Policing Law and Criminology - Level 3
Start Date: 5th September 2022
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Want to understand the causes behind crime and how society works to enforce law and order?
This course is perfect if you are a strong, academically able student who wants to progress onto a law or criminology degree.
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 explore topics including the application of 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.
6 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and maths
What will I achieve?
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 and Level 3 BTEC National Extended Certificate in Applied Law.
What will I learn?
Aspects of criminal law in the legal system
Dispute solving and civil law
Applying the law
Aspects of family law
Preparing for a career in the police service
Equality, diversity and inclusions
Changing awareness of crime
Crime scene to court room
Crime and punishment
How is the course taught?
Experience of work
How am I assessed?
Group and individual presentations
Work experience opportunities
We offer regular guest lectures with industry. Last year, students were visited by legal professionals, police officers, local youth offending teams and the probation services and crown prosecution services.
You will also be given the opportunity to apply for placements with Northumbria Police and local legal firms.
English and Maths
English and maths skills are essential for success in the policing, law and legal sectors and we will help you to enhance your skills through practical sessions.
You will develop your written and communication skills as you learn how to effectively deliver depositions and compile supporting evidence. You will also learn more about effective record keeping and data analysis.
Where can I progress?
On successful completion of this course, you will be able to progress to a degree in an area such as law, criminology, policing or sport.
You will be guaranteed a place on a BSc (Hons) Professional Policing at Newcastle College University Centre.
Alternatively, you could choose to apply for a Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA).
If you are aged 16-18 when you begin your course you are likely to be eligible for free tuition. Detailed information can be found within the financial support section.
If you are aged 19+ the cost of the course will depend on your circumstances. Our support pages can help you determine your suitability.
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What can I do with a qualification in Policing, Law and Protective Services?
Senior Police Officers
- Directs and co-ordinates the operation of record keeping systems and the preparation of reports.
- Establishes contacts and sources of information concerning crimes planned or committed.
- Directs and monitors the work of subordinate officers.
- Plans, directs and co-ordinates general policing for an area or functional unit.
- Liaises with senior officers to determine staff, financial and other short- and long-term needs.
Median Salary£53,068 View more
Senior Officers in Fire, Ambulance, Prison and Related Services
- Revenue and customs, excise and immigration officers advise on the interpretation of regulations concerning taxes, duties and immigration requirements and enforce these regulations through monitoring of premises, examining goods entering the country to ensure correct duty is paid and establishing that passengers have the necessary authorisation for crossing national borders.
- Prison officers interview prisoners on arrival and discharge/departure, receive reports on disciplinary problems and decide on appropriate action, make periodic checks on internal and external security, and provide care and support to prisoners in custody.
- Ambulance officers plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the activities of ambulance personnel and control room assistants, for the provision of ambulance services for emergency and non-emergency cases.
- Fire officers plan, direct and co-ordinate an operational plan for one or more fire stations, attend fires and other emergencies to minimise danger to property and people, arrange for the salvaging of goods, immediate temporary repairs and security measures for fire damaged premises as necessary.
- Advises on the recruitment, training and monitoring of staff.
- Prepares reports for insurance companies, the Home Office, Scottish Home and Health Department, and other bodies as necessary.
- Liaises with other senior officials and/or government departments to determine staffing, financial and other short- and long-term needs.
Median Salary£42,207 View more
Police Officers (Sergeant and Below)
- Gives evidence in court cases.
- Works on station reception desk and or in communications room.
- Prepares briefs or reports for senior officers.
- Attends accidents.
- Interviews suspects, takes statements from witnesses and stops, searches and/or arrests suspects.
- Investigates complaints, crimes, accidents, any suspicious activities or other incidents.
- Directs and controls traffic or crowds at demonstrations and large public events.
- Receives instructions from senior officers and patrols an assigned area on foot, horseback, motorcycle, motor car or boat to check security and enforce regulations.
Median Salary£41,877 View more
Prison Service Officers (Below Principal Officer)
- Reports on prisoners.
- Trains and supervises prison staff.
- Provides care and support to prisoners in custody including prevention of self harm.
- Runs prisoner rehabilitation and support programmes.
- Escorts prisoners transferred from one institution to another.
- Investigates disturbances or any other unusual occurrences.
- Guards entrances and perimeter walls.
- Watches for any infringements of regulations and searches prisoners and cells for weapons, drugs and other contraband items.
- Escorts prisoners to and from cells and supervises them during meals, recreation and visiting periods.
Median Salary£29,414 View more
Public Services Associate Professionals
- Writes, edits and arranges for the distribution of press releases and other public relations material, addresses target groups through meetings, presentations, the media and other events to enhance the public image of the organisation, and monitors and evaluates its effectiveness.
- Discusses business strategy, products, services and target client base with management to identify public relations requirements.
- Advises the public or companies on general tax problems and arranges for the issue, receipt and examination of tax forms, assessment of PAYE codes and the computation of tax arrears and rebates.
- Undertakes supervisory duties specific to the operation of Revenue and Customs offices, Job Centres, Benefits Agency offices and other local offices of national government.
- Authorises the payment of social security benefits, assesses the financial circumstances of claimants and investigates any state insurance contribution problems.
- Organises resources for the acceptance and recording of vacancy details, the selection of suitable applicants and other Job Centre activities.
- Supervises a variety of administrative functions in government departments such as recruitment and training, the negotiation and arrangement of contracts, building and capital management, monitoring and authorising department expenditure etc..
- Assists senior government officers with policy work, external liaison or general administrative work.
- Manages the activities of government office staff, assigns tasks and responsibilities and makes changes in procedures to deal with variations in workload.
Median Salary£34,621 View more
- Keeps accurate and comprehensive records.
- Works with prisoners in giving advice on problems such as drug and alcohol abuse, addressing training needs, finding work and getting accommodation.
- Draws up probation plans with offenders and helps them follow it, advises them on any work and helps them with any family or social problems.
- Enforces court orders and serves the public by providing a wide range of supervision programmes for those in receipt of a community sentence.
- Produces pre-sentence reports to the court about an individual.
Median Salary£38,102 View more
Police Community Support Officers
- May direct traffic and arrange for vehicles to be removed.
- May detain someone pending the arrival of a police officer.
- Provides crime prevention advice and helps to support victims of crime.
- Carries out house-to-house enquiries.
- Assists police officers at crime scenes and major events.
- Patrols a geographic area to monitor and deter criminal and anti-social activity and disorderly conduct.