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  • Start date:   August 2024
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 5
  • Course Type:   Full-time


This course is for those considering a career in uniformed and public services.

You will have the opportunity to have an experience with a range of the services, for example a look at life with The Royal Marines and The Army.

Read about Lewis Cornwell's West Lothian College experience here or get an idea of what our Uniformed Public Services students experience on their course here.

  • What the course includes

    The course includes:

    • Nutrition, health and wellbeing
    • Bushcraft skills
    • First aid
    • Hillwalking
    • Map reading
    • Orienteering
    • Citizenship

    There is an emphasis on improving your personal fitness. You will also have the chance to do the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. 

    Due to the nature of this course, it is advised candidates have their own walking boots.

Why choose this course

You will develop skills such as communication, teamwork and leadership through practical activities and problem solving. Public services employers also contribute to the course. 

Entry requirements

  • Three National 4 qualifications or equivalent at grade C or above, one of which must be English
  • We welcome applications from people with relevant life and work experience
  • Applicants must be 16 or over to participate in all aspects of the course
  • Applicants must be able to commit to 1 week residential experience during the course
  • Applicants should have a good level of fitness prior to commencing the course 

An Enhanced Disclosure Scotland application is required which you will do through the college if offered a place. 

If English is not your first language, ESOL Level 5 is an entry requirement for this course.

  • Where it leads

    Education: level 6 sport and fitness or other level 6 courses at West Lothian College.

    Previous sport and fitness students have progressed onto further study at Dundee University, Stirling University, Aberdeen University, University of the West of Scotland and Queen Margaret University.

    Employment: Past students have moved into careers with the Police, Fire Service and Royal Navy.

Interview arrangements

If you are invited for an interview/course information session, plan to be in college for around two hours. The interview includes:

  • Short written task
  • Fitness task

Please bring your practical kit and be prepared to take part in the multi-stage fitness test. Also bring evidence of your qualifications and/or employment references.

Fees, Finance & Funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more

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Take that next step in your career and apply for this course today. If the course is not yet open for applications, feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.