• Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: Distance Learning
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2018

Course Overview

This programme is suitable for those who aspire to become qualified and capable security consultants.

It is designed for employees who are currently working in, or have the potential to work in, a key role
with responsibilities for ensuring that security protection is incorporated into operations and organisational functions.

Alternatively, you could have experience and skills in security consultancy or management as a generalist or specialist.

We welcome mature students who have not been within a formal education system for some time or graduates from other relevant programmes who wish to continue their professional and academic development.

Course Details

We have designed this course to provide prospective and practising security consultants with a range of skills and knowledge in order to be able to operate with confidence within the security sector.

Our aim is to blend the academic framework for consultancy practices with the security needs and requirements for today's businesses. It will also allow you to develop
your advisory, technical, business, communication and management skills

From an initial focus on the more fundamental elements of security processes, the programme will address the requirements for project planning and management skills and knowledge, before moving towards the development of strategic and other essential functions.

You will benefit from using our virtual learning environment (VLE), which will help you to fit in your studies around your personal and professional commitments and study at times that suit you.

This programme is eligible for funding under the Ministry of Defence Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) scheme. Our ELCAS number is 1682.

Attendance and Personal Study

You will be expected to allocate up to 20 hours a week for self-directed study.

Teaching and Learning

Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning. The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.

Overall workload

Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.


You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.

Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.

Balance of assessment

The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose. Assessments are broken down into coursework, written exams or practical. Coursework covers both written work such as essays and reports and practical work such as the preparation of a portfolio and project outputs completed on many art and design programmes. Exams include both formal written exams and in-class time-constrained assessments or TCAs. Practical assessments largely consist of oral presentations and contributions to seminars, and competency-based activities such as clinical or lab skills.

Please note: The percentages above do not include any pass/fail elements as these do not contribute to the overall degree classification. All modules must be successfully completed for credit to be awarded.


You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.

Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants should have a relevant foundation degree and/or appropriate experience and industry qualifications.

As the programme uses ICT resources to deliver and assess the course, students should be competent in the use of applications such as Windows and MS Office.

All applicants will be interviewed to ensure that they are capable of study at degree level.

Students who hold the following qualifications will be able to accredit prior learning:

  • Anubis Certified Security Consultant (CSC)
  • Security Institute Diploma
  • ASIS International Physical Security Professional (PSP)
  • BCI Diploma.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.

Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 1 Modules

  • Information Security
  • Security Organisations and Environment
  • Security Project Planning
  • Threat and Risk

Year 2 Modules

  • Security Mini-Project
  • Private Investigations
  • Security Legislation and Regulations

Year 3 Modules

  • Dissertation
  • Enterprise
  • Security Consultancy Developed Management
  • Strategic Security Management


How much does it cost

Part Time Home and EU: £3000 per year

Part Time International: £3000 per year

For 2018 Fees please contact advice@bucks.ac.uk

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.

For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow

Student Testimonials

Our students are our best ambassadors and their voices here will provide you with a clear sense of their Bucks experience.

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Ed Mills

‘I decided to take the BA (Hons) in Security Consultancy after leaving the army and working in the security industry for a few years. The main reason for doing the course is its relevance to my industry and that the tutors are experienced in our field. It has really helped to increase my understanding and build on my existing knowledge. I am now Chief Operating Officer and Company Director of Vigilance properties Ltd.

I would highly recommend the course to anyone either working or thinking about working in the security industry. Although it has been hard work juggling a busy job and young family, it has been an extremely worthwhile and well supported course’.


What are my career prospects

This course will help you develop a strong understanding, skills and knowledge of security consultancy, helping to boost your career prospects and maximise the opportunities available to you within the security and related industries.

On successful completion of the programme you will be able to discuss and critically evaluate a wide range of security issues with confidence. You will also be able to demonstrate critical consideration of the key concepts and theories related to the development, management and marketing of security consultancy businesses.

In addition, you will be able to apply the theory to the practice of the strategic management of security within organisations. You will also be able to evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data to make informed judgments as well as explain and solve problems.