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Course Overview

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The HNC in Police Studies has been designed to give an understanding of the issues which are relevant to a policing environment, as well as developing an understanding of the skills and capabilities required to operate in such a dynamic and changing sector.

What You Will Learn
  • Equip you with the knowledge and skills required to submit a successful application to the Police Service or a similar public body or service industry
  • To develop individuals with the skills to enter into a wide variety of service-related industries
  • To prepare individuals for taking standard entrance tests for entry into Scottish Police Services

Entry Requirements

Working towards one Higher in a relevant subject and 5 National Qualification Units at SCQF level 5/6 or a minimum of 5 National 5 passes at C or above

A relevant Scottish Group Award at SCQF level 5/6


There are a number of subject areas which would be considered relevant for entry to the HNC in Police Studies.

These would include qualifications in:

Scottish Legal System/General Legal Studies 

  • ICT
  • First Aid/Fitness
  • Psychology/Sociology
  • Modern Studies/ Contemporary social studies
  • Communication
  • Information handling/information management



Please note that applicants will be subject to a fitness capability assessment as well as meeting the academic entry requirements for this course


English Proficiency Requirements
  • Minimum 5.5 IELTS or equivalent
How the course is assessed
All of the Units which form this HNC in Police Studies are generic in nature, excluding the Police Studies Graded Unit 1, therefore every Unit is contextualised for a Police environment. How this contextualisation is achieved will vary between delivery requirements for each of the units studied, however, the College will work closely with their local Police Force when developing course materials. Course materials, formative assessments and research tasks are developed which have a Police theme focus. Candidates are assessed by means of continued internal assessment procedures.
The HNC in Police Studies develops the candidates’ personal skills in dealing with the public. This includes social awareness, diversity, and social inclusion, therefore, equipping the candidates to have understanding and knowledge when engaging with the public on Police matters. The importance of these areas is highlighted on delivery and contextualised throughout.

Delivery of this course takes into cognisance the importance of the Scottish Police Standard

Entrance Test. Candidates will apply their knowledge to practical, real-life scenarios, rather than simply reproducing their knowledge

Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • You will be required to attend an interview 
Progression And Articulation Routes
Successful completion of this course may allow you to gain entry to either the NC or HNC Legal Services, Social Science or Health & Fitness here at the college. As always, this at the discretion of the centre and would require students to apply to the course through the online application system. There is also the possibility of progressing to the BA Criminology & Policing at Edinburgh Napier University, or other Criminology courses available at the University of Stirling.
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  • 2  Afternoons over 2 years
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