NQ Certificate of Preparation for Police Examination and Recruitment (COPPER)

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The COPPER course prepares candidates for the opportunity to apply for a range of services, in particular, Police Scotland. It provides candidates with an overview of the Police entrance examination, fitness test and interview process. It also includes opportunities to develop core skills.

Please note that the fitness element of the programme is delivered at Broadwood Stadium. You will be assessed on an ongoing basis using practical assessments, assignments and case studies. 


While the course is open to all applicants, candidates should refer to the entrance requirements for the police service before starting the application process (for example, age requirements). Police Scotland entrance requirements can be viewed here.

Entry is competitive and applications are screened before invitation to interview. 

Due to age requirements some applicants may wish to consider NQ Public Administration before progressing to this course the following year.

Entry requirements are:

  • minimum of two National 5 qualifications
  • and completion of a detailed personal statement

Applicants who are unsuccessful may be relevelled to our NQ Public Administration programme as a progression route to COPPER in the next academic year.


Subjects include:

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Communication
  • First Aid
  • Numeracy
  • Fitness and Nutrition Studies
  • Cyber Security
  • Crime in the Community
  • ICT core skills
  • Introduction to Analysing Criminal Behaviour
  • Crime in Society
  • Crime Scenes
Where can I go from here?

Graduates of this course will be able to go directly into the following courses: