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Course Overview

The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Uniformed Protective Services is designed to support progression to further study. It is ideal for learners who want to learn about the Uniformed Protective Services sector with a view to progressing to higher education, either to a course related to Uniformed Protective Services or to a course related to another field of study. The programme reflects the shift towards increased graduate employment in the UPS sector, for example within the police service.

Uniformed Protective Services

Qualifications Available

BTEC Diploma (equivalent to 2 A-Levels)

Course Topics

  • Physical Preparation
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Citizenship and Diversity
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Behaviour and Discipline in the Uniformed Protective Services
  • Skills for Outdoor Activities
  • Expedition Skills
  • Teamwork, Leadership and Communication in the Uniformed Protective Services
  • Government and the Protective Services

Course Features

  • Variety of Assessment Activities to suit individual learning styles
  • Teachers use a range of e-media resources for teaching, learning and assessment i.e. I-pads, interactive digital lessons, apps and textbooks provide enjoyment in learning
  • Excellent results for both Y1 and Y2 courses – 100% achievement in last 5 years, more than 60% of students achieve high grades. 100% achievement in last 5 years, more than 60% of students achieve high grades.
  • Students develop their skills and knowledge through variety of class based and of practical activities
  • Excellent links with Army Careers, Prison and Fire Service, Police Service, Outdoor pursuits facilities e.g. Stoke Skiing Slope, Kilnworx
  • Additional support is organised and provided in accordance to individual needs to ensure students achieve to the best of their abilities


Students will be studying 7 units over the two years, Five mandatory and Two optional, two units are external (29% external assessment). At least three Units have some practically assessed elements, together with some written assignments

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100% achievement in last 5 years, more than 60% of students achieve high grades.

Where Courses Become Careers

After completing the 2 year course, the possible progression for BTEC Uniformed Public Services Students could be HE or suitable employment. At HE learners can progress in a range of disciplines, for example:

  • BA (Hons) in Applied Psychology and Criminology, if taken alongside A Levels in Psychology or Sociology
  • BA (Hons) in Social Work, if taken alongside A Levels in Sociology or Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) in Forensic Science, if taken alongside A Levels in Biology or Chemistry
  • LLB (Hons) in Law, if taken alongside A Levels in History or Law.

Progression to any Uniformed Services career is possible, as long as entry criteria are met (check the particular service for further information)

Make your mark

How SFC will help you to boost your CV by developing your skills and qualifications…

BTEC Nationals are based on applied learning that develops knowledge and understanding with practical and technical skills. The learners achieve this by performing vocational tasks that encourage the development of appropriate vocational behaviours and transferable skills. Transferable skills include communication, teamwork, self-discipline, research and analysis, planning and completing independent tasks to high standards, which are valued in both the workplace and higher education


If you are unsure what course you think you should choose or what career you would like to aspire towards then contact Admissions:

T: 01782 854221