The Award for Working as a Security Officer is aimed at learners who wish to work as security guards and who require a qualification in order to apply for a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence.
This qualification will develop your knowledge and understanding of the role of the security officer within the private security industry.
Courses are delivered each month. Apply for details of the dates.
You must have good communication and literacy skills and should be able to complete an online assessment independently without support.
IMPORTANT: It is essential that you can provide the appropriate identification in order to enrol on this course. You must present sufficient forms of identification at enrolment. This may include photo identification, current utility bills or your birth certificate. You will also need to supply two passport photos at enrolment. You should enrol using your full name and apply for SIA licences with your full name to avoid identification errors. You cannot apply for an SIA licence if you are under 18 years of age. For further clarification, please contact us.
The course covers:
You will be assessed through a range of online multiple choice exams.
There are no additional costs although you may wish to apply for your SIA licence in order to work in the security industry. You will be charged to resit if you fail to attend on your assessment date. Any further re-sit exam will be charged at £50.
Having completed the Award for Working as a Security Officer, you can apply for your SIA licence for employment in the security sector. Further training is also available at Derby College such as the:
A mum-of-four and former single parent says the learning style and support of Derby College enabled her to gain a degree.
Lisa Pipes, 37, combined bringing up her young family with a two-year Foundation Degree in Criminal Justice and Offender Management.
In her third year at the Roundhouse she combined that with a BA in Security and Offender Management to graduate with a 2.1.
Lisa had previously started a university geography degree but when she became pregnant with twins she found it too difficult to continue her studies.
Unlike university, she said College fitted in perfectly with school term times and she found that the level of support she received was “much greater.”
She previously worked in sales and banking, but her dream had always been to be a police officer. She is now applying to join the Derbyshire force.
Lisa, who remarried while she was at College, completed her work placement with the Derby charity Women’s Work, which supports disadvantaged and vulnerable women.
The lecturers are very passionate about what they do, and it really shows. Nothing is too much trouble. I’d always wanted to get a degree – a cap and gown and all that! – but I think as you get older you put obstacles in the way.
But if I can do it with four kids, I guess it shows it’s possible for most people. I made sure I made time for the kids and worked on my studies around them. I was a single mum and I also got remarried – so all sorts was going on.
I’d recommend Derby College, particularly if you are trying to juggle bringing up a young family.