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Public Services

DEVELOP THE KEY SKILLS NEEDED TO CARE FOR YOUR COMMUNITY.

Offered at

Dearne Valley College

If a career working in a frontline or supporting role for the emergency services or armed forces sounds like the job for you, a course in public services could give you a head start.

Studying Public Services at Dearne Valley College (also part of the RNN Group) you’ll develop skills sought-after by employers including teamwork, initiative, leadership and communication so that you can achieve your dream career in the uniformed and non-uniformed public services industry. There’s also the opportunity to gain additional qualifications alongside your studies including emergency first aid, canoeing and mountain biking.

With us, what you learn is what you’ll use. Our talented team of tutors bring with them experience of working in the public services sector. They bring passion and professional expertise to your learning, so you’re safe in the knowledge that learning with us means you have what it takes for a role in public services.

You can develop your skills in action- packed activities and pursuits using the local brilliant facilities such as Manvers boathouse and lake, granting access to a range of land and water sports.

Your Pathways

  • Entry Level

    Sport and Public Services

  • Level 1

    Public Services and Sport

  • Level 2

    Public Services

  • Level 3

    Public Services
    Public Services and Criminology

  • Level 4/5

    HNC in Public Services

“I have met new friends and enjoy doing a variety of activities, including football and rounders.”

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Abigail Whittaker Level 3 Public Services Former student at Wickersley School

FUTURE CAREERS IN PUBLIC SERVICES

The Public Service sector is ideal for those who want to work in a fast-paced environment, have an interest working frontline supporting the public and have a passion for fitness.

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Prison Officer

Average salary - £30,900*

Prison Officers supervise inmates in prisons, remand centres and young offenders institutions.

Day-to-day tasks:

Keep inmates secure, carry out security checks and searches, supervise prisoners and
maintain order, support vulnerable prisoners, go with prisoners on external visits like court appearances or hospital appointments, prepare inmates for release through rehabilitation programmes, update records and write reports on prisoners. **

Working environments:

A prison.

*Information from EMSI 2022 **Information from nationalcareers.service.gov.uk

Police Community Support Officer

Average salary - £27,100*

Police Community Support Officers work in a neighbourhood policing team to help deal with and prevent crime.

Day-to-day tasks:

Go on patrols, offer advice on crime prevention, deal with anti-social behaviour, deliver talks in schools, issue fixed penalty notices, use social media channels to develop links with local communities and provide support at large public events.**

Working environments:

You could work in the community or on a patrol.

*Information from EMSI 2022 **Information from nationalcareers.service.gov.uk

In-demand skills that commonly appear in job descriptions for roles within the public services sector include*:

  • Communication
  • Customer Service
  • Management
  • Detailed Oriented
  • Leadership

*Information from EMSI 2022
**Information from nationalcareers.service.gov.uk

What our students say

“I have met new friends and enjoy doing a variety of activities, including football and rounders.”

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Abigail Whittaker Level 3 Public Services Former student at Wickersley School
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