Diploma in Policing // Level 3

The course for you if ...

You want to prepare for a career working in the police service. 

The purpose of this qualification is to provide specialist knowledge, skills and understanding relating to working in the police service in areas such as career aspirations, leadership skills and equality, diversity and inclusion, which can be applied to current or future employment. The content has been developed with employers, subject experts and Tutors to ensure that it’s relevant to the real world and meets the need of employers.

This qualification is designed to provide learners with an in-depth understanding of the principles of policing 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.

The qualification is made up of 3 Mandatory units + 6 Optional units.

Mandatory Units 

Prepare for a Career in the Police Service 

Develop Leadership Skills 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion 

Units may also include: 

Preparation for Higher Education

Develop Aspects of Physical Fitness for Entry to the Police Service

Values and Standards in the Police Service 

Mental and Physical Wellbeing in the Police Service 

Carry Out Map Reading and Navigation Across Open Country

Understand Conflict Management and Personal Protection 

The Influence of UK Government, International Organisations and the Media on the Police Service 

Collaboration Between the Emergency Services 

Emergency Planning and Response in the Police Service 

Understand the Impact of War and Conflict on the Police Service

Understanding Discipline in the Police Service 

UK Legal Systems and the Police Service 

Crime Scene Investigation

ICT in the Police Service 

Volunteering in the Police Service 

Safeguarding and the Prevent Duty 

The Development of the UK Police Service 

Neighbourhood Policing 

Dealing With Emergency Incidents 

Understanding Mental Health 

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and Maths


This qualification is internally assessed with a portfolio of evidence.

Progression & Careers

The Extended Diploma can provide progression to Higher Education which can lead to a career in Policing.

What related qualifications can you progress to?

  • Level 3 Certificate in Knowledge of Policing
  • Policing Foundation Degree
  • Public Service Foundation Degree
  • Higher Level Apprenticeship
  • BA in Public Services

Course detail
Start September
Level Level 3
Attendance Full-time
Duration 2 years
Campus Coast Road Campus