HNC Police Studies

Course Content

This intensive and heavily academic course also contains a mandatory exercise unit.Subjects such as Research, Sociology, Psychology, Criminology, Law, Exercise, Communication and ICT are included. Guidance and support with study/exam skills and UCAS applications is provided. This 15 credit course may allow articulation into a range of 1st or 2nd year undergraduate degrees and a wide range of careers including the Police Service, Criminal Justice System, Scottish Legal System, Armed Forces and Prison service, Social Services, youth or community work and voluntary work. 

Entry Requirements

Two relevant Highers; or one relevant Higher and NPA Level 6 or PDA in Criminology; or a relevant Advanced Certificate/Level 6 group award with all course credits achieved; or equivalent. Further selection on basis of strong personal statement. For current/prior learners attendance record/previous performance and staff reference is considered. Relevant Highers include, but are not limited to; English, History, Maths, Modern Studies, Politics, Geography, Psychology, Sociology, Media Studies, Physical Education.

Method of Assessment

High academic workload. Combination of open and closed book assessments as required by SQA. Graded Unit closed book exam following existing guidelines.

Future Prospects

Can enable progression to 1st or 2nd year entry for many related undergraduate degrees in Police Studies, Criminology, Criminology and Sociology, Law and Social Sciences; or a variety of career opportunities in the emergency services.

Course Overview
  • Study Type

    Full Time

  • Campus

    Gardyne Campus

  • Start Date

    29 Aug 2022

  • SCQF Level


  • Duration

    32 Weeks

  • Subject Area

    Social Science

  • Tuition fees may be paid for full-time students in Scotland subject to meeting residency requirements, applications should be made to the appropriate funding body. International Students please refer to our International fees page
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