Police course in the spotlight

FVC is short-listed in the 'Partnership of the Year' category

Police course in the spotlight

Forth Valley College has been short-listed in the ‘Partnership of the Year’ category at the SQA Star Awards 2017.

The College worked closely with Police Scotland, Larbert High School and Graeme High School to pilot a HNC in Police Studies as part of its’ school-link provision. 

The qualification is available to senior phase pupils in their fifth and sixth year of school, with young people attending college two afternoons per week. The course uses both practical and theoretical activities to explore current issues in society and the legal system and aims to prepare students for employment in this field or further study in a relevant discipline.

The programme also involved an overnight residential at Tulliallan Police College and aspects of probationer training undertaken by Police Scotland. 

The pilot has been a success and the course is now available to pupils attending all high schools across the Forth Valley area. 

Winners of SQA Star Awards 2017 will be announced at a ceremony on Friday 3 November in Edinburgh. 

Dr Ken Thomson, Principal of Forth Valley College, said:

“We’re delighted for this exciting programme to be recognised with a nomination at the SQA Star Awards.

“It was developed as a direct result of two local high schools identifying that they had a high number of young people hoping to pursue a career in the police force whilst also linking with a Scottish Government focus on workforce development for Police Scotland.

“It’s an excellent example of partners working together to give young people the best chance to secure a career in their chosen field whilst also supporting local and national priorities.”

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