Former Public Services student realises his dream of joining the British Army
“I joined The Henley College in 2009 to study the Public Services Extended Diploma Level 3, qualifying with a triple Distinction in 2011.
The year before, I started on an A Level programme, but after six short weeks I realised A Levels were not for me. I am a practical person and I prefer practical based learning, which is why the BTEC Public Services course immediately spiked my interest, once I understood how it worked!
The course had a brilliant mix of studying British law and the laws of armed conflict, to the professional standards expected while you wear a uniform. The course prepared me well for policing, understanding how working for an emergency force is not a 9 to 5 job.
Whilst on the BTEC course, we went to Calshot Activity Centre where we tried out a variety of outdoor pursuits and we had a visit from the British Army where we completed some “phys”, learned how to cook with Army rations and got a chance to try and eat one of the 4000kcal packs!
For anyone looking at joining a core force such as the Police, Fire, Armed Forces, or if you are just interested in these vocations, I would highly recommend this course."
We wrote about Max in March 2020 when he joined the Police force. Read more about his journey since leaving College here.