BTEC Diploma in
National Public Services Level 3 SCQF Level 6

This course follows the level 1-2 course, ensuring you are well prepared for work in the Police, Army, Navy, Air Force, Fire Brigade or Prison Service.


Why take this course?

This practical, 90 Credit Diploma allows students to learn about the public services and what they can expect from working in the industry.

The different work-related units allow students to build key skills and understanding relating to realistic workplace situations, activities and demands – effectively preparing you for work in the emergency services (police, ambulance, fire and rescue); armed services (Army, Navy and Royal Marines); central government (prison service and civil servant work); local government (council workers); or in third sector/volunteer organisations (Coast Guard, Mountain Rescue and charitable work).

What you will experience

You will cover a vast range of topics, focusing on things like leadership and teamwork, citizenship and diversity, discipline, physical preparation, health and lifestyle. As well as this, you will look at essential theory relating to this type of work including international institutions and human rights, the impact of war, conflict and terrorism and responding to emergency service incidents.

Physical elements of the public services, such as practical team sports, fitness testing and training and outdoor adventure expeditions are also a key focus.

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Key facts

Mode of study
Where you can study
1 Year
Subject area
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Entry requirements

Applicants should have successfully completed the BTEC First Diploma in Public Services (Level 1-2) course, or have a minimum of three National 5, Intermediate 2 or Standard Grade Credit level qualifications.

Appropriate life or work experience will also be considered as a suitable entry requirement.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Additional costs

You will be required to purchase the designated training and outdoor wear for the course.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College


Successful completion will provide you with enhanced prospects for pursuing a career within the Police, Army, Navy, Air Force, Fire Brigade or Prison Service.

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


Fraserburgh Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2018
1 Year
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Online applications

You can apply for a place on this course by completing an online application form, which you can access using the 'Apply Online' button. Once completed, this will be received by our Admissions Team who will then process your application.

Paper applications

You may submit a paper application form, and return it to us completed and signed.

All completed paper applications should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.