Policing Level 3

Please note, this course information is for September 2021 entry.
The new admissions cycle for September 2022 entry will open in October 2021, and we recommend you check back for updates to course information.

Are you interested in a career in the Police Service?

This course has been developed with subject experts and professional bodies to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to assist with your application to the Police, undertake further study or embark on any number of protective services careers.

The course is delivered by subject experts, including experienced practitioners (both serving and retired Police Officers). This will provide you with a wealth of subject expertise, key skills and life skills to prepare you for entry into the Police and many other careers.

Throughout the course you will develop your critical thinking about policing, policy and practice through complementary units such as, service entry requirements and preparation, values, operational policing principles, legislation, criminal justice, domestic violence and many more. To develop these skills, you will be involved in practical activities and events, and experience a range of guest speakers.

Whilst undertaking the course you will be expected to wear a Public Service uniform each day in College and take part in formal parades, and drill training, as is customary within the Police.

You will have to complete 30 hours work experience in a relevant career setting.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed through a combination of presentations, reports, group discussions, timed assessments, practical and written work, as well as in-class elements.

What do I need?

You will need to have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 and above, including English and Maths.

Where can it take me?

You could progress to a range of higher level courses, including degrees in Professional Policing, Criminology and Law. Applying for the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship may also be an option. 

This course is ideal if you are interested in a career as a Police Officer, Prison Officer, Probation Officer, Security Officer/Adviser, Military Police Officer or other Protective Services roles.

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2 Years

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