HNC Police Studies candidate information

HNC Police StudiesThe HNC in Police Studies has been designed to give you an understanding of the issues that are relevant to a policing environment, as well as developing your understanding of the skills and capabilities required to operate in policing.

The course covers academic and practical subjects, including the Scottish legal system, exercise principles and programming, communication, using information technology and research, sociology and personal development. You will develop your planning, interpretation and research skills.

Employment and progression opportunities

This knowledge and skills gained in the HNC can be applied in a environments including the Armed Forces; Fire Service; Prison Service; Private Custodial Services; Private Security Firms; Social Services; Leisure; Youth or Community Work; and Voluntary Work. There is currently no single award at HND level for those who are successful in the HNC in Police Studies to progress to, but the HNC in Legal Services has a number of Units in common with the HNC in Police Studies, and leads on to an HND.


As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry qualifications include:

  • One Higher in a relevant subject and four National Units at SCQF level 5/6 or four Standard Grades at Credit Level.
  • Any SVQ at level 2 or 3 in a relevant area.
  • A group of National Qualification Units covering a range of relevant and related topics at SCQF level 5/6.

Different combinations of relevant National Qualifications, Vocational Qualifications and equivalent qualifications from other awarding bodies may also be acceptable. Subject areas which would be considered relevant for entry to the HNC in Police Studies include: Scottish Legal System/General Legal Studies; First Aid/Fitness; Psychology/Sociology; Modern Studies/ Contemporary social studies; Communication; Information handling/information management; ICT.

If you have suitable work experience, you may be accepted for entry.