Level 2 Diploma

Public Services

If you like a challenge and want to combine your ambition for a career in the public services with outdoor adventure, then you’re looking at the right course.

You’ll work on essential industry skills such as team working, citizenship, leadership and fitness. There’s also plenty of opportunity to participate in a range of outdoor activities including kayaking, canoeing, climbing, bushcraft, sailing, walking and navigation.

Course includes

What will I study?

  • Role and work of the public services
  • Working skills in the public service sector
  • Employment in the public services
  • Health, fitness and lifestyle for the public services
  • Citizenship, society and the public services
  • Crime and it’s effects on society and individuals
  • Adventurous activities in the public services
  • Sport and recreation in the public services
  • Land navigation by map and compass
  • Employability skills in the public services
  • Preparing to respond to emergency incidents
  • Carrying out a project in the public services
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Uniformed officer in police, fire or ambulance services
  • Armed forces
  • Prison and security services
Additional qualifications

As part of this course you will also have the opportunity to work towards additional awards, including:

  • Climbing Wall Award
  • BCU Coaching Awards
  • Archery GB Leadership Award
  • Bushcraft Training
  • ITC First Aid
Duke of Edinburgh

We are now offering the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award across college to all students.  So if you are between the ages of 16-25 you can sign up to Duke of Edinburgh here at Reaseheath.

Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2018 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with study tours or additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.


Our college buses pick up over 1,400 students each day from a wide area. From September 2018 all college bus routes to Reaseheath will be FREE. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for 785 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about this course on our FAQs page.

Student Profile
George Gilman

Ambition: Police office

School: Eaton Bank Academy, Congleton

Age: 19

Initially thinking of joining the Police or Royal Marines, George has widened his options thanks to the knowledge he’s gained on his course.

He’s spent residential weeks with the army and marines, and he’s looked at the different roles within the public services on visits to local police and fire and rescue headquarters. He’s also gained useful experience working with the public during work placements. George is now studying Policing and Criminal Investigation at university.

He says: “I’ve always liked the idea of helping people, but I’ve now realised just how many careers are available.”