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If did this course where could it lead me?

The Extended Diploma in Public Service Level 3 is equivalent to THREE A2 Levels qualifications, meaning that this qualification allows you to gain a maximum of 168 UCAS points. This will put you in a unique position on successful completion of the course; Join the uniformed public services or progress to university.

Here are some examples of the types of Public Services that uniformed public services students typically join; Police, Fire, Ambulance Service, British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force, HM Prison and Probation Service, HM Revenue and Customs, Border Force, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Royal National Lifeboats Institute, Mountain Rescue Service Here is some example of the types of University courses that Uniformed Public Services students typically progress onto; BA (Hons) Public Service, BA (Hons) Policing Studies, BSc (Hons) Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behaviour, BSc (Hons) Community Policing and Criminal Investigation, BSc (Hons) Cybersecurity, BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation.

What is the entry criteria?

The first thing we are after at UKMS Academy is the right individual, this comes in all different forms but the basic requirements would be, commitment, grit, sense of humour and willingness to ‘have a go’.

You will also need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (including English and Maths)
  • Any Level 2 Diploma at Merit level plus grade C/4 or above in English and Maths

*However, if you have not achieved the Maths and/or English, you can still join the course but would have to do these qualifications alongside the Extended Diploma course.

What is included in the selection for the academy?

The UKMS(A) selection process will consist of the following elements;

  • Physical – 2.4km (1.5 mile) timed run or bleep test
  • Problem Solving– Desktop leadership task
  • Verbal – Face to Face interview

What if I am not very fit?

Your tutors are very experienced and qualified so they will give you all the help and support that you need to improve your fitness to get you ready to apply for the public services after the 2 years on the course. You will do fitness and sports on a regular basis on the course both through the core programme and the bespoke UKMS(A) syllabus.

How many days a week will I be in?

You will be in the academy at least FOUR days per week, with 1 full day off. However, on this day off you will be expected to work on assessments plus get work/volunteering experience. So like the public services, you will essentially have a full working week. This is great preparation for work and will get you used to what will be the minimum expectations required for full time employment?

What if I’m not sure if I want to join a Public Service yet?

Having some interest in joining the public services will certainly be an advantage as regardless of your future aspirations, you will be required to take part in all activities, visit, residentials, and complete all coursework which will be all related to the Public Services. Many students join the Public Services course with a plan and due to the varied nature of the course, it is natural that this plan may change. The uniqueness of this programme is that we will prepare you to join the Public Services but also prepare you for university also.

What are the costs of doing the course?

The course is free for all 16-18 year old through the education funding agency, so don’t worry about that. The course will have costs attached for uniform, equipment, trips and visits but these will be explained to you during your induction as costs will vary.

Example: A 3 day residential to London as part of Unit 1 Government Policies may cost you £150, a day kayaking may cost you £5, however, a day hill walking on Snowdon will cost you nothing, so all costs will be explained to you on induction.


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