Start Date:
06 September 2021
If you are aged 16 to 18 this course is free. Otherwise an Advanced Learner Loan is available.
Level 3
Taught at:
Bishop Auckland Campus

Course overview

This exciting new part time qualification for over 19s is designed to provide learners with an understanding of the principles of the police service and to allow them to explore the various avenues of work within it. It will also allow learners to gain transferable skills that can be applied to the workplace or further study. New for September 2021 will be available to under 19s a fulltime version.

This part time qualification for 19+ adults will give you:

• an introduction to further study towards the entry qualifications and requirements of the police service

• a basic 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 how the police service responds in emergency situations working with other service collaboratively

• understanding of aspects of civic and criminal law

You will cover:

Preparing for a career in the police service - In this unit you will explore the entry routes and different career pathways available in the police service. You will then prepare a personal profile, application and take part in a real or simulated interview. Following this, you will evaluate your performance and suggest areas for development.

Collaboration between the emergency services – In this unit you will demonstrate an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of statutory and non-statutory services at emergency incidents. You will identify the benefits and challenges of collaborative working, review a recent major incident and demonstrate the skills and knowledge by participating in a practical scenario.

UK legal systems and the police service - In this unit you will examine UK civil and criminal law and identify the structure and roles within the UK courts systems. You will explore different categories of criminal offence and carry out in-depth research into criminal cases in order to understand the processes involved in dealing with them through the legal system leading into an understanding of how legal systems impact on the police force.

Course requirements

A minimum of four GCSE's 9-4 (A-C), or a BTEC/NCFE Level 2 at Merit or above - Life experience will also be considered when considering applications from mature students. A genuine interest in the subject is essential - and an interview will take place.

Materials needed

You will need all basic stationery items for studying. There may be some cost implications for some trips across the study period, however this will be discussed for individual visits with you at the time.

What can I do when I finish?

Following year one of study you can move onto the Diploma in Policing. Alongside additional qualification you could apply to the Police Service.

What next?

Further study with us, higher education, employment opportunities in the sector.

What will I do?

The Introductory Certificate in Policing Level 3 is taught one day per week (probably Thursday – tbc) from 9.30-4.00pm. Units of study are:

Module 1 – Prepare for a career in the police service

Module 2 – Collaboration between the emergency services

Module 3 – UK legal systems and the police service

The course also includes the option of working towards a Level 2 Award in Suicide Awareness which is included in the cost of the course for students who wish to work towards this extremely useful qualification. This award aims to provide students with knowledge of the scale and context of suicide within the United Kingdom, its associated stigma, the main risk factors and to increase their understanding that suicide is preventable. This knowledge and awareness would prepare students for work within the police service where suicide is a key issue.

What will it give me?

Successful completion of this course will give you the NCFE Level 3 Introduction Certificate in Policing, as well as the Level 2 Award in Suicide Awareness (for those learners who would like to work towards this qualification during the course).

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