Uniformed Protective Services: Military & Outdoor Skills Pathway

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Uniformed Protective Services: Military & Outdoor Skills Pathway

Why should I study this course?

The Public Services industry is one of the largest employers in the country. It is a vibrant, vocational course which has both practical and theoretical elements. In choosing the Military & Outdoor Skills Pathway you will gain confidence and important employability skills for entry to the UK Armed Forces and onward progression to university. It is also designed for those with a passion for working in the Adventurous and Outdoor activities industry.

You will also have the opportunity to undertake a variety of experiences in a practical and safe manner. You will meet a range of teams that work within the public sector and have the chance to gain first-hand experience and knowledge of the services.

What will I study?

You will study a wide range of subjects which will give you understanding and skills in citizenship, teamwork and leadership, discipline and behaviour with a focus on outdoor activities through expedition skills and personal fitness.

You will also study the human body, components of fitness and methods of training, as well as lifestyle factors and their impact on health and wellbeing. Within this programme there are also compulsory fitness sessions to help develop your fitness in readiness for application to the public services and to be ready to take on outdoor activities.


Examination board


How is the course assessed?

You will have two exam units:

Unit 2 Behaviour and Discipline in the Uniformed Protective Services

Unit 6 Government and the Protective Services

In addition, you will undertake continuous assessment of practical and academic projects and assignments. The visits to, and presentations from the services, are assessed and are a compulsory part of your course and your grade.

What will the course prepare me for?

This course will prepare you for a career in the public sector and uniformed service occupations, with a focus on the Army, Navy, and RAF. It will give you the skills that are necessary for a career in Uniformed Protective Services, this includes skills that are transferable and important to any career, such as communication and time management. You could also progress onto university, with a wide range of subjects to specialise in, such as Health and Fitness, Peace Studies, Outdoor Activities and Environmental studies and many more.

Private study

You must take part in independent private study on a regular basis. You will be given regular homework tasks to enhance your learning experience and enable you to achieve the high grades required for further study or employment.

What materials will I need to provide?

You will need a file, paper and pens for classroom work but you will also need sports kit for the practical classes and suitable outdoor clothing and footwear for expeditions.

How will I be taught?

You will attend lessons, practical sessions and situational activities - where you will be assessed in challenging situations. You will be expected to take part in self-directed study and research. Your lessons will consist of group, individual and paired work. You will have information delivered by specialist teaching staff and your lessons will be highly differentiated to your needs. You will have practical, directed sport and fitness sessions to develop your physical fitness as well as preparing you for public service selection and work.

This course is for you if...

You want a career in the Uniformed Protective Services. This course is also for you if you want a challenging, rewarding, interesting and exciting subject area to study in. You will need lots of skills, knowledge and expertise to succeed in the service you choose. This course will help you develop all these qualities and give you an introduction to careers within Uniformed Protective Services.

This course could also be for you if you are not yet sure what your future holds because it is multi-disciplinary and therefore covers a large range of subjects, including; fitness, biology, law, outdoor skills, psychology, teamwork, leadership, government and many more. Studying a subject this diverse has the benefit that it can lead to many different courses at university, as well as a variety of careers both in the public and private sector.

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What are the course requirements?

Four 9 – 4 (A*-C) grades at GCSE or equivalent in 3 or more subjects preferably with a minimum of a grade 4 (C) in GCSE English Language.

What skills do I need?

  • Communication
  • Cooperation
  • Organisation
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving