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Police Studies HNC

Campus Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 7

Study mode Full time

Duration 41 weeks

Start date Aug 2022

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Course overview

The HNC in Police Studies is a unique course designed by experienced educators in partnership with the local Police. This course aims to give you an understanding of a professional policing environment as well as develop the skills required to operate in such a dynamic and changing sector. You will gain vital industry experience and attend guest lectures from police officers currently in the force. 

This is a hands-on course that will equip you with the knowledge, skills and fitness levels required to submit a successful application to the Police Service or a similar public body or service industry. Upon completion, you will be fully prepared to take the standard entrance tests for entry into Scottish Police Services. 

The course will be delivered using a blended learning model with some onsight classes. 

What you will learn

  • Scottish Criminal Law
  • Scottish Legal System
  • IT in Business: Word Processing
  • Spreadsheets and Databases: An Introduction
  • Police Studies
  • Creating a Culture of Customer Care
  • Interviewing
  • Communication: Practical Skills
  • Exercise Principals and Practices

How the course is assessed

  • You will be continually assessed through the submission of course materials, formative assessments and research tasks

Number of days per week

  • 3 full days per week
  • Plus self-directed study

Entry requirements

  • 2 relevant Highers or 
  • relevant National 6 group award
  • Relevant work experience will also be considered
  • Applications will be assessed on an individual basis

There are a number of subject areas that would be considered relevant for entry to the HNC in Police Studies. These would include qualifications in: 

  • Scottish Legal System/General Legal Studies? 
  • ICT 
  • First Aid/Fitness 
  • Psychology/Sociology 
  • Modern Studies/ Contemporary social studies 
  • Communication 
  • Information handling/information management 

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

  • You will complete an entrance test where you will apply your knowledge to practical and real-life scenarios 

English Proficiency Requirements

5.5 IELTS

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • BA Criminology & Policing at Edinburgh Napier University
  • Other Criminology courses available at the University of Stirling 
  • Year 2 entry to Social Sciences, Criminology, Politics, and joint degrees at University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) including:
    • BA (Hons) Social Sciences
    • BA (Hons) Sociology and Politics
    • BA (Hons) Criminology
    • BA (Hons) Criminology and Theology
    • BA (Hons) Culture, Heritage and Criminology
    • BA (Hons) History and Criminology
    • BA (Hons) Literature and Criminology
    • BA (Hons) Politics 
    • BA (Hons) Politics and Criminology
    • BA (Hons) Scottish History and Criminology
    • BA (Hons) Sociology and Criminology

Career options

  • Police officer 
  • Various jobs in the public service and public body sector 

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Sighthill Campus Full time 29/08/22 41 Weeks

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