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If you get a feeling of satisfaction from helping others, then you might be suited to one of thousands of meaningful and rewarding opportunities within the public services.

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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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Choose your course

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

  • Course code: UF6300, UX6301
  • Level: 5
  • Qualification: Foundation Degree
  • Duration: Two years (full-time), three years (part-time)
  • Course type: Full-time, Part-time

Community and Public Services Management

  • Course code: UF6057, UX6057
  • Level: 6
  • Qualification: BSc (Hons)
  • Duration: One year (full-time), two years (part-time)
  • Course type: Full-time, Part-time
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“I had a good connection with the lecturers. They knew my strengths and weaknesses, and they were able to bring the modules to life.”

Tyler Brandon-Silsby

“I’ve enjoyed having the opportunity to try new things like watersports and I’m looking forward to doing some more land-based activities.”

Beth Fobbester

Virtual Tour

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. 

Heidi Hansen - Success Story - City College Plymouth
Heidi Hansen
Glen Weir - Success Stories - City College Plymouth
Glen Weir
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