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BTEC Higher Nationals in Policing

Higher National qualifications develop practical skills alongside specialist knowledge and understanding. This qualification has been well respected and recognised by employers for many years. The Higher National Certificate (HNC) is broadly the first year of the Higher National Diploma (HND), but as a qualification in its own right it is often studied by employed students on a part time basis.

This course is designed for you if you who would like to work within the policing sector. A significant focus is placed on developing students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the policing sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. If you are looking to pursue a career in the policing sector or you are currently employed as police staff or a volunteer then this may be the course for you.

Whilst studying on the course you can have the use of first class facilities at Macclesfield College including a private members gym (Lifestyle Fitness). The course will draw on a range of industry links and local employers to provide you with extensive policing and related. Live work placements are offered during the programme to provide direct industry experience in an area of your choice, developing and enhancing your employment prospects.

Note: This course is subject to approval.

Entry Requirements
You will typically have one of the following;

*A BTEC Level 3 or other Level 3 qualification in a related subject with at least one merit in the final grade profile
*A minimum of 2 A Levels with one in a related subject at grade C or above
*Access to HE with relevant options
*Extensive relevant work experience - mature learners who have extensive work experience and/or professional qualifications in a related industry are welcome to apply

If you do not hold GCSE maths and English at grade C or above then it is strongly recommended that you study these before starting on a Higher National programme, both to support your study and to allow you to progress to university*.

You will study a total of sixteen units throughout the two years of the course. Fifteen mandatory units will provide a general foundation and one specialist unit will introduce you to particular topic in more depth.

HNC units will include:
1. Small-scale research project in policing
2. Criminal law
3. Police and the Criminal Justice Service
4. Equality and diversity in the police service
5. Roads policing
6. Technology and the police services
7. Criminology – practical application for the police service
8. Command and control

HND units will include:
9. Leadership in policing
10. Crime reduction and community policing
11. Investigative skills
12. Government interactions with the police service
13. Emergency planning and the police service
14. Health and safety management in the police service
15. Counter terrorism
17. Investigation into armed policing*
18. Work-based experience*
*only one of these units will be studied

Assessment activities have been carefully designed alongside additional self-stude/work-place study outside your taught sessrions to make up a total of 21 hours per week on average.

Awarding Body
Pearson BTEC

The HNC is for one academic year which can be followed by the HND for a further academic year. You will be expected to attend lectures at Macclesfield College for a minimum of 12 hours each week with additional work placements.

Study Hours
If you are on a full time programme you will be expected to undertake additional self-study/work-place study outside your taught sessions to make up a total of 21 hours per week on average.

Follow up courses/Progression
You can apply to university to complete a degree in a related subject; entry to the degree may be at year 2 or year 3 dependent upon the university and degree programme. This course will help you to gain employment in the policing sector.

Additional Information
You will be advised in the interview for any additional requirements.

Course information code: PSE-04-17  

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