Unit in brief 

Learners investigate factors that can affect behaviour and their impact on the discipline of individuals and groups in the uniformed protective services. 

Unit introduction 

The uniformed protective services are defined as armed services, police, fire and rescue service and custodial services. There are many influences on the behaviour of those working in the uniformed protective services. Some of the influences are within the control of the individual, while others are beyond their control. Understanding the relationship between performance, behaviour and discipline is key to improving the experience and effectiveness of those serving in the uniformed protective services. In this unit, you will examine a range of theories that underpin behaviour and how they are applied in the uniformed protective services. You will explore how authority is used to benefit both the individual and society, based on key types of authority in the public sector, making connections between theory and practice. In completing the assessment for this unit, you can draw on your learning from across the programme. This unit will support your progression to higher-education courses that focus on behavioural dynamics, organisation and behaviour in the public sector and investigative psychology in public service, and to degree programmes specifically related to the uniformed protective services, such as policing, fire and rescue or offender management. Coupled with further study the skills and knowledge you develop in this unit will help you to progress in your career in the uniformed protective services. 

Summary of assessment 

This unit is assessed through a written examination set by Pearson. The examination will be two hours. The number of marks for the examination is 80. The assessment availability is January and May/June each year. The first assessment availability is May/June 2021. Sample assessment materials will be available to help centres prepare for assessment.

Unit in brief 

Learners study the dynamics of team building and team leadership, participate in team-building activities, and learn the methods of communication used by the uniformed protective services. 

Unit introduction 

The ability to effectively lead and support is crucial in the uniformed protective services. When all members of a team understand their role, feel supported and know what is expected of them, an effective team can achieve its objectives. Teamwork and effective communication are embedded in the uniformed protective services. In this unit, you will learn about leadership, investigating the different styles of leadership and how they are best used in the uniformed protective services. You will learn how to be an effective team member while developing leadership skills and will have the opportunity to apply these skills in different situations. You will gain an understanding of the different types of communication systems used by the uniformed protective services, and the importance of clear communication, together with learning how these systems have enabled the services to become more efficient. In completing the assessment tasks for this unit, you can draw on your learning from across your programme. Completing the unit will help you to progress to degree or apprenticeship programmes that focus on work with external organisations and to employment. 

Learning aims In this unit, you will: 

A Explore teamwork and leadership styles used in the uniformed protective services 

B Explore theories and techniques used for the development of effective uniformed protective services teams 

C Demonstrate the use of communication methods and systems relevant to the uniformed protective services 

D Apply team working and leadership skills within uniformed protective services contexts.

Unit in brief 

Learners develop the underpinning skills and knowledge relevant to best practice and managing risk when participating in outdoor activities. 

Unit introduction 

Outdoor activities is a broad field that has numerous benefits, including physical, social and psychological benefits, for those who engage with it. This unit gives you the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities. You will be able to develop skills in specific activities and review your performance against group and personal expectations. You will develop your understanding of the skills needed to participate in outdoor activities. You will focus on the concept of good practice in the outdoor sector, while recognising that it is essential to have a knowledge and understanding of the environment where the activities take place. You will study a selection of activities in depth, focusing on developing your practical skills and techniques, which are essential for safe, efficient and independent participation. This unit will allow you to develop your level of physical ability in the outdoors. This unit will help you to progress to studying a higher education programme that integrates outdoor activities and/or sport with ongoing engagement with local uniformed protective services or specific exercises with uniformed protective services. Learners wishing to progress from higher education to the officer selection process in the armed services are encouraged to participate in outdoor activities training in order to develop fitness, resilience and leadership skills to strengthen their application. The skills developed in this unit will give you a good foundation to progress to a range of employment opportunities and apprenticeships in the outdoor sector. Entry to employment in the uniformed protective services is dependent on applicants meeting physical fitness requirements. 

Learning aims In this unit, you will: 

A Examine the requirements and personal skills needed for participation in outdoor activities 

B Develop skills and techniques and apply safety requirements for participation in outdoor activities 

C Reflect on own practical performance in selected outdoor activities and how this will support own future career.

Unit in brief 

Learners develop the skills needed to plan, participate in and reflect on outdoor expeditions. 

Unit introduction 

Having the skills to undertake an expedition with friends or as an organised group will allow you to access some of the world’s most challenging landscapes. Successful expeditions are undertaken around the world for a range of reasons, including personal challenge, fundraising for charity, education and scientific exploration in uncharted parts of the world. Many members of the uniformed protective services are involved with these expeditions. You will explore the reasons why people place themselves in some of the most physically challenging environments to achieve their goals. In this unit, you will investigate past expeditions, exploring the history behind the most acclaimed and successful individuals and teams. You will also look at lesser-known expeditions that have changed the way in which modern expeditions are planned and undertaken. You will develop the skills needed to plan and undertake an expedition and will be given the opportunity to demonstrate these skills by planning, undertaking and reviewing your own expedition. This unit develops skills and improves the knowledge needed to lead a team on an expedition. Many of these skills are transferable to other tasks carried out in the uniformed protective services. This unit will help you to progress to study higher-education programmes that integrate expedition activities with ongoing engagement with local uniformed protective services or specific exercises with uniformed protective services. The skills you develop will be particularly useful if you wish to progress to the officer selection process in the armed services on completion of further training or qualifications. This unit will help you to develop the leadership and planning skills needed for participating in the practical areas of uniformed protective services sector-related employment or apprenticeships, in areas such as fire and leadership and policing. 

Learning aims In this unit, you will: 

A Explore the development of different expeditions and their purposes

B Plan and undertake an expedition to meet set objectives 

C Review own planning and undertaking of an expedition.