstrations.

Welcome to City College


We hold multiple events all year round, from Year 11 taster sessions to full open days. Our events are a great way to see our facilities, meet our staff and get a feel for life at City College. 

English lecturer Kia’s engagement with sustainability goes beyond the world of professional interest.


Abi was determined to master the craft of decorating under the guidance of some of the most skilled professionals in the field.


Scott’s always had a knack for working outdoors and being practical.