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Policing HNC

Policing HNC

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Key Information

Start date:September

Institutional code:O10

UCAS code:D548

Duration:1 year full-time

Course type:Full-time

Fees per year:Full-time £5,995

Additional costs:Approximately £100 per academic year, to cover the costs of core text books and external visits.

Delivery Method:Face-to-face via Lectures, Seminars and Tutorials

Entry Requirements

A typical profile for a student who has recently been in education would consist of:

  • GCSE English and Maths grades at C/4 or above, or equivalent Level 2 qualifications
  • a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Public Services or a similar field
  • a GCE Advanced level profile which demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or an adequate performance in more than one GCE subject.
  • Other vocationally related level 3 qualifications
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution

Mature students may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.

Applicants may be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications and experience.


Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Policing

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This course offers the opportunity to develop knowledge of contemporary policing in the UK and introduces students to a range of important areas within policing and criminal justice. The course will enable students to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of policing. Students will develop the skills and qualities to communicate accurately and appropriately and they will develop a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independence, organisational competence and problem-solving strategies.

Who is the course for?

The Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate in Policing is aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning and who wish to pursue or advance their career in policing. In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of policing, the BTEC Higher National Certificate will give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector, which will prepare them for further study or training.

Course content – Level 4 HNC

The HNC Policing does not include any elective modules, therefore for students to successfully complete the course, completion of all modules is required.

  • Small-scale Research Project in Policing
  • Criminal Law
  • Police and the Criminal Justice Service
  • Equality and Diversity in the Police
  • Roads Policing
  • Technology and the Police Services
  • Criminology – Practical Application for the Police Service
  • Command and Control
Placements and work experience

Throughout the course, students are encouraged to undertake relevant voluntary work, in order to build their skills and experience. This might include working in the community, with charities and other voluntary organisations. Students are encouraged to explore voluntary opportunities with their local Police force.

What careers can the course lead to?

The Level 4 Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding in policing, which students can build on should they decide to continue their studies beyond the Certificate stage. Students may choose to continue their studies on the BTEC Higher National Diploma in Policing or an alternative Level 5 course and upon successful completion of Level 5 study, may continue to Honours level to earn a full Level 6 degree.

Alternatively, students may choose to seek to develop their career in the policing sector, by accessing voluntary work, or by pursuing careers such as civilian police roles or roles within the wider criminal justice sector.

Teaching and Assessment methods

The course is delivered by a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials, assignments and project based work. There is a strong focus on practical work, devising group strategies and solutions and feeding back via formal presentation. Students are also encouraged to work independently and to develop the necessary skills to enable the presentation of the highest standard with regards to academic submissions. The combination of theory and practice will enable students to engage in a wide range of activities that reflect modern day policing practice.

Assessments may take various forms and could include essays, reports, presentations, reflections on learning, and practical demonstrations.

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