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Public Services


Offered at

North Notts College

Our Public Services courses focus on fitness, teamwork and discipline, helping you to prepare for roles in the following areas:

  • Police Force
  • Ambulance Service
  • Fire and Rescue 
  • Prison Service
  • Armed Forces

You’ll learn from tutors who have all served in the military or other public services. You will develop the vital skills and discipline needed for a successful career in a frontline role, including teamwork, communication, initiative and leadership.

You’ll have the chance to develop practical skills such as navigation and orienteering as well as gaining knowledge of the criminal justice system, citizenship and human behaviour.

Within our practical based courses, you’ll have the chance to get involved in adventurous activities and pursuits including abseiling and mountain biking and take part in educational visits. You’ll also be encouraged to take part in competitions and showcase your skills and abilities to build your confidence.

Alongside your studies you’ll hear from currently serving Police Officers, Firefighters and members of the Armed Forces; giving you an insight into what your future career might look like.

Your Pathways

  • Level 1

    Vocational Studies (Health, Fitness and Business) 

    Public Services

  • Level 2

    Public Services

  • Level 3

    Uniformed Public Services


The Public Service sector is ideal for those who want to work in a fast-paced environment, have an interest working frontline supporting the public and have a passion for fitness.

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Prison Officer

Average salary - £30,900*

Prison Officers supervise inmates in prisons, remand centres and young offenders institutions.

Day-to-day tasks:

Keep inmates secure, carry out security checks and searches, supervise prisoners and
maintain order, support vulnerable prisoners, go with prisoners on external visits like court appearances or hospital appointments, prepare inmates for release through rehabilitation programmes, update records and write reports on prisoners. **

Working environments:

A prison.

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Police Community Support Officer

Average salary - £27,100*

Police Community Support Officers work in a neighbourhood policing team to help deal with and prevent crime.

Day-to-day tasks:

Go on patrols, offer advice on crime prevention, deal with anti-social behaviour, deliver talks in schools, issue fixed penalty notices, use social media channels to develop links with local communities and provide support at large public events.**

Working environments:

You could work in the community or on a patrol.

*Information from EMSI 2022 **Information from

In-demand skills that commonly appear in job descriptions for roles within the public services sector include*:

  • Communication
  • Customer Service
  • Management
  • Detailed Oriented
  • Leadership

What our students say

“I study Public Services at North Notts College to prepare me for a career in the Fire or Police Services”

Harry Carr
Harry Carr Level 3 - BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Uniformed Protective Services

“I love the practical side of the course. The people, the atmosphere and the skills that we learn on the course are all brilliant and help me to prepare for a career in the RAF.”

Esme Birch
Esme Birch Level 3 - BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Uniformed Protective Services