Public Services

Public Services: Forensic Science Level 3 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course starts in September 2019 and runs for two years.

Entry requirements
  • You will require five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including GCSE English, together with a good school report
  • Alternatively, you will have successfully completed the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Uniformed Services with a merit/distinction profile
  • You will also be required to complete a favourable interview
  • In addition, you should have a good general standard of health. Most chronic conditions (e.g. asthma, epilepsy) would prevent an individual from successfully applying for many of the Public Services courses
You will achieve
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services

Last updated: 20th September 2018

Course overview

If you’re interested in joining one of the uniformed public services, such as the Police Force, Ambulance Service, Fire and Rescue Service, British Army, Royal Navy or Royal Air Force, this Extended Diploma in Public Services will prepare you for the mental and physical demands of life in the services.

Course content

The programme consists of a combination of lectures, practical activities, oral presentations, tutorials, individual research and group work. Speakers from other relevant organisations will also visit classes. As part of the course you will be expected to undertake a range of outdoor activities, including visits to various public services, e.g. Army, RAF and the Magistrates Court. You will also take part in expeditions which may involve overnight stays.

In addition to general class work, you will be expected to use a range of textbooks for research purposes, as well as the IT facilities in the Learning Resource Centre. You will also have the opportunity to obtain additional qualifications and take part in sport enrichment activities.

 Year One*

  • Forensic Fire Investigation
  • Applications of Forensic Psychology
  • Government, Policies and the Public Services
  • Citizenship, Diversity and the Public Services
  • Leadership and Teamwork in the Public Services
  • Aspects of the Legal System and Law Making Process
  • Command and Control In the Uniformed Public Services
  • Fitness Testing and Training for Uniformed Services                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Year Two*
  • Traffic Accident Investigation
  • Global Studies and International Terrorism in the Uniformed Services
  • Criminal Investigation in Practice
  • Security Procedures in the Public Services
  • Responding to Emergency Service Incidents
  • Current and Media Affairs in the Public Services
  • Custodial Care

* Units are subject to change and all learners will have an active input into the Year 2 units which they will study.

You will also be given the opportunity to obtain Functional Skills qualifications in ICT, English and/or maths at an appropriate level.



How will I be assessed?

Assessment will occur continually throughout the programme. You will have unit assignments to complete and will be assessed on your group and individual work. You will also have time-constrained assignments, as well as oral presentations. Each individual unit and the full award are graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction level.



What equipment will I need?

All Sport and Public Services students will be expected to wear a Barnsley Sports Academy (BSA) hooded top* and polo shirt*, along with dark tracksuit bottoms and sports trainers. During practical sessions, kit will consist of a Barnsley Sports Academy t-shirt*, dark shorts and sports trainers. Non-regulation clothing/footwear is not permitted. Students will also require ring-binders, writing materials, paper/stationery and core textbooks.

Public Services students will also require outdoor activity clothing, such as walking boots and waterproof clothing.

Barnsley Sports Academy clothing marked with an asterisk(*) can be purchased from the Sports Centre Reception.

Where will I study?

Honeywell Sports Campus
Honeywell Lane
S75 1BP

What can I do next?

On completion of this programme you can progress onto Higher Education or alternatively apply for a career in any of the Public Services. This includes the Police Service, Ambulance Service, Fire and Rescue Service, Army, RAF, Royal Navy, Customs and Excise or Prison Service. Your Extended Diploma, with a majority of Units at Merit or Distinction level, could qualify you for Officer Entry.


How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Financial support

You may be eligible for assistance with expenses such as travel, books, equipment and childcare. For further information please contact the Student Services Team on +44 (0)1226 216 114.

Extra information

Advanced Learner Loans

This course may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email about eligibility and how to apply. You can also visit the Advanced Learner Loan page.



Contact the Information Unit

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Want to join Barnsley Sports Academy and the Sports Village?

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Additional Learning Support

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.


Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Public Services: Forensic Science Level 3 Full-time