Probation Practice (8436)

Last Updated: 01 Jul 2013
Thinking of working for a Probation Trust, as either a Probation Service Officer or a Probation Officer? 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
  • Scotland
  • 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.

Which level is right for me?

Level 3
You're working as a Probation Service Officer.

Level 5
You're training to become a Probation Officer.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Once you have completed both of the Diplomas in Probation Practice you can 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:

  • Equality and diversity
  • Assess the 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:

  • Help individuals address their offending behaviour
  • Support individuals who are substance users
  • Provide initial support to victims and witnesses
  • Contribute to developing awareness and community action in relation to crime.

For a full list of optional units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Once you have completed both of the Diplomas in Probation Practice you can work as a probation officer for your local probation consortium.

Level 3 Diploma in Probation Practice (8436-30)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2013

Level 3 Diploma in Probation Practice

  • Accreditation No: 500/8800/2 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: 37 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 185 - 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: 31/12/2016 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 5

Level 5 is ideal if you're currently training to become a Probation Officer.

You complete six core units at this level:

  • Communicate effectively with people
  • Develop risk management plans that address the threat of serious harm posed by individuals
  • Develop and sustain effective working with staff from other agencies
  • Assess individuals' offending behaviour and prepare reports
  • Plan, supervise, enforce and review sentences in the community
  • Equality and diversity.

You also choose optional units that suit your career plans. Units you might choose include:

  • Recognise indications of substance misuse and refer individuals to specialists
  • Manage abusive and aggressive behaviour
  • Represent the agency in courts and at formal hearings.

For a full list of optional units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Once you have completed both of the Diplomas in Probation Practice you can work as a probation officer for your local probation consortium.

Level 5 Diploma in Probation Practice (8436-50)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2013 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 5 Diploma in Probation Practice

  • Accreditation No: 500/8984/5 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: 31/12/2016 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

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