Public Services - MK College


Public Service Courses

Be a force for good

Without the Public Services, the UK simply could not operate. From the Emergency Services to the Police Force, the events of the last year alone have highlighted the importance of these services to this country, and to the world. Our public service courses allow you to take the first step in your career.

Choosing a career in this sector is a dedication to protecting, serving, and enforcing what is right. Whether you’ve got your sights set on becoming a Police Officer or joining the Armed Forces, you can expect to get a broad understanding of how these units operate, and the dedicated training you must go through to reach your goals.

Public Services Level 3
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What are the career opportunities?

After a public services course, the progression opportunities are endless.

Jobs you could get include, but are not limited to:

  • Police Officer
  • Firefighter
  • Prison Officer
  • RAF Officer
  • Security Manager
  • Civil Enforcement Officer
  • Border Control

Once you’re in these kinds of roles, you will be supported by your managers and senior members of staff to progress or specialise in certain areas.

What are the steps to get there? Once you’ve completed your Advanced (Level 3) qualification, there are lots of different options open to you. What you choose to do depends on your goal – have you got your mindset on a certain specialism, or do you want to develop more technical knowledge first? Your options are:


Take what you’ve learnt on your course and apply it to a role within the industry, where you will experience life in the workplace a few days a week, as well as continue to learn in college. Lots of different sectors of the Uniformed Public Services have their own apprenticeship schemes – do some research and see what catches your eye.

Undergraduate Study

If you want to further your knowledge in your chosen specialism, we offer Public Services HNC & HND right here at the College. Your Advanced (Level 3) qualification will give you UCAS points to apply to university – make sure you do your research and think about if going to university will help you reach your goals.


You could search for an entry-level position with a company, where you will take the next step on your career journey. You will also be able to apply for the RAF or the Armed Forces.

Experience life in the industry with our employer partners

  • Special Opt MK
  • Royal Air Force
  • The Armed Forces
  • Milton Keynes Museum
  • HULA
  • Securitas UK
  • Milton Keynes Sea Cadets
  • Ride High Equestrian Centre
  • Milton Keynes Islamic Arts, Heritage and Culture
Public Services Level 2
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Intermediate or Advanced?

You may have seen our public service courses split up into Intermediate and Advanced. Here’s the lowdown on what they mean…


This level of study is equivalent to Level 1 & 2.

This will offer you a dedicated support system to prepare you for progression. You will develop your knowledge, skills and confidence in your chosen specialism, encouraged by your tutors and peers. Your experiences will enable you to decide what you want to do next, whether it’s an apprenticeship or an Advanced (Level 3) study programme at College, you will discover the wide range of options open to you.


This level of study is equivalent to Level 3.

Put your passion for your chosen subject into action with a variety of work experience opportunities. You’ll put your skills and knowledge to the test by taking on work experience in your chosen industry, getting an insight into what life in that career will be like. You’ll develop your learning at College, taking full advantage of our industry-standard facilities. Professionalism is a must for advanced programmes, as you will be making contacts and opening doors for yourself which could lead to something extraordinary.


This level of study is equivalent to Level 4, 5 & 6, and is only for people who have already completed an Advanced (Level 3) qualification (BTEC or A Level or equivalent).

Take your career to the next step with undergraduate qualifications, from HNCs to BA Degrees. Focus on your specialism, developing advanced technical, practical and research skills to prepare you for a fulfilling and successful career. With expert lecturers, small class sizes and access to facilities mirroring industry, get ready to become an expert in your chosen field.