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About the course:

This is a two-year programme studying a BTEC Extended Diploma in Public Services which is designed for 16-19-year-old young adults that are interested in a career in the armed forces, police, fire service, prison services or even the civil service. This course will provide you will the skills, qualities and importantly the nationally recognised qualification you will need for a successful career in the protective services.


What does this qualification cover?

The Protective Services Academy differs substantially from BTEC Public Services and military preparation courses offered in many colleges which often fail to effectively prepare individuals holistically for entry into the protective services either through too much focus on the academic qualifications (BTEC qualifications) or a narrow focus on a single protective service (military preparation).

At Protective Services Academy we ensure that upon completion, all recruits are fully prepared for all progression options either academic or employment. We achieve this through the delivery of a bespoke three-part programme…


Education – BTEC Extended Diploma in Public Services, English and Maths (if required)


Health and Fitness – Physical Training, Sports, Mental Resilience Training (MRT), Health and lifestyle education and Adventurous Training


Careers, Employment and Personal Development - Careers and Employment Syllabus, Gold DofE, First Aid and CPR, Leadership and Initiative Development and UCAS


What is expected of you:

The first thing we are after at the Protective Services 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 be expected to engage in all classroom and practical based activities as well as support the school through completing break and lunchtime duties and support breakfast and after school clubs.

Attendance and Punctuality are of upmost importance, simply put… if you are not in class, taking part in practical based session or attending trips and visits you will not be developing the skills, qualities and knowledge that you require for effective service in the Protective Services.


What it prepares you for:

BTEC Public Services Level 3 qualifications are nationally recognised, so dependent on the programme enrolled on recruits will gain between up to 3 A-Level equivalents meaning that this qualification allows you to gain UCAS points.

It is our goal at the Protective Services Academy to put all our recruits in the unique position of being fully prepared academically, physical and mentally to join the protective services on completion of the programme, or to progress onto employment, apprenticeship or university…

University Progression Routes

Employment or Apprenticeship Routes

BA (Hons) Public Service

Police Force

BA (Hons) Policing Studies

Fire Services

BSc (Hons) Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behaviour

British Army


BSc (Hons) Community Policing and Criminal Investigation

Royal Navy and Royal Marines

BSc (Hons) Cybersecurity

Royal Air Force

BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation.

HM Prison and Probation Service

BA (Hons) Policing

U.K Border Force and Maritime and Coastguard Agency


Entry Requirements:

  • 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. All applicants are required to undertake the Protective Services Academy Selection test which will include; a fitness test, leadership/teamwork planning test and an interview.


Qualification details: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services 500/7801/X



For more information, please speak to:

Mr A Power – Protective Services Academy Director

Mrs C Danher – Director of Sixth Form