Policing Level 3 -

Policing Level 3

Course Details

  • Department

    Public Services
  • Qualification

    Level 3
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    2 Years
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

Prepare for a career in the uniformed or armed services with this course, which provides the knowledge, skills and fitness needed for employment in the sector. You’ll learn theory on topics such as government policy and emergency responses, while practical training includes a range of outdoor adventure pursuits.

Entry Requirements


4 GCSEs at grade 4 (old GCSE grade C) or above, to include 2 from English, Maths or Science with at least a grade 3 (old GCSE grade D) in the remaining subject. Alternatively a suitable Level 2 vocational qualification (Merit or above) with English, Maths and Science at Level 2.

Cost for students aged Under 19


for students over the age of 19 please contact us


Key Information

The Policing qualification is an Extended diploma, it equates to 3 A-levels. You will study the course over two years where you will study a total of 18 different topics. In year one you will study and learn; preparation for a career in the police service, developing leadership skills, Equality, diversity and inclusion, Develop aspects of physical fitness for entry to the police service, Mental and physical wellbeing in the police service, Carry out map reading and navigation across open country, Emergency planning and response in the police service, Understand the impact of war and conflict on the police service and Understanding discipline in the police service.



In year two, you will explore and learn the following; Preparation for Higher Education, understand conflict management and personal protection, UK legal systems and the police service, Crime scene investigation, Volunteering in the police service, Safeguarding and the Prevent Duty, the development of the UK police service, Neighbourhood policing and Dealing with emergency incidents.



In addition to learning sector-based topics, you will also learn and develop your soft skills that are needed in all industries, such as; how to professionally delivery a PowerPoint presentation, how to construct a formal report, how to take part in discussion as well as taking part in a number of practical fitness test relating to the police service.

4 GCSEs at grade 4 (old GCSE grade C) or above, to include 2 from English, Maths or Science with at least a grade 3 (old GCSE grade D) in the remaining subject.

Alternatively a suitable Level 2 vocational qualification (Merit or above) with English, Maths and Science at Level 2.

You could progress on to a career in uniformed services such as police force, armed services, or pursue a degree/foundation degree course in professional policing or a related subject or a  three-year apprenticeship with the police force.

Progression and Development Sessions:

All students enrolled on a Level 2 or Level 3 course will be required to attend Progression and Development sessions every week. These sessions will cover a wide range of topics from careers and employability, British Values and equality and diversity to essential life skills such as mental health and wellbeing, drugs and alcohol and personal safety.

Career pathways

  • Work at outdoor activity centres
  • Work within the public services sector (e.g. Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, Fire Service etc)
  • Sports leader
  • Fitness instructor
  • Sports coach

Work experience is a crucial element to the course and for entering the police service. Although the college may create opportunities to complete some work placement hours, it will be down to each individual to find their own work placement opportunity.

As part of the course, you will have to complete at least 30 hours per year in a related industry. These industries can be any sector where you are working directly with customers/members of the public, industries such as; waiters, bar tender, shop worker, working in a school, care home, checkout attendants etc. are ideal for preparing for a career as a police officer.

Previous learners have obtained part-time work prior to beginning the course, we have been able to count these hours as their work placement hours.


Currently, the course if free if you are 16-19. There are no funds or loans available for those who are 19+, the full cost of the course will have to be self-funded by the individual.



The course will require a uniform, the cost of these uniforms will be kept to a minimum, full prices will be available during the induction process. However, we attempt to keep the uniformed cost below £60 wherever possible.

  • York Campus

    York is the College's residential campus and is located just four miles from York city centre. At York we offer a full range of subject areas and levels including Apprenticeships, Level 1-3 Diplomas, Foundation, Top Up and BSc Honours Degrees.

    Photo of animal management building

Student Stories

Siobhan’s Story

“Askham Bryan College is a fantastic college. It has been a pleasure learning here. All the tutors are willing to go above and beyond to ensure you have the best knowledge possible. I would recommend this college to anyone wanting to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse. ”

Ryan’s Story

“Choosing the level 3 Arboriculture course was a big decision being a 31-year-old self-employed landscape gardener. I am now at the end of my first year and there is no looking back. I have come on leaps and bounds professionally. I have already expanded my business into arboriculture with the skills and knowledge I have learnt. Askham Bryan College has been an eye opener and I've learned skills that I will take through my entire life.”

Ellie’s Story

“I chose Askham Bryan College because I liked what the course covered especially Anatomy & Physiology and Coaching. I enjoy taking part in training and I am hoping to go on to further coaching courses in football at University. The course is great to prepare me for this career.”

Also see


Look through our options for under 18 and over 18 accommodation at York


We have plenty of routes and stops to try and make it easier for you to study with us

Student Finance

Find out if we can help you financially to remove any barriers to college

Askham Bryan College Video