Probation Practice (5180)

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2015

If you want to supervise and help rehabilitate offenders who have been released on probation and also want a varied and exciting job working in collaboration with people from the courts, police and prisons then the Level 3 and Level 5 qualifications will equip you with the skills to perform your job effectively.

The Level 3 Diploma in Probation Practice is for people working as a Probation Service Officer. The Level 5 Diploma in Probation Practice is for people training to become a Probation Officer. To take this qualification, you need to be working for a Probation Trust.

Available to deliver in the following:
  • England
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland

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General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

You'll cover the core skills you need as a probation officer:
  • Communication 
  • Managing information effectively 
  • Respond to diverse needs of service users and others.
You'll also choose options that give you the specific skills and knowledge needed in your probation trust or the particular career you'd like. You'll learn tactics for dealing with offenders, victims and others, procedures for managing risk, teamwork strategies and more.

You'll learn in your workplace, at your probation trust. You will have regular meetings with your assessor and will be assessed by being observed performing tasks or by presenting evidence of your work activities.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Into employment in the Justice sector, particularly in roles involving offender supervision and interaction.

Work as a probation officer for your local probation consortium.

What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?

To find all the requirements for assessment and delivery, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

Learners don't need any specific qualifications, but each probation consortium will have its own entry requirements. You must make sure all your learners can access the resources they need to complete the qualification.

Level 3

This level will suit you if you're currently working as a Probation Service Officer.

You complete three core units:
  • Promote equality and value diversity
  • Assess risk of harm and the need for intervention 
  • Communicate effectively with people maintaining the security of information
You also choose optional units that suit your career plans. Units you might choose include:
  • Contribute to the quality of team working
  • Develop effective working with staff in other agencies
  • Maintain and develop your own knowledge, skills and competence
  • Enable individuals to access services and facilities
  • Recognise indications of substance misuse and refer individuals to specialists
  • Help individuals address their offending behaviour
  • Reinforce positive behaviour during relationships with individuals
  • Facilitate individuals to understand and address their difficulties
  • Conduct an assessment of risk in the workplace
For a full list of optional units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section. 

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Into employment in the Justice sector, particularly in roles involving offender supervision and interaction.

Work as a Probation Service Officer for your local probation consortium.

Level 3 Diploma in Probation Practice (5180-03)

Last Registration Date: 31 Mar 2016 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 3 Diploma in Probation Practice

  • Accreditation No: 601/1255/4 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 37 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 158 - 185 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/03/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 5

The level 5  Diploma is for workers interacting with offenders within Criminal Justice settings who wish to develop their competences and extend their knowledge and understanding to cover work with higher risk offenders and in more complex and demanding circumstances .  

You complete six core units at this level:
  • Promote equality and value diversity
  • Develop risk management plans that address high risk of serious harm posed by individuals
  • Develop effective working relationships with staff from other agencies
  • Communicate effectively with people
  • Assess individuals’ offending behaviour to develop sentence proposals
  • Supervise sentences in the community
You also choose optional units that suit your career plans. Units you might choose include:
  • Promote and reinforce pro-social behaviour during relationships with individuals
  • Enable individuals to understand and address their difficulties
  • Respond to indications of substance misuse
For a full list of optional units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section


What Careers Can This Lead To?

Into employment in the Justice sector, particularly in roles involving offender supervision and interaction.

Work as a Probation Officer for your local probation consortium.

Level 5 Diploma in Probation Practice (5180-05)

Last Registration Date: 31 Mar 2016 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 5 Diploma in Probation Practice

  • Accreditation No: 601/1254/2 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 46 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 230 - 230 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/03/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

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