Police and Criminal Justice Academy - Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma (Full-Time)

Level 3 - A Level or BTEC National or IB or NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent

Subject Area Uniformed Public Services

School Construction, Leisure and Sport

Attendance Full-Time


The Police and Criminal Justice Academy is delivered by highly experienced uniformed and non-uniformed public services professionals who give you a real insight into the police and criminal justice system.

On this course, you will have exciting and challenging experiences both within classroom situations and in a variety of outdoor simulation activities. We will support you to progress to the career you want within the Criminal Justice System.

You will be able to select your preferred route and study units that match your desired career progression.

Course enrichment

  • Students can undertake a 12 day training course to become a retained firefighter at the Fire Service College.
  • As a UPS student you are able to become a reservist for the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (where you'll receive additional training and income from Army Personnel).

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2018. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk.
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Lifestyle Academy, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

The Police and Criminal Justice Academy has been specifically designed to develop your awareness of the public sector and the skills, qualities and attributes required to thrive in the industry.

The Diploma is ideally suited to learners that want to develop their understanding of the police and criminal justice system whilst studying English or maths.

The Extended Diploma is ideally suited for students who excel academically and have aspirations to study in Higher Education.

You must be 16 - 18 (by 31st August 2018) to study the course and be progressing from a level 2 programme with a merit grade.

Learners wishing to pursue a career in the military should consider the Level 3 Fusilier Military Academy.

Qualification Gained

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Uniformed Public Services (equivalent to 2 A levels).


BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Services (equivalent to 3 A levels).

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.

Course Content

To gain the full BTEC Level 3 Diploma, you will  complete 120 credits over 2 years. These units are made up of core units and optional units.

To gain the full BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, you will complete 180 credits over 2 years. These units are made up of core units and optional units.

Examples of units that you will study include:

  • Government, Policies and the Public Services
  • Leadership and Teamwork in the Uniformed Public Services
  • Citizenship, Diversity in the Public Services
  • Understanding Discipline in the Public Services
  • Police Powers
  • Crime and its Effects on Society
  • Custodial Care
  • Aspects of the Legal System and Law Making Process
  • Fitness Testing

Learning Methods

Tutors will teach you in a variety of ways to meet your individual learning needs. This will include:

• Classroom Based Sessions
• Tutorials
• Practical Sessions
• Enrichment Activities
• Off Campus Trips
• Work Related Experience (if applicable)

Assessment Methods

There will be a variety of assessment methods including physical fitness testing, psychometric tests, individual and group presentations, group discussions, portfolio building and simulated role play.

Progression Opportunities

Personal tutors will guide you throughout your studies to ensure you can move onto the correct form of study or employment.

Students successfully completing this course may be able to progress on to higher education to study areas such as:

  • Law
  • Policing
  • Criminology / Sociology / Psychology
  • Business Management
  • Outdoor Leadership
  • Exercise, Health and Fitness

Students that successfully complete their programme will be guaranteed a place onto a degree programme within the Sport/Uniformed Services section.

Career Opportunities

 On completion of the course learners will be able to apply to join a range of roles within the armed forces and will provide a stepping stone on a longer term goal of joining the Police, Fire Service or Prison Service.

Entry Requirements

Level 3 Diploma - 4 GCSEs A - C including English and/or maths. 

Level 3 Extended Diploma - 5 GCSEs A - C including English and maths.

A good attitude towards self-development including fitness, working outdoors and meeting deadlines. A good level of organisational skills is required, together with a strong desire to undertake independent research.

If English is not your first language you will also need an IELTS score of 6 or above.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail: enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

Learners will be required to pay £200 in installments to cover a range of activities including outward bound and a residential programme and cover the cost of a uniform. These costs are non refundable as trips are an integral part of the programme of study and are used for assessment purposes.

Further costs may be incurred if learners choose to take part in  First Aid at Work and/or an International Expedition.

Those in receipt of *16 - 18 year old financial support may be eligible for help with this.

* see Student Services for more information

Additional Course Costs

16 to 18s

Tuition is free for learners aged 16 to 18. A learner will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the duration of their qualification, this includes Year 2 of a qualification if the learner was aged 16-18 when they started in Year 1. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time learners, please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility with a Student Adviser.