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Welcome to the Public Services Department

Our Courses

Vocational courses:

NCFE Level 2 Diploma Entry to the Uniformed Services

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services

Higher Education:

Access Diploma in Criminal Justice

BA (Hons) Criminology and Social Justice 

Our Results

In 2020 we achieved a 100% pass rate across our Vocational programmes.

Our Student Destinations

After studying at Level 3 many of our students progress onto Higher Education to study Criminology and related topics, such as Law, Sports Science and range of Teaching degrees. Whilst others have pursued careers with HM Revenue & Customs and joined the services.

Potential Careers:

  • Soldier
  • Prison Officer
  • Fire Fighter
  • Royal Marines Commando
  • RAF Fighter Pilot
  • Border Security Officer
  • Search and Rescue Team Member
  • Navy Officer
  • Transport Police Officer
  • Army Medic

Recent students have gone on to:

Join the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, British Army - including the Scots Guards Regiment, and Prison Service, as well as progression to Higher Education, including studying Forensic Psychology at university. 

Our Student Successes

Student name: Aaron Hartas

Former School: Howden School

Studied: BTEC National Diploma in Public Services

Destination: Senior Officer at HMP & YOI Moorland after five years’ with the Prison Service

Our Trips & Activities

Public Services students get the opportunity to go on a number trips throughout their studies, with recent visits and enrichment opportunities including:

  • National Police Counter Terror training exercise - Eggborough Power Station
  • Carr Gate West Yorkshire Police Training Centre
  • Army Visit - Strensall Barracks
  • Welton Waters Adventure Centre with the Royal Marines
  • Representing the North Yorkshire Youth Crime Commission on Police and Crime
  • Organising and attending Remembrance events with the Army
  • Rosedale Abbey
  • Hole of Horcum
  • University Fairs


This year, four of our Level 3 Public Services students Luke Cheney, 19, Ben Hodder, 18, Charlotte Nash, 17 and Saffron Farrington, 17 had planned to head out to the Himalayas alongside Lecturer Grant Gibson.

After their studies, between them the group plan to join the Royal Marines, Police Service, or Army, including a commission as a Logistics Officer, or progress to study Criminology.

The group would have spent 16 days trekking during the Easter holidays accompanied by highly experienced guides. They would complete a famous trekking route, take in the beauty of the varied landscapes and meet the local people that live on the mountains.

The students travelled to Kettlewell on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales for training. Unfortunately, due to the covid-19 the trip had to be cancelled. 

Our Trips & Activities

Public Services students prepare for Everest Base Camp Trip

Staff and students remember on Armistice Day


Find out more about the department on this presentation by the team from our recent Virtual Open Event.