Level 3 NCFE Entry to the Uniformed Services

Qualification Level 3 NCFE Entry to the Uniformed Services
Subject Area Uniformed Public Services
Attendance Full-Time, On-site
Age Group(s) 16-18 year olds
Duration 1 Year or 2 Years

Course Content

This qualification is designed to provide learners with an in-depth understanding of the principles of the uniformed services sector and to allow them to explore the various avenues of work within it. It will also allow learners to gain transferable skills that can be applied to the workplace or further study.

This qualification is available as a:

  • Certificate - 1 Year
  • Diploma (540 credit) - 1 Year
  • Diploma (720 credit) - 2 Year
  • Extended Diploma - 2 Year

This qualification will:

  • focus on the study of the uniformed services within the public services sector
  • offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a key core of knowledge
  • provide opportunities to acquire a number of practical and technical work-related skills.

This qualification is aimed at learners with an interest in the Army, Navy, RAF, Police, Fire and Prison Services. This qualification is also aimed at anyone who has an interest in joining any sub-specialisms of these professions. This qualification is not intended to provide training in these sub-specialisms, as it is expected that such training will be given to learners upon entering each chosen profession. This qualification can be used as introductory preparation for entry to all 6 of the professions listed above.

This qualification aim is to provide learners with:

  • an understanding of the uniformed public services sector
  • the opportunity to investigate career opportunities in the uniformed services
  • the ability to prepare for a recruitment interview
  • an understanding of the personal commitment and fitness requirements needed to be employed in a uniformed service role
  • an understanding of the external organisations that impact on and influence the work of the uniformed services
  • an understanding of how uniformed services organisations respond in emergency situations
  • the opportunity to understand and develop the skills and qualities needed to work in a range of uniformed services e.g. leadership skills, coaching skills, conflict management, personal protection, teamwork, communication, navigation, drill.


  • Unit 01 Prepare for a career in a chosen uniformed service 
  • Unit 05 Uniformed services hierarchy and routine
  • Unit 14 Understand the impact of war and conflict on uniformed services 
  • Unit 18 Outdoor and adventurous expeditions
  • Unit 19 Understanding discipline in the uniformed services
  • Unit 21 Crime scene investigation 

and many more.

Course Outcomes

The objective of this qualification is to:

  • allow learners to progress to employment or further study and towards the entry qualifications and requirements of a specific uniformed service
  • provide informed and prepared potential recruits.


Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

  • Public Service foundation degree
  • Higher apprenticeships
  • BA in Public Services.

They may also be useful to learners studying qualifications in the following sectors/areas:

  • management
  • public services
  • local or national government
  • justice
  • security.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSE, grade 4 including English and maths .


This assessment process measures the learner’s skill, knowledge and understanding against the standards set in a qualification, this is both internally assessed and externally quality assured.

Each learner is required to create a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates achievement of all the learning outcomes. On completion of each unit learners must declare that the work produced is their own. The Assessor will countersign this.

Internally assessed work should be completed by the learner in accordance with the timetable of the course and should be supervised and assessed by the Tutor. Assessment activities can be integrated with the teaching of the unit.

Work to be completed outside of the classroom may be set where applicable, such as where learners are required to research a topic. Any work submitted for assessment must be authenticated and attributable to the learner. The Tutor must be satisfied that the work produced is the learner’s own and the learner must declare that the work is their own.

In practice, this means that the majority of the portfolio should be completed in normal class time.


You will be required to purchase a uniform from the college



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