NCFE Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services

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An Extended Diploma is a practical two year work-related course.
You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.
As well as learning about the Uniformed Services you have chosen, you develop the skills you need to start your career.

Course Content and Job Skills

Some of the units you will study include:

  • Develop aspects of physical fitness for entry to the uniformed services
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Prepare for a career in a chosen uniformed service
  • Security Procedures in the uniformed services
  • Understand the impact of war and conflict on the uniformed services
  • Understand and develop conflict management and personal protection
  • Participate in uniformed service routine
  • Volunteering in the uniformed services
  • Carry out map reading and navigation across open country
  • Emergency planning and response in the uniformed services
  • Skills for Land-based activities
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Skills for water-based activities
  • Expedition skills
  • Mental and physical wellbeing
  • Values and standards
  • Equality Diversity and inclusion



Students are required to complete a portfolio (file) containing evidence of assignments, presentations, leadership tasks, group exercises, practical work and expeditions. You will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction on each assignment. UCAS points are awarded for this qualification.

Entry Requirements

Minimum four GCSEs at grades A-C/9-4 (English essential maths desirable) or you will have successfully completed a Full Level 2 programme up to Merit or Distinction with English grade A-C (9-4).
You may also be asked to demonstrate your commitment and skills in an interview. A good level of fitness is also required.
A positive reference from school, employer or tutor (if progressing or from another college) is essential, together with excellent attendance and punctuality records.


This course is suitable for school leavers wanting a career in the Uniformed Services


Diploma: Year 1

Extended Diploma: Year 2


Extended Diplomas are valued by employers and Higher Education.

Past students have gone into careers such as:

  • The Police
  • The Armed Forces
  • The Fire Service
  • Paramedic
  • Security


Additional Information




A wide range of visits will be organised during the course.
You may be required to purchase a travel card for additional visits that may be arranged during the year.
You will also have the opportunity to experience an outdoor adventure visit, which aims to develop your teamwork, communication and leadership skills.

Additional equipment you will need to get throughout the year:

Walking boots, rainproof jacket and sleeping bag.

Travel card for additional visits that may be arranged during the year.

You will also have access during your sessions to our multi million pound gym facilities which is part of the college.

You will also have access to our multi million pound gym facilities during your sessions:Pulse Gym

You can view our courses and additional information through our Facebook page: Facebook

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Further Details:
Tuition, exam and registration fees not applicable to students aged 16 to 18.

Start date:
September 2019


For information about course costs, please see the Carshalton College fees policy.

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