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Uniform Services Extended Diploma Level 3 (Year 1) - Full Time


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Course NameStart DateEnd DateSite  
Uniform Services Extended Diploma Level 3 (Year 1)07/09/202024/06/2022Stephenson Campusalternate textAvailable for applications

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Free Courses

16-18 Students (Age at 31st August)

  • All Full Time Courses

19-23 Students (Age at 31st August)

  • Students studying their first level 2 course
  • Students studying their first level 3 course (Some level 3 courses are not included, so please check with Student Services)
  • Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 1 or 2 course (see list of benefits below)

24+ Students (Age at 31st August)

  • Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 1 course (see list of benefits below)
  • Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 2 course (see list of benefits below)


  • Apprenticeships are free of charge for the learner (you are actually paid a salary!)
  • There is no upper age restriction to enrol onto an Apprenticeship programme, so long as you are 16+ years old.
  • Working hours are usually between 30-40 hours per week which includes your release to College.
  • There may be a fee for the employer willing to support you, but this depends on a few factors.

Please contact 01530 519 001 or if you have any further questions regarding an Apprenticeship programme.

List of benefits

  • Jobseeker's Allowance
  • ESA (WRAG) (Work Related Activity Group)
  • Universal Credit (Must be unemployed and required to undertake skills training)
  • Wider Benefits – see list below

Wider benefits that are acceptable

In all cases the learner must:

  • Be unemployed (i.e. not in any paid employment)
  • Want to enter employment but need skills training to do so
  • Sign the waiver agreement confirming the above
  • Show current proof of the benefit

Attendance Allowance

Bereavement Allowance

Child Benefit

Child Tax Credit

Child's Special Allowance

Council Tax Benefit, administered by local authorities

Disability Living Allowance [Being replaced by Personal Independent Payments] (If paid to learner)

Graduated retirement benefit

Guardian's Allowance

Housing Benefit, administered by local authorities

Income Support

Pensions payable under the Industrial Death Benefit scheme

Reduced Earnings Allowance, see industrial disablement benefit above

Retirement Allowance, see industrial disablement benefit above

War Widow's pension

Widow’s pension

Widowed Parent's Allowance

Working Tax Credit. (If paid to spouse, not the learner)

Reference: Funding Rules Version 2020-21

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More information about this Course

Course Overview
The Diploma Level 3 in Uniformed Services is ideal if you want a career in the Police, Fire, Prison, Security or Ambulance Services, the Armed Forces, HM Customs & Excise, Community Service organisations or other public sector organisations. Progression to study at Higher Education with the attainment of the necessary UCAS points.

What Qualifications Or Experience Do I Need?
You must have achieved a Level 2 Diploma at a suitable grade in Uniformed Public Services or a similar qualification, such as Sport.

How Long Is The Course?

Two Years

What Will I Learn?
You will cover a range of subjects that are pertinent to a career within the public services. Units covered include: Government Policies and the Public Services, Citizenship and Diversity, Teamwork and Leadership, Communication and Technology, Skills for Land-based Activities, Aspects of Law and Legal Services, Planning and Management of Major Incidents, Responding to Emergency Service Incidents amongst other fitness and sport-related units. You will also take part in sport and fitness activities with a view to attaining required levels for fitness tests within the Uniformed Public Services. English and Maths Functional Skills are a mandatory part of the course.

How Will I Learn?
You will develop many skills that are designed to prepare you for a career within the Public Services. These include: working with people, volunteering, communication, teamwork and leadership, planning, researching and evaluating information.

How Will I Be Assessed?
You will be assessed using a variety of different methods including: written reports, preparing and delivering power point presentations, preparing and designing leaflets and academic posters, taking part in practical activities and simulations. Feedback and tutorials will be given at regular intervals.

Where Could This Course Lead To?
There is a progression route to complete a second year top course at Level 3. Progression can lead to other courses at HE level and students who wish to study criminology or a related field find this course a useful FE course to prepare them for HE.

Attendance Mode
Full Time

Course Type
Full Time & Part Time

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