Policing & Criminal Investigation


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Policing and Criminal Investigation - HNC SF-POCRHD-G(2122)1A1

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Adult Learning, Full Time, Higher Education

13-Sep-2021 - 01-Jul-2022 (weeks)

Policing and Criminal Investigation - HND (Year 2) SF-POCRHD-G(2122)2A1

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Adult Learning, Full Time, Higher Education

13-Sep-2021 - 01-Jul-2022 (weeks)

Course Learning Loan £5995.00
Course Full Fee £5995.00

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You will have the chance to put what you have learnt from the lectures into real-life practical situations. This course is designed to develop your knowledge surrounding aspects of the legal system including the court structures, criminology and its application to the police service and aspects of criminal law. The core units within this programme are specifically designed to give a comprehensive insight into all aspects of policing and the criminal justice system.

Cost: £5,995 per year.

You will need to have successfully completed a Level 3 Extended Diploma qualification grade DMM and have a keen interest in the sector. A range of A Levels will also be accepted, including Psychology, Sociology and Law, at a grade 4 in all subjects with a reference from a tutor for both the BTEC and A Level subjects.

On the course you will undertake 16 units over the course of two years. 

Level 4 units will include:

  • Small-Scale Research Project In Policing
  • Criminal Law
  • Police and the Criminal Justice System
  • Equality and Diversity in the Police Service
  • Roads Policing
  • Technology in the Police Service
  • Criminology – Practical Applications For The Police Service
  • Command and Control.

Level 5 units include:

  • Leadership in Policing
  • Crime Reduction and Community Policing
  • Investigation Skills
  • Government Interaction with the Police Service
  • Emergency Planning and the Police Service
  • Health And Safety Management in the Police Service
  • Counter Terrorism
  • Investigation into Armed Policing.

Over the course of two years you will be timetabled over three days with one day spent at Southwick Park, allowing for practical immersive learning to take place. With a Vocational focus, the study of policing allows for a grounding within the criminal justice sector. You will complete four units within the first term and four units within the second term. You will be taught by individuals with specialist knowledge surrounding policing, criminal law and criminology.

As group sizes are usually smaller than that found within a mainstream university, this allows for a more individualised and focused programme.

You also have the option to purchase a bespoke uniform for the course.

You will be assessed through a variety of methods, including essays, reports, practical observations, individual and group presentations and an independent research project. All units will be assessed with a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade.

Progression from this course will allow you to move on to university to ‘top-up’ your qualification to a full Bachelor’s Degree at Level 7, as well as a progression route on to employment within the police service, armed forces, psychology and criminology.

Parts of the course will be based at Southwick Park using the facilities to enhance a more hands on approach to learning. There will be opportunities for you to utilise the facilities, aiding theory based learning.

My experience at the college was enjoyable and productive, with thoroughly helpful people surrounding you, an excellent experience. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was, with the work shop time and experience I had, it was a great two years preparing me for the next stage.

Edward Smith, BTEC student

The college is a bright and happy place, everyone is kind and friendly to each other.

Megan Hall, A Level student

My time at the college was definitely life changing, I have learnt a lot of new skills, and obviously it’s a completely new experience. The support was great, there was always people there to help and try make it as easy as they can for you. The college is really fantastic, it has helped me on the way to get to what I want to achieve within my career goals.

Erin Morgan, BTEC student