Hartpury College

Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Uniformed Public Services

Course Overview

If you are interested in a career in the Uniformed Public Services, including the Police, Fire and Rescue; Ambulance; Prison Service; HM Revenue and Customs or one of the Armed Forces - Royal Navy, Army or Royal Air Force - then this diploma will give you an insight into each service and the expectations they have of serving members of the public. It will also give you plenty of practical experience and physical challenge to back up the theory you learn.

What you'll learn

If it’s your ambition to join one of the uniformed public services, our courses will give you an insight into the kinds of careers you could follow and the kind of work that public service employees do. You should already have a reasonable level of fitness and commitment to your course, and be able to deal with strict codes of discipline.

These courses are designed to provide you with the opportunity to gain an understanding of the features and careers of each uniformed public service and the expectations they have of serving members of the public.

You will discover more about the uniformed public services' central function within modern society and how they provide structure and support to its values. You will also look at how the public services have changed over recent years to reflect a multi-cultural society and to respond to political and economic changes.

Areas of study include government, policies and the public services, leadership and teamwork in the public services, police powers, citizenship and diversity and physical preparation for the uniformed public services. The course will also include a range of day trips, including the crown court and RAF Brize Norton. We also welcome representatives from the Royal Marines, Royal Navy, British Army and Gloucestershire Constabulary to talk to our students and lead sessions for them.


There is also an opportunity to get involved in Gloucestershire Constabulary's riot control training, with Prison Service search dogs and mountain rescue. A group of students even had the chance to spend three days recently with the Royal Navy Submarine Service in Scotland.


Our lecturers and instructors have a wide range of experience in the industry and their knowledge, experience and passion for the subject will help you develop your skills and explore your options after college.

If you successfully complete this course, you can top up this qualification to an Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Services by completing a further year. Opportunities  also exist  to progress to university through Foundation degrees (subject to entry requirements).


Hartpury college is equipped with a range of facilities that students can take advantage of, including a cardio gym, sports hall, power gym, sports rehabilitation suite and physiotherapy consulting centre and the performance analysis suite. Hartpury is only a short drive from Gloucester, Cheltenham and the Forest of Dean, making it ideally situated to take advantage of fantastic local outdoor and adventure opportunities.

Dream careers start at Hartpury 

Here's just a small selection of the careers and higher education opportunities our uniformed public services students have gone on to pursue


  • Aircraft maintenance technician in the Royal Air Force
  • Firefighter in the Royal Air Force
  • Special Constable
  • Royal Marines
  • Officer Training Army
  • Paramedic


  • BSc in Police Science at the University of South Wales
  • Criminology at the University of Cardiff, Derby, Leeds and University of the West of England
  • Paramedic science at the University of Worcester

Meet our students

Joe Massey, Extended Diploma Uniformed Public Services | "I think the biggest thing I got out of Hartpury was confidence and an insight into the different roles in the public services."


James Groves, Extended Diploma UPS | "I was always interested in going into the police when I was younger, so that’s why I decided on this course. I didn’t realise that this diploma could get me to university but now I’m going to Cardiff Uni to study Criminology and then I hope to get a job in the public services. The course is good with a strong practical side to it as well as theory and Hartpury is a really good place to learn."

Andrew Palmer, Level 3 Uniformed Public Services | "We had the chance to get inside an RAF Puma helicopter and to learn about the controls and have a go with them ourselves. The course is all about trying to get into the public services and it gives you the appropriate training but also the chance to do amazing things like this! The RAF guys were very helpful and they gave me a great insight into what we can offer the RAF and what the potential might be for students like myself in terms of a career."


Kate Le Brun, Extended Diploma Uniformed Public Services | "I was aware of Hartpury as an option because I live locally and also my sister did her A-levels here. I want to go into the police so I knew I had to do something public service-based rather than A-levels so I applied for the BTEC Diploma. The course enables you to get involved in all sorts of activities like high ropes, walking and navigational skills. Last year I went to Gloucester Police Force and had a day training with them. I’d definitely recommend the course if you want to go on to university and A-levels aren’t for you. I think the campus is great and the facilities are really good."

Our students have gone on to some fantastic careers in a wide range of industries and enjoyed some exceptional work placements all over the world, helping them open doors to their dream careers. You can read our students’ stories here

Entry Requirements


Two GCSEs at grade C or above, one of which must be English Language together with either Mathematics or Science.


There is a cost of £50 towards the cost of trips and any additional qualifications that we do e.g. Canoe 1*

Due to the practical and physical nature of this course you are strongly encouraged to consider whether it is right for you.

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In Brief


1 Year

Tuition fees

Students under 19 on 31 August 2016 are free (full time courses only). Examination fees for main qualifications are also free.

Students aged 19 to 23 may need to pay tuition fees.  We may be able to waive your fees if you are unemployed and receiving Jobseekers Allowance, studying your first full level 2 qualification or level 3 qualification.

Students aged 24 and over.  You may need to pay for your course.

Educational visits charge: An annual £65 fee is payable for all students and covers the cost of outside visits, special speakers and a contribution to the cost of administration.

When should I apply

We welcome applications for September 2016 entry from October 2015 onwards. You do not have to wait for your GCSE results

How to apply

Please download the application form. Please note: you can complete this form on your computer and then print it to send back to us - you are unable to save. We will then contact you to arrange an interview.

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