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Level 2 Diploma in Policing, Criminology and Law

This study programme supports students who need to complete GCSE resits in both English and Maths. The College Diploma emphasises skills development at this level, so a supportive programme of maths and English is compulsory and will make up the bulk hours of study. 

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Public Services and Security
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Broomfield Hall
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 2
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
Broomfield Hall

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Course Information for Students

This study programme is specifically designed to support students who will need to complete GCSE resits in both English and Maths. The College Diploma places emphasis on skills development at this level and so a supportive programme of maths and English is compulsory within the course and will make up the bulk hours of study during the year.  

Students on this course will look at the fundamentals of policing, criminology and law. This will include topics ranging from the effects of crime to crime reduction strategies and sentencing. It will also look into security procedures, prisons and probation services. A broader approach with other protective services will be included.

Entry to this course will be specifically for students who are required to re-sit their GCSE Maths and English qualifications.

The study programme will focus on the achievement of English and Maths GCSE, with a Public Service programme supporting the timetable.

You are expected to maintain high standards of discipline, punctuality and attendance. It is essential that you work to the deadlines set or you risk not achieving your programme of study.

Practical sessions are compulsory, so you must be physically able to take part in both indoor and outdoor sessions. You will also be expected to volunteer for work experience opportunities on selected weekends throughout the year.

The course is made up of a number of units which can include:

  • GCSE English and Maths
  • Crime and its effects
  • Custodial care
  • Criminology and law
  • Work placement

It also includes a tutorial session to monitor your progress, set targets, support your main programme of study, help your future progression and enhance your life skills. The completion of your GCSEs will enable you to apply for higher level courses.

Students may also have the opportunity to complete First Aid and Fitness and Physical Activity awards.

Course delivery will be face-to-face teaching, with remote delivery at selected times during the year.

You need to be aware that certain volunteering events and work placements take place at weekends or evenings and you will be expected to attend these.  We ask that you understand this expectation before you commit to other activities, as many events depend on your involvement to enable them to run safely and efficiently.

You have to fulfil a minimum of 36 hours of work placement. Many of these hours will be offered to you through our existing partnerships with employers.

This course will be delivered on-site.

You will need to have a uniform that is worn every day and when you are on work experience. The minimum expectation for the uniform is that you wear a plain black top: T-shirt, polo shirt, sweatshirt etc. DCG-branded uniforms can be purchased for £50.

All learners will benefit from having their own tablet or laptop to aid them with their studies.

There may be additional costs incurred for selected trips or visits. 

Depending on availability, there may be residential trips linked to your assessments – in such instances, these would not incur additional costs.

You will build a portfolio based around evidence generated by the various assessment methods in each unit. You are expected to work on multiple assessments at any one time. You will be assessed through practical demonstrations, logbooks and performance records, written reports and essays, presentations, workbooks, discussions and vivas.

Maths and English will be assessed through course work, controlled assessment and final exam.

Your attendance will be monitored, with expectations that it is maintained above 95% at all times.

Further study

On successful completion, the course provides an excellent platform for progression to programmes such as the:

  • Level 3 Extended Certificate in Uniformed Protective Services
  • Level 2 Diploma in Public Services


You may also wish to seek voluntary or paid employment in the Public Services or security industry or you could apply for the special constabulary or reservist forces. You do not, of course, have to enter the Public Services as the skills gained on this course are transferable to a wider range of job areas. 

For more information, contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or or tweet us @derbycollegeps

Course Information for Employers

If you are an employer and would like to know more about the apprenticeships and professional training we deliver or how you can get involved in co-creating and co-delivering the curriculum, please contact us via email on, call us on 01332 387 421 or visit our employer pages here.

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...



Police Officers (Sergeant and Below)


Police Officers (Sergeant and Below)

Social Services Managers and Directors


Social Services Managers and Directors

Shelf Fillers


Shelf Fillers

Officers of Non-governmental Organisations


Officers of Non-governmental Organisations

Fire Service Officers (Watch Manager and Below)


Fire Service Officers (Watch Manager and Below)


Health Services and Public Health Managers and Directors


Health Services and Public Health Managers and Directors

NCOs and Other Ranks


NCOs and Other Ranks

Prison Service Officers (Below Principal Officer)


Prison Service Officers (Below Principal Officer)


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Course Information Last Updated On: February 26, 2024 4:10 pm