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Uniformed Protective Services (Level 3 National Extended Diploma)

Pearson BTEC

Course Overview

This course provides opportunities for learners to develop key skills to work in the uniformed services. It will be of particular interest for those who wish to pursue a career in the Police, Fire, Ambulance, and Prison as well as the Armed Services (Army, Navy, and RAF), HM Customs and Excise and other emergency related organisations. Our Limavady campus is an ideal location with access to numerous uniformed service providers. The purpose of this course is to help people become occupationally ready for employment in the uniformed public services sector at the appropriate level either directly after achieving the qualification, or via the steppingstone of Higher Education (HE) in university or college. Assessments are mostly internally set assignments e.g. essays, reports, practical assessments, or role plays. There are 2 external exams on the course. The course combines theory-based lessons with practical sessions such as outdoor adventure, and fitness testing and training. The course and teaching team is led by UK Pearson Silver Award winning lecturer Ivor Neill.
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  • Duration
    2 Years
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Important Message

Applications for Further Education courses 24/25 opening early 2024

Available Sessions

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  • Course: Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma Uniformed Protective Services
    Campus: Limavady
    Type: Full Time
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Course Offering

  • Site location Limavady Main St
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Course Modules

  • Physical Preparation, Health and Wellbeing
  • Skills for Outdoor Activities
  • Expedition Skills
  • Developing Personal Fitness programmes
  • Principles of Managing Security Threats
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Citizenship and Diversity
  • Behaviour and Discipline in the Uniformed Services
  • Global Affairs and the Media in Uniformed Services
  • Government and the Protective Services
  • Planning for and Responding to Emergency Incidents
  • Teamwork, Leadership and Communication in the Uniformed Protective Services
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

4 GCSE’s (grade C or above) OR Level 2 Diploma

ROI Requirements

4 OLC (Grade O5 or above) OR Leaving Certificate applied – Merit

Work Placement

In year 2 of the course we offer the opportunity to complete an Erasmus project to a European country. In 2019 students travelled to Malta for two-week work placements. On this course you will also get the opportunity to complete your Emergency First Aid qualification, and engage in Outdoor Adventure expeditions, day trips, and a residential. Work placement will form part of this programme of study.

What's Next?

Further Study

The course provides a well-established route into a variety of specialist Higher Education (HE) courses in this sector and beyond, fully meeting entry requirements for most courses.

Career Prospects

Potential careers include work in the public services, for example the police, coast guard, fire service, and armed forces.


  • Image of Kathryn Morgan (Limavady)
    I passed my Essential Skills in English after taking a community course with NWRC, through the Roe Valley Residents Association. The class was very relaxed and I had a brilliant tutor in Conal McNickle. I would highly recommend taking a class at your local community hub, and I’m now considering further learning with the College.
    Kathryn Morgan (Limavady)
  • Image of Paul Cotton (Strabane)
    I studied Level 2 Maths and English and successfully passed both. It was a great course, and it was great working in a smaller group. I’ve made friends for life and I’m considering progressing to another part-time course with the College.
    Paul Cotton (Strabane)
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