Push yourself to the limits with Public Services at Bedford College

It takes a particular kind of person to work in roles such as the emergency services and the Armed Forces, and here at Bedford College, our Public Services study programmes put students on course to becoming the next generation of soldiers, sailors and airmen, and firefighters, paramedics and police that are essential to our communities.

Public Services at Bedford College

Over the next two days – 23 and 24 June – the UK and the world will be celebrating Public Service Day and Armed Forces Day in recognition of the people who keep our towns and cities safe and secure, and who are the ones to respond when danger calls.

If you’re looking to join the Armed Forces, emergency services, paramedical services or prison services, these jobs will call for you to enjoy a challenge, be level-headed and have good communication skills, too. Our current tutors have all served in either the RAF, the Army or the Royal Marines and are here to give you the skills, fitness, determination and confidence to put you ahead of the rest, get your first job and start a promising career.

Public Services students at Bedford College

Three of our Advanced Level students leaving us this year have already secured strong positions, before their study programmes have even finished! Heather will be joining the Royal Air Force as an RAF Police Officer in November, Ben will also be joining the Royal Air Force, but as a Data Intelligence Analyst later in the year, and Aleks has been successful in joining Bedfordshire Police and will receive her start date later this year.

So what is it like to be a Public Services student? Think fitness in the sports hall, team building activities out by the river, theory lessons, gym sessions, making the most of our multi million pound sports centre, trips, expeditions, careers talks, careers fairs – the list goes on.

We’ve organised expeditions to the Peak District and to Wales, trips to RAF bases including RAF Brize Norton, and visits from the Royal Marines Visibility Team.

The Royal Marines last visited us in April when they put students through their paces in terms of fitness and team building activities out by the river; it was a wet day and the mud was an extra bonus being used as camo cream! Everyone really bought into the Royal Marines ethos of "never give up"; a phrase which, if Public Services is the career for you, will always ring true.

Find out more about our Public Services study programmes