HNC Police Studies (Schools)

***PLEASE NOTE - only pupils who will be at school during session 2024/25 can apply for this course***

HNCs are made up of 12 unit credits of study, each taking a notional 36 hours of class attendance (although you will need to study outside of class as well.) Each unit is valued at 8 SCQF credit points at level 7 totalling 96 SCQF credit points.  For comparison, a Higher is valued at 24 SCQF credit points at level 6 and an Advanced Higher is 32 credit points at level 7.  So a HNC is equivalent to four Highers (but at a higher SCQF level) or three Advanced Highers.

HNC Police Studies is a nationally recognised qualification which provides students with an understanding of the current sociological perspectives and legal systems which underpin society today. The programme has been developed through ongoing partnership with Police Scotland and this award will aim to prepare students for entry into employment as they develop the skills appropriate for working in this field. This course will support students with their next steps with guidance for applications and interview techniques.

The fundamental principles of being part of a public service will be developed along with the knowledge, theory and practice to equip candidates to progress in this area. All students will be encouraged to access our gym facilities as part of the programme recognising health and wellbeing in preparation for potential fitness testing.

HNC’s are designed to meet the needs of employers both locally and nationally. Employers highly value the employability skills developed through HN study, as it equips learners very well for the realities of the workplace. HNC’s demonstrate to all employers that you have the skills and the ability to succeed in their industrial sector.

You would have the opportunity to experience higher education level study through this programme. This can give you an advantage when progressing to university or applying for an apprenticeship and will add value to your CV or UCAS application personal statement.


Falkirk Campus: Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for 3 hours each (times 1.30-4.30pm) from August until June over two years.

Academic progress will be relayed to school on a regular basis (twice per block).

You will study for 12 unit credits over the 2 year programme.

Year 1

Communication: Practical Skills

IT in Business

Social Science:  Research and Methodology

Sociology for Social Care Practice

Scottish Criminal Procedure

Scottish Legal System

Year 2

Creating a Culture of Customer Care

Police Studies:  Graded Unit

Fitness Testing for Sport

Health Screening

Interviewing: Skills and Practice

Personal Development Planning

Principles of Fitness Training


Delivery Methodology

• Small staff team
• Tuesday/Thursday (1.30pm-4.30pm)
• Course will end mid-June
• Candidates will not miss classes due to prep for prelims, only for assessments during class time.
• Focus on accessible assessments and contextualisation

The HNC Police Studies qualification has been identified as appropriate for individuals who may wish to consider a career in policing or the emergency services.

Three National 5 awards (or equivalent) preferably English, and two other relevant subjects at grade C or above.

Pupil will be likely to achieve a min of 2 Highers by the end of 6th Year.

School will need to confirm that pupil is capable of studying academically at SCQF level 7.


Attendance at a group based course information and Q&A session.

Further advice for School College Programme and Foundation Apprenticeship applications:

• Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application
• Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for
• Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
• Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately
• If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
• Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as; the reason you are applying, future career plans, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
• Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
• If your application is successful, you will be invited to an information session
• If your application is unsuccessful, you should speak to a guidance teacher or SDS school liaison officer.
• If you are unable to attend the information session or wish to withdraw your application, please email the School Partnership team -


Falkirk Campus

Start date

11 June 2024

SCQF Level

Level 7