Protective Services - Foundation Degree (Subject to Validation)

Course Code: TH1HE185

Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
12/09/2022University Centre2 Years / £8,750 per yearApply

Course Overview

This FdA in Protective Services course equips you with the professional knowledge and transferable skills to go on to a range of careers in a growing and dynamic sector. Offering a unique programme of study covering a range of protective services the course prepares you for employment, not only within the uniformed protectives services, but also for entry to all non-uniformed protective services such as Probation Service, Civil Service, National Offender Management Service (NOMS), National Health Service, Criminal Justice Agencies and Social Services.

Our Protective Services programmes emphasises work-based learning alongside a programme of industry led opportunities and expert teaching allowing you to gain an insight into how multi-agency partnerships operate with a clear emphasis on technology, inter-disciplinary and multiagency practice and enhanced community engagement. At a time when our global community facing a range of international and national challenges the need for graduates with an understanding of multi-agency operations has never been more vital.

Entry Requirements

The typical offer for the programme is 80 UCAS points.

Blackpool and The Fylde College operate a flexible admissions policy and individuals are assessed on personal merit, so this means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and where applicable any predicted grades. Along with the academic requirements we would also consider any relevant work experience, voluntary roles and a personal statement.

Applications from individuals with non-traditional qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree a degree in Protective Services are welcome. If you have not studied recently you may be required to undertake an Access to Higher Education programme. Accredited Prior Learning /Accredited Prior Experiential Learning will be assessed through standard Blackpool & The Fylde College procedures, any applications should be submitted on the APL/APEL application form.

Should you wish to consider any of these options, please contact the programme team or email

Typical A-Level Offer - CDD to exclude General Studies (80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer - BTEC Extended Diploma Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Access to HE Offer - Pass the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points.

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.


Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.


Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Course Structure

Level 4 Modules

Introduction to Academic StudyTH4MD32920Mandatory
Introduction to Protecting Contemporary SocietyTH4MD33020Mandatory
Risk Resilience and EmergenciesTH4MD33120Mandatory
Evidence Based PolicyTH4MD33220Mandatory
Public ProtectionTH4MD33320Mandatory
Understanding Human BehaviourTH4MD33420Mandatory

Level 5 Modules

Work Based LearningTH5MD34020Mandatory
Preserving LifeTH5MD34120Mandatory
Public Protection in a Digital EraTH5MD34220Mandatory
Offender Management and RehabilitationTH5MD34320Mandatory
Leadership Innovation and Change in Protective ServicesTH5MD34420Mandatory
Multi Agency Approach to the Criminal Justice SystemTH5MD34520Mandatory

Teaching and Learning Methods

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.


Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

European Structural and Investment Funds
Council for Independent Education
European Social Fund
Lancaster University
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