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  • Start date:   August 2020
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 5


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

Please note, this course is now full. You can still apply for this course, but your application will be placed on a waiting list.

Read about Lewis Cornwell's West Lothian College experience here

Get a taste of what our Uniformed Public Services students experience in these videos.

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  • What the course includes

    The course includes:

    • Nutrition, health and wellbeing
    • Sports officiating
    • 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.

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. The college is an active member of Scottish Student Sport. We have established sports teams in football, rugby, basketball and badminton, giving you the opportunity to represent the college in various external leagues.

West Lothian College has recently teamed with protective clothing company Safeguard Clothing who kindly donated a protective vest to the Uniformed Public Services class. Read more here

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
  • Successful applicants must complete the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme process.
  • International

    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 in the Police and Fire Brigade. 

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, register your interest or feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.