Public Services Curriculum

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Due to the current situation, departmental curriculum plans are not currently available.

Here is the Cowley COVID resuming plan as an interim guide.

Curriculum aim

The BTEC National in Uniformed Public services has an essential core of knowledge and applied skills. The course is portfolio based and allows the students to explore the Public Service sector including emergency and armed services. This provides independent evidence of learning and progression.

Our curriculum should give learners opportunities to link education and the world of work in engaging, relevant and practical ways. It should enable learners to enhance their English and mathematical competence in relevant, applied scenarios as well as support learners’ development of transferable interpersonal skills, including working with others, problem solving, independent study and personal, learning and thinking skills. Ultimately, it should give learners a route through education that has clear progression pathways to further study or an Apprenticeship.

Fundamentally, after completing this qualification we want our students to have an insightful understanding of what it is like to work within the uniformed public service sand some of the issues and principles that underpin it.

Curriculum structure

Our curriculum is organised to give our learners a core of underpinning knowledge, skills and understanding, and a range of options to reflect the breadth of pathways in a sector. This gives learners the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of Uniformed Public Services as well being able to investigate areas of specific interest. The curriculum is designed to develop essential skills and attributes prized by employers, further education colleges and higher education institutions.

Curriculum in action

Curriculum Beyond the Classroom
Having the opportunity to speak with representatives from all the uniformed public services is essential and we have guest speakers from across all disciplines. Many of whom are ex-pupils who have progressed in this area. Students have the opportunity to visits Police training centres as well as team building and leadership activities delivered by staff and the Royal Marines Visibility team.

Subject Expertise
All staff delivering Public Services have delivered the curriculum at Level 3 for over five years. All have relevant teaching qualifications to to post graduate level. All new members of staff are given a full set of resources and are supported in assessment via the internal verification process.

There are mandatory units and optional units. Mandatory units, developed in consultation with employers and educators, give learners the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of a vocational sector. Optional specialist units focus more closely on a vocational area, supporting

progression to a more specialised Level 3 vocational or academic course or to an Apprenticeship.

Staff delivering Public Services will have an ongoing dialogue with students about career choices and opportunities. Very often staff receive latest information about new courses, work experience and employment opportunities. This is relayed to students and staff facilitate students in their application process.

The sector-specific skills and knowledge will provide a sound basis for progression to further study of this sector on a Degree programme.