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Level: 3

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: N

Course Summary

If you have a keen interest in starting employment in the security industry, this programme develops your knowledge and skills in this area, while also providing you with qualifications to apply for your SIA licence.

Starting in February, this 18-week course is aimed at students aged 18 or over with a desire to work as a security officer, CCTV operator or door supervisor. It is essential that, before starting on this course, you are able to produce the requisite identification documents needed to study the qualifications on offer.

In both practical and theoretical settings you will study and experience what it is like to work in this industry.

Entry requirements

Candidates must be aged 18 or over and MUST have the required identification documentation as listed below:

One of the following from Group A:

  • Current valid passport
  • UK driving licence issued by the DVLA
  • An original UK birth certificate
  • UK biometric residence permit card

Two of the following from Group B:

  • Bank or building society statement from the last three months
  • A utility bill from the last three months
  • A credit card statement from the last three months
  • A council tax statement from the last 12 months
  • A mortgage statement from the last 12 months

A letter from the last three months from any of the following:

  • HM Revenue & Customs
  • Department for Work & Pensions
  • Job Centre Plus
  • Local Authority
  • P45 or P60 tax statement from the last 12 months

We would also request that you have at least one passport-sized photo available.

Course Content

The course is designed around the vocational skills and knowledge required to work in the security industry.

You will have four formal assessments to complete. These are:

  1. First Aid at Work
  2. Working as a Security Guard
  3. Working as a CCTV Operator
  4. Working as a Door Supervisor

Assessments will take place approximately every four weeks.

How will I be assessed?

Each of the formal qualifcations requires an assessment based on your competency and skills. There will also be exams, presentations and assignments alongside practical demonstration of skills.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

On completion of the course you may wish to apply for an SIA licence at an additional cost of £190.

You will need to have a uniform that is worn every day and when you are on work experience. The minimum expectation for the uniform is that you wear a plain black T-shirt or polo shirt and sweatshirt etc. A warm wet weather coat is recommended.
 
All learners would benefit from having their own tablet or laptop to aid them with their studies.
 
For some aspects of the course you will be supplied with a high-viz jacket or vest.
 
 

What can I do after this course?

Careers
 
This course is designed for students wishing to start employment in the security industry as a door supervisor, CCTV operator or security guard or to apply for the special constabulary or prison service. 
 

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This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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Charis Oliver

Charis Oliver

Trainee police officer Charis found DCG degree course invaluable

Work experience gained on her Derby College degree course proved invaluable when trainee police officer Charis Oliver applied to join Leicestershire Police.
 
Charis, who is 21, completed a BA (Hons) in Security & Offender Management at Broomfield after lecturers on her BTEC level 3 Public Services course convinced her to move on to higher education.
 
Charis had never thought of herself as academic, but after finishing a foundation degree in Criminal Justice, she went on to to gain her full degree – also achieving a Higher Education Peak Award in 2019.
 
Now based with Leicestershire Police in Loughborough, she added: “What I learned on the BA (Hons) course definitely gave me an advantage, especially when I was applying to join the police. Literally thousands of people apply every year so there’s huge competition for probationary training places and the selection process is rigorous. I practised for months and months before my interviews.
 
“On my foundation degree we had some great work experience organised through Derby College, including covert security testing at airports and the chance to work with offenders in prisons. I talked about this in my interviews and the police were really interested – especially in the covert security work.”
 
And Charis was also grateful that her degree course covered presenting skills. 
 
She added: “Part of the police selection process involved me giving a presentation. As always, my lecturer Chrissie was immensely helpful and supportive. She even offered to provide me with some students so I had an audience to practise on.”

What I learned on the BA (Hons) course definitely gave me an advantage, especially when I was applying to join the police. Literally thousands of people apply every year so there’s huge competition for probationary training places and the selection process is rigorous. I practised for months and months before my interviews

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