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Public Services


Pathways are made up of courses focused on future careers or further education opportunities

A career in the public services means variety and new challenges every day, and we can help you get there.

Lessons don’t just take place in the classroom; industry placements are an essential part of the Study Programme. We have close links to local services, many of whom visit the College to give advice on starting your career.

Students go on a range of exciting trips to test their skills in new environments, many of which involve military skills and outdoor pursuits.


Our students progress on to a range of higher education courses, or straight into careers in the public sector, such as:

  • Armed Forces
  • Police
  • Fire & Rescue Service
  • HM Prison Service
  • Border Force

Alice Weller, Level 3 Public Services student shares her experience of life at College and explains what is expected of a Public Services student in order to prepare for work in the industry.

Career Prospects

Example: Senior officers in fire, ambulance, prison and related services

 Annual pay
£33,280 - £65,000
Annual pay is per year, based on full-time employment and on the South East region.

Across the UK the workforce is projected to expand by 37% over the period to 2027, adding 5,140 jobs. In the same period, 63% of the workforce is projected to retire, creating 8,633 job openings.

Role description

Fire officers plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the activities and resources of a specific physical or functional area of a statutory or private fire brigade/service and the resources necessary for the protection of property at fires within a salvage corps area. Ambulance officers plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the resources necessary for the provision of ambulance services. Prison officers (principal officer and above) plan, organise, direct, and co-ordinate the activities and resources necessary for the running of a prison, remand or detention centre. Customs officers plan and direct the work of customs, excise and immigration staff in the monitoring and inspection of goods and persons crossing national borders.

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Entry requirements

Our entry requirements allow any student to apply enrol and progress in their studies with us to achieve their full potential.

You will apply for your chosen pathway and at the interview you can discuss what entry criteria you need for each level.

Once you have your GCSEs we can ensure you are enrolled on the best level for you to progress and succeed at College.

Please see our Group entry requirements

What's next?

Step 1 - Apply

Once you apply, you will have an interview to discuss your chosen pathway

Step 2 - Interview

We will contact you with appropriate options for conducting your interview, either online or in person.

At your interview, we will discuss the entry requirements for each level and course. It is also your opportunity to make sure that the pathway meets your goals and ambitions.

Courses at Canterbury College

If you know exactly which course and level you need to apply for, or want more information, please select from the options below:

Need more help?

Our advice and guidance team can be contacted to help you understand your next steps at College.

Courses at Canterbury College

If you know exactly which course and level you need to apply for, or want more information, please select from the options below:

Why people love Public Services

Leslee Twyman

Leslee Twyman

“The Public Services course is so varied and the activities that we take part in are brilliant. Coming to College has been a completely different experience to school. When I leave I want to join the Police.”

Remembrance Day Service

Remembrance Day Service

Public Services students and staff held a Remembrance Service on Armistice Day, alongside representatives from the Uniformed Public Services sector.

Joe Edwards

Joe Edwards

"Our tutors are really supportive and all have previous experience working in the Public Services industry and we learn a lot from them. We get involved with many activities and volunteering, and have regular opportunities to meet employers from the industry."

Contact us

We'd love to hear from you

New Dover Road
Canterbury, Kent

01227 811111