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Start date: 01/09/2019 - SGS WISE
End date: 31/07/2020
Duration: 1 year
Course length: 1 year
Qualifications: BTEC Level 2 First Certificate
Code: 117978
Cost: N/A


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Level 2 Entry to the Uniformed Services

Full time course


This Level 2 (GCSE equivalent) qualification is designed to provide learners with the skills, confidence and knowledge required for a career in the public services sector. Employment in uniformed services, the public sector or private companies are all potential progression options from this Level 2 provision, as is the Level 3 (A level equivalent) Uniformed Services qualification at SGS.

What will I study?

Learners will study a range of units that will prepare learners for making a recruitment application or will provide learners with a basis for further study and progression towards the entry qualification of a specific service. Modules studied may include entry into the uniformed services, physical fitness, health and safety, equality and diversity and developing team working and problem solving skills.

Maths & English

As part of the programme learners will undertake GCSE Maths and English Language GCSE qualifications to enable them to work towards achieving GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in both by the end of the course. Opportunities to upskill in both Maths and English will be provided and feedback given to learners on areas of strength as well as areas for improvement.


Employability plays an important role in this programme and the course units are specifically selected, which allow learners to experience what it is like to work in the public services sector.

We also invite guest speakers from the public services sector to come in and present. Learners also have the opportunity to work with the public services sector and the local community as well as participating in events with local services

Work experience

Learners will undertake a period of work experience that will allow them to understand what it is like to work in this sector.

Additional qualifications

As part of the study programme, learners may have the opportunity to undertake additional qualifications related to a career in the public services sector.

What do I need to join?

Entry requirements are 2 GCSE grade 3 (grade D) or above, including Maths and English Language.

How will I learn?

Sessions will be a mixture of theory and practical lessons, and, wherever possible, underpinning theory will also be demonstrated in a practical context. There will be a variety of assessment methods used (such as written assessments, observations, presentations and discussions), and learners will gain a thorough understanding of the evidence they are expected to produce.

How will I know how I am doing?

Learners will be assigned a personal tutor, who, alongside other delivery staff on the programme, will monitor progress on the course in relation to work submission, attendance, behaviour and punctuality as well as progress against a learner's individual targets. Learners will receive feedback from delivery staff regarding their assessments and will also meet regularly with their personal tutor on a one-to-one basis to review progress and ensure that the required progression can be met.

Are there any extra costs?

Learners will be charged materials fees, which will be used to purchase resources for the learners to use on the course. Any additional education trips will be priced individually during the course.

What can I do next?

Learners will be challenged to progress to the Level 3 Uniformed Services qualification at SGS. Learners who successfully complete their study programme and meet the required progression criteria will be eligible to progress to Level 3. Alternatively, learners may gain employment in the industry or began an apprenticeship in an associated field.

What are my career options?

Many jobs in the uniformed public services are open to learners upon completion of this programme.



Dates & Costs

Level 2 Entry to the Uniformed Services

Start date: 01/09/2019
End date: 31/07/2020
Duration: 1 year
Course length: 1 year
Time(s): 9am - 5.15pm
Qualifications: BTEC Level 2 First Certificate
Code: 117978

Tuition Fees

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course. If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement. If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees. Please contact the College directly for the most up to date fees – these may be subject to change.

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01/09/2019 31/07/2020 9am - 5.15pm SGS WISE