Level 3 Extended Diploma in Policing

This qualification aims to provide you with an in-depth understanding of the principles of the police service and will allow you to explore various areas of work within it. You will develop transferable skills that can be used in the workplace or applied in further study. These include leadership skills, conflict management, teamwork, navigation, physical fitness, an understanding of personal commitment, equality, diversity and inclusion.

The main objective of the qualification is to allow learners to progress towards the entry requirements of the police service or further study. Its aim is to provide informed and prepared potential recruits. The qualification has been developed with subject experts to ensure that the content is relevant and meets the needs of employers.

The main outcome of this qualification is progression to employment as it helps you develop knowledge and skills required to prepare for entry to the police service. It can also support you in further study.

There is a wide range of job roles available in the police service. After a probationary period, you could explore areas such as the Fraud Squad, Dog Handling, Child Protection or Firearms. It offers many opportunities for career progression.

Aims of the course

These are to:

  • Provide an 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 and navigation.
  • Understand police powers in the United Kingdom
  • Understand crime scene investigation
  • Develop an understanding of the external organisations that impact on and influence the work of the police service
  • Provide an opportunity to investigate career opportunities in the police service
  • Understand a collaborative approach and the impact of neighbourhood policing
  • Understand the use/misuse of substances and alcohol in the context of mental health problems
  • Develop an understanding of the personal commitment and fitness requirements needed to be employed in policing
  • Understanding UK legal systems and the police service
  • Develop an understanding of how the police service responds in emergency situations


The units for this programme have been selected to offer learners the best opportunities for progression both academically and professionally. In order to achieve the Level 3 Extended Diploma Policing learners must complete 4 mandatory units plus 14 optional units.

Mandatory units are:

  1. Prepare for a career in the police service
  2. Develop leadership skills
  3. Equality, diversity and inclusion
  4. Preparation for Higher Education

Optional Units:

Learners will be provided with a list of optional units at the time of enrolment to choose from. Learners need to choose 14 optional units to successfully complete this qualification.

Essential skills that learners will gain are:

While completing these qualifications, learners may develop the knowledge, understanding and essential skills employers look for in employees. These range from familiar ‘key skills’ such as teamwork, independent learning and problem solving, to more tricky-to-measure skills such as:

  • An appreciation for appropriate behaviour and dress
  • Appropriate interpersonal skills
  • Communicating with professional colleagues/peers and/or hierarchical seniors
  • Supporting other aspiring employees
  • Personal manners and deportment
  • Understanding work practices and how different roles and departments function within an organisation.

How the course is delivered

This Level 3 Extended Diploma in Policing is delivered via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which provides access to case studies, learning materials and activities, presentations and web links. Online tutor support and guidance is provided throughout the course, where learners can interact with the tutors, get feedback on their progress and submit their work electronically. This helps you to build the relevant skills progressively, as you receive feedback and support from your tutor during this time. As the course is delivered online, this enables learners to study any time, any place through immediate access to VLE.


All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods. This could include direct observation within the workplace, a portfolio of evidence and written assignments.


After successful completion, students will achieve an NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Policing. In order to achieve the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Policing learners must successfully complete 4 mandatory and 14 optional units.

UCAS Points

Pass: 48

Merit: 96

Distinction: 144

Distinction* : 168

Opportunities for progression

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

  • Professional Policing BSc (Hons) Protective Services
  • Policing Foundation Degree
  • Public Service Foundation Degree
  • BA (Hons) in Public Services

Job roles you can apply for on completion

  • Professional Policing
  • Criminology and Policing
  • Criminal Justice

Entry requirements

  • Learners must be aged 16 or above
  • There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification. However, learners may find it helpful if they’ve already achieved a Level 3 qualification.


Total course fee: £1650.00

Please contact us for a customised monthly payment plan


18 months.
Student study commitment would be a minimum of 5-6 hours a week.

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