New vocational course
The Scarman Centre at the University of Leicester has received the go-ahead to pioneer a new type of vocational degree course, a Foundation Degree in Security and Risk Management, commencing in September 2001. It is the first undergraduate degree in this subject area and is being offered in collaboration with the Security Industry Training Organisation (SITO).
The Government has approved a total of 40 new Foundation Degree courses in England with 2,000 additional places next autumn for student pioneers wishing to enrol on the courses designed to equip people for tomorrow’s jobs market.
Dr Martin Gill Director of the Scarman Centre stated, ‘This is great news, we are delighted to be at the forefront in security education. This course will provide new opportunities for those wanting to embark on graduate level education but unable to forsake work commitments.’
Ivan Horrocks, lecturer in the Scarman Centre noted, ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for the many thousands of people who work within the security industry to advance their educational and professional standing. It is exactly what such a fast-growing industry requires at this stage in its development.’
The new vocationally-oriented qualifications will be delivered in two years (or a part-time equivalent) and are designed to attract students from a wide range of backgrounds. The foundation degree will equip students with the technical skills, academic knowledge and transferable skills that employers increasingly demand in a range of sectors, including health care, education, information technology and e-business, property and construction, and chemical technology.
These programmes will also provide a route to an honours degree, immediately after the foundation degree or after a further period of employment. Foundation degree graduates will be able to complete an honours degree with an additional 1-1.3 years of study.
This course is announced on the back of a new Honours degree, a BA in Criminology which the Centre is launching with the Department of Sociology.
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