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Public Service students salute course

August 2, 2013

Students studying public services at West Cheshire College are celebrating after securing 100 per cent pass rate on the course.

Mike Devereux is continuing his Public Service studies at the College before joining the Armed Forces

The BTEC Diploma in Public Services Level 3 is designed for students who want to gain a rewarding career in the Armed Forces, Fire Service, Ambulance Service or Police Force. The vocational course includes visits and assessments at the Houses of Parliament, House of Lords and the Ministry of Defence. Level 3 students also undertake residential training with the Royal Marines at Lympstone and the Army.

Mike Devereux, 19, from Frodsham, has just completed the Level 3 course and is staying on at the College to do a HND in Public Services. He said: “I started A Levels but they weren’t for me so I started at West Cheshire College after the course had been recommended to me.

“We had the opportunity to go on a variety of trips and we’ve visited the Army, marine camps and the Cheshire Fire Brigade.

“The Level 3 course has given me the right skills to go straight into employment, but I wanted to strengthen my knowledge and skills even further.

“When I finish the HND course, I will apply for the Armed Forces – it’s an exciting career and you get the opportunity to travel.”

Amber Bailey, 21, from North Wales, completed the Level 3 course a couple of years ago and has since secured a job as an Army Military Police Officer. She said: “I’ve always been interested in working for the police so I signed up to the course. It gave a great insight into the police service and the Army.

“I left College in 2011 and got a job as an Army Military Police Officer. The course gave me all the right skills to go straight into employment.

“I would definitely recommend the course to other people who are looking to go into public services.”

Lesley Billingsley, Public Services Tutor at West Cheshire College said: “I’m delighted that 100 per cent of our Level 2 and 3 students have passed their course. All of the students have worked so hard to achieve this.

“The success stories of our students going into employment in the industry and progressing into Higher Education shows how beneficial the course is and how it gives them the right skills and experience to progress. The College is very proud of all of the students and we wish them all the very best of luck for the future.”

For more information about studying public services at West Cheshire College call the College hotline on 01244 656555 or visit

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