HNC Police Studies

Course Content

This intensive and heavily academic course also contains a mandatory exercise unit. Includes: Research, Sociology, Criminology, Law, Exercise, Communication and ICT. Guidance and support with study/exam skills and UCAS applications are 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 in Criminology. Advanced Certificate/Level 6 in a relevant course will also be considered. Further selection will be based on a strong personal statement and an interview. For progressing students - attendance, previous performance and staff references are 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

Successful completion of this course can enable progression to 1st or 2nd year entry of many related undergraduate degrees e.g. Police Studies, Criminology, Criminology and Sociology, Law and Social Sciences. For those not wishing to continue their studies employment prospects include a variety of opportunities in the criminal justice system and emergency services.

Course Overview
  • Study Type

    Full Time

  • Campus

    Gardyne Campus

  • Start Date

    28 Aug 2023

  • SCQF Level


  • Duration

    34 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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