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Policing – Level 3

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About the course

A career in policing can open a world of opportunities: the opportunity for you to make a real difference in the communities you serve, the opportunity for you to meet exciting and varied daily challenges, and the opportunity of you to progress through to the huge range of career pathways available in the service.

With a potential starting salary of £28,551, rising to over £46,000 within seven years, there are multiple entry routes into the police, including traditional training, degree apprenticeships, and graduate programmes. Offering a comprehensive training and development programme to help you develop your skills and knowledge, this is your chance to be part of a team that makes a real impact on people’s lives.

Topics and units

  • Prepare for a career in the police service
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Emergency planning and response in the police service
  • Collaboration between the emergency services
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Understanding discipline in the police service
  • Volunteering in the police service
  • Develop aspects of physical fitness for entry to the police service
  • Neighbourhood policing

Careers and progression

Progressing to: University studies, Degree in Policing or an Apprenticeship in Policing

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including maths or English

Additional information

Our Level 3 qualifications are 2 year full time courses. At the end of year 1 you will achieve the L3 Diploma in Policing (equivalent to 1.5 A levels), and at the end of year 2 you will achieve the L3 Extended Diploma in Policing (equivalent to 3 A levels).

What to do next

If you are interested in applying for this course, please click ‘apply now‘ on this page or at the top of any page, and create an website account or sign in an account you have already created and complete the application form. 

To find out more information about our courses and college life, you can visit an open event to meet our team and check out our facilities for yourself.


Full time


2 years


Haybridge Road


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Upcoming events

Open event
19 June 2024
5.00pm — 7.30pm
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Taster Event – Step into Health and Social Care for Care Leavers
24 June 2024
10.00am — 12.00pm
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Taster Event – HND Healthcare Professions’ Support
25 June 2024
6.00pm — 8.00pm
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