Law, Policing and Criminology Level 3 Diploma Full Time

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

Subject Area Uniformed Public Services

Attendance Full-Time

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Want to understand the causes behind crime and how society works to ensure law and order?

You will be taught how to write, theorise, reason and argue by legal professionals and ex-police officers.

You will be introduced to all aspects of the legal system and will cover topics like applying the law, leadership, criminological theories, changing awareness of crime and solving disputes.

You will have the opportunity to undertake work placements with local legal firms and take part in social action projects with NE Youth.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This academic course is perfect if you are a strong, academically able student who wants to progress onto a law or criminology degree at university.

Qualification Gained

This is a two-year course. You will achieve a qualification after successful completion of each year.

In year one you will gain a Level 3 BTEC National Extended Certificate in Applied Law as well as an NCFE Level 3 Introductory Certificate in Policing.

In Year Two you’ll gain a WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology as well as an NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Policing.

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 House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


Course Content

• Aspects of Criminal Law in the Legal System
• Dispute Solving and Civil Law
• Applying the Law
• Aspects of Family Law
• Prepare for a Career in the Police Service.
• Develop Leadership Skills
• Equality, Diversity and Inclusions
• Changing Awareness of Crime
• Criminological Theories
• Crime Scene to Court Room
• Crime and Punishment

Learning Methods

You will learn through a combination of lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials and private study.

You are also actively encouraged to make use of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) site where you can find materials to supplement your class learning.

Assessment Methods

• Controlled assessment
• Exams
• Group and individual presentations
• Role play
• Essays
• Professional discussion
• One-to-one interview

Progression Opportunities

After you have completed this course successfully, you will be able to apply for degree courses in a range of areas from law, criminology, policing and sport.

After completing two years, you can apply for a Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) or progress onto a Professional Policing Degree, such as our BSc (Hons) Professional Policing.

Career Opportunities

The course will enable you to apply for study in higher education, leading to a range of careers, including (not exhaustive): police constable, solicitor, barrister, prison officer, youth offending officer or an offender manager. 

Entry Requirements

• 6 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and maths

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

16 to 18s

Learners are eligible for free tuition if they are aged 16-18 when beginning their studies.

If the course being applied for is a two-year qualification, you will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the remainder of the course.

If the course being applied for is two separate one-year qualifications and you begin studying year one of the course aged 18, you will be required to pay fees for the second year.

If you are aged 18 when beginning the course, it is advised that you talk to our Student Services Team on 0191 200 4000 or by email who will be able to explain the options available.

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 on 0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility.