The Surveillance Group

Level 3 BTEC Advanced Certificate in Surveillance Practice

The Surveillance Group
In Hereford

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Typology BTEC
Location Hereford
Duration 2 Weeks
  • BTEC
  • Hereford
  • Duration:
    2 Weeks

Suitable for: Our course is suitable for: MOD personnel wishing to take advantage of resettlement grants to take up a career in the surveillance industry. Police officers requiring enhanced training over and above that provided by. specialist CROPs courses, and particularly the application of CROPs training to urban environments. Anti-social behaviour teams who wish to enhance their skills and learn new methods of tackling this growing problem. Other government bodies required to carry out surveillance but lacking the specific knowledge or equipment to conduct operations with confidence.

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Hereford (Herefordshire)
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1&2 Fields Yard, Plough Lane, HR4 0EL


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Course programme

Our Level 3 BTEC Advanced Certificate in Surveillance Practice, accredited by Edexcel, involves 120 hours of teaching in the following subject areas:

The laws governing the use and application of manned surveillance in the UK
Information gathering
Initial reconnaissance and conflict resolution
Foot and mobile surveillance practices
Creating rural observation posts
Creating urban observation posts
Using and deploying static/remote cameras
Methods of entry
Planning a surveillance operation
Night surveillance and filming in low light conditions.

Since surveillance is a practical subject we try not to subject students to ‘death by PowerPoint’. Lecture-based teaching is combined with a range of other techniques, including instructor demonstrations, student discussions and practical exercises in our simulation centre, urban environments and rural training facility. The course culminates in a two-day final operation exercise, which typically encompasses a large geographic area.

We also provide a violent assault workshop as part of the course, where ex-forces medics deliver training specifically geared to the threats and injuries most likely to be encountered by surveillance operatives.

Our two week course is charged at a set fee of £1700.00 plus VAT (total cost £1997.50). We are an approved supplier for Enhanced Learning Credits with a supplier number of ELC 2990. The course is non-residential and therefore does not include food or accommodation.

Additional information

Payment options: We will require a non-refundable deposit of £391 to allocate a place, with the outstanding balance payable on the course start date. If an applicant is being funded to undertake the course, their application must be submitted at least a month in advance of the start date along with the appropriate Claim Authorisation Note and non-refundable deposit of £391. An invoice will be raised to the funding authority on the start day of the course.

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