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Our Uniformed Public Services students spent an exciting day learning about the various roles and responsibilities of the Border Force Agency at Gatwick Airport earlier this month.

The group of 12 second year Level 3 students learnt how the Border Force Agency protects our borders at ports, rail stations and airports. They were shown examples of illegally smuggled items and how people try to avoid being detected.

They found the demonstrations on the work done by the sniffer dogs particularly interesting. Especially how they are trained to not just detect illegal drugs but to also detect money, tobacco and people who are smuggled for instance in containers through ports.

The students were also shown around passport control, immigration and declaration channels including the interview and detention areas and holding cells. At the end of the day some of the students even had the opportunity to try on riot gear.

Course tutor Chris Gill said, “Educational visits are an important part of our course and trips like these help our students to put their learning into context. The students found the visit very engaging and insightful. It has instigated a lot of discussion about opportunities to work for the Home Office in the Border Force.”

We offer courses in Uniformed Public Services at Levels 1, 2 and 3. The qualifications are ideal for students who wish to enter the public services including entry qualifications to Higher Education.

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