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Public Services

Pathways

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.

Careers

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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Are you?

16-18

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 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 progess and succeed at College.

Here is a list of entry criteria for this pathway:

This programme of study is designed to drive your progression toward advanced employment or apprenticeship opportunities.

Achievement at level 3 will have a positive impact upon your future earning potential and career options but it also unlocks further progression to Higher Education and Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.  These take you from advanced technician or skilled supervisory roles at Level 3 to management and chartered professional status as you continue through your studies to higher levels.

To study on this programme you will need the equivalent of 4 GCSEs grade 3, ideally including English and maths.

This course provides time for you to gain vocational expertise in your chosen specialism and achieve your English and maths to grade 4 or an equivalent. Achievement at this level will have a positive impact upon your future opportunities and open up new choices for you, including skilled employment, apprenticeship, or progression to Level 3.

To study on this programme you will need the equivalent of 4 GCSEs grade 2 to 1 including Functional Skills English and maths Level 1 or above.

This programme of study is designed to accelerate progression toward advanced employment, higher study or apprenticeship opportunities if you are clear about your next steps and you have the explicit entry criteria to ensure your success.

Achievement at level 3 will have a positive impact upon your future earning potential and career options but it also unlocks progression to Higher Education and Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.  These take you from advanced technician or skilled supervisory roles at Level 3 to management and chartered professional status as you continue your studies to higher levels.

For a Level 3, including all T Level and A Level programmes of study, we require students to have an average point on entry score of 5.0 from their best 6 subjects, ideally including English and Mathematics.

In addition to the general entry criteria for T Levels and A Levels many individual subjects will also require students to have specific GCSE grades in specific subjects, and some will have a specified level of skill requirement as well as specific GCSE grade requirements. Please see the individual information regarding the requirements for each subject course.

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

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.

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.”

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
CT1 3AJ

Telephone:
01227 811111