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The Access to Policing Level 3 offered at Waltham Forest College was written in partnership with the Metropolitan Police. This means that the knowledge and skills you gain from completing this course will equip you with what you need to succeed on the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship.

Furthermore, whilst studying with us, you will benefit from the wrap-around care from the Metropolitan Police, ensuring that you get advice and guidance from experienced officers from the start.

  • Sector Overview

    London is one of the most exciting and diverse cities in the world, and the London Metropolitan Police play a vital role in keeping people safe. With a recruitment target of 20,000 police officers, now is the time to start a career in policing.

  • Entry Requirements

    The entry requirements for this course are:

    • 4 GCSEs at Grade 3 (D) or above plus maths and English at least Grade 4 (C)
    • Assessment and interview

    If required, you will study GCSE or Functional Skills English and/or maths alongside your course so you can progress to the next level.

  • What will I study?

    This course consists of the following modules:

    • Evidence based policing 
    • Conflict management within policing 
    • Police ethics and values 
    • The criminal justice system and victim care 
    • Principles of conducting a police investigation 
    • Reading and comprehension of texts 
    • Extended project 
    • Law and order in civil society 
    • Crime and deviance 
    • Examination skills 
    • Speaking and listening skills 
    • Introduction to policing 
    • Local policing 
    • Arrest, remand and bail procedures 
    • Aims of sentencing 
    • Statistics and probability 
    • Using information technology 
    • Report writing
  • How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed via:

    • Case Studies 
    • Oral Presentation 
    • Practical tasks/demonstrations 
    • Question and answer (written and oral)
    • Test/exams with seen or unseen papers 
    • Tutor observation 
    • Worksheets 
    • Written assignments 
    • Written essays/reports
  • Enrichment

    You will have the opportunity to take part in trips and visits such as, Snaresbrook Crown Court and Policing/Law Conferences. You will also have access to representatives from the Metropolitan Police that will deliver guest lectures to build your industry knowledge and contacts.

    Our Student Common Room is a great place to unwind and relax during your breaks. It features pool tables, table tennis, a gaming corner and lots of comfy sofas so you can refresh before your next lesson.

    Themed events are held in the Common Room so you can get the best experience of being a Waltham Forest College student.

  • Work Experience

    You will be offered opportunities to actively engage with industry related employers and take part in experiential events to improve your personal development.

  • Progression opportunities

    The completion of this course will allow you to progress onto:

    • Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship
    • Related Higher Education policing entry degree programmes
  • Alumni

    Waltham Forest College is a vibrant and aspirational college and will support you to reach your career aspirations. Last year 96% of learners progressed onto a positive destination either to higher levels of study, employment, or an Apprenticeship.

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