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Public Services

Public Services: Introduction to the Emergency and Protective Public Services Level 2 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course will start in September 2024 and will take one year to complete.

Entry requirements

You will require:

  • Two GCSEs at grade 4 or above including GCSE English at grade 3 or above, or NVQ Level 1 or equivalent qualifications.
  • A good school report.
  • Alternatively, you may have successfully completed the Preparation for Public Services course.
  • In addition, you will also be required to complete a favourable interview.

If you don’t currently meet these entry requirements, you may be able to study a Level 1 Foundation Learning course.


You will achieve

Level 2 Introduction to the Emergency and Protective Public Services (Barnsley College Qualification).



Course overview

This course is specifically designed to give you an insight into working in the emergency and protective public services and offers the opportunity to develop the academic skills, personal qualities and experience that will help prepare you for further study onto the Level 3 provision.

You will learn about the emergency and protective public services careers and employability skills; fitness and health for the emergency and protective public services; teamwork and leadership; policing and investigation procedures, investigating major incidents and basic criminology.

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:

  • Major incidents
  • Policing and investigation procedures
  • Careers and skills development
  • Current affairs
  • Community project

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.


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. Assessments will reflect those used in the Public Services.

All 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.

Honeywell Sports campus
Honeywell Lane
S75 1BP

This qualification is designed to offer you the opportunity to develop your academic skills, knowledge and understanding that will prepare, once you have successfully completed the course, to progress onto the two Level 3 programmes ran by us.

See what careers are available in the Public Services sector. Use our online careers tool, Career Coach, to find out what your next steps could be.

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.

Extra information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

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 the Emergency and Protective Public Services Level 2 Full-time

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