St Mary's Catholic College, Wallasey

St Mary's Catholic College

Uniformed Services

"I have nothing but admiration for the emergency services as they go about their work"
H.M. the Queen (speaking after the London bombings 07/07/05)

About the Course:

This course is an ideal qualification for any student who may be interested in a career in the uniformed services, i.e. Army, Royal Navy, RAF, Police, Fire and Rescue or the Ambulance Service. This is a practical course that is aimed at increasing the confidence of pupils and enhancing their future employment prospects. The course will offer a wide range of activities including classroom sessions, sports activities and outdoor expeditions.

The course will allow students the opportunity to explore which service they are interested in joining and will require them to improve their knowledge of the subject area and monitor their physical fitness.

Pupils must have a genuine interest in a future career in the uniformed services. There will be a formal application procedure for all pupils interested in this course. This will involve completing an application form to explain why you would like to study for this qualification, followed by an interview with the course tutors to confirm your suitability. You may also be required to attend an induction event towards the end of year 9.

To achieve the NCFE Award, pupils must complete seven units (five compulsory and two optional) in their portfolio.

Compulsory Units:

  • Employment opportunities in the services
  • Physical fitness
  • Team working and problem solving
  • Map reading and navigation
  • Health and safety

How it will be assessed:

All students will be continuously assessed throughout the course by assignments and practical activities. The portfolio will be internally marked and verified by the NCFE.

What it prepares you for:

After the course, pupils will have a greater understanding of the requirements of working for the uniformed services. They should be able to use this knowledge and the qualification gained to support their application for a position of employment within one of the services.