West Suffolk College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd


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Course summary

The purpose of BTEC Higher Nationals 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 qualifications 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 course of one year: Small-scale Research Project in Policing: This unit enables students to develop information gathering and research skills in the field of policing within an ethical context. It has a practical focus that gives students the opportunity to use a range of research methods and skills for small-scales projects using both qualitative and quantitative methods, including statistical analysis. Criminal Law: This unit provides an understanding of the general principles of criminal law and a knowledge of some defences to criminal law offences. Students will be able to explain the statute law relating to and impacting on violence, the threat of violence on society and the law on lass or damage to property. They will be able to recognise the need for the laws relating to public order and the effect of public disorder on the community. Police and the Criminal Justice Service: The aim of this unit is to develop students understanding of the criminal justice system in England and Wales to evaluate its effectiveness. Students will cover how the criminal justice system operates and how defendant are dealt with by the system, also looking at the ethical issues involved with sentencing and punishment. Equality and Diversity in Police Service: This unit aims to identify the importance of equality and diversity in the police service and the leadership the police service must show to promote it. It enables students to evaluate legislative provision for the protection of individual against discrimination and the different procedures open to victims of unfair treatment. Understanding why discrimination has no place within the police services. Roads Policing: This unit will introduce students to the principles of road policing. Students will study the construction and use regulations, drink and drug driving, and how to apply this legislation. Road traffic collisions will be reviewed and the anti-social use of vehicles in the wider community. They will also look at community safety and crime reduction, with a research task addressing anti-social behaviour. Technology and the Police Service: The aim of this unit is to develop students' knowledge of how technology can support police service delivery and the benefits of using technology for the police service and the community. Effective use of technology is at the heart of the operation of the police service in the 21st century. Criminology - Practical Application for the Police Service: This unit gives the students the opportunity to study criminology, the theories around it and how it relates to police work. Students will be encouraged to apply the theories they have studied in policing situations and be able to resolve them using different methods. The students will research different crimes of violence, and the possible reasons behind why these crimes are committed. Command and Control: The focus of this unit is on the skills and abilities required for the command of incidents and the control of any police staff, from planned operation to events, to dynamic and spontaneous incidents. The roles of Gold, Silver and Bronze command will be explored in any given scenario and how this structure is deployed, this will incorporate decision making and problem solving.

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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Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6360 Year 1
England £6360 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6360 Year 1
Scotland £6360 Year 1
Wales £6360 Year 1
Channel Islands £6360 Year 1

Additional fee information

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