Fire-fighters, police officers, soldiers, sailors, air crew, prison officers, civil servants, teachers and nurses - just some of the vital careers in the public services. This two year course offers you the opportunity to develop your knowledge of the public services and prepare you for your career in the uniformed public services.

Career - In this unit you will explain different careers in the uniformed services and then explore a chosen uniformed service. You will also identify your own goals and targets to achieve entry to a uniformed service. You will then prepare a CV, personal profile or application and take part in a real or simulated interview. Following this, you will evaluate your performance and suggest areas for development.

Fitness - In this unit you will develop an understanding of health and wellbeing that contribute to physical fitness. You will identify your own level of physical fitness, then plan and participate in a training programme to develop aspects of your physical fitness to meet entry standards of a uniformed service. You will also evaluate the effectiveness of the training programme by reviewing the content.

Leadership - In this unit you will investigate different styles of leadership whilst identifying your own. You must then demonstrate your leadership skills by planning and preparing a team task using communication and feedback. You will then evaluate your own skills in the team task to develop your own leadership skills.

  • 5+ acres of outdoor sports fields
  • Dedicated multi-purpose Sports Hall
  • Multi-functioning pitches
  • Guest speakers from Emergency Services including Greater Manchester Police and employers Active Tameside and Personal Trainers
  • Visiting talks from the Armed Forces
  • Home to the only Police Cadet Force in the North West
  • Volunteering opportunities for all Public Services students
  • College sports teams
  • Enrichment including First Aid (HeartStart – RAF)
  • 5 day Army residential 
  • Regular trips and visits to local gyms, sporting stadiums and the Imperial War Museum
  • Policing and Criminal Investigation taster day at Staffordshire University

This is a new course that started in September 2019.
As soon as we have Destinations data for these students we will update this page with examples.


This course provides with a wide range of skills preparing them for university, apprenticeships or employment. Students will most likely progress on to a career in the uniformed public services, law and other related sectors.

Students from the Sport and Public Services department have progressed on to:

Policing and Criminal Investigation at the University of Central Lancashire

Law with Criminology at the University of Salford

Criminology and Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University

Aviation Operations with Commercial Pilot Training at Kingston University

Sports Management at Manchester Metropolitan University

Fire and Leadership Studies at the University of Central Lancashire

Employment as a Medic with the Royal Navy

Employment as an Administrator with the NHS Trust

Employment as an Air & Space Operations Specialist with the Royal Air Force

Employment with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

And this year, 5 of our Public Services students have secured apprenticeships with Greater Manchester Police

Course Key Details

Course Type : Diploma
Exam Board : NCFE
Pass Rate : NA
Assessment : 100% internal

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