Foundation Degree (FdSc) Policing

Coleg Llandrillo Cymru
In Rhos-On-Sea (Wales)

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Important information

Typology Foundation degree
Location Rhos-on-sea (Wales)
  • Foundation degree
  • Rhos-on-sea (Wales)

With an apprenticeship you earn while you learn, you gain recognized qualifications, job specific skills and knowledge and this helps you stand out in the job market.


Where and when

Starts Location
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Llandudno Road, LL28 4HZ, Conwy, Wales
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Starts On request
Llandudno Road, LL28 4HZ, Conwy, Wales
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What you'll learn on the course

Skills and Training

Course programme

Is this course right for me?

Are you looking for a challenging career in the police force? This course provides the necessary skills and knowledge. It is an ideal progression route for numerous situations:

  • if you have been in education and want to transfer your skills into policing;
  • if you are a special constable looking to advance your policing work; or
  • if you are a professional looking for a change of career.

Additional information

More detailed information on Modules is to be found in the ‘Additional Campus/Course Information’ section.

Further information on fees and financial support can be found at:

More detailed information on other costs associated with your course and work placements/work experience (if applicable) will be explained to you at your interview.

Entry requirements:

Academic requirements:

  • A minimum of 200 UCAS points normally comprising: at least one relevant A2 subject; or, a BTEC National Diploma with a minimum grade profile of MPP; or, another relevant, recognised Level 3 qualification 
  • Those without such qualifications are considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account 

Language requirements:

  • Good proficiency in English and Maths, with equivalent GCSE grade C or above 
  • Any degrees, diplomas or certificates eligible above should have been taught and assessed in English 
  • For overseas applicants, for entry onto Level 4: English fluency to IELTS 5.5 or higher (with no element less than 5.0) 
  • For overseas applicants, for entry onto Levels 5: English fluency to IELTS 6.0 or higher (with no sub-part less than 5.5) 

Other requirements:

  • Clear enhanced DBS check

All places are subject to satisfactory interview.


The course is delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Lectures 
  • Seminars and tutorials 
  • Workshops 
  • Discussion groups 
  • Practical work within police and other statutory and non-government agencies operating within the North Wales region 
  • Guest speakers 
  • Virtual learning environment (MOODLE)

The course is assessed through a blend of the following:

  • Module portfolios 
  • Essays 
  • Reflective 'placement' logs 
  • Reports (individual and group) 
  • Case studies 
  • Practical 'placement' assessment 
  • Written exams (open and closed book) 
  • Presentations (individual and group)

Completion of this course will give you the knowledge, skills and qualification to develop your career in the police force.

If you are already involved in police work, you may seek a full or enhanced position to advance your career.

If you are new to policing, you will have prepared for your new career and demonstrated your suitability.

Alternatively, you may choose to progress onto Level 6 to complete an Honours degree, such as the BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Additional campus/course information:
  • Rhos-on-Sea

    The Foundation Degree (FdSc) Policing is a practical, work-related qualification for existing and potential police officers. The aim is provide knowledge and skills to complement regular police training.

    The course has been developed in consultation with Skills for Justice and the North Wales Police, ensuring that it meets the needs of police officers and their employers. The police are also involved in the selection and assessment of students, making sure that there are appropriate employment opportunities for you.

    Alongside special constables, existing officers and professionals in other sectors, the course is also suitable for students and young people. If you are leaving a Level 3 programme and hoping to join the police, you may find that you are too young. This course provides the solution, allowing you proceed into relevant training and greatly enhance the quality of your application.

    As part of the course, you will follow the University of Central Lancashire holiday timetable and not that of the College.

    Unit Information

    The course consists of the following modules:

    Year 1 Criminal Law and Procedure

    This module aims to provide you with a range of practical skills and legislative knowledge necessary to provide policing in a safe environment, with additional emphasis on neighbourhood policing.

    Employability and Study Skills

    This module covers the learning and assessment processes that you will encounter as part of your studies and on-going professional development. It will also prepare you for the assessments involved as you pursue a career in policing.

    Ethics, Diversity and Social Issues

    This module aims to introduce you to the origins of police service values and ethics, the principles of police ethics, and the links to race and diversity.

    Investigation and Evidence

    This module aims to equip you with the necessary skills and understanding to appropriately deploy the disciplines of crime scene preservation.

    PACE, Detention and Disposal

    This module aims to introduce you to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) and its application.

    Professional Policing

    The module will introduce you to the underpinning philosophies and methods of contemporary policing within a quality framework. 

    Public Engagement

    This module aims to provide you with a range of practical skills necessary to provide policing in a safe environment, with additional emphasis on public engagement.

    Year 2 General Policing Duties

    This module concerns the legislation in respect of offences relating to social order. You will learn about aspects of unacceptable behaviour and ‘street’ offences and how to use the law to counter such neighbourhood concerns

    Investigative Skills and Criminal Justice

    This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to conduct investigations within a criminal justice system.

    Operational Policing

    This module aims to provide you with operational skills sufficient enough to ensure an appropriate initial police response to incidents. 

    Police Performance and Planning

    This module aims to challenge you to evaluate the strategic issues affecting the police service and to study police performance models and structures of accountability through to local level and delivery.

    Road Policing

    This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the legislation, policies and procedures relating to policing the roads.

    Signal Crimes 

    This module aims to introduce you to those ‘signal crimes’ which impact upon individuals in a community setting.

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