Public Services

Public Services: Introduction to Public Services Level 1 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course starts in September and runs for one year.

Entry requirements

You will require one or more of the following:

  • Three GCSEs at grade 3 or above including GCSE English at grade 2 or above or equivalent qualifications
  • A good school report
  • In addition, you will also be required to complete a favourable interview


You will achieve

  • Level 1 Introduction to the Public Services (Barnsley College Qualification)

Course overview

This in house course and qualification is specifically designed to give you a basic insight into the workings in public services and provides the opportunity to develop your skills, personal qualities and experience that will help prepare you for further study onto the Level 2 provision.

You will learn about the public services careers and employability skills; fitness and health for yourself and the public services; teamwork and leadership history of the public services. You will get the opportunity to develop your basic skills in communication, teamwork, leadership and understand the importance or self and team discipline in the public services. More importantly, you will develop confidence in yourself and your abilities.

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, Magistrates Court. You will also take part in expeditions which may involve overnight stays.

The course themes are:

  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Health and Fitness
  • Public Service History
  • Career and Skills Development
  • Concept of discipline (Team and Group)

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 enrichment activities.


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. Assessments, tasks and activities will reflect those used in the Public Services

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.

Honeywell Sports Campus
Honeywell Lane
S75 1BP

This qualification is designed to offer you the opportunity to develop your skills, confidence, knowledge and understanding that will prepare, once you have successfully completed the course, to progress onto the Level 2 programmes ran by us.


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.’

Extra information

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

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.

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

Having good English and Maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and Maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and Maths we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level Maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme.

If you need any further information, please contact our friendly Information Team.

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

Public Services: Introduction to Public Services Level 1 Full-time

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