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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?

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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Alex Holmes

Alex Holmes

Uniformed Public Services learner is the current international junior archery champion

Alex shoots in the compound bow discipline for Derwent Bowme and is a member of the GB Youth Development Squad and East Midlands Archery Squad. He is currently the international junior champion, East Midlands champion and Derbyshire Champion. He is also a member of the Derbyshire Sport ICON supported athlete programme and is currently training for a competition in France in the New Year ahead of the world trials in Romania next summer.
Alex combines his course at Derby College’s Broomfield Hall campus with around 20 hours training a week and his ultimate goal is to join the RAF. He said: “I started shooting when I was nine and moved to compound bow nearly two years ago."
“During a competition I can shoot up to 288 arrows which requires a lot of muscular endurance and strength."
“Part of my training involves strength and conditioning and I am able to do much of this at College as part of my Uniformed Public Services course which involves a lot of physical activity.

“I train three times a week in the winter and four times a week in the summer season.  Most of my competitions are during the summer which involves me travelling around the country most weekends to get the scores I need to qualify for England and GB.”


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