The BTEC in Public Services was introduced to allow pupils who did CCF in the Fourth and Fifth Forms to be rewarded with a formal qualification for the skills they acquire. It builds on their knowledge of the armed services and allows them to gain credit for activities they do within the CCF, including adventurous training, first aid and map reading.
The BTEC is a vocational qualification that builds on community and leadership, allowing the pupils develop their skills in an environment that gives them many opportunities and challenges.
In the Sixth Form, we offer the Level 3 BTEC. This is recognised by many universities and allows pupils to achieve grades ranging from A* to E. The course at Level 3 includes modules on leadership; looking at different theorists and practical activities, public services and citizenship; looking at what it means to be a citizen and how citizenship impacts on the public services and a module on the roles and responsibilities of the public services in the UK. Optional modules allow pupils to integrate physical activities such as sports, climbing and expeditions into the qualification and therefore also dovetails well with the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
A pupil who has completed the BTEC in Level 3 will have a good sense of self-awareness – their strengths and weaknesses - and how to produce development plans to move forward. They will understand the basic risk assessment process and have a good understanding of what it means to be a citizen.