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The Public Service course can be a two or  three year course depending on your career ambitions and we strongly advise you to engage with the team for individual information, advice and guidance. The course offers certification after each academic year offering students a flexible approach to progression.

The course is built around four key areas:

  • Skill acquisition and personal development
  • Adventurous activity and expedition involvement
  • Volunteering
  • Personal fitness

These four areas are embedded throughout the course and allow young people to become reflective, independent participants who leave the course with self-awareness and an ability to access and apply the knowledge they have gathered. Each year learners will take part in a minimum of two off island trips including an expedition and a ‘Look at Life’ programme led by the Armed Forces. Students will take part in fundraising events throughout the year to support the cost of these activities. Learners will also be provided with the opportunity to complete both Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

The Public Service course is ideally three year programme of study. The first year enables you to develop essential key skills alongside a developing understanding of on island public services, their organisational structures and the key role they play within Guernsey. The second and third years build upon the core skills and knowledge developed in the first year to begin focusing in depth on a variety of key topics including government policies, leadership and teamwork, citizenship and diversity.

Entry requirements

You will require a minimum of four GCSEs at grade D/3 or above across a range of subjects, one of which must be English language.

If you have five GCSEs at C/4 in a range of subjects including English language it is possible to complete a two-year programme
at Level 3, however, we strongly advise you engage with College staff to ensure you receive the right advice and guidance for your particular career ambitions.

Course outline

Units covered:

  • Understanding discipline
  • Fitness testing and training (uniformed)
  • Developing team work
  • Outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Volunteering in the community
  • Discipline for the public services
  • Crime and its effects on society
  • Response to emergency incidents
  • Command and control
  • Security procedures
  • Behaviour in public services employment
  • Planning and management of major incidents

This course is supported by local uniformed services who will be involved in delivering various aspects of this course.

Assessment method

In year 1 you will gain a Level 2 Diploma that will focus heavily on skill acquisition and personal development in various areas relevant to the uniformed services such as team work, communication and leadership through expedition and other coursework led assignments.
In years 2 and 3, learners will complete the Level 3 Extended Diploma that will be assessed through a range of styles including written assignments, practical application of knowledge and sector relevant production of materials and presentations suitable to the assignment scenario.

Progression opportunities

This course involves a combination of units that enables the learner to develop wide ranging knowledge, understanding and skills required for direct progression into a broad range of roles within the uniformed and non-uniformed services. It also meets the needs of those who wish to progress further study at a wide range of universities or international scholarships.

Course duration

Three years, full time. There may be the option to complete two years of Level 3 study. Please engage with College staff for advice.

For more details or how to apply, please contact Gillian McCartney

Additional learning support

As part of your learning programme, if you have not yet attained a grade C/4 or equivalent in mathematics and English language, you will be required to study a Functional Skill or GCSE in these subjects.

Students may require additional support for a number of reasons. At the start of your course you will be asked to complete an initial assessment in order for us to identify any additional needs that you may have. During your course, your personal tutor will be able to guide you on how best to access support.

We can offer the following:

  • Progress Coaches
  • Learner Support assistance (1:1)
  • Learner Support assistance (group)
  • Learner Support assistance (drop-ins)
  • Specialist ESOL teaching
  • Study lab sessions
  • In-class support
  • Special arrangements for exams