NCFE Diploma
Entry to the Uniformed Services Level 3 Broadly comparable to SCQF Level 6

This course follows the Level 2 Diploma, ensuring you are well prepared for work in the Police, Army, Navy, Air Force, Fire Brigade or Prison Service.


Why take this course?

This course will prepare you for entering employment in the services. You will cover a vast range of topics focusing on things like leadership and teamwork, emergency planning and response; understand conflict management and personal protection and not forgetting developing aspects of personal fitness.

What you will experience

You will cover a vast range of topics focusing on developing knowledge and skills required for the uniformed services. This will be done through a range of challenging and realistic activities, improving your leadership and team working skills. You will visit some of uniformed services establishments, such as a local fire station, police station, HMP YOI Grampian and the Army, where you will get to meet and talk with serving members of the uniformed services. You will get to see first–hand what their job roles are and the different types of career opportunities are available. There will be opportunities for some work experience with one or two of the uniformed services along with organised activities. You will also experience some outdoor activities such as land navigation, orienteering and expedition training.

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Key facts

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for those who have completed the Level 2 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services. Alternatively candidates should have at least three National 5 qualifications (at grade B or above), Intermediate 1 or Standard Graded General qualifications, preferably including English. Appropriate life or work experience will also be considered as a suitable entry requirement.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Next steps


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Places are still available on this course, commencing in August 2019. Please see below for your options.

Fraserburgh Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
1 Year
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Online applications

You can apply for a place on this course by completing an online application form, which you can access using the 'Apply Online' button. Once completed, this will be received by our Admissions Team who will then process your application.

Paper applications

You may submit a paper application form, and return it to us completed and signed.

All completed paper applications should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.