College 16 to 18
Law, Policing and Protective Services
Newcastle College's Uniformed Public Services courses are the perfect starting point.
As part of a team, you will tackle exciting challenges and discover the best version of yourself, developing your confidence and your leadership skills.
You will have the chance to learn from professionals and go behind the scenes to explore careers in the police, the criminal justice system, fire and rescue or the armed forces.
So whether you're looking to fight crime, serve justice, or join the military, we have the course for you.
What can I study?
Taught by ex-Met police officers and performance sport coaches, this Protective Services course has been designed to help students with lower GCSE grades gain skills to progress towards a career in the police, coast guard or fire services.
Length: 1 year
Start date: 4th September 2023
Location: Rye Hill Campus
Want to join the police? Looking to gain the right experience to give you an employment edge? This policing course is perfect if you're setting your sights on a career in the force.
Length: 2 years
Start date: 4th September 2023
Location: Rye Hill Campus
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What can I do with a Policing, Law and Protective Services qualification?
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.
Median Salary£28,308 View more
How can I progress?
Choose from over 60 degrees developed in collaboration with employers, so you'll graduate with the skills you really need to secure your dream job.
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