Certificate of Preparation for Police Examination and Recruitment (COPPER)

New College Lanarkshire


Cumbernauld Campus


The COPPER course prepares candidates for the opportunity to apply for a range of services, in particular, Police Scotland. It provides candidates with an overview of the Police entrance examination, fitness test and interview process. It also includes opportunities to develop core skills.

Please note that the fitness element of the programme is delivered at Broadwood Stadium.

You will be assessed on an ongoing basis using practical assessments, assignments and case studies. There is no final examination.

Subjects include:

Forensic Psychology; Communication; First Aid; Numeracy; Fitness and Nutrition Studies; Cyber Security; Crime in the Community; ICT core skills; Introduction to analysing criminal behaviour; Crime in society; Crime scenes.

COPPER students will also have the opportunity to gain the National Progression Award in Exercise and Fitness Leadership at Broadwood Stadium. This includes Cardiovascular Training, Free Weight Training and Circuit Training.

Entry Requirements

While the course is open to all applicants, candidates should refer to the entrance requirements for the police service before starting the application process (for example, age requirements). Check the Police Scotland website for entrance requirements.

Applications are subject to successful interview.

Progression Routes

Continuing education opportunities in various programmes in sport, fitness and possibly social sciences.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Police Studies

SCQF Level