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Public Services Study Programmes

Prepare for a life in the armed forces or emergency services.

Find out the difference between a Public Services course and a study programme here.

Offering both a practical and theoretical grounding, the MidKent College Public Services study programmes, delivered from campuses in Gillingham and Maidstone, provide students with a range of challenging activities and simulated emergencies, along with the chance to work closely with active members of the public services.

You'll learn the essentials of working within the public services. This includes working as part of a team, how to manage your time and to communicate well. You'll also be given the opportunity to meet industry professionals and practice the skills you learn in mock emergencies and realistic scenarios.

What will I learn?

Our highly qualified and experienced tutors will educate you in employment within the uniformed public services, health and fitness, career planning, teamwork, driving and the law. Higher-level programmes cover government and politics, leadership and teamwork, citizenship and diversity, understanding discipline, and fitness testing and training. You’ll also experience the fitness tests required by the uniformed public services. Specialist instructors will visit the College to deliver and assess these.

Find out the difference between Public Services courses and a study programme below.

Why choose a MidKent College Public Services study programme?

We are an RAF ‘platinum partner’ as we have been recognised for the quality of the candidates recruited through the College! You’ll learn how to play your part in a team, manage your time and communicate well. Meet the professionals and practice with them for emergencies.

What level am I?

This will be dependent on the qualifications and experience that you currently have. For some very practical subjects you'll need to start at level 1 to ensure you learn the key theory, practical knowledge and health and safety standards for your industry. Check out what level you are on our chart.

How is English & maths involved?

If you’re aged 16 to 18 years old, English and maths will be a key part of your study programme. You will study both at a level which is appropriate to you. You’ll need to feel confident relaying instructions and analysing situations.

What facilities and trips are available?

The department has organised trips to Wales, Cornwall, Italy and France that have involved outdoor activities, counter terrorism, police work experience, prison visits, police riot training and visiting Ward Security, the British Army and Royal Marines activity days!

Dog handlers, the emergency services, the Armed Forces and Holocaust survivors all visit students to share their experiences.

What have your past students gone on to do?

Students have progressed to employment in areas such as the Kent Special Constabulary, police force, RAF, rehabilitation centres and nursing. Others have progressed onto university courses after completing the HND at the College.

What can I do afterwards?

There is a whole range of options available to you from police officer to the fire service or a paramedic. Have you considered becoming part of the armed forces or a prison or security guard?

How much do police officers get paid?

Police officers (sergeant and below) in the Medway and Maidstone areas can expect to earn on average £19.37 per hour.*

What’s the difference between Public Services courses and study programmes?

Traditionally you may have studied a Public Services course, where you would only study the qualification, such as health and fitness, teamwork and the law. A Public Services study programme is so much more than a Public Services course!

This change to study programmes is due to national feedback from employers saying young people need to have more than just a “qualification”; they need to have the skills to work in their chosen industry. A study programme encompasses the subject qualification, English and maths skills as well as work experience and personal development skills. You can read more about study programmes here.

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*Data taken from EMSI April 2018