Academy FAQs

Where can this programme take me?

This depends on the programme you are on. All our programmes offer nationally recognitions qualifications that will allow you to progress to further or higher education, employment or apprenticeships. Our bespoke Fitness and Health and Careers and Personal Development phases ensure that you have the physical ability, mental skills and personal attributes to excel in whatever your future career aspirations are.

Here are some examples of the types of Protective Services that PSA recruits typically join;

Police, Fire, Ambulance Service, British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force, HM Prison and Probation Service, HM Revenue and Customs, Border Force, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Royal National Lifeboats Institute, Mountain Rescue Service

Here are some example of the types of university courses that PSA recruits typically progress onto;

BA (Hons) Public Service, BA (Hons) Policing Studies, BSc (Hons) Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behaviour, BSc (Hons) Community Policing and Criminal Investigation, BSc (Hons) Cybersecurity, BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation.

What is the entry criteria?

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. If you are enrolled on the Level 3 Extended Diploma you will be required to support the school staff to assist staff throught weekly duties in breakfast club and lunchtime.

For our Level 3 Programmes you will need:

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

For our Level 2 Programmes you will need:

  • No formal GCSE
  • Complete PSA Assessment Centre and Interview

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

What is included the ‘Assessment Centre’

  • Welcome Brief and Icebreakers
  • Fitness Assessment
  • Teamwork Activity
  • Programme Introduction

Please know that you CANNOT fail the assessment day, this is an opportunity for you to meet fellow applicants, the staff and have a brief taste of the types of things you will do on our programmes

What if I am not very fit?

You do not have to be! You will do regular exercise, sports and adventurous activities on our programmes so you will naturally get fitter over time. If you wish to join say, The Royal Marines, Parachute Regiment or Armed Police etc, there is going to be a requirement for you to have high levels of fitness when you finish. The staff are very experienced and we will make sure that fitness is tailored to fit individual needs and future career aspirations.

How many days a week will I be in?

For post 16 students, you will be in for at least FOUR days per week, with a full day off where you will be expected to engage in volunteering, community engagement or employment.

For year 10 or 11 students, this will depend on your programme of study but anything between ONE and THREE day per week.

What if I’m not sure if I want to join a Protective Service yet?

Having some interest in joining a Protective Service will certainly be an advantage as the programme coursework, activities, trips, visits and residentials are structured around the protective services. However, this should not prevent you from joining a programme. The uniqueness of this programme is that we will prepare you to join the Protective Services, move onto further education or apprenticeship. The skills you learn on our programmes are transferable to whatever you decide to do at the end of the programme.

What are the costs of doing the course?

The course is free for all recruits, so don’t worry about that. The only cost on the course will be for uniform (See uniform page), equipment and trips/visits but these will be explained to you during your induction as costs will vary.

Example of some costs:

  • Four-day work experience residential with the British Army including accommodation and food = £0
  • Visit Police or Fire HQ, Army/Navy/RAF Base = £0
  • Day hillwalking in North Wales = £0
  • 3 x 1 hour sessions of Kayaking = £20/30
  • Duke of Edinburgh Gold = £300+

Costs will ultimately depend on the programme you are on.

If you have any other questions, please get in touch with us

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