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Policing - Level 3 Extended Diploma

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Course Description

Are you passionate about pursuing a career in the Police Force? With our Level 3 Extended Diploma in Policing, you will be provided with an in-depth understanding of the police service's principles, and the various avenues of work within this field. You will also have the opportunity to gain transferable skills that can be applied to the workplace or further study.

These qualification will focus on the study of the police service, offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a key core of knowledge, and provide opportunities to acquire a number of practical and technical work-related skills.

Qualification objectives:

  • Allow you to progress to employment or further study and towards the entry qualifications and requirements of the police service.
  • Provide informed and prepared potential recruits.

These qualifications aim to provide you with:

  • An understanding of the police service.
  • The opportunity to investigate career opportunities in the police service.
  • The ability to prepare for the entry process.
  • An understanding of the personal commitment and fitness requirements needed to be employed in policing.
  • An understanding of the external organisations that impact on and influence the work of the police service.
  • An understanding of how the police service responds in emergency situations.
  • The opportunity to understand and develop the skills and qualities needed to work in the police service e.g. leadership skills, conflict management, personal protection, teamwork, navigation.

This course is taught at our Middleton campus, located in Middleton, Greater Manchester.


NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Policing

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grade 4/C or above to include both Maths and English. NVQ Level 2 or VRQ Level 2.


Mandatory Units:

  • Unit 01 Prepare for a career in the police service
  • Unit 02 Develop leadership skills
  • Unit 03 Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Unit 04 Preparation for Higher Education

Optional Units:

  • Unit 05 Develop aspects of physical fitness for entry to the police service
  • Unit 06 Values and standards in the police service
  • Unit 07 Mental and physical wellbeing in the police service
  • Unit 08 Carry out map reading and navigation across open country
  • Unit 09 Understand conflict management and personal protection
  • Unit 10 The influence of UK government, international organisations and the media on the police service
  • Unit 11 Collaboration between the emergency services
  • Unit 12 Emergency planning and response in the police service
  • Unit 13 Understand the impact of war and conflict on the police service
  • Unit 14 Understanding discipline in the police service
  • Unit 15 UK legal systems and the police service
  • Unit 16 Crime scene investigation
  • Unit 17 ICT in the police service
  • Unit 18 Volunteering in the police service
  • Unit 19 Safeguarding and the Prevent Duty
  • Unit 20 The development of the UK police service
  • Unit 21 Neighbourhood policing
  • Unit 22 Dealing with emergency incidents
  • Unit 23 Understanding mental health

Work Experience

To Be Confirmed (TBC)


Upon completion of this course, you can progress onto the below:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Knowledge of Policing
  • Policing Foundation Degree
  • Public Service Foundation Degree
  • Higher Apprenticeship in Policing/Public Services
  • BA in Public Services
  • Professional Policing
  • Criminology and Policing
  • Criminal Justice
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