This programme 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, Royal Marines 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 six students. In 2015-16 we enrolled seven students onto this programme.
This HEFCE-regulated programme forms part of the three-year Offender Management degree programme at Derby College and is delivered at our Roundhouse Campus.
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.
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 will need to pay for the cost of a DBS check which currently costs £26 (November 2016).
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 course is validated by The University of Derby.
Young security officer Amy Dennis said Broomfield Hall's uniformed public services course opens students' eyes to jobs they "probably had no idea were even out there." Nineteen-year-old Amy is thoroughly enjoying her work in the departure lounge at East Midlands Airport. She got the opportunity after representatives from security firm Wilson James came into college and said they were recruiting. College teachers helped her land part-time work at East Midlands Airport and Amy so impressed bosses that she was taken on full-time in July. She said several guest speakers on her two year course gave students an insight into a wide range of career options which they may never have previously considered. The teachers really "connected" with the Level 2 students.
Amy said: "It was so good. I'd recommend it to anybody, particularly if you don't know exactly what you want to do.
"It opens your eyes to so many opportunities and to jobs that you probably had no idea were even out there.
"I've learnt a lot on the job and I learned a lot at the college – it's definitely helped a lot on the customer services side of what I do.
"I feel like I've got a career for the future that I'm enjoying and it wouldn't have happened without the contacts the college have."