Police Studies

Fife College


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


HNC Police Studies is a nationally recognised qualification which provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes which will support them in making an application for the role of Police Officer to the Police Force of their choice. The course has been developed through ongoing partnership with Police Scotland and this award will aim to prepare students for entry into employment in the Police Force or other Public Sector Organisations

This course will introduce you to areas such as the Scottish Legal System, Sociology, Communication and Exercise Principles and Programming. The knowledge and skills developed on this course can be applied in a number of different environments including; the Armed Forces, Fire Service, Prison Service, Private Custodial Services, Private Security Firms, Social Services, Leisure, Youth or Community Work, and Voluntary Work.

The course is delivered on campus using a variety of classroom activities and in partnership with external organisations to allow the candidates to experience the real life aspects of this course.

Entry Requirements

1 relevant Higher plus 4 subjects at National 5; or Advanced Certificate: Business Enterprise; or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 5.

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

Part time (day release)

Course Length

1 year


Administration, Office Technologies and Legal Services

SCQF Level