Public Services - National Foundation Diploma

This course is delivered at several locations. Please select your preferred location

About this course

The uniformed protective services sector is diverse and encompasses uniformed public services such as the police service, the fire and rescue service, the armed services and the prison service. These public services are organised and financed by the government to benefit society. There is a wide range of occupations for graduate entry across the uniformed protective services, including roles in the police service and the armed services. This qualification focuses on, but is not limited to, the uniformed protective services such as the police service, fire and rescue service, armed services and prison service.

What you will study

There are 4 mandatory units and several optional units delivered on this course:

Mandatory units 
Citizenship and Diversity
Behavior and Discipline
Physical Preparation, Health and Wellbeing
Teamwork, Leadership and Communication

Optional units (including)
Custodial Care
Police Powers and the Law
Expedition Skills
Skills for Outdoor Activities 
Developing Personal Fitness Programmes

You will be required to purchase moulded football boots before commencing this course, in order to take part in practical sessions, which is an essential part of the course. You may be eligible for support with these costs. Please contact us for further information.

Course fee per year

Registration Fee Payable on Enrolment: £0.00

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A* - C including English Language and Maths (or equivalent) or relevant Level 2 qualification - Public Services

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information
This course is presented in several different locations, please choose the one convenient for you above.


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What our students say
Public Services

"The course has given me so many pathways to different careers. I love the facilities and the tutors are very helpful."

Sophie Marie Ventrice
Public Services Level 3

Career prospects & further study

After completing this course you can go on to complete our Full Time 'HND in Public and Emergency Services' course. The HND course will give you a strong practical and academic grounding in how public, emergency and armed services operate, are organised and managed.

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Barry Campus
Barry Campus

Cardiff and Vale College,

Barry Campus,

Vale of Glamorgan,

CF62 8YJ

Cardiff International Sports Campus
Cardiff International Sports Campus

Cardiff International Sports Campus,
Leckwith Rd,
CF11 8AZ