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BTEC HND Policing

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    Campus: David Game College - London

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    Duration: 2 years

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    Mode of Study: Full-time (Daytime)*

  • Level of Study Icon

    Level of Study: RQF Levels 4 and 5

  • Next Start Date Icon

    Next Start Date: 2 October 2023

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    Awarding Body: Pearson

  • UCAS code Icon

    UCAS code: HPOL

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    Intakes: January, May & September


This course is designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to operate effectively in the global policing environment and to provide them with the first two years of education and training for potential degree entrants (including via the BSc Criminology and Criminal Justice (Top-up) course at DGHE) to policing for roles such as Police Constable, Police Staff (including Crime Scene Investigator, Crime Analyst and Police Intelligence) and specialist police forces such as the Civilian Nuclear Constabulary.

This course will ensure that students understand the local, regional and global context of policing, and are provided with the opportunities to develop the skills, techniques and personal attributes necessary for a role in policing, including an awareness of professional ethics and their relationship to the statutory responsibilities within policing.

This course will provide students with a solid background in areas such as the ‘Police and the Criminal Justice System’, ‘Investigative Skills’, and ‘Investigation into Armed Policing’ as well as provide opportunities to study ‘Criminology’, ‘Counter-Terrorism’ and ‘Leadership in Policing.’

Our course content is closely aligned with the needs of your future employers, ensuring that you receive a highly valued, well-rounded education.

Our teaching staff members have wide and practical experience working with law enforcement agencies and organisations globally, including Interpol and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and nationally, including the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police. We invite external speakers from law enforcement to provide input into your classes to boost your practical knowledge and experience of policing as a career.

Upon successfully completing the HND, there is an opportunity to complete a third-year ‘top-up’ with us, studying a level 6 BSc (Hons) Criminology & Criminal Justice (Top-up) programme, delivered in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire. Alternatively, the HND could lead you to a suitable degree at another provider or graduate entry to selective institutions.

This course provides:

  • An in-depth study of a wide range of Policing operations

  • Opportunities to find out about jobs available in these services and prepare you for their entry procedures

  • Regular contact with Policing professionals and visits to public service providers

  • Assignments and projects directly related to the contemporary Policing scene

  • Practical work on community projects.

*This course is delivered two days per week or two evenings plus Saturday. In addition, learners are required to attend a personal tutor meeting twice per semester.

  • Modules
  • Entry Requirements
  • Admissions Process
  • Course Specifications
  • Assessment
  • Progression
  • Careers
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Pearson BTEC HND Diploma Level 5 Policing

Year 1 Level Credits
Small-scale Research Project in Policing 4 15
Criminal Law 4 15
Police and the Criminal Justice Service 4 15
Equality and Diversity in the Police Service 4 15
Roads Policing 4 15
Technology and the Police Services 4 15
Criminology – Practical Application for the
Police Service
4 15
Command and Control 4 15
Total Credits 120


Year 2 Level Credits
Leadership in Policing 5 15
Crime Reduction and Community Policing 5 15
Investigative Skills 5 15
Government Interactions with the Police
5 15
Emergency Planning and the Police Service 5 15
Health and Safety Management in the Police
5 15
Counter Terrorism 5 15
Investigation into Armed Policing 5 15
Total Credits 120


Note: The HND is awarded on completion of a minimum of 240 credits.

At DGHE, we review applications individually, considering each applicant’s unique circumstances. Whether you hold a UK qualification, possess work experience or have obtained qualifications from overseas, we are open to discussing your application and exploring potential pathways for admission. We’ll look at the complete picture when it comes to your application; just get in touch with our admissions team at admissions@dghe.ac.uk, who will be able to advise you.

Examples of accepted qualifications

  • A level standard or overseas equivalent
  • Or other UK level 3 qualifications (e.g. Foundation Diploma, Access to HE Certificate, a BTEC Diploma/National, Advanced GNVQ or AVCE)
  • Or Overseas Qualifications equivalent to Level 3 (e.g. Diploma de Baccalaureate, Brandos Atestas, Ensino Medio, etc.)

For more information on accepted international qualifications, visit our designated page.

Non-standard qualifications & Mature applicants

  • We encourage mature students who are 21 years of age or older to apply. At DGHE, we value mature students’ diverse experiences and perspectives. While some entry requirements may still apply for this programme, we welcome applicants with relevant work experiences and carefully consider each one individually.

English Language Requirements:

IELTS 5.5 / 4/C in English GCSE / Functional Skills Level 2

Students who have studied in a country where English is not the primary language will be required to meet our English Language Requirements. Usually, students must take an English Test offered by DGHE or provide one of the above.

