West Thames College London

Uniformed Public Services - Level 2

The course is for young people who are interested in the uniformed public services. You will participate in teamwork, learn codes of discipline and look at the functions of various uniformed services in the UK. The course combines a strong theory element with practical situations to give you experience and an insight into the uniformed services.

Key course features


BTEC Level 2 Diploma

Level: Level 2

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 06 September 2017

Who is this course for?

If you aspire to be in the armed forces or emergency services, this course will give you an insight into what your working life may be like. The course is designed for young people who want to gain some experience in the field before applying to their chosen service. You should come with a reasonable level of fitness and commitment to your course, and be able to deal with strict codes of discipline.

About the course

You will study:

  • Employment in the uniformed public services
  • Public service skills
  • Improving health and fitness for entry to the uniformed services
  • Career planning for the public services
  • Adventurous activities and teamwork for the public services
  • Crime and its effects on society
  • Attending emergency incidents in the public services.

You will need a pair of sturdy boots with a heel suitable for walking. Students are required to wear black bottoms and a white top with black outerwear.

Additional opportunities

You will be encouraged to join a relevant cadet service to gain practical experience of your chosen service. Residential activities will be an integral part of the course. There will be visits to various uniformed public service organisations and guest speakers from relevant services.

How will I be assessed?

College based assignments include written assignments, presentations, posters and diaries. There will also be some external testing and practical assessments.

Where next?

You can progress to a career in the public services, such as the fire service, police, armed forces, paramedic or related civilian occupations. Alternatively, if you acheive a merit or distinction you may wish to continue your studies with the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Uniformed and Emergency Services.

Entry requirements
At least 2 GCSEs at grade D / grade 3 or above, preferably including English language. You will also have an assessment. You will need a pair of sturdy walking boots. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.
This course is free for students under 19 years, however you will need to pay £30 for a uniform.

Please see our Fees and Concessions page or call 020 8326 2015 for further details.

How to apply?
Please click the apply now button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.


  1. Lewis Herson

    BTEC Level 3 Uniformed Public Services

    Lewis Herson

    “The teaching I've had over the past two years has been the best that I’ve had throughout my whole educational life. I plan to join the British Army. By having the qualifications from this course, it allows me to join at the rank of an officer.”

  2. Marwa Buni

    BTEC Level 3 Uniformed Public Services

    Marwa Buni

    We are proud to announce our first Warranted Officer. Marwa is an inspiration to all students.


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