Uniformed Services

Ayrshire College


Ayr Campus, Kilmarnock Campus, Kilwinning Campus


If you’re interested in a career in the uniformed or emergency services, such as the Police, Fire or Ambulance Service, the Armed Forces or Prison Service, this course is a great place to start.

This course introduces you to the knowledge and skills you’ll need to work successfully in government vocations, including communications, teamwork, leadership and many more. Many of the fact finding and practical tasks you’ll undertake mirror jobs and processes in the real workplace.

The course has excellent partnerships, working with the police, army, coastguard and fire service. You’ll make regular visits to the various services base locations, and hear from guest lecturers in the classroom to make sure you’re well informed in your specific area of interest.

Subjects may include: Psychology; First Aid; Health Fitness and Wellbeing; Social Issues; Engaging in the Community; Volunteering; Outdoor Activities; Teambuilding; Core Skills.

Entry Requirements

1 Higher plus some subjects at National 5, or a relevant NC course at SCQF Level 4 or 5. Candidates who do not have formal qualifications, but have life experience, will also be considered. A place on the course is subject to an interview process.

Progression Routes

Apply to join one of the various uniformed and security services or progress to HNC level study.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Social Science

SCQF Level