Level 3 Uniformed Protective Services

About the course

Our BTEC Uniformed Protective Services programme is a bespoke academic and personal development programmes designed for 16-19-year-olds interested in a career in the protective services such as Armed Forces, Emergency Services, Prison Services or Border and Security Agencies.

This programme will provide recruits with a nationally recognised level 3 qualification as well as the knowledge, leadership skills and physical & mental robustness that will support them while joining the Protective Services, gaining employment/apprenticeship or moving on to university study.

Programme Overview

At Protective Services Academy we ensure that upon completion, all recruits are fully prepared for all progression options either academic or employment. We achieve this through the delivery of a bespoke three-part programme.


BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Uniformed Protective Services (equivalent to three A-Levels)

Units covered: Citizenship and Diversity, Behaviour and Discipline, Physical Preparation, Teamwork & Leadership, Government & Politics, Outdoor Activities, Emergency Incidents, Media, Sociology, Expedition, Personal Fitness, Criminology and Personal Development

GCSE or Functional Skills English and Maths (if required)

Health and Fitness

Fitness Testing, Stress and Mental Health, Sports, Adventurous Activities, Endurance Training, Strength and Conditioning, Personal Hygiene, Physical injury prevention, Nutrition, Sleep and Substance Misuse plus much more…

Careers and Personal Development

Careers and Employment, Duke of Edinburgh Gold,  STEM, Personal Values, British Army Look at Life Residential, Royal Marines Look at Life Residential, Educational Visits, First Aid and Emergency Care, Effective Communication, Service Entrance Test, Fieldcraft and Map Reading and Navigation plus much more…

Progression Routes

It is our goal at the Protective Services Academy to put all our recruits in the unique position of being fully prepared academically, physically and mentally to join the protective services on completion of the programme, or to progress onto employment, apprenticeship or university…

University Progression Employment or Apprenticeship
BA (Hons) in Criminology Police Force
BSc (Hons) in Fire and Rescue Fire Services
BA (Hons) in Social Work British Army
BA (Hons) in Sociology Royal Navy and Royal Marines
BA (Hons) in Public Services Royal Air Force
BA (Hons) in Policing HM Prison and Probation Service
LLB (Hons) in Law U.K Border Force and Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Employers Recognition of Uniformed Protective Services Qualifications

Entry Requirements

The first thing we are after at the Protective Services Academy is the right individual, this comes in all different forms but the basic requirements would be, commitment, grit, sense of humour and willingness to ‘have a go’.

You will be expected to engage in all classroom and practical based activities as well as support the school through completing break and lunchtime duties and support breakfast and after school clubs.

You will also need

  • 5 GCSEs (including English and Maths) or equivalents
  • Complete PSA Assessment Centre

Contact us for further information 

We will consider each individuals circumstance when joining PSA, so please head over to the contact us to discuss your individual circumstances.