BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Public Services


The Public Services BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma provides students with an opportunity to explore the uniformed services such as Police, Fire, Ambulance, Civil Service and the Armed Forces.  Students will gain knowledge and understanding of the public services environment along with transferrable skills such as communication and teamwork.

This course is equivalent to one A Level, completed over a two-year period.

What goes well with this course?

  • Business
  • Gym Instructors
  • Sport
  • Health & Social Care
  • Politics
  • Sociology


A qualification in Public Services provides a firm foundation for a career path in this area and can help set students apart from other applicants. The course also provides students with the transferable skills that are needed for any job. There is also good progression to higher education and further training.

Course Content

The course covers a range of topics including:

  • Government and Policies
  • Team Development and Leadership
  • Citizenship & Diversity
  • Physical Preparation
  • Understanding Discipline in the Public Services

In preparation for the first year of this course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Public Services students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In recent years, these have included:

  • Army drill
  • Royal Marines Fitness
  • Army team building day

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s:

Activities Programme and Guest Speaker Programme.


This course is assessed entirely through continuous coursework. Coursework units will involve writing reports, individual or group presentations and practical tasks.

The exam board for this BTEC is Pearson BTEC.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at  Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirements:
  • Grade 4 in a literate subject such as English Language, English Literature or History.
  • A Merit or above in BTEC Level 2 Public Services will also be considered
Students will enjoy this course if they like to:
  • Complete coursework
  • Participate in practical tasks to enhance learning
  • Participate in physical activities and enjoy the outdoor environment
  • Complete independent research

This course contains a large practical element based on fitness and students are required to fully participate in all activities.  

Students should have a keen interest in working within the Public Services and should enjoy spoken communication and working independently and as part of a team.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students from non-partner schools must return their forms directly to Reigate College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according the College's Admissions Policy.

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should return their completed Partner Schools Application Form to their school. 

The initial cut-off date for applications for entry September 2018 is 1st November 2017. A student's chances of obtaining a place are higher, the earlier the application is made. Students who apply after 1st November 2017 will be placed on a waiting list.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Public Services information leaflet.

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