Police and Security Studies

Level 5 QQI Award

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Duration

One Year

Overview

This course is designed to prepare learners with the necessary qualifications to work in the security industry or to prepare for application to the police, armed forces, prison service or naval service. Learners will complete modules which meet the requirements for licensing in both Door Security Procedures and Guarding Services. Throughout their training, learners will complete work experience placements with recognised security companies. 

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate Established/LCVP
  • Leaving Certificate Applied
  • Relevant Level 4 QQI Award
  • Mature applicants are welcome

Course Modules

  • Criminology
  • Door Security Procedures
  • Customer Service
  • Security Industry Procedures
  • Legal Practice and Procedures
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Intruder Alarm and Access Control
  • Closed Circuit Television and Lighting
  • Guarding Skills
  • First Aid
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • Word Processing
Module Information

Module Information

A guide to Police and Security Studies

Award – Security Studies 5M2110

 

Communications 5N0690  

Gain the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to communicate verbally and nonverbally in standard everyday tasks and in work-related situations, operating independently and under general direction.

Assessments: Collection of Work and a Skills Demonstrations

 

Criminology 5N2107

Learners gain knowledge on what motivates individuals to commit crimes, and the behavioural theories associated with crime and its prevention.   Learners are introduced to a broad range of crimes, including drug related crime.  Learners develop an understanding of criminal legislation and methods of crime prevention.

Assessment: Two assignment – (60%) and exam – (40%)

 

Customer Service 5N0972

Customer Service allows learners to gain an understanding of the role of customer service in organisations and the importance of teamwork. Learners also explore the relevant consumer protection legislation and learn about the organisations which protect consumers. Through written and oral assignments learners gain the skills required to deliver good customer care.

Assessment: collection of work (50%) and skills demonstrations (50%).

 

Door Security Procedures 4N1114

This module enables the learner to become familiar with the duties and responsibilities of door security personnel.  The learner acquires knowledge on the legislation which applies to the work of door security personnel.  Learners develop the relevant communication, customer service and practical skills.

Assessment: Assignment (20%), Skills Demonstration (40%), Examination (40%)

 

Guarding Skills 4N1118

Learners become familiar with the duties and responsibilities of static security personnel and the environs in which they work.  Learners acquire knowledge on the legislation which applies to the work of a static security guard.  Learners become familiar with the relevant communication, customer service and practical skills necessary to work in the security industry.

Assessment; Assignment (20%), Skills Demonstration (40%), Examination (40%)

 

Security Industry Procedures 5N1785

This module gives the learners an understanding of the relevant legislation, regulations and standards in the Irish Private Security Industry including licencing and the role of the Private Security Authority.  It enables the learners to gain an understanding of the systems and procedures within the security industry and to acquire the skills necessary to work as a Security Officer.

Assessment:  Collection of work  (30%), Skills Demonstration (50%), Exam (20%)

 

Legal Practice and Procedures 5N1394

Learners gain knowledge on the sources and administration of law including the courts.  Areas of study include the Constitution, Tort, EU law and its impact on Irish Law.  Learners explore the impact of the law on their personal and vocational lives. Learners acquire an understanding of the legal terminology.  

Assessment – two assignments – ( 60%) and an exam (40%)

 

Communications 5N0690  

Gain the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to communicate verbally and nonverbally in standard everyday tasks and in work-related situations, operating independently and under general direction.

Assessments: Collection of Work and a Skills Demonstrations

 

Work Experience 5N1356  

Prepare for a work placement under supervision for a limited time. This comprises of a skills audit, achievement audit, rights and responsibilities, vocational area study, an evaluation of work placement and future career options. A Work Placement of 10 working days must be arranged.

Assessments: Collection of Work and a Skills Demonstration

 

Safety & Health at Work 5N1794

Gain an awareness of Safety & Health in the workplace. Learn about the current Safety & Health legislation, such as the duties of employers and employees. Acquire a knowledge and understanding of how risk assessment is carried out. Prepare and write a report on risk assessment and hazard identification.

Assessment: Two assignments (60%) and an examination (40%)

 

Intruder alarms and access control 5N1776

This component facilitates the learner to plan, specify and install an intruder alarm and access control system considering the safety and environmental factors.   The learner investigates and devises procedures to optimise the benefits of monitoring and programming intruder alarm and access control systems and to understand wireless technology

Assessment:    Skills Demonstration 60%   Examination 40%

 

CCTV and Lighting 5N1771

This component  facilitates  the learner to plan specify and install a CCTV and lighting system considering the safety and environmental factors involved.  It enables the learner to develop the necessary skills to install a range of components, transmission media and programmable features in a CCTV and lighting systems

Assessment – Skills Demonstration – 60%    Exam – 40%

Certification

  • Level 5 QQI Award Security Studies (5M2110)
  • First Aid Certificate – Irish Red Cross
  • Safe Pass Certificate (Options)
  • Static Guarding License (PSA)
  • Door Security Procedures Licence (PSA)

Progression Opportunities

DFEi: Graduates may progress to the Level 6 QQI Advanced Certificate in Security Operations and Management at DFEi.
Elsewhere: Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes, both at Universities and Institutes of Technology.

Progression Examples

Bachelor of Business (BN014)

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown

BEng in Electronic Engineering (CW527)

Institute of Technology Carlow

BB in Business (DK816)

Dundalk Institute of Technology

BA in Business (NC009)

National College of Ireland

BA in Criminal Justice Studies (WD150)

BSc in Computer Forensics and Security (WD161)

Waterford Institute of Technology

DFEi and Google Mentoring Agreement

Google Security is currently mentoring students from this course. DFEi students are now in the unique position of being able to gain first-hand practical knowledge of how a world class international organisation manages their security, while at the same time gaining best practice theoretical knowledge from leading security professionals.

Career Paths

Graduates may find opportunities in many parts of the security industry including An Garda Síochána, the Defence Forces, the Airport Police, the Garda Reserve, the Prison Service or Fire Services. Employment opportunities arise in the private security sector in areas such as: industrial, retail, event, door, mobile patrol and static guard security.

Accreditations

Michaela Grant

Aviation Security Officer, Dublin Airport.
"Since graduating from DFEi in 2014 I have worked in Dublin Airport . My role is to safeguard civil aviation. I love my work and having this qualification from DFEi played a major part in getting…

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Michaela Grant

Aviation Security Officer, Dublin Airport.
"Since graduating from DFEi in 2014 I have worked in Dublin Airport . My role is to safeguard civil aviation. I love my work and having this qualification from DFEi played a major part in getting this job. My hard work paid off."

Course Coordinator.

Carmel Gillen

Carmel Gillen

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