Social Sciences and Public Services Level 3

Course Type College
Qualification Level 3
Start Date September 2020
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Social Sciences and Public Services Level 3

This course is suitable for those who have a passion for understanding human behaviour, with a particular focus on crime and criminal justice, and for those who aspire to progress onto university. The course is comprised of three qualifications: Level 3 Extended Certificate in Psychology, Level 3 Diploma in Criminology, Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Public Services.

The course balances theoretical and practical study, giving you the tools to succeed in this rewarding sector. Some of the units that you will study include psychological theory, crime scene assessment, criminological theory and policing. This course would suit individuals who are interested in pursuing careers in Criminology, Policing, Counselling, Armed forces, Psychology, Probation, Law, Criminal Justice, Youth Offending, Social Work and many other careers.

You will be based in College for study three days a week and take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award on a fourth day.

The entry requirements for this course are: 5 GCSEs at Grade 5, including maths and English.

Upon completion of this programme you could consider progressing onto higher education either at University Centre South Devon or at an external University. This qualification provides the equivalent UCAS points of three A Levels.

Within the criminology section of this course, you will study the following units: Changing Awareness of Crime, Criminological Theories, Crime Scene to Courtroom, Crime and Punishment.

Within the psychology section of this course, you will study the following units: Psychological Approaches and Applications, Conducting Psychological Research, Health Psychology and an Introduction to Psychopathology (Mental Health).

Within the public services section of this course, you will study the following units: Government, Policies and the Public Services, War, Conflict and Terrorism, Leadership and Teamwork in Public Services, International Human Rights, Citizenship and Diversity and Planning and Management of Major Incidents.

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Course Details

Entry Requirements
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  • Genuine interest in subject
  • DBS Check
  • GCSE 5(B)
  • GCSE 5(B)
What will I learn?
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  • Criminology
  • Psychology
  • Public services

“The Public Services course at the College sparked my passion to become a Royal Air Force Physical Education/Training Officer. I gained a comprehensive insight into what it means to join each public service - due to the level of engagement and trips we experienced with each force. The support and encouragement from the staff was excellent; it gave me the room to fail and grow as many times as I needed and the motivation I needed to succeed.”Lewis Ray

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