• 12 weeks or less
  • Full-Time
  • Legal Services
  • HNC (SCQF Level 7)


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Intro to the course:

This is a preparatory course to enable progression to further study in legal, police and other uniformed services such as fire & rescue,  army,  navy, transport police, security and prison service. You will learn practical skills and theory transferable to various roles. It is ideal for those who want to progress to NC or HNC study, or to apply to the uniformed public services, or for an entry-level position in law and criminology.  The course also prepares students for progression onto a modern apprenticeship programme.

HNC (SCQF Level 7)

Study mode
Multiple Available

Start date

Who is the course for?

This course is ideal for anyone wanting to develop their career in legal services or the Police Service and uniformed services. It will suit school leavers or those looking to change career or progress into the industry.

The course is aimed at students that have applied to study with us in August 2023.

What will I study?

You will study a range of foundation subjects in topics such as:

  • Criminal law
  • Family law
  • Scots law
  • Police studies
  • Fitness testing
  • Criminal justice

 You will undertake a range of educational visits and hear from a range of guest speakers.

The course also ensures a good foundation in core skills:

  • working with others
  • numeracy
  • communication
  • problem solving
  • I.T.

Preparing to study modules will cover:

  • study skills
  • note  taking skills
  • research skills
  • report writing
  • referencing skills

Next Step Course Options

  • HNC or HND Legal Services or Police Studies
  • NC Legal Services and Police Studies 

How will I be assessed?

Observation, discussion, Q&A's and SQA secure assessments.

Why should I choose this course?

This course will get you started on a career in the Police, Armed Services, security and prisons services, criminal justice or law. It will help you progress and specialise in your chosen area.  You will  be taught by staff experienced in these fields, and get the chance to visit local police offices, courts, the fire & rescue centre and more.

This is an excellent preparation for those that have applied for study in August 2023

Where can this course lead?

This award is suitable for: 

  • Those planning to join the Police Service or for a career in legal services or human resources 
  • Those wanting a career in other emergency or security service occupations such as the Armed Forces, Fire Service, Prison Service, private security, leisure services or voluntary work

What are the entry requirements?

One or more of the following: 

  • three National 4 awards  or
  •  equivalent recognised qualification or
  •  relevant work experience 

What are the interview arrangements?

You will be invited to attend an informal information and induction session.

Other information:

This course is eligible for bursary funding. Please contact our admissions team if you have further enquiries.

Choose your study options

Study mode Full-Time Start date 08/05/2023 Duration less than 12 weeks
Study mode Part-Time Day Start date 08/05/2023 Duration less than 12 weeks
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