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Coventry University

Policing

UCAS Code: 13FL

Higher National Certificate - HNC

Entry requirements


The Access to HE Diploma to include 15 Level 3 credits at Merit. Plus GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 / C or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MM

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MPP

UCAS Tariff

64

from a minimum of two A2 levels.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

1.0year

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Policing

With effect from 2020, all new officers will need to be educated to degree level, in order to join the police force. This Policing HNC is an employment-related qualification targeted at those seeking to establish a career in the police service, purposefully designed to give you both an academic and professional understanding of policing, serving as a comprehensive introduction to the policing industry.

In addition to proven, traditional methods, students also benefit from personal perspectives from people in the industry. Each year, several professional guests visit the students. Previous guests have included members from the Independent Police Complaints Commission, a former Police Sergeant for the West Midlands Police Force and a Mental Health Triage speaker. We also focus on current and future crime trends in addition to historic cases, so that you gain a rounded understanding of the policing industry. Policing policies and practices are constantly changing, with modern day crimes such as fraud, cybercrime and historic abuse at the forefront of today’s judicial system. This exciting course teaches you all the precedence, skills and knowledge needed for successful entry into the policing service, whether that be as an officer, community support officer or as a volunteer and focuses on developing adaptability, social awareness and victim empathy.

**Facilities**
Located on the Coventry University campus, you will have access to our Library & Learning Services (LLS), fully equipped seminar rooms and impressive IT suites. Plus, you can take advantage of reading rights in Coventry University’s Lanchester Library, make use of sport centre facilities and receive full membership to Coventry University Students’ Union (CUSU).

**Staff**
This course has been developed and is taught by practising professionals and industry experts. Our academics bring a wealth of expertise to the classroom with many continuing to undertake research and other projects alongside teaching, meaning our students gain a well-rounded and relevant teaching experience.

**Practical Experience**
Throughout your studies, you will find that the course is underpinned with practical elements. You will have the chance to conduct mock interviews, devise policing reports, take witness statements and more, with access to our mock courts and collaborations with students on other related courses.

**Placements**
At CU Coventry, we put a strong focus on getting our graduates ready to enter the job market. This can be done in a variety of ways—one key element is work placements. With this degree, you are given the opportunity to undertake short and long-term placements in between the second and third year. 

**Key Course Benefits:**

- Alongside your learning, you also get the chance to conduct critical research with our experienced staff, learn from highly-regarded guest visitors and take part in invaluable practical modules. 

- Hands-on experience of a wide range of policing techniques and practices such as mock interviews and report writing – with full use of our on-site mock courts.

- Small tutorial group sessions ensure that you receive the mentoring help and support you need.

- We deliver one module at a time during each block. This means you can dedicate your time to specialise in each subject without the distraction of numerous modules and multiple deadlines.

- You will receive support with applying for short and long-term placements, to gain the experience employers desire, with our in-house Careers & Employability department.

- In order to make higher education accessible to as many people as possible, we keep our tuition fees competitively priced.

- Upon completion of this course, you will receive a qualification awarded by Coventry University, which was ranked 13th best university in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2019. Coventry University were also awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in 2017.

Modules

For details about individual modules please visit the course page on our website.

Assessment methods

**Your main study themes are:**

**Restorative Justice:** The concepts of restorative justices include consent, provocation, accident, recklessness, self-defence and other possible defences and their appropriate application.

**Development of modern policing:** Understanding how the police service has been influenced and has evolved through developments within the criminal justice system. This course reviews the history of the major political and legal milestones that affect policing, along with changes caused by national events.

**Crime and society:** Exploring how society recognises and is affected by crime and social behaviour and the use of crime statistics.

**Social responses to crime:** Understanding the ways in which members of society react to crime and how multiagency strategies help the police to reduce it.

For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

The Uni


Course locations:

CU Coventry

CU London

CU Scarborough

Department:

CU Group

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

79%
med
Policing

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Law

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

72%
UK students
28%
International students
39%
Male students
61%
Female students
68%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Law

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
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Average annual salary
98%
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Employed or in further education
91%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

26%
Legal associate professionals
9%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
9%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Law graduates tend to go into the legal industry, and they usually take similar routes. Jobs are competitive — often very competitive - but starting salaries are good and high fliers can earn serious money - starting on over £24k in London on average. Be aware though - some careers, especially as barristers, can take a while to get into, and the industry is changing as the Internet, automation and economic change all have an effect, If you want to qualify to practise law, you need to take a professional qualification — many law graduates then go on to law school. If you want to go into work, then a lot of law graduates take trainee or paralegal roles and some do leave the law altogether, often for jobs in management, finance and the police force. A small proportion of law graduates also move into another field for further study. Management, accountancy and teaching are all popular for these career changers, so if you do take a law degree and decide it’s not for you, there are options.

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