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Falkirk school kids get an early taste of life in the police

School pupils from Graeme High School and Larbert High School in Falkirk are among the first in Scotland to gain qualifications in Police Studies.

In a unique partnership between the schools, Forth Valley College and Police Scotland, the group of fifth and sixth year pupils have been working toward a higher national qualification (HNC) qualification, while gaining hands on work experience.

Working alongside the SQA, the two-year course was developed to give pupils an insight into post-school learning, and to see first-hand what life as a new recruit to the police is like, through visits to the Scottish Police College at Tulliallan.

As part of the HNC, pupils also sample a range of subjects including law, criminology and sociology.

John Barclay, Lecturer in Police Studies at Forth Valley College, says: “[The students’] development over the course of the two years is incredible. Their interpersonal skills have developed massively.”

“Getting a HNC in school is a significant achievement for any pupil and it will look impressive to any potential employer.”

Larbert High School pupil Sarah McDuff, who’s in the second year of the HNC, says: “I’ve gained a huge amount of experience from it. If I was to go for an interview for the police I could say that I’ve talked to police officers and I know the role that I’ve got to play if I was successful.”

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