Uniformed Protective Services: Policing, Crime & Punishment Pathway

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Uniformed Protective Services: Policing, Crime & Punishment Pathway

Why should I study this course?

The Public Services industry is one of the largest employers in the country. It is a vibrant, vocational course which has both practical and theoretical elements. In choosing the Policing, Crime and Punishment Pathway you will gain knowledge and understanding of the skills required to work within the Police or Criminal Justice System, this pathway is also an excellent steppingstone for onward progression to university. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a variety of experiences, meet a range of teams that work within the public sector and have the chance to gain first-hand experience and knowledge of the services.

What will I study?

You will study a wide range of subjects which will give you understanding and skills in citizenship, teamwork and leadership, discipline and behaviour with a focus on police powers, criminology and the legal system. You will also study the ways in which the UK courts system operates, and the police powers of search and arrest. You will also consider methods used to prevent crime. You will study criminal investigation procedures, including methods used to preserve a crime scene. There are also compulsory fitness sessions to help develop your fitness in readiness for application to the public services.

Examination board


How is the course assessed?

You will have two exam units:

  • Unit 2 Behaviour and Discipline in the Uniformed Protective Services
  • Unit 6 Government and the Protective Services

In addition, you will undertake continuous assessment of practical and academic projects and assignments. The visits to, and presentations from the services, are assessed and are a compulsory part of your course and your grade.

What will the course prepare me for?

This course will prepare you for a career in the public sector and uniformed service occupations, with a focus on jobs within the Criminal Justice System such as the Police service, Prison Service, Probation service, and the courts. It will give you the skills that are necessary for a career in Uniformed Protective Services, this includes skills that are transferable and important to any career, such as communication and time management. You could also progress onto university, with a wide range of subjects to specialise in, such as Law, Criminology, Peace Studies, Sociology, Psychology and many more.

Private study

You must take part in independent private study on a regular basis. You will be given regular homework tasks to enhance your learning experience and enable you to achieve the high grades required for further study or employment.

What materials will I need to provide?

You will need a file, paper and pens for classroom work but you will also need sports kit for the practical classes.

How will I be taught?

You will attend lessons, practical sessions and situational activities - where you will be assessed in challenging situations. You will be expected to take part in self-directed study and research. Your lessons will consist of group, individual and paired work. You will have information delivered by specialist teaching staff and your lessons will be highly differentiated to your needs. You will have practical, directed sport and fitness sessions to develop your physical fitness as well as preparing you for public service selection and work.

This course is for you if...

You want a career in the Uniformed Protective Services. This course is also for you if you want a challenging, rewarding, interesting and exciting subject area to study in. You will need lots of skills, knowledge and expertise to succeed in the service you choose. This course will help you develop all these qualities and give you an introduction to careers within Uniformed Protective Services.

This course could also be for you if you are not yet sure what your future holds because it is multi-disciplinary and therefore covers a large range of subjects, including; fitness, biology, law, criminology, psychology, teamwork, leadership, government and many more. Studying a subject this diverse has the benefit that it can lead to many different courses at university, as well as a variety of careers both in the public and private sector.

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What are the course requirements?

Four 9 – 4 (A*-C) grades at GCSE or equivalent in 3 or more subjects including a minimum of a grade 4 (C) in GCSE English Language or Maths.

What skills do I need?

  • Writing
  • Critical thinking
  • Attention to detail
  • Organisation
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving