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Entry to the Uniformed Services Diploma

Level 3

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Key Info

Learning Area   Military & Protective Services Academy
Delivery Mode   Full-time
Duration   1 Year

Dates & Locations

Course Type   16-19, Adult
Location   Bicton College
Start Date   07/09/2021

Our Military and Protective Services (MaPS) Academy provides the ultimate preparation for a career in the Armed Forces, Emergency and Rescue services, the fire, police, ambulance, UK Border force as well as, Non-uniformed roles, civil service, voluntary or private security sector.

We offer two options for you to start your studies in the military and protective services depending on your GCSE results. On completion our Level 3 course offers you the choice of university study or employment. Our Level 2 course is ideal should your GCSEs not be what you expected with the option to progress to Level 3 on successful completion of your course.

Preparing you for a career in the armed forces is our ultimate goal. We pride ourselves on our success rates with 80% of
students who pass going straight into the military or protective services and the remaining 20% continuing their studies.

This course will challenge you, take you out of your comfort zone and put you one step ahead of the rest. More importantly it will offer you the opportunity to find out more about the benefits of a career in the uniformed and non-uniformed services before you commit yourself.

You will love taking part in our annual field trip to the Houses of Parliament or our three-day survival school and two five-day residential military exercises. Expect to visit local Armed forces monthly such as HMS Raleigh. We also have accommodation on campus at Bicton College.

Please note: As part of your course you will be required to carry out Work Experience and/or an Industry Placement.

  What You Will Learn

You will study a range of core modules including preparing for a career in a chosen uniformed service, developing aspects of physical fitness for entry to the uniformed services, developing leadership skills and equality, diversity and inclusion. You will also study specialist subjects depending on which area of the uniformed services you would like to enter as well as outdoor and adventurous expeditions to further challenge you. Take part in numerous field trips to military and protective service establishments and carry out residential military exercises. You will also have the opportunity to undertake first aid training.

  Entry Requirements

Three GCSEs at grade 4 including English or maths, or a relevant Level 2 qualification at merit.

  Work Experience

Nathaniel, 16, would like to join the RAF and completed his work experience with the RAF Air Cadets

“The benefit of doing cadets as an industry placement whilst completing the MAPS Academy course is that they both follow the military route so complement each other. The content of the course and cadets allows me to reinforce my knowledge. When I applied for rank at Bicton, I had a stepping stone towards this as I had already been awarded Corporal status in cadets.

If you have the commitment and you want to succeed in joining the military/protective service, I would recommend joining a cadet programme as you learn a lot of valuable information and a better insight into the roles that you may want to join in the future. The cadet programme has given me skills, knowledge and behaviours and also taught me about the values in the military. I remember joining the MAPS academy at the beginning of the year and this felt like an easy transition because of the confidence I have obtained during my time in the cadets.

Through continuing to volunteer with cadets I had a better understanding going into the course of what to expect. I also want to join the Army cadets next year as there is so much to learn in different cadet organisations as the Army operate in a slightly different way.
You never stop learning with whatever you are doing so through yourself into everything and anything you can.”


Assessment for this course is TBC


University study such as our FdSc Rescue & Emergency Management, our FdSc Emergency Sector Leadership & Management or our FdSc Police Studies from this you can also move onto our flagship BSc (Hons) Emergency Sector Management and Interoperability (top up). The selection process for a uniformed service of your choice including the private sector security service.


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