The course is an ideal opportunity to develop your knowledge of the uniformed public services and prepare you for your career in this area. You’ll explore government, policies, leadership, causes of crime and behaviours in the public sector. 

This particular course is a vocational course equivalent to one A-Level. You will need to choose two other subjects to study alongside this Public Services course.

Modules include:

Government, Policies and the Public Services
This unit enables you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the UK government policies and the democratic election process. It also enables you to demonstrate the process of developing government policies and how these policies impact on the public services.

Citizenship, Diversity and the Public Services
The aim of this unit is to provide you with knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to become thoughtful and informed citizens and public service employees. The unit is designed to develop an awareness of rights and responsibilities and respect for different religious, ethnic and national groups within UK society.

Crime and its Effects on Society
This unit will give you a knowledge of current UK crime and disorder legislation and the sentences and orders available to the criminal justice agencies. You will also develop knowledge of the effects of criminal behaviour on communities and an understanding of how society works to reduce crime, disorder and antisocial behaviour and to support the victims and witnesses of crime.

Understanding Discipline
The aim of this unit is to enable you to develop an understanding of discipline and demonstrate self-discipline in the uniformed public services. You will develop a knowledge of conformity, obedience and the complex nature of authority. You will also explore the concept through theory research and practicality.

Course specific entry requirements

  • 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 : BTEC Certificate
Exam Board :
Pass Rate : NA
Assessment : Mix of internal and external

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