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HNC Policing

HNC Policing

UCAS Code: HN19 Duration: 1 Year Attendance: Full Time Location: Farnborough Campus Start Date: 12/09/2022    
Pearson UCF


About the course

Considering a career in the protective services? By 2020, all new entrants to the police force must be qualified to degree level. This nationally-recognised HNC in policing is awarded by Pearson and will enable you to top-up to a BA Honours Degree in Policing or related subject area after an HND. This course is award by Pearson and starts each September.  

This course: 

  • Is aimed at students who want to continue their education through applied learning and study locally  
  • Is studied full-time over one academic year 
  • Jobs directly related to this degree include police constable and crime scene investigator  
  • Can provide a route into careers related to policing such as call handling and data analysis 


Assisting and protecting the community is a challenging yet highly rewarding career. Whatever path you take in the sector, it will require a high level of professionalism, teamworking skills and ability to act with resolve, tolerance and restraint. 

An HNC in policing covers a range of topics, such as how to address familiar and unfamiliar problems, to recognising moral and ethical issues. You will also explore the need for ethical standards and professional codes of conduct. The range of subject areas covered will give you a clearer understanding of the Criminal Justice System and the operation of the principles of Criminal Law in England and Wales. 

By providing an insight and understanding into the diversity of roles within the police, you will be able to recognise the importance of collaboration at all levels. From this, you will gain invaluable skills such as flexibility, industry knowledge, and motivation as a basis for future studies and career development. 

Studying your HNC at Farnborough will offer you a small campus experience where you will not get lost in the crowd. Our dynamic new University Centre Farnborough building and Study Centre creates a welcoming environment for both mature students and college leavers. 

Who is this programme for?

You may currently be studying at Level 3, A level, or an Access to higher Education course. This course is also designed for adult students who wish to pursue or advance their career in policing.  

It may also be possible for you to join this course following relevant professional qualifications and/or experience in the workplace. 

What will I study?

An HNC in policing is a stimulating and challenging programme of study. The modules and topics covered will equip you with the essential subject knowledge needed to progress successfully into further study options, or a route into the world of work. The course content is closely aligned with employers and higher education needs, so you will be prepared in your next steps.  


Fee Per Year £5000

Please note that while we make reasonable adjustments to remove any barriers to education, additional fees may be payable where this is not possible. For example, to provide additional support due to a disability. Please contact us if you believe you have any additional needs so that we can discuss your options before enrolling on a course.

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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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Your course

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through lectures and seminars, workshops, tutorials, virtual learning environments, guest speakers and field trips. The programme is studied over one academic year and taught is full-time. 

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

How will I be assessed?

The course covers a variety of assessment methods to suit each style of learning. This includes practical work, coursework and assignments, assessed oral presentations and live case studies. 

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Your future

What Next?

Upon successful completion of the HNC, you can progress to the HND. Following this, you could: 

  • Train towards a career in policing, e.g.  Special Constable, a Police Volunteer or as Police Staff (civilian roles) 
  • Continue existing employment within the police force 
  • Progress to university into a relevant police-related subjects 

There are a wide number of careers where your new degree will be relevant. Some of the examples below may require extra training and experience first. Please speak to our careers advisors to discover which career routes are best for you. 

Job roles after successful completion of a degree could include: 

  • Police Constable 
  • Special Constable 
  • Police Community Support Officer 
  • Police Staff: 
  • Crime Scene Investigator 
  • Communications Officer 
  • Scenes of Crime Investigators 
  • Fingerprint Officer 
  • Police Intelligence 
  • Crime Analyst 
  • Command and Dispatch 

Jobs where your HNC will be useful include: 

  • Call handlers 
  • Front counter personnel 
  • Analysts and librarians 


Transferable skills

This course will give you experience and understanding of the sector, which will prepare you for further study or training. On completion of this course, you will have been given the tools to demonstrate adaptability and flexibility by showing resilience under pressure to meet challenging targets and deadlines. 

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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 website. Visit 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. 

Applications are considered on an individual basis, and we recommend that you apply even if you are not sure that you meet the criteria above. 

If English is not your first language, evidence of your ability will need to be supplied with our applications. IELTS 6.5 is required to be accepted onto this course. 

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