Police and Security Studies

//Police and Security Studies

This course is designed for those who want to work in the security industry or prepare for application to the police/armed forces/naval service. The course includes the modules required for basic licencing (PSA) coupled with a whole range of security related subjects and skills.

Cork College of Commerce, as part of the Cork ETB, is an accredited training provider for the Private Security Authority of Ireland (PSA)– under strict laws regarding the licensing process in the private security industry.

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1 year

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Security Studies 5M2110

QQI Component Maths 5N1833 (available as option in evening for learners requiring Maths for progression

PSA Licence

Manual handling training and certification (requirement for work experience)

€500 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €250)

  • Criminology 5N2107 – Gain an understanding of the behavioural theories associated with crime and its prevention. Look at social and economic factors affecting criminal behaviour. Explore criminal legislation and the role of stakeholders involved in crime prevention. Identify the key characteristics of a broad range of crimes, including drug related crime and outline suitable methods of research and investigation in the area of crime.
  • Door Security Procedures 4N1114 – Explore various conflict resolution techniques for dealing with a range of incidents. Complete the various duties involved in the work of a door security person including preservation of a scene of crime and the recording of incidents and liaising with other agencies.
  • Guarding Skills 4N1118 – Demonstrate appropriate procedures for dealing with a suspect. Outline on-site cash handling procedures. Demonstrate a range of procedures for loss, prevention and identification.
  • Legal Practice and Procedures 5N1394 – Understand the role of the constitution in the Irish legal system, legal terminology and the structure of the Irish court system. Describe proceedings in a court of law. Explore the impact of European law on the Irish system. Evaluate documents and legislation in your relevant area. Identify main categories of remedies e.g compensation etc.
  • Retail Security 5N1777 – Analyse and reduce potential for loss and security breaches in a variety of retail settings. Respond appropriately to security incidents and emergencies and process daily security reports and reports on security incidents. Use appropriate communication skills and a range of customer device techniques in a variety of situations in the workplace.
  • Safety & Health at Work 5N1794 – Develop skills in identifying hazards and carry out risk assessments. Familiarise yourself with the responsibilities and duties of the employer and employee with regards to health and safety. Explore appropriate procedures for use and disposal of hazardous materials and waste in the workplace. Investigate risk facts in relation to safety to include hazards, work environments, work practices, effects of medication, drink and drugs.
  • Security Industry Procedures 5N1785 – Use a variety of supporting security tools and equipment to support the work of the security officer in dealing with a range of incidents in a variety of security settings. Respond appropriately for preserving a scene of crime and the recording of incidents and liaising with appropriate agencies and organisations. Carry out the duties and procedures required of a security officer and employ appropriate security, fire, health and safety procedures in a variety of settings.
  • Word Processing 5N1358– Learn to produce professional mailable document. Learn file management and a host of functions including clipart, headers, footers, watermarks, graphics, tabs etc.
  • Communications 5N0690 – Acquire the writing skills needed for the workplace, learn to speak fluently and coherently in a professional setting, develop interpersonal skills and have an understanding of the impact of ICT on society.
  • Work Experience 5N1356 – Planning, preparation and reflection on work placement. Job finding strategies, CV and personal statement preparation, interview skills. Practise employability skills with a view to future planning

Leaving Certificate, LCA or QQI Level 4 (note: students who wish to progress to policing require passes in LC Maths and English) For mature applicants experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.

  • Two week work placement
  • Safe Pass Certification (optional)
  • PSA license
  • Professional guest lecturers
  • Court visits
  • Site visits
  • First Aid Workshop
  • Common Purpose Pitstop Leadership programme for selected students
  • Workshops on Security Technology, self defense
  • Manual Handling Training and Certification

Excellent progression opportunities including:

  • CIT: Business (CR021)
  • Carlow IT: Analytical & Forensic Science (CW107)
  • Carlow IT: Cybercrime & IT Security (CW227)
  • CIT: Business Administration (CR022)

Excellent progression opportunities to UCC and other Higher Education colleges. Special arrangements in place with CIT (CCPS), Tralee IT and Waterford IT for preferential entry for College of Commerce students. Up to 390 CAO points for any Institute of Technology can be attained by successful completion of this course. See Progressions for details.

The course meets the needs of the security industry in line with the terms of the Private Security Services Act 2004. Career opportunities exist is every area of the private security industry. Employers in the industry specifically seek us out in the college in order to recruit and employ our graduates. The course is also designed for students who are interested in a career in An Garda Síochána, the Defense Forces, Prison Services or the Fire Services. All students can access the Jobs Advice Hub. Graduates can subscribe to ‘CCOC college jobs register’ and CCOC LinkedIn alumni for up to date vacancies and networking.

I loved my marketing and event management course in CCOC. It is a great college where you get a lot of support and help from your tutors. It gave me the confidence to pursue higher education, which I am currently studying a degree in Marketing and Multimedia at the University of Roehampton.

Angela Eninš, Marketing and Event Management 2015

I am a 26 year old qualified accountant working in Quintas Partners in Cork City, I have this week took a senior accountant role within this firm which will give me the platform to progress in my career and achieve my goals I set in 2007 when I started my journey in Cork College of Commerce.

Don Broderick, Accountant, Quintas Partners

CCOC provided me with the encouraging, supportive & motivating environment I needed to excel in my studies & progress to UWSTD where I completed my Marketing degree with just one further year study there. The high marks I received in my degree was testament to the three years I spent in CCOC being constantly challenged & supported by brilliant teachers, as is my job as a Marketing Executive.  The personal approach was one of my best aspects, everyone’s needs were catered for individually and there was no “one size fits all” attitude.

Teresa Lenane, Graduate of University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea
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