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Level 2 BTEC Extended Certificate in Public Services

  • LEVEL 2

Course Overview

The Level 2 Extended Certificate in Public (Protective) Services will provide you with specialist, industry-relevant knowledge, understanding and skills that are necessary for pursuing a career in a range of uniformed services. Over the course of the programme you will study a range of specialist units and participate in a number of trips, visits, events, and activities that will set you on the path of your chosen career. With expert tutors, we will provide an environment where a potential future public services employee can mature by developing the required confidence, team-working and physical fitness and skills that are appropriate for direct progression to employment or to continue their studies.

Why BCA?
At BCA we have:

98% pass rate on all Protective Service and Outdoor Education programmes
95% of our students progress into positive destinations
88% of our students achieve on or above their target grades
Excellent links with local employers and industry experts
All of our staff have extensive industry experience and qualifications
Outstanding facilities

Course Code


End Date

Fri, 04 Jul 2025

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 3 or above including English and maths at grade 4 or Level 1 Diploma in Sport or Protective Services with a minimum of a Merit, with...

Course information

Public Service Skills
Emplyment in the Uniformed Public Services
Career Planning for the Public Services
Improving Health & Fitness for Entry to the Uniformed Public Services
Adventurous Activities & Teamwork for the Public Services
Crime & its Effects
Expedition Skills in Public Services.

The study programme will also include English OR Maths GCSEs and a tutorial programme.

1 year

The course is delivered by experienced Lecturers with Public services backgrounds. The units are taught via a multitude of engaging and exciting methods including, role plays, guest speakers, trips and expedition alongside traditional lectures and interactive online learning.

Assessment is conducted via a selection following methods:
Written reports
Practical observations
There are two externally assessed units that are assessed via exams.

BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Public Services.

All students will participate in a number of scenario based exercises aimed to develop skills for working in pressurised environments. Students will also have opportunities to visit and participate in taster experiences for a number of public service roles.

Successful completion of this course will lead to opportunities to progress onto a Level 3 qualification in Public Services, onto an apprenticeship or into direct employment.

Level 2

This is a fast-paced course which encompasses the core values of the Protective Services, preparing you for application and selection in the sector. The course makes full use of the excellent facilities:

Modern fleet of boats including racing kayaks
Modern classrooms, fully equipped with IT support
4 full-size football pitches
A state of the art sports hall, incorporating 4 badminton courts, a full-sized basketball court and cricket nets
Indoor and outdoor climbing facilities
High & low rope courses
Archery range
A fully-equipped fitness centre and a separate strength and conditioning facility

Uniform and PPE: All Protective Service students will be required to purchase the compulsory BCA kit, which is appropriate to their programme. We try to keep all compulsory kit bundles to a minimum cost and then give the option for you to purchase additional items. Clean, practical kit must be brought in every day.

You can place your kit order online and select the Protective Services option. You will have to register and create an account before ordering. Please refer to the size guide and ensure that the sizes you order are correct. Once the kit has been personalised with the BCA logo, refunds/exchanges will not be permitted.

Returning students are very welcome to order another complete bundle, however, you will already have some kit from last year, so you may decide just to order a few additional items. Please email Nicky Cornelius, Curriculum Assistant for the specific link to order individual items.

Stationary: All students will be required to bring appropriate stationery and a notebook to all lessons. We advise students to purchase a ring binder folder to keep class notes and resources in, for future reference. BCA do not supply pens, pencils, rulers or notepads. All students will be required to bring their own set of headphones for blended learning sessions. The headphones do not need to be expensive but must be P.C. compatible.

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