This sector incorporates all of the uniformed and non-uniformed public services such as the police, fire and rescue and the armed forces. The government spends nearly £29 billion on police services and over £33 billion on military defence per year, so this is a dynamic and vitally important sector to start your career.
There are many active, hands on roles within the public services that will involve working within the community, often in the heart of the action and with responsibility for the safety of other people. You’ll need to love a challenge and be a determined, disciplined and resilient individual.
Our public services students are based at our Hitchin Campus.
Our public services courses include lots of opportunities for you to get hands on experience for the world of work, including:
Work experience with Wethersfield Camp, Stevenage Fire Station and Lee Valley
Active engagement, visits and experiences with army residential trips and police ride alongs
The opportunity to become an interviewee as part of Stevenage police detective training
Working with Hitchin Fire Service to develop their winter drink driving campaign.
Our public services courses are the ideal starting place to study the skills required for a career within this wide-ranging and exciting sector. We have designed our courses to give you the widest possible understanding of the duties and demands involved in public services careers. Courses will touch upon the following aspects of the public services:
Uniformed: you’ll study physical preparation (exercise, health and lifestyle) for a career in the uniformed public services, international institutions and human rights, crime and its effect on society, understanding the impact of war, conflict and terrorism, and outdoor water and land-based skills activities.
Criminology: offers the opportunity for you to learn about all factors relating to crime, punishment, justice from criminological theories, the reasons for crime, violence, the penal and legal systems, capital punishment, restorative justice, policing, and community safety.
Non-uniformed: you’ll study citizenship, government policies, leadership and teamwork, extended research, current and media affairs, data interpretation, and use of ICT to enhance public service delivery in order to prepare for careers providing crucial back-up as well as technical and administrative reports to the public services.