Uniformed Protective Services

Qualification: BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Uniformed Protective Services

Course Tutor: Mrs A Strickland

Course entry requirements: General BTEC entry requirements; five subjects at grade 4 or above including English Language or English Literature and Maths.

Course description

The Uniformed Protective Services are defined as the armed services, police, fire and rescue services, and custodial services. There are many influences on behaviour of those working in the uniformed protective services.  Some of the influences are within the control of the individual, while others are beyond their control.  Understanding the relationship between performance, behaviour and discipline is key to improving the experience and effectiveness of those serving in the uniformed protective services.

Mandatory Unit

Behaviour and Discipline in the Uniformed Protective Services (Psychological theories) (External/exam)

Mandatory and Synoptic Unit

Teamwork, Leadership and Communication in the Uniformed Protective Services. (Internal/coursework)

Other Units (only 2 studied)

Expedition Skills (Internal/coursework)

Introduction to Criminology (Internal/coursework)

Police Powers and the Law (Internal/coursework)


Guest speakers throughout the course may include the Army Outreach Team, Prison and Police Officers and the Marines.

Additional course information

This course will involve a number of excursions which could incur a cost.


This course includes a considerable outdoor practical element and fitness tests such as the bleep test, sit ups and press ups. The course also includes expeditions over a couple of days and sleeping outside.

You will also learn some of the basic drill movements and take part in a drill competition.


Three units will comprise of coursework, which will be completed in the classroom and at home. It is vitally important to keep to all deadlines.

Employability skills

A positive attitude to working, team-working, communication, problem-solving, self-management, literacy, numeracy and the use of IT.

Post-18 Opportunities and Employment

Further Education options: This qualification offers routes into many different careers – some of these are:

  • British Armed Forces
  • Emergency Services
  • National Health Service
  • Local Authorities
  • Civil Service
  • Education
  • HM Revenue and Customs
  • HM Prison and Probation Service
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Criminology
  • Outdoor Education


Most of these career routes require further training.

If you would like more detailed information about the content of this course, please visit the Public Services curriculum page, where you will find curriculum maps for each year of study.

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