Course: Policing and Uniformed Services Level 3

Study Level

Level 3


Lowestoft Campus


Two Years



Do you dream of a career in the police, military, or other uniformed services, helping others and making a difference in a wide range of roles in the UK or overseas?

The Level 3 Policing route is equivalent to three A Levels, with units focussing on careers, leadership and teamwork, policing in the UK, crime scene investigation, criminology, and physical fitness. You will develop skills in processing crime scenes and taking witness statements, learning how to give evidence in court as a police officer as well as physical fitness for entry into the police.

The Level 3 Uniformed Services route is equivalent to two A Levels, with units focussing on careers, leadership and teamwork, physical fitness, war and terrorism, outdoor activities and communication in the uniformed services. You will experience a variety of trades in a termly rotation to provide you with skills and experience in areas that the military trains in and students with high grades will be supported to apply for military officer training such as that offered at Sandhurst.

Why study with us?

  • You will be taught by industry specialists with years of experience in the police, military, and other uniformed services.
  • Previous Uniformed Services students have benefited from a three-week trip top California as part of the Turing Scheme, working with the United States Space Force and Los Angeles Police Department
  • You will have a professional uniform as part of your college kit representative of the pathway you’re on- blue for police and green for uniformed services.

Work experience opportunities for Policing students

Our emphasis is to help you gain an insight into the police service and have the opportunity to see what working life is really like. We offer regular guest speakers from a range of criminal justice agencies including Norfolk and Suffolk Police, and other related organisations from the wider police family. We also take students on many visits including to police headquarters, and Norwich Combined Law Courts.


You will need to have achieved GCSEs at grade 4 and above, and attend an in-person interview. You will be supported to resit either a GCSEs in Maths or English alongside your course if needed.



Assessment will be though written assignments, practical tasks, presentations, self-reflection journals, professional posters and report writing in the style of the public services. There are no exams with this course.



This course has been designed to help improve your chances of success applying to work for the Police. It also offers UCAS points.

On completion of the Level 3 Policing route, you can apply for work in any of the uniformed services as a civilian in policing or a Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA). Many forces offer the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) entry route which is a mixture of dynamic, practical on-the-job learning alongside academic classroom-based theory and learning. You will be a police officer from your first day on the job and will earn while you learn. The PCDA route normally takes three years to complete, with the option to specialise in your third year.

You could also progress onto a Professional Policing Degree. This allows students to focus on achieving the best degree result they can, without having to work full-time as they learn. Over the three-year university course, you would gain the knowledge and academic theory behind professional policing. On successful completion of the course, you could then apply to join your chosen force as a new police officer, putting the theory you have learnt into practice.

As you progress through your college course, our tutors will help you to choose which path is right for you.

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