Blue Light Pathway
BTEC Level 3

Qualification Level(s)

PLEASE NOTE: This is a pathway that runs alongside BTEC Level 3 Uniformed Protective Services and can also be combined with Level 3 Sport courses.

Course Description

The Blue Light Pathway combines with subjects such as Medical Science, Law or Criminology to support a pathway to university. On completion of this with the Uniformed Public Services course, you will achieve the equivalent of three A Levels, which will aid you to study relevant subjects at university or pursue a career in public service.

During the Uniformed Protective Service section of the course, you will study five core units that include:

  • Government Policies
  • Leadership and Teamwork
  • Citizenship and Diversity
  • Understanding Discipline
  • Fitness Testing and Training for the Uniformed Public Services

Additional specialist units will also be studied to complete the BTEC credit requirement. This will give you a qualification equivalent of two A Levels. Alongside this, you will have extra lessons each week to enable you to achieve an additional qualification in Criminology or Law.

An interest in the Blue Light services (Police/Ambulance services/Fire services/Coastguard services) is essential and knowledge of potential career pathways is desirable. Alongside the Uniformed Protective Services qualification, on the Blue Light pathway, you will gain an additional BTEC (equivalent to an A Level) in either Criminology or Law. As well as gaining the equivalent of three A levels, students will complete in-depth studies concerning crimes and the psychological reasoning behind why criminals carry out crime.

For BTEC Level 3 Uniformed Protective Services, practical assessments will take place throughout the course, with coursework required for submission on students’ completion of each unit.

For the BTEC Criminology and Law courses, students will complete a controlled assessment and an end of year exam, each of which is worth 50% of the overall grade.

Learners will have access to trips specific to this course as part of both the Uniformed Protective Services and Criminology/Law, which are hugely beneficial for students. The E6 Programme can also help prepare you for life after college, such as by helping you improve your CV writing and interview skills – both of which will be valuable in the process for joining the Armed Forces. Also, the E6 Programme will provide excellent items to put on future job applications – for example through opportunities for volunteering and improvement of other interpersonal skills.

By the end of this course, you will be able to apply to for the Blue Light services (depending on the uptake) or other Armed Forces, having experienced many trips and visits to dictate your chosen pathway. Students will have been guided to achieve their end goal of joining the forces, having gained many interpersonal skills, as well as advancing to the fitness levels required for the forces.

University will also be an option for those wanting to develop academically, as the Blue Light pathway provides students with extra UCAS points.

Exams for BTEC Criminology and Law will take place in May/June.

There are no exams, and therefore no key exam dates, for BTEC Level 3 Uniformed Protective Services, as all assessment are carried out are via unit-specific coursework throughout the course.