HNC Police Studies

Course Content

HNC Police Studies will provide an understanding of issues relevant to policing and develop understanding of the skills and capabilities required in policing.

Academic and practical subjects include: Scottish legal system; physical exercise; communication; ICT; research; sociology and personal development. You will develop planning, communication, interpretation and research skills.

This 15 credit intensive and heavily academic 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 or Legal Studies. 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.

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, Criminology and Policing, Law, Social Services, Community Education, Psychology with Forensic and Investigative Psychology, Psychology with Forensic Scene Investigation and Social Sciences.

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

    26 Aug 2024

  • 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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