The HNC in Police Studies has been designed to give you an understanding of the issues that are relevant to a policing environment, as well as developing your understanding of the skills and capabilities required to operate in policing.

The course covers academic and practical subjects including the Scottish legal system; exercise principles and programming; communication; using information technology; sociology and personal development. You will develop your planning, interpretation and research skills.

The course is delivered on campus using a variety of classroom activities and in partnership with external organisations to allow candidates to experience the real life aspects of policing.

  • Team working 
  • Communication 
  • Understanding the Scottish criminal justice system 
  • Working within a diverse community 
  • Understanding and promoting health and fitness 
  • Numeracy, information handling, and problem solving 
• One year full-time
• Two years part-time 
  • Scottish legal system
  • Sociology for social care practice
  • Personal development planning
  • Exercise principles and programming
  • IT in business
  • Social science: research and methodology
  • Contemporary policing
  • Creating a culture of customer care
  • Scottish Criminal Law
  • At least one relevant Higher at level C or above plus four National 5s at Grade C or above in relevant subjects (e.g. Business, English, Modern Studies, English, History, Admin & IT, Religious, Moral & Philosophical Studies,  Computing, Geography, Maths or Science based subjects)
  • Advanced Certificate: Business Enterprise (with Administration , Accounting or Legal Services) to include 12 SQA units at SCQF Level 6 or above, including one at SCQF Level 7
  • Advanced Certificate: Tourism, Events and Business (to include 12 SQA units at SCQF Level 6 or above, including one at SCQF Level 7)
  • Relevant experience and/or other qualifications will be considered on a individual basis
Successful completion of all units within HNC, including Graded Unit, (in addition to entry requirements) can lead to university entry for the following areas:
  • Policing
  • Social science
  • Criminology
  • Police Services
  • Other Emergency Services
  •  A contribution to the costs of any outside visits undertaken as part of the course
  • Online application
  • Satisfactory personal statement
  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process. This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise
  • In the case of Fife school leavers, the College will request a Transition Form from your school