Close Protection


  • Adults


Will the course give me what I want?

Course content

Our Level 3 Course for Close Protection Officers gives you the qualification to work within the industry in the UK, however in reality offers so much more. This course is aimed at ex-Armed Force, Door Supervisors and Security Officers, as well as civilians wishing to enter the industry at the highest level.

The course involves:

  • Law and Legislation
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Threat Assessment and Risk Management
  • Surveillance
  • Venue Security Operations
  • Operational Planning
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Reconnaissance
  • Foot Drills
  • Planning and Selecting Routes
  • Vehicle Movement, Tactics and Operations
  • Search Techniques and Procedures
  • Conflict Management Techniques
  • Land Navigation
  • Crime and its effects on Society
  • Careering Planning
  • Security Procedures
  • Employment Opportunities

    On successful completion of the course, you will receive:

  • Level 3 Close Protection Certificate
  • CIEH L3 First Aid
  • CWC Counter Terrorism Certificate
  • Public Sector Certificates
  • Close Protection Licence (if eligible – only for JSA candidates)

As part of the programme you will undertake mock interviews with employers and be screened for employment opportunities – with a guaranteed interview with an employer if a job role becomes available, or a reference and exit interview to give you guidance - this will help you with your future job applications and interviews

You will receive Support and mentoring during the programme and as part of the after care service and you will have access to our free recruitment services to support you into employment.

Functional Skills

Functional skills development are embedded within the course programme

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

Employment in a range of sectors including: Facilities Management and the Security Industry

How will I learn?

Practical activities related to the sector.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through assignments, a portfolio of work based evidence and online tests

Equipment and other costs


What qualification do I get on completing this course?

Level 3 Close Protection Certificate

Is there additional work required by the student?

To successfully complete this course you will be expected to spend 8 hours a week on assignments, project or field trips.

What are the expected employment areas with this course?


Awarding Body

Entry Requirements

What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?

You need be aged 19 years or over to be eligible for this course. You will also be required to sit an initial assessment and IAG session to determine whether the course is suitable for you. You need to have a Literacy/English level to at least a Level 1 standard – this will be determined in the initial assessment. If you do not meet this level, we may suggest you be referred onto a different course. You will have a 1:1 interview and be required to submit a pre course assignment.

Expected prior knowledge

  • Proof of benefits (Job Seekers Allowance)
  • Proof of ID and residency: 
    • UK Nationals: Passport or Full Birth Certificate + 2 proofs of address (no older than 3 months)
    • EU Nationals: Passport, EU ID Card/Travel Documents or Birth Certificate + 2 proofs of address (no older than 3 months)
    • Non UK/EU Nationals: Passport/ Home Office Documents. 2 proofs of address (no older than 3 months), and proof of residency in the UK/EU for 3 consecutive years
  • No criminal records - CRB check (overseas CRB check also required for those who have spent more than six months abroad in the last five years)

English level

Level 1

Mathematics level

Level 1


Financial Support for 19+ Year-olds

Are you aged 19 or over? Are the costs associated with study (e.g. travel, buying additional books or equipment) preventing you from studying? The College has a limited Learner Support Fund (LSF) and 24+ Advanced Learning Loan Bursary Fund (24+ALL BF) to help with these costs.

The funds are small. You cannot presume you will get financial support even if you meet the eligibility criteria. Eligibility for help towards course associated costs are based on your personal circumstances. In addition to demonstrating that you are on a low income, you must also meet the College’s general eligibility.

General Eligibility Criteria

Learner Support Fund:

  • Aged 19 or over
  • Considered to be a home student
  • Fully enrolled on a course funded by the Skills Funding Agency

24+ Advance Learning Loan Bursary Fund:

  • Aged 24 or over
  • Fully enrolled on a programme of study and in receipt of a 24+ Adult Learning Loan

Financial eligibility

You need to have evidence that you fall into one of the following groups:

  • on a low income
  • a dependent of someone who is on a low income or in receipt of a means tested benefit e.g. Income Support / Jobseekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, housing benefit etc.

The evidence you will be required to produce:

  • a current JSA/UC/ Income Support/Pension Credit letter, a Tax Credit Award notice showing income for tax year 2014-15 or recent correspondence from the DWP/Housing Benefit office which specifies the benefit being received.
  • evidence of income may be a 2014-15 P60/Tax Return, recent pay-slips showing income evidence from previous two months from which the income can be calculated or a signed letter from the employer(s) stating the salary paid
  • proof of rent or mortgage in order for your disposable income to be assessed


Payments contribute to the costs associated with study including travel. They do not meet all the costs. If you live within walking distance of college or have a Freedom pass you cannot apply for help with travel. For students who have to travel significant distances, a payment may be made towards the transport costs, for the days you are in College. You may also use the money to buy books or other learning resources.

All payments are based on you having a minimum of 85% attendance each month.

Payments are paid into your bank accounts.

You MUST inform the DWP of any payments you receive.

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