BTEC First Award Level 1/2
Public Services

Why Study Public Services?

BTEC First Award is a one year course and is often a useful pathway for the Level 3 course, with a significant number of successful Level 1/2 students going onto study the two year course.

Many people have the misconception that you only study this subject if you want a career working for an actual Public service, but only a small percentage of our students ever intend and go onto do this.

It is a much broader qualification than many think, as you learn about Government, Legislation, Leadership, Working Skills, Health & Fitness and how to Apply for Jobs in the Public Services.

Whilst studying Public Service you will gain many transferable skills which will aid you in your further study or future career. These skills include:

Importance of teamwork, self confidence, self awareness & effective communication.

Why choose The Deanery?

We have a dedicated team of staff who are experienced, passionate about the subject and committed to your success.

You will enhance your skills and understanding of the UK Public Services with use of specialist text books, practical activities/role play, guest speakers, use of the school’s Virtual Learning Environment ‘Frog’, as well as using the media on a weekly basis to help focus on real life events which will help reinforce and contextualise the theory we learn in the syllabus.

In 2017, we had a 100% pass rate at Level 2, with 70% achieving Distinctions (the equivalent to GCSE grade A).  The latest specification is one external exam in the summer, with three units of internally assessed assignment work delivered by three members of experienced staff.

What could this subject lead to?

This BTEC First Award is the equivalent to a GCSE and provides a solid foundation for studying Public Services at BTEC Level 3 or using the GCSE points to apply for other Level 3 courses in colleges.  In the workplace, there a wide range of different careers which this qualification would be a great asset such as:

Uniformed public services (fire & rescue, Armed forces, Police, Prison Service, Ambulance)

Non-uniformed public service (Teaching, Custodial care, Government, Civil Service, Local Councils).