Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ


Protective Services

Protective Services

British community officers walking in busy street at night.

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Uniformed Services

The protective/public services offer a diverse and exciting range of career opportunities. If you are outgoing, enthusiastic, have a keen interest in protective/public services, and you enjoy a challenge then this is the course for you.

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As part of this course you will investigate the nature of the protective/public services as well as gaining a sound understanding of their role within society. Emphasis is placed on your own personal development exploring the role of fitness and teamwork within the practical units.

The Sports Academies in football and rugby for male and female applicants will be studied alongside this course. All learners will be expected to participate and contribute to one of the sports academies organised by the College. The experience of having additional skill acquisition, analysis of performance and team ethics will further enhance learners understanding of group dynamics benefiting them in their future employment.

Successful completion of the Extended Diploma in year two is equivalent to three A-levels.

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/English Literature/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy at grade D or above
  • Should demonstrate a keen interest in physical activity and be physically fit
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
  • Successful completion of relevant Level 2 programme with a merit grade or above in addition to a successful decision from progression board meeting
  • Preferably GCSE Mathematics/Numeracy at grade D or above
  • GCSE English Language/Literature/First Language Welsh at grade C or above
  • or evidence of improvement from internal GCSE/s

As part of the course you will develop skills in communication, leadership, working individually and as part of a team, making presentations and fitness.

Units studied will include:

  • Citizenship and diversity – learners investigate citizenship and the diverse nature of communities in the UK, together with the rights and responsibilities of citizens and those that serve them
  • Behaviour and discipline in the uniformed protective/public services – learners investigate factors that can affect behaviour and their impact on the discipline of individuals and groups in the uniformed protective/public services
  • Teamwork, leadership and communication – developing your skills as a team member and team leader including practical tasks and leadership theory
  • Physical preparation, health and wellbeing – learners study the components of fitness and lifestyle factors. They will develop skills in improving personal fitness and meet the fitness entry requirements of uniformed protective/public services
  • Introduction to criminology – learners explore the theories of criminology used to explain, measure and tackle crime and criminal behaviour in England and Wales, and their influence on the uniformed protective/public services
  • Outdoor activities – learners develop the underpinning skills and knowledge relevant to best practice and managing risk when participating in outdoor activities. For example: climbing, orienteering, hill walking and on a one day expedition

You can also expect to attend lectures and discussions with representatives from various organisations and take part in visits to different uniformed protective/public services organisations.

You may need to study an additional skills course depending on:
  • the course you are taking at College
  • what grades you gained in your GCSE Maths and/or English Language
Click below to find out what skills course you may be taking at College

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Practical assessment during the course
  • Written examination

This course is a stepping stone to a vast number of careers including: Police Officer, Security Services, Armed Forces, Border Force Officer, Assistant Immigration Officer, Bodyguard, Coastguard, Dog Handler, Criminal Intelligence Handler, Prison Officer, Store Detective, Customs Officer, Firefighter, Road Traffic Accident Investigator.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) to check any entry requirements.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
  • You will need to bring your own device/laptop for this course, click here to find out more
  • Specific branded clothing, payable at the start of your course
  • Practical/comfortable clothing for parts of the course
  • Specific sports kit, which you can purchase online before you start the course
  • protectu: Protective Services uniform - £95
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2024/25
  • You will need to pay a £65 outdoor skills fee before you start the first year course
  • You will need to pay a £60 fitness facility fee each year before you start the course
  • There may be trips/expeditions required or optional as part of this course
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

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Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, find out what we offer on our Sports Academy page.

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Last updated: 31/10/2023
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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