The purpose of the HNC in Policing is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the policing sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.
Aims of the Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Policing
Graduates successfully completing the Level 4 Higher National Certificate will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of policing.
They will be able to communicate accurately and appropriately and they will have the qualities needed for employment that requires some degree of personal responsibility.
They will have developed a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent initiatives, organisational competence and problem-solving strategies.
They will be adaptable and flexible in their approach to policing, show resilience under pressure, and meet challenging targets within a given resource.

Openshaw Campus
Openshaw Campus
Full Time
1 year
September 2021
Industry experts in the field of policing.

• 48 UCAS points

• GCSE’S (grade A*-C or equivalent) in both English and mathematics (or be prepared to work towards)
Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have previous learning towards a degree-level qualification or relevant industry or life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.

Year 1: Command and Control (15 credits)

Year 1: Criminal Law (15 credits)

Year 1: Criminology - Practical Application for the Police Service (15 credits)

Year 1: Equality and Diversity in the Police Service (15 credits)

Year 1: Police and the Criminal Justice Service (15 credits)

Year 1: Roads Policing (15 credits)

Year 1: Small-Scale Research Project in Policing (15 credits)

Year 1: Technology and the Police Services (15 credits)
Level 4
50% written assessments
20%, portfolios
30% presentation
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