Policing Studies - Foundation Degree (FdA)


Approved by:
Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU)
Start:
September
Location:
University Centre
Level:
4-5
Institution code:
H65
UCAS code:
Z3A4

Course Details

Are you interested in a role in policing, security, risk management or criminal justice? Do you have a mind that looks to be fair and honest, do you like the idea of justice? Then this degree might be just what you need!

Discover the roles of police, law, justice, and various aspects of crime with a degree in Policing Studies. During the Policing Studies FdA program you will undertake a critical exploration of contemporary policing issues as you develop skills and prepare for your professional practice. It moves beyond taken for granted definitions and ideas in policing, and critically evaluates claims to knowledge in this area.

This course will enable you to a gain an understanding of Policing studies and will prepare you for Level 6 BA top up in Policing Studies at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). This course is not an avenue into the Police but will give you an insight into the role of the Police.

As part of the course you are advised to become a Special Constable with your local police force and staff will help you with this process. However, you can apply to do this before you commence with your studies. If you cannot secure a place as a Special Constable, we will help you to find a comparable position in a related field. Studying policing gives you an insight into a variety of subjects which include (but are not limited to): policing, investigations, research, forensics, law, and social aspects of crime.

The course will develop your knowledge and skills and sets you on the path, if you choose, to progress to the BA (Hons) in Policing Studies at LJMU, which will provide a qualification that allows you to apply to the police service as a police constable. Alternatively, you may consider pursuing a postgraduate degree in Policing, Social Sciences, Criminal Justice or Law which could lead to further academic research.

Throughout your studies you will have lectures from staff at LJMU during your lessons at Hugh Baird University Centre, this is to allow a smooth transition into your level 6 studies at LJMU. You will also attend training at a variety of centres which will include; Emergency Services Training College and HYDRA (BTP facility).

You will study a range of core modules, including:

FdA Year 1:

  • Exploring Policing studies
  • Introduction to Policing
  • Practice, Procedure and Criminal Law 1
  • Technology and Policing
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Responding to Incidents

FdA Year 2:

  • Policing Communities
  • Professional Skills for Policing
  • Practice, Procedure and Criminal Law 2
  • Investigation Skills
  • Community Engagement Project
  • Policy Practice and the Evidence base

The course will be delivered through a mixture of theory and practical sessions this allows students to explore the theory of policing and the practical aspects, including health and fitness and practical issues in policing Liverpool. The blend of modules allows teaching methods to include group activities, project work, lectures, and guest speakers.  You will be required to partake in a minimum of 48 hours work experience during your studies.

For full entry criteria, please see the Programme Specification.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University Centre offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates, you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the Hugh Baird University Centre.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check proves to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Two years, full time or three years, part time.

Completion of this course will develop your knowledge and skills and enable you to progress to the Foundation Degree in Policing.  

You will continue your degree (if you choose to) at Liverpool John Moores University.

Completion of this course will develop your knowledge and skills and enable you to progress to the Foundation Degree in Policing.  Once you complete this degree, you will have the knowledge, skills and qualification that makes you an attractive candidate for recruitment by the police service or other employers in related fields, such as security and risk management.

The course will develop your knowledge and skills and sets you on the path, if you choose, to progress to the BA (Hons) in Policing Studies at Liverpool John Moores University, which will provide a qualification that allows you to apply to the police service as a police constable.  Alternatively, you may consider pursuing a postgraduate degree in Policing, Social Sciences, Criminal Justice or Law which could lead to further academic research.

You may consider also embarking on a career that is not directly concerned with policing, such as roles within the armed services, security, prison service, social work, criminal justice-related roles or within the Civil Service.

To be added soon or not applicable.

To be added soon or not applicable.

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We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 years or above). Even if you don't have the entry requirements, you may have gained knowledge and skills from relevant work or life experience, so we would consider your application on an individual basis.

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If you have any questions, or need help at any stage, call the Retention and Progression Team on 0151 353 4444, or email careers@hughbaird.ac.uk.

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