• August
  • Full-Time
  • 1 year
  • Legal Services
  • SCQF Level 6


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Intro to the course:

This introductory course is a starting point for a future career in law, criminology, the Police or the uniformed public services. You will learn practical skills and theory transferable to various roles. It is ideal for those who want to progress to HNC study or to apply to the uniformed public services, or for an entry-level position in law and criminology.

SCQF Level 6

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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.

What will I study?

You will study family law, Scots Law, social science  and police studies. 

The course will have lots of practical elements to prepare you for a career in the emergency services industry.

You will visit a range of Police and other emergency services locations such as: Police Scotland; Fire and Rescue Centre; courts; Parliament and hear guest speakers from different legal and uniformed services backgrounds.  You will be involved in industry set challenges and projects to enhance your learning experience and links with these professional bodies and emergency services.

Next step course options

  • HNC/D Legal Services or Police Studies and other HN programmes
  • Modern Apprenticeship opportunities

How will I be assessed?

SQA secure assessments.

Why should I choose this course?

This course will get you started on a career in the Police, Armed Services, Security Services, Prison Service, Ambulance and Fire Services.  It will help you progress and specialise in your chosen area. It is ideal for those who want to find out more about different aspects of law, police studies, criminology and a variety of uniformed services.

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: 

  • one relevant National Qualifications Group Award at SCQF level 4 or
  • relevant Nat 4 Qualifications 2 or Standard Grade passes or
  • uniformed services qualification or
  • equivalent recognised qualification  or
  • relevant work experience 

What are the interview arrangements?

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

Fees, finance and funding:

Fees and finances for full time:

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds.

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Other information:

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

Full time course: This course will run for 36 weeks.

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Study mode Full-Time Start date 26/08/2024 Duration 1 year
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