What is the course about?
Throughout this highly active and practical course, you will have the opportunity to develop a range of skills, techniques, personal skills, and attributes essential to secure a role in the uniformed services. Our experienced tutors will help you to develop willpower and determination, as well as skills in communication, leadership, and teamwork, to ready you for a variety of career pathways in public services.
Why should I choose the course?
Do you want a career with purpose, with countless opportunities to make a difference and serve others? If so, a career in public services could be ideal for you. Whether you would like to serve in the Army, Navy, RAF, or would prefer to work in security or government, there are a huge number of careers available ready for you to embark upon. Our public services course has consistent success rates at all levels, with countless students progressing into the services such as the Royal Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force, and Police, Fire and Rescue service.
What will I learn?
Alongside learning about the impact of war, conflict and terrorism, and the role the uniformed services play in today’s society, you will study topics such as health and fitness, sport and recreation, land navigation, volunteering, employment, and public services careers. A crucial element of this course will train you in the skills needed to work in public services, such as leadership and teamwork. These personal skills and attributes will be developed and honed throughout the course in practical, hands-on situations, to raise your employability and prepare you for a career in this field.
What will the course lead on to?
After successfully completing this course, you could progress on to a university course such as international politics, or even a higher apprenticeship. Alternatively, you may wish to seek employment in the public services sector, with roles in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Police, Fire and Rescue available.
Are there any links with industry and university?
Our experienced public services tutors come from a variety of backgrounds and draw upon their years of service to provide you with the best possible insight into the career paths in front of you. As part of your learning experience, you will have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers, ranging from past students now in the services, some with ten years’ experience, to leading professionals in the services. Meeting industry professionals will help you to develop the vital skills needed in this sector.
An integral part of this course also includes meeting representatives from the Army, RAF, Navy, Police, Fire Service and NHS recruitment teams, who will provide information and support on recruitment, selection, training, and assessment processes to prepare you for your next steps and improve your chances of success.
What support is available?
You will be allocated a progress coach who will provide you with support to help you succeed on your study programme and progress on to your chosen career or progression path. We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.
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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?
Warrington & Vale Royal College’s Public Services department has strong links with all the public services and trains alongside them to give you the most relevant, up-to-date knowledge and prepare you for life in this challenging yet rewarding sector.
You will also get the opportunity to go on adventurous trips and visits as an important part of your learning. Enrichment activities include sporting and outdoor pursuits such as the Duke of Edinburgh qualifications, along with trips to places such as Low Mill Outdoor Centre in the Yorkshire Dales, the Imperial War Museum, Whitegate Way and even to the Army Reserve Unit to take on challenges similar to the Army selection process.
What are the entry requirements?
You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and/or maths, or you will have needed to have successfully completed a level 2 course. If you have not already achieved a grade 4 in your GCSE English or maths and you wish to study at level 3, you will be required to work towards GCSE English or maths as part of your qualification.
Are there any additional costs associated with the course?
You will be required to purchase the public services uniforms (approximately £180, however this may be subject to increase). Also, you will be required to attend a planned residential trip to complete land and water-based activities as part of the course. This has been provisionally costed at £170, which may be subject to increase by the provider.
Monday 23 May 2022
08:30 - 17:00
Warrington & Winsford campuses
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