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Philip Russell

I started on the Level 2 Public Services two years ago and progressed to Level 3 from there. I found it quite difficult to begin with. I was in a class of people I’d never met before and it was hard juggling everything with Covid and homelife. I’ve made loads of friends and although it was a bit daunting at first, it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it was going to be. 

I chose MidKent because it’s the nearest College to me and the easiest to travel to. I’d also heard lots of good things about it from neighbours’ kids and old classmates and I thought it would be good for me - and I was right, it’s brilliant here! 

On the course we’ve looked at media and how it might influence the public services, for example, biased and unbiased news outlets. We’ve also looked at security and all the different measures like CCTV, fingerprinting etc. 

We also do some practical elements like parades, casualty evacuation etc. 

My tutors are brilliant, they’ve been really supportive. I’ve been through a bereavement, and they’ve been great – if I’ve needed extensions on essays or something they’ve been really understanding. 

This is my last year at College, and I hope to join the Police but first I’m going to get a part-time job and get my driving licence. 

For anyone thinking of applying for Public Services I would say go for it, the course offers a lot of opportunities in terms of life skills and job opportunities.