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Post by Ted-Pencry on 25/3/2013, 18:24


Our Lancaster University validated Foundation Degree in Security Management is brand new for 2012. Working with the Security Institute the programme has been developed to enable questions such as how to protect organisations, people, assets, information and reputation from risks such as crime, fraud and accidents to be answered. These issues have become more prevalent in recent years as crimes such as identity theft and fraud have become much more common. Security Management has become an increasingly important issue in organisations – many companies now employ specialists in security right up to board level. Our Foundation Degree validated by Lancaster University responds to this specific need. It is designed for those already working in Security Management roles seeking to increase their professionalism or those wishing to enter the profession. Applicants who do not have an academic history but have relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview. As the industry has become much more regulated there is a need for highly trained Security Managers working across various disciplines and settings, both in the UK and overseas.

The security profession is in a period of rapid growth and diversification with the role of corporate security manager becoming increasingly central to organisations in both the public and private sectors. As such we expect the demand for suitably qualified professionals in Security Management to be high over the coming years. The FdA Security Management is one of very few Security qualifications available in the UK.

The successful completion of the course means that students will also acquire The Security Institute Diploma in Security Management. The Diploma is an internationally recognised qualification that provides full membership of the Security Institute and entitles its holders to use the letters MSyl after their names.

What Will I Study?

The content of the programme includes the management of operational and strategic approaches, risk management, criminal justice, public order and the impacts on the public whilst firmly maintaining a commercial standpoint and working closely with industry. The learning will be delivered through online distance learning and up to six three day workshops each year.

The modules focus on the identification of assets, threats and vulnerabilities and the risk assessment of these through Security Management techniques. The module content encompasses key areas such as criminological ideas as well as risk management, management, security theory and practices. Three themes to the programme can be identified – Business skills, Legal and Criminological aspects, and the transfer of theory to practice.

You will also study core modules in Work-Based Learning and Personal Development Planning – these modules are inherent in all Foundation Degrees. As part of the course you will need to undertake a work based placement of at least 120 hours, in a relevant setting, each academic year. For some entrants to the course this could be your existing employment, if it is in a relevant field.

Entry Requirements

Applicants who do not have an academic history but have relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview. Or you’ll need 120 UCAS tariff points. All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you’ll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English. Please check the International section of the website for details. You’ll need to have or be prepared to make application for a clear current CRB certificate.

More information about UCAS tariff points


Personal Development Planning
Introduction to Security Management
IT & Crime
Research Methods
Criminal Justice
Legal Sources & Systems
Leadership & Management
Work-Based Learning
Risk Management
Criminal Law
Private Policing
Corporate Governance
Crime at Work
Working in Partnership
Research Project
How will I be assessed

You will be assessed by a range of techniques including, but not limited to assignments, reports, case studies, presentations, the submission of a risk assessment with appropriate commentaries and your research dissertation. You’ll also need to build a portfolio. There are no formal examinations as part of the course.

Financial Support

£1,000 Cash-Back for All
Progression Bonus
Return to Education Bonus
National Scholarship Programme
Where can this lead?

Clearly to promotion and personal growth in the security sector and it is our intention to validate a corresponding top-up course for the Foundation Degree, when those entering the course in 2011 are due to complete their studies. This will enable graduates to top up their Foundation Degree to honours level, and further consider our MBA programme.

Validated by

Lancaster University


2 years blended learning through distance and workshop



Getting in Touch

For more information about call Wai Mo 01254 292819 or email Wai is the programme leader and will be delighted to answer any of your questions and deal with any issues. Alternatively call Dr. Mark Wilkinson on 01254 292809 or email Mark is one of the lecturers and has an extensive experience in Security Management.

How to Apply

In the first instance contact with the programme leader will get things moving, eventually when you choose to apply for this course, you’ll need to apply through UCAS. This is a simple process and we can work with you to get through it and we have put together an information booklet to guide you through the UCAS application process. When we know that you have an interest we will do all we can to make the enrolment process as simple as possible.


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