Knowledge of Custodial Care (5326)

Last Updated: 02 Aug 2012
This qualification will prepare you for a successful career in custodial services and recognises the knowledge that you already have. It forms part of the Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Custodial Care.
The qualification has been developed for those working in HM Prison Service, or in the private custodial sector.

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

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General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

You will increase your  knowledge in a number of professional areas such as:

  • Understanding and using equipment
  • Understanding the justice system
  • Health and safety
  • Understanding offending behaviour.

You will be assessed by assignments, including research/report tasks and written response questions.
The qualifications usually take between and one and two years to complete.

Is this level right for me?
Level 3
You are working as a prison officer and have a great deal of technical skills and knowledge. You work with minimum supervision and have a good record of safety, fault correction and ensuring work meets the required standard.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

This qualification will help you to progress in your career in roles such as:

  • Prison Officer
  • Officer Level 1
  • Officer Level 2
  • Prisoner Custody Officer (PCO)
  • Detention Custody Officer (DCO).

What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?

To deliver these qualifications you will need qualified assessors - you can train members of staff or recruit specially. to find all resource requirements for assessment and delivery, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

Level 3

This will suit you if you are working as a prison officer and have a great deal of technical skills and knowledge. You work with minimum supervision and have a good record of safety, fault correction and ensuring that work meets the required standard.

This comprises mandatory and optional units, including:
  • Understanding operating securely in custodial environments
  • Understanding interpersonal skills in custodial environments
  • Understanding offending behaviour
  • Understand working within a court environment
  • Understanding escorting in custodial environments
  • Understanding how to manage people in custody with dependencies and addictions
  • Understanding the use of radio equipment in custodial environments
  • Understanding the use of IT in custodial environments.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

This qualification will help you to progress in your career in roles such as:

  • Prison Officer
  • Officer Level 1
  • Officer Level 2
  • Prisoner Custody Officer (PCO)
  • Detention Custody Officer (DCO).

Level 3 Diploma in Knowledge of Custodial Care (5326-03)

Last Registration Date: 29 Feb 2016

Level 3 Diploma in Knowledge of Custodial Care

  • Accreditation No: 600/1080/0 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: 224 - 264 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: 28/02/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

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