Farnborough College of Technology
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About this course

By 2020, all new entrants to the police force must be qualified to degree level. This course will enable you to top-up to a BA Honours Degree in Policing or related subject area or enter employment as a Special Constable, Police Volunteer or Police Staff (civilian roles.) This course is aimed at students who want to continue their education through applied learning and/or who want to study locally.

The HNC in Policing will give you:

  • A stimulating and challenging programme of study that will be both engaging and memorable for students
  • The essential subject knowledge that you need to progress successfully into
  • Further study options or a route into the world of work
  • Content that is closely aligned with employer and higher education needs
  • Assessments that consider cognitive skills (what students know) along with affective and applied skills (respectively how they behave and what they can do)
  • A varied approach to assessment that supports progression to Level 6 (degree level)

Who is this programme for?

The HNC and HND in Policing are aimed at those who want to continue their education through applied learning. The courses provide a wide-ranging study of the police and are also designed for adult students who wish to pursue or advance their career in policing. As well as the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of policing, these courses will give you experience of the breadth and depth of the sector, which will prepare you for further study or training.


Fee Per Year £5000

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If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

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Studies include

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through lectures and seminars, workshops, tutorials, virtual learning environments, guest speakers and field trips.

What modules are covered?

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

Following successful completing of the HNC, you would typically progress to the HND. Following this, you could:

  • Look to enter the policing family, e.g. as a Special Constable, a Police Volunteer or as Police Staff (civilian roles)
  • Continue existing employment within the Police force
  • Progress to university into relevant police-related courses, for example: BA (Hons) Policing, BSc (Hons) Criminology and Policing, or BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation.

Job roles after successful completion of a degree could include:

  • Police Constable
  • Special Constable
  • Police Community Support Officer
  • Police Staff:
    • Dedicated Detention Officer
    • Crime Scene Investigator
    • Communications Officer
    • Civilian Investigation Officer
    • Scenes of Crime Investigators
    • Fingerprint Officer
    • Police Intelligence
    • Crime Analyst
    • Computer Forensics Investigator
    • Command and Dispatch
    • Prosecution File Preparation Officer
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Entry Requirements

What is the entry process?

You can apply for this higher education course in the following ways:

  • Via the UCAS websiteVisit www.ucas.com and browse the courses available under 'University Centre Farnborough'. 
  • Directly to University Centre Farnborough via the button on this webpage. Applications take around 15 minutes and are free of charge. You can apply to us direct at any time in the year (including after the UCAS deadline). Applications of this type are seperate to the UCAS system, which means you could also apply for more than the five universities that UCAS allows.

UCAS Code - HN19

Institution Code - F66

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

You'll need a suitable Level 3 Qualification such as A Levels or a BTEC National, with English and maths at grade C/4.

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