Policing and Criminal Investigation
HNC and HND (BTEC)
This course would be ideal for anyone wishing to pursue a career within the police service, armed forces, criminology or criminal law.
This course is intended to provide you with hands on experience if you have an interest in policing and the criminal justice system.
You will have the chance to put what you have learnt from the lectures to 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.
Completion of this course will enable you to progress on to Higher Education to ‘top-up’ your qualification to a full Honours degree. Alternatively, you can progress within relevant employment.
- Type of study
- Full-Time, Higher Education
Availability & Details
Students wishing to undertake this course 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 C (grade 4 under the new system) 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
Within the first and second year of this programme, two of the units will be based at Southwick Park using the facilities to enhance a more hands on approach to learning. There will be opportunities in the other units for the learners to utilise the facilities, aiding theory based learning.
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 term one and four units within term two. 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 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 learners to move on to university to ‘top-up’ their qualification to a full Honours 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 programme will be based at Southwick Park, using the facilities providing real-life experience.
Future Career Opportunities
There are great teachers here. This college has felt more like a university than a school, and it’s definitely lived up to that more grown-up feel.Vicky Lipscombe, A Level student
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 teaching and support was really great, the quality was really great, all the teachers really care about your education as well as your wellbeing, they take everything into consideration and they’re great.Katie Whittingham, A Level student