Route to Policing - Level 3

Course Code: TS1FE151


In line with Government advice and guidance we plan to have 100% face to face delivery for all Further Education courses for 16 - 18 year olds from September 2021.

Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration
06/09/2021Bispham Campus2 YearsApply

Course Overview

Policing is a hugely challenging and rewarding career that keeps communities safe and helps prevents crime across the UK. Having a career within the Policing is a compelling choice for young people and it provide them with an ever changing environment to keep the streets safe.

The purpose of this qualification is to provide specialist knowledge, skills and understanding relating to working in the police force in areas such as career aspirations, leadership skills and equality, diversity and inclusion, which can be applied to current or future employment. The content has been developed with employers, subject experts and Tutors to ensure that it’s relevant to the real world and meets the need of employers. The L3 Route to Policing is an excellent stepping stone onto the Professional Policing Degree (B.A. Hons) at Blackpool and the Fylde College.

This qualification is designed to provide learners with an in-depth understanding of the principles of policing and to allow them to explore the various avenues of work within it. It will also allow learners to gain transferable skills that can be applied to the workplace or further study.

The Protective Services part of the qualification is designed to be the substantive part of a 16–19 study programme for learners who want a strong core of sector study and a focus on the Uniformed Protective Services. 

As part of your Programme of Study, you will also cover the following area. You must complete all of these qualifications to be successful:

  • Developmental maths and English programme
  • Tutorial – you will have a one to one every 4 – 5 weeks with your tutor to assess your progress and set targets
    • Work Experience and Volunteering programme- employer visits, hands on experiences, guest speakers from industry expert

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grade 4 or above or Level 2 relevant qualification.

  •   a successful interview with a tutor 
  •   the ability to study independently
  •   a genuine interest in the subject
  •   a genuine interest in the subject 
  •   hardworking approach towards the industry



All 16-18 year old applicants will be invited to attend an interview to meet a tutor and ask any questions they may have about the course.

Qualification Obtained

BTEC National Diploma in Uniformed Protective Services

Essential Skills – English and Maths

If you achieve a grade 3 in GCSE Maths or English you will have to work towards re-sitting these subjects as part of your main study programme. At B&FC, this won’t delay your career journey because you’re working towards these subjects at the same time as your chosen subject.

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods

Teaching and Learning Methods

At Blackpool and The Fylde College we recognise that all students learn differently and for some it may be a return to the classroom following a break from formal learning.  

Our expert tutors understand that everyone learns in different ways so they use a range of teaching methods to enable everyone to achieve their potential. A key method used is demonstration, which allows you to observe the practical application of skills before having a go yourself.

The course combines group work, practical sessions and dedicated self-study periods. This needs to be supported by your own study outside of College, using online development platforms such as Moodle, our virtual learning environment.

E-learning is a key element of all our courses and we also use a range of online apps to support, enhance and motivate learning. Your tutors will support you with these technologies and also in preparing for examinations.

The main programme totals 540 learning hours a year, which equates to around 16 timetabled hours a week. On top of this you will spend up to 2.5 hours a week developing your maths and English depending on the level you are already at. A further 1.5 hours a week is needed for progress meetings to ensure you're on track to achieve your learning goals.

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of further education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Students who are 18 or under and resident in the EU pay no course fees. Read our tuition fees guide for students 19 and over.

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions