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Introductory Certificate in Policing - Level 3


Designed to give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to pursue a highly rewarding career in the UK Police service, this course is a great first step to achieving your dream.
Covering a wide range of interesting topics, this course will give you a firm understanding of Policing and its day-to-day duties.

The course modules provide a core foundation for various progression routes, including the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) scheme, training as a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) or volunteering to become Police Officer (Special Constable).

Whilst this course primarily covers key topics that prepare you for a career in the Police Service, topics relating to other Government Law enforcement-related agencies are also covered. With this additional knowledge, you can also pursue employment with agencies such as the UK Border Force, The Armed Forces or Prison Services.

Start dates and fees


20 weeks starting 09/01/2023.

Learners will be required to attend one afternoon and evening for 6 hours (Mondays).

Start DateCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
over 19
18/09/20232685A1652FREE* to £4170.00Apply

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

What will I study?

  • Map reading and navigation across open country.
    Essential when conducting open ground searches and when assigned to rural patrols.
  • Understand conflict management and personal protection.
    Fundamental in keeping oneself, colleagues and the wider community safe.
  • Neighbourhood policing.
    A host of core skills and scenarios are covered to develop your understanding of daily neighbourhood policing duties.

You will also develop skills such as:

  • Teamwork - essential in a uniformed organisation.
  • Lone Working - ability to work by oneself and by one’s own initiative.
  • Discipline - understanding how this is applied within a uniformed policing organisation.
  • Dynamic Risk Assessing - inevitable real-time risk assessing as a frontline worker.
  • Problem Solving - the ability to solve problems to ensure best positive outcomes.
  • Supporting others – essential for fulfilling duties.
  • Working with partnerships - understanding a multi-agency approach to fighting crimes.
  • Insight to laws – developing an awareness of terminology and how the law is applied.
  • Communication - written and verbal comprehension.

Entry requirements

A minimum of Level 1 functional skills in English.

What else can I do?

You will also have the option to complete a 3 day first aid qualification. This is a full cost short course.


How do I apply?

Apply online

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96.2% A Level pass rate in 2022.

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