Diploma in Garda & Policing Studies

Diploma in Policing & Security Studies

Start date:  Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Duration: 10 weeks, Wednesday evenings from 6.30 to 9.30 pm

Course Titles: Diploma in Garda & Policing Studies

Course fee: classroom-based €945 (or €995 if paying the course fee in instalments), online €845 (or €895 if paying the course fee in instalments)
Non-EU students: €1,295

A fee of £76 will be payable to The Institute of Commercial Management on successful completion of this course.

Awarding body:  The Institute of Commercial Management (ICM)

Diploma in Policing Studies

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The Criminology Association of Ireland approves the Diploma in Garda & Policing Studies.

Who should apply:
Those who are considering a career in An Garda Siochanna or other police forces and members of the Garda Reserve. Others working generally in the criminal justice system in Ireland. Those in other careers who are interested in modern policing studies.

Course Summary:
Delivered by leading academics and practitioners, the purpose of the Diploma in Garda & Policing Studies is to equip learners (from a variety of professional or interested backgrounds) with a basic understanding of entry level policing both in Ireland and abroad. Students will consider, the law and policing, criminal profiles and interviewing skills, to name but three. All lectures will be related to various theories of crime and offending. At the end of the course, learners will have a detailed understanding of how a modern police system operates from both a theoretical and practical perspective.

During this course the student will learn how to identify certain types of criminals and their likely behaviours. They will also learn about how to profile such criminals and how, once apprehended the law requires that they are treated. Students will be introduced to evidence based policing including, prevention, restorative justice and conflict resolution. Interrogation and investigative techniques will also be examined to give students the broadest possible understanding of this ever-changing environment.


  • Week 1 – Introduction to Modern Policing

    Week 2 – The Law and Police Powers and Procedures

    Week 3 – Profiling Criminals: Psychopathy

    Week 4 – Profiling Criminals: Homicide

    Week 5 – Profiling Criminals: Sex Offenders

    Week 6 – Alcohol and Youth in conflict with the law

    Week 7 – Community Policing and Conflict Resolution Skills

    Week 8 – Security Studies

    Week 9 – Interviewing suspects and victims

    Week 10 – Investigation procedures and techniques

  • Annmarie Larkin has a BA Diploma in Policing Studies, a Diploma in Criminology & Criminal Psychology,  a Diploma in Forensic Psychology, an O.A. Diploma in Forensic Science & Profiling and an O.A. Diploma in Child Behaviour. She also has Fetac Level 6 Certificates in Business Management, Finance and Conflict Management.

  • A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding of the Diploma in Garda & Policing Studies. A fail grade will result in a Certificate of Attendance for the course but without the Diploma being awarded. Students must attend at least 8 of the 10 evenings to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided. Similarly, the Project must be handed in on the due date unless a sound reason for lateness is provided. In such instances, an extension may be awarded at the discretion of the lecturer.



    “City Colleges’ Diploma in Policing and Security Studies is an excellent course and is, undoubtedly, of great benefit to anyone aiming for, or considering, a career in the Gardai or law enforcement.  The course covers all aspects of modern policing, from profiling criminals to community policing and conflict resolution skills. Each lecture covers a separate topic, giving students a detailed insight into the world of policing and security. Detective Larkin is a very knowledgeable lecturer and succeeds in making each weekly class both interesting and enjoyable. This course is definitely a must for anyone considering a career in law enforcement.”

    Shane Coleman

    “The Policing Studies Diploma is not an easy topic to cover yet Anne-Marie delivers informative, insightful and interactive sessions. She creates a wonderful laid back, supportive environment in her class room and successfully encourages students to participate in discussions throughout. If you are unsure whether to pursue a career in An Garda Síochána or to apply for the Garda Reserve I would highly recommend attending this course. Anne-Marie will guide and inspire you through your 10 weeks and challenge your perceptions of Garda culture; you will be given insight into the highs, lows, restrictions and frustrations Gardaí are faced with daily. This is not CSI.” 

    Sonia Ní Mhaonaigh, Traffic Manager, Publicis Dublin


    I completed the Diploma in Policing studies in 2013. I found it to be a great course and gave me a really good foundation on my journey towards my career goal of becoming a Garda.  Ann –Marie was a fantastic tutor and a great support to me even after the completion of the course.  The flexibility of having the online lectures meant I didn’t have to miss the concert of my favourite band which clashed with one of my lectures. I signed on next day and attended online.  I would highly recommend.”

    Katie Sammon


    “I really enjoyed the Policing and Security studies course in City college, I found it very interesting and enjoyable. I learned a lot about the different areas of policing, also city college have an online link to the lecture were students can watch the course online at home and can go back at a later date and watch the course too. The course was given by a serving member of the guard’s so the information was spot on. I done my interview for the Garda Reserve and I was able to talk about all the areas of the guard’s which I learned from the course and this showed I had a big interest in the guard’s. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who has an interest or an intention to join the Gardaí”.

    Alan Byrne


    “Did a Diploma in Policing and Security Studies as an online student and I couldn’t fault it. Fit in perfectly with my work schedule. The lecturer AnnMarie Larkin was beyond helpful. A real credit to the college. So so interesting. Delighted I chose this diploma and the online stream. Would recommend it highly.”

    Tara Hendley


    “I thoroughly enjoyed the Diploma in Policing Studies. In just ten weeks I learned a great deal about policing. There were so many interesting topics, such as different interviewing techniques, psychopaths, sex offenders and so much more. It’s my ambition to be a Guard, and thanks to Ann Marie and this course I’m sure it’s what I want to do now. She is very interesting to listen to and even after the course was finished Ann Marie gave me some great advice, and suggested different career paths that would help me pursue my ambition. I wasn’t able to make the lectures, so having the option to do the course online is brilliant. We could interact live with the class also. I highly recommend anyone interested in joining the Guards or Security to do this course.”

    Blaithin Conroy

    “Absolutely excellent lecturer.  Personable, approachable, and knows the content inside out.  Teaches in a very clear, easy to understand manner, and definitely delivers a lot of value.  It makes a huge difference having Ann Marie who has specific knowledge and experience dealing with the subject matter.  Excellent approach to teaching, and is always early for class.”


    • Courses for students who are passionate about their subject, delivered by leaders in their field.
    • Live lectures which are also streamed live on Moodle and recorded for review
    • City centre location in South Great George’s Street, convenient for bus, LUAS, DART
    • Southside Dublin location in Dundrum
    • Study rooms and library in our City Centre and Dundrum locations
    • Limited class size
    • Parking
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