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FdSc Police Studies

For 2019 start

Bicton College Bicton LEVEL: 5 Military & Protective Services 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.

Possible Progression (subject to availability)

– BSc (Hons) Emergency Services (Interoperability) (top-up)* final year at Bicton

– BSc (Hons) Criminology & Criminal Justice Studies final year at University of Plymouth

– BSc (Hons) Police & Criminal Justice Studies final year at University of Plymouth


Possible Careers

– Civil or Military Police

– Police and Community Support Officers

– Private Security Services

– Criminal Justice Sector

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: L435
  • Institution codes: B18
  • Awarded by: University of Plymouth
  • Fees: Fees Explained
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 (specific unit grades may be requested). Access to HE Diplomas in a relevant subject - 45 credits at level 3 (specific unit grades may be requested). Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 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.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver Award


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Course Documents

FdSc Police Studies Handbook


Indicative Modules Year 1

- Policing & the Criminal Justice System

- Police Law

- 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

FdSc Police Studies

Start Date





4 years part-time

*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.

Careers advice available

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

If you come into the International category (non EU*) and Channel Island (inc. Isle of Man) the tuition fee may vary – click here for full fee information