West Suffolk College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd


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Course summary

The purpose of BTEC Higher National Diploma in Policing is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals who are able to meet the demands of employers in the rapidly evolving policing sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualification also aims to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.

Course details


The course is made up of 8 mandatory units taught over the period of one academic year: Leadership in Policing This unit focuses on the behaviour of individuals and groups within policing and the wider police family. It explores the links between the structure and culture of the police service and how they interact and influence the behaviour and motivation of the workforce. The unit explores the way in which an organisation structures and organises its workforce and how it will affect the culture that develops within the organisation. Crime Reduction and Community Policing This unit will give students the opportunity to explore concepts of Community Policing that will include; crime reduction, evidence-based policing, and the ‘multi agency’ approach to safer communities. Students will also be required to research and analyse the current policies and strategies being used to combat crime and improve community safety. Investigative Skills The unit will provide students with an understanding of the principles of criminal investigation, managing criminal investigations and effective case management. Students will examine principles, legislation and considerations relating to conducting investigations. Government Interactions with the Police Services The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of how the government and its decision-making powers impact on police services. Students will analyse the different levels of government, the police service they link into, including how they influence the police service. Emergency Planning and the Police Services This unit will introduce students to the emergency planning that is undertaken by the police service. Students will investigate the planning of, review and updating of, strategies and procedures that are used by the police service. Student’s will examine the contingency-plans, disaster recovery plans and on-site emergency planning. Health and Safety Management in the Police Service Students will investigate and analyse the impact of health and safety legislation on the police service. Students will undertake research and analysis of the roles of the key organisations involved in the management of health and safety. Students undertake a practical risk assessment, ensuring that, they meet current legislation and follow work practices. Counter Terrorism This unit gives the student the opportunity to research terrorism and its effect on the United Kingdom. Students will study the threat of terrorism to the UK (in the context of threats of terrorism in the international community), anti-terror laws, terrorism offences and how they affect policing. Students will research the concept of terrorism and extremism and the counter-terrorism strategies to deal with this threat. Investigation into Armed Policing This unit is designed to give students the opportunity to research police use of firearms and training given to police firearms officers. Students will investigate police tactics around firearms incidents that can be as diverse as arresting a suspect to dealing with terrorism offences. Students will research the Firearms Act 1968, be able to state, and apply the law on the criminal use of firearms to any incident that may arise. This will help students to determine if the incident they are investigating is a firearms incident, an incident involving firearms or any other serious incident.

Assessment method

The course is assessed by assignments completed after the content of the unit has been delivered. This may include essays, portfolio evidence, presentations and research projects.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6360 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6360 Year 1
Scotland £6360 Year 1
Wales £6360 Year 1

Additional fee information

Annual Trips and field visits (approx. £100-150)
Policing at West Suffolk College - UCAS