Sixth Form Course Information

Level 3 Extended certificate Uniformed Protective Services

Course Details

Awarding Body: Pearson

Staff Contacts: Mr West  (,  Miss Straw (

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Key features of the course


The course is run over 2 years, each year 2 units are studied.

At the end of the 2 years – the course is equivalent to 1 A Level.

In Unit 2 learners investigate factors that can affect behaviour and their impact on the discipline of individuals and groups in the uniformed protective services.
In unit 5 learners study the dynamics of team building and team leadership, participate in team-building activities, and learn the methods of communication used by the uniformed protective services.
In Unit 10 learners develop the underpinning skills and knowledge relevant to best practice and managing risk when participating in outdoor activities.
In Unit 13 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 services.
The course also provides learners practice in developing employability skills. Such as cognitive and problem-solving: communicating, working collaboratively, self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.

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Minimum of five GCSEs at Grade 4, with at least a grade 5 in English Language.

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What could this course
lead on to?

This qualification, when studied with other level 3 qualifications, is designed primarily to support progression to employment after further study at university. However, it can also support students progressing to employment directly, or via an apprenticeship. It will give the successful student the transferable knowledge, understanding and skills that will be an advantage in applying for a range of roles within the uniformed protective services sector.

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Future prospects
and careers

When combined with other qualifications in a two-year study programme, such as A Levels or another BTEC National qualification, learners can progress to higher education in a range of disciplines, for example: Applied Psychology and Criminology, Fire Engineering, Social work. Alternatively this qualification combined with others will provide access to apprenticeships and work in the uniformed protective services sector.

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What type of student is this
course suitable for?

This qualification is for learners who want to continue their education through applied learning, and are interested in higher education courses and job roles related to uniformed protective services.

Deadlines are essential to be adhered to and the course requires you to stay organised and be willing to do research and preparation at home, as well as during the school day.


It is important to understand the assessment structure of the course. What percent are the units ? Are they internally or externally assessed ? Are they exams or coursework?
Unit 2
  • Behaviour and Discipline in the Uniformed Protective Services
  • Externally Assessed Exam
Unit 5
  • Teamwork, Leadership and Communication in the Uniformed Protective Services.
  • Internally Assessed Assignment
Unit 10
  • Skills for Outdoor Activities and the Uniformed Protective Services.
  • Internally Assessed Assignment
Unit 13
  • Introduction to Criminology.
  • Internally Assessed Assignment
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