NCFE Uniformed Services Course – a case study

Viking KAPAP were contacted by a local school to provide the theory and practical self defence skills to a group of year 12 and 13 students studying security – the practical and theory sessions were part of the NCFE level 3 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services.

A relatively new course designed to facilitate young people joining the uniformed services. The course looks at many aspects of the skills needed in dealling with the law and public. The course includes self defence skills that are practical, easy and quick to learn. A system which works on basic principles, so most importantly, can be adapted to suit the situation regardless the size of the opponent.

KAPAP is perfectly suited to the key elements of the course units. It offers an all round approach to self defence covering UK law and a reality based self defence system that is used worldwide.

The students

The class was made up of a mixture of year 12 and 13 students interested in entering various employments including joining the police, the army and the marines.

The NCFE Course Self Defence Requirements

A total of 8 hours delivery time in order to cover all the learning objectives; 4 hours theory, 4 hours of self-defence being delivered practically.

Self defence theory sessions

LO1 – The learner will: understand responses to conflict situations

  • Explain the importance of vigilance for self-protection in hazardous situations ( to include examples of hazardous situations faced by uniformed services workers and how they can escalate to conflict)
  • Explain personal space – zones / factors affecting it / importance of it in conflict situations.
  • Warning and danger signs which indicate aggression
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication techniques that can be used as a self-defence response 
  • Explain how reaction times can influence the use of self defence techniques
  • explain how and when to use different self-defence techniques 

LO2 – The learner will understand the implications of taking physical action in conflict situations 

  • explain reasonable force
  • explain the defence of property
  • explain the implications of using self defence techniques in a conflict situation
  • outline legislation related to self defence

Self defence practical sesssions

LO3 – The learner will: demonstrate self-defence techniques for personal protection and use a variety of self-defence techniques to respond to armed and unarmed attacks.

  • chokes
  • multiple attackers
  • improvised weapons
  • groundwork
  • kinfe awareness

For further information about the course, please follow this link to the NCFE website.

For the practical sessions, Ian accompanied Brett.

The class starts with a warm up – delivered by Ian. The warm up serves the main purpose of getting the body ready for the practical sessions as well as relaxing

The feedback from the self defence sessions

We spoke with the students and they feel that the sessions were informative and educations, we received lots of positive comments.

“A very informative guy, I learned a lot, also liked the enthusiasm”

”Enthusiastic, insightful with lots of useful info and some intense demonstrations.  Would participate again.”

“I like how he made his presentation interactive with the audience, it helped keep everyone engaged and interested”

”Had good stories which got his points across to us well.”

“Explaining stuff that is commonsense but people don’t realise that it’s important.'”

The expected

The majority of students were very receptive and found the sessions useful, interesting and a glimpse into the kind of situations they might experience in the career path they are considering.

Some of the course coverage is eye opening content that most people, hopefully, don’t ever come across. It makes raising awareness of possible situation, not an easy pill to swallow. If a young person has chosen a career in which their life is going to be put on the line, learning early on can be a great way of instilling usful skills which can be built upon through education and on the job training.

The unexpected

A few members of the group found it hard to carry out some of the practical training. From fitness to the proximity to other people; the physical contact such as hands around the throat.

This is something that does get easier with practise, familiarising with situations and physical contact repeatedly will strengthen the students ability to respond accordingly in a real life situation.

Result of the self defence sessions

Viking KAPAP is available for supplying the additional material for Schools and colleges offering the NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Entry to Uniformed Services self defence theory and practical sessions.

These are a great self contained courses to provide an excellent groundwork in any self defence application. It works alongside other security courses and vocational certificates such as the SIA. Equally useful to all ages and places of work.

It can also be modified for use in many other workplaces and corporate environments. Covering the law and practical sessions.

Just the start of self defence

It should be noted that the Viking KAPAP ethos, as with all other self defence and martial arts disciplines is to practise! Without regular training, the valuable information and skills are not retained.

We can help

Please do get in touch if Viking KAPAP can assist with your training and certifications. Call 01603 447667 or email by clicking here for more information now.


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