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Full Time, Higher Education

Subject Area

Sport and Public Services

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Course Length

2 Years




Adult, Higher Education



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Who is this course for?

This course is for people who wish to be employed as a Police Officer or as an Officer within the Public Services Sector (e.g. Armed forces, Fire Service, Prison Service or other.

The course provides a wide-ranging study of the police force and are is designed for adult students who wish to pursue or advance their career in policing. In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of policing, the course will give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector, which will prepare them for further study, training or employment within public services.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You will need to have successfully completed a Level 3 course (e.g. BTEC National at Level 3, A-levels). You will need to apply through UCAS for this course and you will need 48 UCAS points. However, there are flexible entry requirements for mature applicants. Applications welcome.

If you have achieved a qualification such as a HNC, or have gained credit at another higher education provider, you may be able to enter the course at level 5. For further information please contact the College’s admissions team on

What are the key things you'll learn?


This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth 15 credits. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course.

Our teaching is informed by current practice and modules may change periodically to reflect developments in the sector.

Year 1  Level 4:

  • Small-scale Research Project in Policing.
  • Criminal Law
  • Police and the Criminal Justice Service
  • Equality and Diversity in the Police Service
  • Roads Policing
  • Technology and the police services
  • Criminology – Practical Application for the Police Service
  • Command and Control

Year 2 Level 5:

  • Leadership in Policing
  • Crime Reduction and Community Policing
  • Investigative skills
  • Government Interactions with the Police Service
  • Emergency Planning and the Police Service
  • Counter Terrorism
  • Health and Safety Management in the Police
  • Investigation into Armed Policing


Timetables are normally available at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.

How you will learn


All teaching will take place in the classroom, field trips and work based learning in real policing environments, but you will be expected to use your experience within the workplace to inform your learning.

The work will be assessed via reports and coursework, you will be graded a Pass, Merit or Distinction. There are no exams in either year of this course.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research, preparing coursework assignment and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of facilities including the learning centre and local libraries.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consist of class contact hours, around 15 teaching hours’ to compliment your independent learning and assignment activity.

Academic Support

Our HE Academic Support Tutor provides help in the following areas:

  • Study skills (including reading, writing, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills (in conjunction with the learning centres)
  • Critical thinking and understanding arguments
  • Revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management)

Teaching Staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes ex senior police officers. We currently have lecturers with experience in CID, Police Inspectors, Criminology and Psychology. Employment and personal development, Ex Police officers and sergeants, all with industry experience. Our teaching is informed by the relevant practice within the sector and is tailored to meet the needs of the course.


The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods are primarily assignment based but could include; formal written tasks; collaborative group presentations; independent learning; poster presentation; extensive research and enquiry.

The grades from formal assessment count towards your module mark.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The percentage of the course assessed by coursework is 100%.


You will receive feedback on all assessments undertaken. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

Where could this course take you?

On successful completion of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma, students can develop their careers in the policing sector through:

  • Entering the policing family, e.g. as a Special Constable, a Police Volunteer or as Police Staff (civilian roles) The starting salary for police constables in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is between £19,971 and £23,124, rising to £38,382 at the top of the scale – achievable after about seven years.
  • Continuing existing employment within the Police force
  • Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Progressing to university into relevant police-related courses, for example: BA (Hons) Policing, BSc (Hons) Criminology and Policing, BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation.

Students should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes at specific Higher Education providers.

What costs will you incur?

The fees are currently £6000 per annum.

It is not possible to confirm fees for future academic years but the maximum increase each year will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI)

Financial support

For more information on Student Finance please go to our HE Finance page