Farnborough College of Technology
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About this course

This course is ideal for School Leavers who want to pursue a career in a wide range of public services. It is equivalent to three A Levels and provides a route into university or higher education.

This course offers an excellent opportunity to make an informed choice about a career in the Police or Fire Service, Army, Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force, Prison Service, Security Organisations or HM Customs.

Who is this programme for?

This programme is for school leavers looking to pursue a career within one of the many public sector job roles and who identify a need to gain an understanding of the factors that will affect their future careers and also those who wish to improve skills pertinent to many of the uniformed and armed services.

What will I study?

Learner will study units centred around the Public Sector and develop an in depth understanding of how Government procedures influences the job roles within the public sector. Learners will also focus upon factors related to crime and the legal and law system that exists in the UK whilst also partaking in outdoor units such as Expedition and Land Navigation skills.


£130 course fees (including Textbook, course polo shirt and expeditions).

Start as a college student, finish as a graduate

After successfully completing this course you also benefit from the chance to stay with us at University Centre Farnborough. This gives you a path to graduating with a degree or higher education course without the costs of moving away, all while studying in a familiar and supportive environment.

Higher education courses you may be interested in studying with us after your School Leavers course:

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If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

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Studies include

How will I be taught?

All units are delivered at the Farnborough campus but some sessions will use external resources such as the Farnborough Leisure centre and surrounding local facilities (Outdoor Expedition and Land Navigation units).

What modules are covered?

Modules include:

  • Citizenship
  • Government
  • Leadership
  • Discipline
  • Crime
  • Responding to Major Incidents
  • Instructing Physical Activity
  • Police Powers
  • Current Media Affairs
  • Behaviour
  • Land-based Navigation
  • An Expedition to Enhance Your Navigation and Orientation Skills
  • Fitness Testing
  • Exercise Health Lifestyle
  • Legal Law Systems

How will I be assessed?

Assessment based learning.

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What Next?

This programme is equivalent to three A Levels and provides either a foundation for university study or can act as a stepping stone to a range of careers, not necessarily related to the uniformed services, which require you to be educated to A Level standard.

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Entry Requirements

What is the entry process?

Prospective Learners can apply online for the course. Following the application you may be interviewed and you will hear shortly from us confirming your conditional offer on the course. Towards the summer you will be invited in to a Summer School taster day where you will experience some of the modules you can expect upon starting the course in full.

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

From School

  • Five GCSEs at grades 9-4
  • To include English and maths GCSEs at 9-4

From College

  • Relevant level 2 qualification at merit grade or higher
  • English and/or maths at level 2 or higher 
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I wanted a course that gave me more confidence to do things and was not just about sitting in a classroom. As part of the course we do land navigation and expedition work. For one expedition we walked to Norman Court in Salisbury Plain, stayed the night, and walked back on our own navigating as a team.

I’ve found college life really good and we have enough free time that we can use to get our work done at college so we don’t have to take it home. I went on the National Citizen Service trip at the beginning of the year and it was great, helping me to meet my classmates before the year started.


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