*If you do not meet the required standard of English requirement in the assessment, you will be offered our Pre-sessional English language course to help you improve your English to the necessary level to gain admission to the course.

Restrictions on learner entry:

The BTEC Higher National qualifications require learners to be 18 years and over at the start of their course.

The College will ensure those entry requirements are applied per institutional policy and that the admissions process will follow the following format.

Step 1: Apply

All applicants must first create an online portal account with David Game Higher Education and complete the application form

Step 2: Upload Documents

All applicants must upload the following documents on the portal:

  • Examination transcripts (English translation where necessary), or notarised copies and English Language examination transcripts (where applicable)
  • Your CV
  • A copy of your passport
  • Proof of Address (e.g. Bank Statement, household utility bill, current UK driving licence)
  • A 300-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the College and how this will help your future career aspirations
  • Photo (Passport style picture)
  • Employment reference letter (if applicable)

Note: If you are not able to submit the documents online, you can bring them to the college, and a staff member can do it on your behalf. If requested, applicants must provide two references in support of their suitability for the programme.

Step 3: Arrange an Interview

  • Applicants will be subject to a personal interview where possible, either by a member of the admissions team or an approved agency (where this is not possible, acceptance will be based on the information contained in the application form and any supporting documents)
  • Arrange an appointment to visit DGHE to present certain original documents and attend an interview. You can do this via email at admissions@dghe.ac.uk or via telephone at 02032200347
  • Applications can also be submitted in person at our DGHE campus. Monday to Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.

Note: All applicants must present original examination transcripts on the interview day.

Step 4: Internal English Test

Applicants whose first language is not English, with no formal or recognised qualification, will be required to take the DGHE English Entry test to determine whether their level of English is appropriate for the course applied. The level required for entry onto the HND is typically an IELTS 5.5 or above.

If you do not meet the required standard of English requirement in the assessment, you will be offered our Pre-sessional English language course to help you improve your English to the necessary level to gain admission to the course.

Step 5: Accepting your Offer
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application after completing steps 1, 2, 3, and 4 on the assessment day.

If the application is successful, the applicant will be sent a formal ‘Unconditional Offer’ letter via email. Once the applicant accepts the offer, they are entering into a legal, contractual agreement with the College.

A ‘conditional offer’ can be issued to an applicant with one or more outstanding conditions to be met. These can include passing an English language test or providing an original copy of evidence referred to in their application form. After such conditions are met, the College will issue the Unconditional Offer letter.

Note: Closer to the start of the course, the Admissions Team will send information regarding the induction day and timetable.

Campus Name: David Game College

Course Duration: Two years, full time

Course Delivery:

Daytime: 1 Day Online & 1 Day on Campus

or Flexi: 2 Evenings Online & Saturday on Campus

Course Fees: £8900 (Student Loans available)

Course Start Date: 2 October 2023

Awarding Body: Pearson

Note: UK/EU students may be eligible for study loans/grants from the Student Loans Company. This support can help finance both your studies and day-to-day living expenses (depending on the course level). You can find more information related to Student Finance and the necessary qualifications by visiting the corresponding links. For more information, please contact the admissions team at admissions@dghe.ac.uk or T: 0203 220 0347

To gain the HND, each module must be successfully completed. Assessment is by a combination of coursework, assignments, projects or an examination. Pearson externally verifies all assessments. Most units on the BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) level courses are worth 15 UK credits.

Students will be expected to commit at least 150 notional hours towards completing the learning outcomes per unit. This usually consists of a combination of around 60% direct teaching time and around 40% independent study time (e.g. preparations for research and assessments, background reading, etc.).

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On successful completion of the HND, there is an opportunity to complete a third-year‘ top-up’ with us studying a level 6 BSc (Hons) Criminology & Criminal Justice programme, which is delivered in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire. Alternatively, the HND could lead you to a suitable degree at another provider or graduate entry to selective institutions.

For a comprehensive list of universities that offer other top-up degree pathways, please find out more here.

On successful completion of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma, students can develop
their careers in the policing sector through:

• entering the policing family, e.g. as a Special Constable, a Police Volunteer or as
Police Staff (civilian roles)
• committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
• progressing to university into relevant police-related courses

Job roles:

• Dedicated Detention Officer
• Crime Scene Investigator
• Communications Officer
• Civilian Investigation Officer
• Scenes of Crime Investigators
• Fingerprint Officer
• Police Intelligence
• Crime Analyst
• Computer Forensics Investigator
• Command and Dispatch
• Prosecution File Preparation Officer

The HNC consists of the first year of the HND (i.e. 120 credits at Level 4 Higher National Certificate).

Please enquire today if you want to study for the HNC programme; the start dates are as per the HND.

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