Joint Level 3 Personal Safety, Security and Self Defence Certificate

Joint Level 3 Personal Safety, Security and Self Defence Certificate


A detailed and comprehensive personal safety, security and self defence course, which is fully certified by the UK Self Defence and Martial Arts Guild.

The course is designed to give practitioners the essential theoretical and practical knowledge to avoid danger, or if the need arises defend themselves.

You will learn psychology, voice commands, advanced biomechanics and comprehensive physical techniques to overpower a much larger and stronger attacker and much more.


An exciting and fast pace course designed to give an in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge of the application of personal safety, security and self defence within the real-world environment. Available both as an online course and blended learning package with taught content.


  • Full online-learning platform with downloadable content, lectures, webinars and podcasts
  • Tutorial videos
  • All learning materials
  • Full tutor support
  • Unlimited time frame for completion
  • Professional Level 3 Certificate awarded by UK SDMAG
  • Certificate on the day
  • 1-year Combat Academy membership
  • Combat Academy training uniform

The Certificate

Level 3 Personal Safety, Security and Self Defence Certificate

The Level 3 Personal Safety, Security and Self Defence Certificate is an advanced certificate, mapped at level three against common UK SDMAG level descriptors, with level 3 denoting the complexity of the qualification and its size being set at 13 credits (130 notional hours of learning) as a certificate.

The course itself can be delivered either as blended learning, with some taught and online content, or solely online. The physical unit, however, needs to be completed as a taught session, though completion of this session is optional.

DEFOF Physical Award (optional)

A full day self defence teaching session at Combat HQ – fully included within the course at no extra cost and to be arranged at any time within 12 months of booking the course.

Trained by some of the best military instructors In the world, this self defence practitioner award includes:

Body language

  • Verbal commands
  • Conflict resolution
  • Fighting at a distance
  • Close Quarter Combat skills
  • Ground fighting
  • Psychology, fear control and NLP
  • Physiology, pressure points and biomechanics

Who is this course for?

  • The course is aimed at all individuals with an interest in the subjects of personal safety, security, and self defence as practitioners
  • Workers within a high risk environment who are interested in a greater level of awareness and understanding of managing the risk, including: police, military and private security
  • Practitioners of self defence and personal safety who want to gain a certificate within the field
  • Senior managers working in, or managing staff within high risk environments
  • Anyone seeking to enhance their academic portfolio and employability • Students with an interest in criminology


Following the course, successful graduates will be awarded the Certificate in Security, Personal Safety and Self Defence and will be able to use the letters: SDMAG Cert after their name. The certificate is awarded by the UK Self Defence and Martial Arts Guild (UK SDMAG) and graduates automatically qualify for provisional membership after completing the course (subject to the necessary fidelity checks). Graduates who wish to embark upon a career within the industry, and who do not already hold a training or teaching qualification can go on to complete the additional instructor units to become licenced and certified self defence instructors through UK SDMAG, although the teaching route is not a prerequisite (licencing terms and conditions apply).

About the UK SDMAG

UK SDMAG is a not for profit company operating under charter with the purpose of providing support, quality control, training, and education to the self defence and martial arts industry in the UK. UK SDMAG also provides Enhanced DBS criminality checks and insurances to self defence and martial arts instructors and offers membership to those who are approved, vetted and checked. Once approved, instructors can apply to become licenced by UK SDMAG and operate as approved self defence instructors.

Entry Criteria

  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have the ability to study at this academic level
  • Previous Level 2 qualifications are required, such as: GCSE, NVQ Level 2
  • Applicants without the qualifications, but with related work experience may be considered

Length of Study

The course contains 13 units spread over 8 modules. It is anticipated that around 130 learning hours is required to complete the course.

Course Delivery

The course is delivered through blended learning with lectures, seminars and workshops. A full online learning version is also available with tutor support, webinars and recorded lectures.

Outline of Course Content


UNIT 1 – Concepts and strategies
UNIT 2 – Types of threat and criminal intent


UNIT 3 – Concepts in personal security (critical literature review) (research project)
UNIT 4 – Security hardware (multiple choice exam)
UNIT 5 – Cyber Security (discussion forum) (multiple choice exam)


UNIT 6 – Concepts and strategies (presentation)
UNIT 7 – Tactics and physical self defence (demonstration) (report)
UNIT 8 – Types of attack and criminal method (case history report)


UNIT 9 – Broad-based psychology (exam) (critical literature review)
UNIT 10 – Verbal commands, body language and conflict resolution (demonstration) (exam)
UNIT 11 – Positive psychology (critical literature review) (reflective journal)


UNIT 12 – Human anatomy (exam)
UNIT 13 – Vital points (exam) (demonstration)

After successful completion of this course, you will receive a level 3 certificate, which is mapped against common UK SDMAG level descriptors at level 3 for the complexity. As a certificate, the award is the equivalent of 3 A-levels using the same criteria. The certificate is highly technical and can serve as a springboard to go on to the advanced level 5 diploma, a course that compares to foundation degree level.

Additional information

Course Dates

11th & 12th March 2023, 10:00 – 16:00