The award-winning distance learning programme for security professionals developed by the Security Institute in conjunction with Perpetuity Training aims to provide:
- An opportunity to learn security management skills and knowledge that is rooted in academic theory
- Flexible learning
- Academic certification
- Membership of a professional security body (SyI)
The two Security Management courses currently on offer are a BTEC Level 3Advanced Certificate and a BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma. These specialist courses not only allow security professionals the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills but also provide routes to Security Institute membership.
Course materials are written and maintained by highly qualified and well respected security professionals allowing students to draw from a wealth of expertise in their learning, and tutors are on hand throughout to support students as they work towards gaining their qualifications. All coursework is marked by assessors holding Master level qualifications, to ensure high standards and that accuracy is maintained.
Historically, the courses have been delivered via CD-ROM supported by hard-copy text books allowing security professionals from around the world to join the courses. Access to course materials is now even easier with the launch of a stimulating new online learning platform. The learning experience is further enhanced by social networking media (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn).
The popularity of the courses continues to grow, particularly the Diploma which had an average of over 30 learners joining each intake in the last 12 months (3 intakes per year). Since 2008, 66 students have successfully completed the Certificate with a further 27 working towards their qualification. 61 students have successfully completed the Diploma, with a further 103 currently studying.
The high standards of the courses are gaining widespread recognition. The distance learning programme won the 2010 Security Excellence Award for Security Training Initiative of the Year and has again been shortlisted in 2011.
The University of Portsmouth Institute of Criminal Justice Studies has formally accepted successful completion of the Diploma course as being worth a minimum of80 credits towards their BSc (Hons) in Security and Risk Management. At least 3successful Diploma students have already taken advantage of this exciting opportunity. And the good news does not stop there.
Blackburn College and the Institute have agreed a unique initiative to embed the Institute Diploma into Blackburn’s new Security Management Foundation Degree (FdA) which launches this year. This is the first time an academic body and a professional body have worked together to offer a specialist security course which leads to an academic qualification and a professional body award at a single stroke. Students will be eligible for student membership whilst they study and when graduating from the foundation degree will gain both their degree and the Security Institute Diploma, as well as automatic eligibility to apply for full membership of the SyI. Roshani Swift, the Associate Dean of the University Centre at Blackburn College says:
“Over the last year University Centre at Blackburn College has been working closely with the Security Institute to develop a Level 5 Foundation Degree validated by Lancaster University. This initiative has been made possible by Perpetuity who have championed the requirement for an academic qualification that also embeds the professional qualification of the Security Institutes Diploma.
We share the view that embedding professional qualifications into academic programmes enhances employability. The course offers potential students working in the industry access to an academic qualification. The Foundation Degree will enable students to progress to a top up year BA (Hons) Degree. We are very excited about this new and innovative qualification which will see recruitment start later this year”.
The next intake of the Institute’s Certificate and Diploma courses is September 2011. The deadline for registration and payment is 16th September 2011. Submissions will also be accepted for places on the January 2012 intake of the courses.