This two-year course provides the knowledge base for applicants wishing to pursue or advance their career in offender management, security and the criminal justice system. The programme is approved through, and forms part of, the University of Derby’s extensive and highly regarded Faculty of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences.
The two-year Foundation Degree initially reviews perceptions and approaches to offender management within the wider context of society, before focussing on criminology and contemporary issues.
In Year 2, topics broaden and build on the initial knowledge gained around human rights, psychology and disaster management while also strengthening learning through the application of criminal procedures.
The programme is delivered by experienced Higher Education lecturers who have had careers within the Uniformed Public Services such as the Police and Army and who can relate security and offender management to a diverse range of scenarios.
Although you may only be in classes for up to three days per week, there is an expectation that you will spend the equivalent of a further three days in independent study and undertake a period of mandatory work placement to support your studies.
This may involve you being invited in on non-timetabled days or weekends to fulfil some elements of the course. Please note that classes will take place over traditional half-term holidays that fall within the identified semester weeks.
The programme will run with a minimum of eight students. In 2017-18 we enrolled 14 students on this programme.
This course forms part of the three-year Offender Management degree course at Derby College and is delivered at our Roundhouse Campus.
This course is regulated by HEFCE and awarded by the University of Derby.
All students get access to the UDO online platform, the Derby College Learning Resources Centre, the University of Derby library, and the College’s Moodle pages.
All applicants will be invited to complete a phone interview or site visit at which interviews will take place to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues.
You should have one of the following:
You will also need:
We also welcome applicants who lack institutional qualifications. All such applicants will be interviewed and may be set an appropriate piece of work upon which a judgement will be made, taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.
All applicants are subject to approval from the University of Derby.
You will need to be aged 18 or over at the beginning of the course.
You will be expected to undertake a relevant work placement for a minimum of 72 hours each academic year.
Each year will be split into two semesters. Between Year 1 and Year 2 students will be eligible for 50% alumni discount on a range of security sector vocational qualifications such as CCTV and Door Supervisor courses.
You will be assessed using a variety of methods which may include practical and theory exams, reports and assignments, presentations and practical work. The assessment methods are designed to review your understanding and knowledge relevant to the sector.
It is advisable that you have access to your own laptop for research and assignment writing. In order to access work placement opportunities, students may need a DBS check, the cost of which will be included as part of your course fees.
Additional trips and visits are usually provided as part of your study programme. However, there may be social or team building opportunities which would incur additional costs of around £15-20. In previous years students have paid around £200 for a two-night visit to London.
The Foundation Degree provides the perfect progression platform for further study on the BA (Hons) Security and Offender Management at Derby College. Opportunities to study other 'top-up' degrees at the University of Derby are available, subject to approval.
You may also wish to progress to employment within the security industry, custodial care, probation service, reservist forces, police specials, the criminal justice sector or charitable organisations.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Derby.
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