Diploma in Policing

Duration: 3 years

Delivery Site: Potsdam

SAQA ID: 97050

Entrepreneurship & Professional Development of Students

Management and governance strive to instil entrepreneurial skills in our graduates to support their academic talents.

Therefore ongoing entrepreneurial exposure will be presented via successful local business people and other entrepreneurial experts.

The Department will use the Advisory Boards to assist in this regard. Students and staff are encouraged become members of the various professional and institutional bodies.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can join SAPS and become a police official or a civilian employee.

Police officers work in partnership with public to reduce crime and enforce federal, state and local laws.

Prospective Employers

Government (national departments, provincial departments and local authorities) and SAPS.

Purpose of the Qualification

The purpose of this qualification is to obtain a nationally recognised qualification in the law enforcement environment and to uplift the professional standards of policing.

It will improve relationships between employer and employees and organisation and client (community) and attract and retain quality employees.

Exit Level Outcomes of the Programme

A learner acquiring this qualification will have skills, knowledge and attributes to:

  • Apply management skills
  • Implement workplace relations in a work environment
  • Apply applicable legislation in a work environment
  • Utilise a document management system
  • Assess service delivery abilities of an organisation
  • Analyse operational plans for deployment purposes.

The learner obtaining this qualification will enhance service delivery to the internal and external clients that will enhance satisfaction and trust.

Qualifying learners will be able to conduct limited policing operations, apply resource management at the lower management level and apply interpersonal skills in a law enforcement environment while balancing constitutional and legal rights of individuals with the competence to legally infringe those rights in the service of maintaining a safe and secure society.

Fundamental human rights and adherence to such rights are also contained in this qualification with the focus on upholding and protecting fundamental human rights by creating a responsive and proactive environment in a responsible manner.

A fundamental understanding of the criminal justice system needed for middle management purposes is also outlined in this qualification and this qualification will also contribute to the implementation of preventative actions that law enforcement agencies need to take.

Minimum Admission Requirements

National Senior Certificate (NSC)

APS: 30

NSC achievement rating of at least 3 (40-49%) for English shall serve as a requirement for this programme

Minimum statutory NSC requirements for diploma entry must be met.

Grade 12/Matric

Senior Certificate Requirement: An E-symbol for English (2nd language) on the Higher Grade

FET Colleges

National Certificate (Vocational) Level 4:

Requirements as defined in Government Gazette 32743 dated 26th November 2009 with specific requirements as set out below:

Must meet NC(V) level 4 statutory requirements

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Refer to WSU General Prospectus.

Mature Age Endorsement

Refer to requirements as per WSU’s General Rules & Regulations – Section 1.6.