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Uniformed and Emergency Services (SCP)

Campus Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 4

Study mode Part time

Duration 42 weeks

Start date Aug 2022

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Course overview

THIS COURSE IS SPECIFICALLY FOR SENIOR PHASE SCHOOL PUPILS WHILE STILL AT SCHOOL.

This course will enable pupils to develop the general, practical skills, knowledge and understanding required for work in uniformed and emergency services. The relevant uniformed services for this course are Army, Merchant Navy, Royal Navy and Marines.  The relevant emergency services are Ambulance Service, Coastguard, Fire & Rescue and Police.  The knowledge and experience acquired will support the development of transferable employability skills and will also prepare pupils for further training or employment.

Central to the Course is developing the employability skills that are valued by employers in the uniformed and emergency services. These skills are embedded in all four Units. Candidates will have the opportunity to develop their employability skills through practical activities in real or simulated working environments, investigations and team-working activities. Candidates will also be involved in self-evaluation of these skills, seeking feedback from others about their skills and identifying areas of improvement whilst taking account of the feedback received.

Health, safety, fitness and wellbeing are important aspects when working in the uniformed and emergency services, and candidates will explore these aspects and participate in physical fitness practical activities. They will be introduced to the process of carrying out an assessment of risk and will investigate the skills required to assist others, such as communicating effectively.

Effective team-working is an essential element of working in uniformed and emergency services settings. Candidates will investigate the benefits of team-working, and the qualities of effective leadership and followership will be explored. External factors that may affect a team will be investigated. Candidates will also be given the opportunity to work as a member of a team to plan and carry out a task.

What you will learn

Uniformed and emergency services: An Introduction (Scotland)

Learners will participate in practical activities which will help them to develop knowledge and understanding of uniformed and emergency services environments. This unit introduces learners to a number of generic employability skills but also focuses on a number of specific employability skills valued by employers in the uniformed and emergency services, eg timekeeping, attendance and the ability to follow instructions.

Uniformed and emergency services: Health, Safety, Fitness & Wellbeing

This unit introduces the learner to the importance of maintaining personal well-being and a healthy lifestyle for a career in uniformed or emergency services. Through identification of physical fitness standards required by the uniformed and emergency services, and participation in physical fitness practical activities, learners will develop an understanding of the importance of maintaining physical fitness for a career in the uniformed or emergency services.

Uniformed and emergency services: Engaging with the Community

This unit introduces learners to the concept of diversity and the possible impacts of stereotyping on members of a community. Learners will investigate a community issue relevant to a uniformed or emergency service and will also have the opportunity to interview a community member to obtain their views on a local issue.

Uniformed and emergency services: Working in Teams

This unit introduces learners to the nature and importance of team-working in uniformed and emergency services environments. The benefits of team-working and the qualities of effective leadership and followership will be explored and external factors which may affect a team will also be investigated.

How the course is assessed

  • Ongoing assessment throughout the course

Number of days per week

  • 2 afternoons per week Tuesday& Thursday 13:30-16:00

Entry requirements

  • No formal entry requirements but pupils will be required to complete a personal statement as part of the application process and participate in a selection process.

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

  • No formal entry requirements but pupils will be required to complete a personal statement as part of the application process and participate in a selection process.

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • Criminology NPA Level 5 will be introduced in 2023.
  • Further study or employment and/or training. 

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Sighthill Campus Part time 22/08/22 42 Weeks

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