Police Studies

Fife College


Kirkcaldy (St Brycedale) Campus, Dunfermline (Halbeath) Campus


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.

You will study:
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.

Entry Requirements

1 relevant Higher plus 4 relevant subjects at National 5; or Advanced Certificate: Accounting, Administration, Business and Legal; or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6. Interview.

Progression Routes

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

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Administration, Office Technologies and Legal Services

SCQF Level