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FdSc Police Studies

For 2018 start

Bicton College Bicton LEVEL: 5 Public Services & Military Academy

This unique programme is ideal if you would like to develop the specialised skills and knowledge needed to prepare you for entry and future careers in the Police Service, Military Police, the Criminal Justice System or private or commercial security services. The programme provides you with academic understanding and practical experience of the nature of policing together with in-depth analysis of the conflicts of a modern day society.

This programme will consist of a mixture of theory and practical work-related modules. These include Criminology, Police Policy & Society, Psychology and Crime Scene Management & Forensic Evidence. You will also develop work-related skills through a professional development module and undertake an independent research module which will enable you to further develop your knowledge and understanding of the Police Volunteer Programme or undertake other voluntary work in order to benefit from work-based and work related learning opportunities.

You will be offered the opportunity to further develop your fitness levels through participation in various sporting activities. In addition, opportunities exist for you to engage in community based work programmes through joining the Special Constabulary, the Police Volunteer Programme or other community volunteer work. This foundation degree is delivered by police professionals together with qualified college lecturers who have relevant vocational and academic experience.
The course carries out Work Related Learning by attending a number of Devon and Cornwall Constabulary Students Police Officer training days around the two counties, and Work Based Learning through Police Station visits and local liaison with Police Officers.
Possible careers available with this qualification:

  • Civil or Military Police
  • Police and Community Support Officers
  • Private Security Services
  • Criminal Justice Sector

Research skills

This module is designed to develop the student’s knowledge of the underpinning principles of research, experimental design and data analysis.


This module introduces the concept of human behaviour and examines its relationship and working practices in the context of human resources management within the public sector.

Policing and the Criminal Justice System

This module provides an introduction to the early development of the Police Service through to the modern democratic service of today.  In addition the module will develop knowledge of police support services and those agencies that support policing.

Police Law

This module offers practical knowledge and understanding of basic police law in the contemporary social context in which policing operates in England and Wales.


Students will examine criminological theories, the attributes of criminal and deviant behaviour and also investigate the contending definitions of crime, the effects of crime on individuals and society and methods of crime prevention.

Communities, Identities and Inequalities

This module provides an introduction to issues of ethnic diversity within a multicultural society.   These issues will be examined in relation to discrimination in policing and the criminal justice system.

Personal and Employability Skills Development

This module is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop themselves in terms of their personal and employability skills.

Research Project

This module allows students to select a topic for investigation, to undertake a review of the literature on the subject and conduct a detailed original investigation.

Criminology & the Criminal Justice System

This module builds on criminological theory allowing students to analyse theoretical concepts and apply them to the practical functions carried out by the criminal justice system of England and Wales.  The module will examine key questions of crime and crime control, penal theory, sentencing philosophy and criminal justice policy making.

Race, Crime & Criminal Justice

This module provides a critical introduction to the concepts of civil liberties and human rights legislation and evaluates their provision in relation to English Common Law and statutory legislation.

Crime Scene Management and Forensic Evidence

This module develops knowledge and understanding of the management of a crime scene,knowledge of the physical evidence contained within a crime scene and enables the student to critically evaluate the processes required to present that evidence in court. In addition, the roles of Scenes of Crime Officer and Forensic Scientist will also be examined.

Policing Policy and Society

This module offers the practical knowledge and understanding of policing, police law, and the contemporary social context in which policing operates in England and Wales. Candidates may also choose to participate in the Police Knowledge Certificate.

Resource Management

This module develops an understanding of the monitoring and budgetary control of physical and financial resources in order to maximise operational performance and make recommendations for team and organisational improvement.

Leadership, Management & Communications

This module will explore the practical nature of police leadership, management and communications in order to provide a working knowledge of the way in which these topics interact with the duties of a police officer and enable police officers to carry out their duties as effectively as possible.

The application process for full-time and part-time degree level courses with The Cornwall College Group starting in September 2017 is still open and we are taking applications.  Full-time applicants should apply via UCAS and part-time applicants directly via the College website.

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: L435
  • Institution codes: B18
  • Course Fee (per annum): £7500
Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP Grades required. Access to HE Diplomas - 45 credits at level 3. Plus GCSEs at grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.


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Course Documents

FdSc Police Studies Handbook


Indicative Modules Year 1

- Policing & the Criminal Justice System

- Personal & Employability Skills Development

- Criminology

- Communities, Identities & Inequalities

- Research Skills

- Psychology

Indicative Modules Year 2

- Crime Scene Management & Forensic Evidence

- Policing, Policy & Society

- Resource Management

- Research Project

- Criminology & the Criminal Justice System

- Leadership, Management & Communications

- Race, Crime & Criminal Justice

*Modules are subject to change and availability


FdSc Police Studies

Start Date





2 years full-time

Extra Information

Annual tuition fee is £7500

FdSc Police Studies

Start Date





4 years part-time

Extra Information

Annual tuition fee is £5000

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.

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If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk

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