We are the largest association for security professionals in the UK, offering networking, news, events and a unique validation of experience much valued by employers and clients. The Institute promotes personal development through education and qualifications, and its annual CPD scheme.

In collaboration with the Institute’s education partner, PerpetuityARC, we offer an award-winning accredited eLearning pathway from Level 3 through to Level 7 for those wishing to enhance their professional security management skills. PerpetuityARC is at the forefront of security management training provision in the UK and has a unique background in security research, education and qualification. PerpetuityARC’s assessors and management team are all highly qualified and recognised experts in their fields.

The eLearning courses offer you the opportunity to study at a time and location of your choice whilst still continuing with your career and are recognised throughout the industry. All of our courses are accredited through internationally recognised awarding bodies. When you start studying you will be eligible to receive FREE student membership of the Institute, and your learning hours count as CPD activity.

The Security Institute

Internal Qualifications

The Security Institute is keen to promote personal development through education and qualifications. It has developed the award-winning Certificate in Security Management, Diploma in Security Management and Advanced Diploma in Security Management all fully accredited and available by distance learning.

When you start studying you will be eligible to receive FREE student membership of the Institute. These Security Institute qualifications are offered by Perpetuity Training Academy, the Institute’s education partner.


BTEC Level 3 Security Management

This course will benefit anyone seeking professional recognition and qualification in the security sector. The course is open to all those who operate within the private and public security sectors. Providing learners with an introduction to key ideas, techniques and issues central to professional security management.

This course offers learners an understanding of policy, best practice and legislation associated with security management principles, including health and safety, asset protection and information security. From discussing the formation of risk, to analysing the potential causes and prevention of crime; this course is a must for supervisors or those seeking to make that move.

This 6 month course consists of six modules; three of which are mandatory and three are chosen from option modules.

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BTEC Level 5 Security Management

This course is designed for those practitioners who have experience in Security Management and now wish to achieve professional recognition and gain an accredited security qualification, suitable for positions at middle and senior management levels. This course provides learners with a broad understanding of how security theory works with best practice to form successful security initiatives in the workplace.

This course enables learners to explore a host of theoretically founded concepts and to introduce their own ideas and experiences to scenarios related to the workplace. From identifying issues and understanding ideas about risks to causes and prevention of crime, this is the ultimate Security Manager’s course.

The course consists of five modules spread over the 12 month duration of the course.

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IQ Level 7 Security Management

In this ever growing global market, linked with many other areas of development, this course will appeal to practitioners in international security and risk management who are striving to modern approaches to their line of work. This eLearning course set at Masters level, provides learners with the opportunity to research, analyse and explore a specialist area of their own choosing within the security management sector.

It uncovers core theory with accompanying methodologies and equips learners with the skills to think critically – a much sought after skill for today’s security professional. From looking at core texts with a critical eye, to extracting theory from best practice through to developing specialist knowledge in a niche area, this online course takes the study of Security Management to the most advanced level.

The eLearning course consists of 3 modules spread over the 9 month duration of the course.

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External Courses

One of our strategic aims of the Security Institute is to become a significant presence in the Education field and we have been developing relationships with a number of universities and other education providers.

Buckinghamshire New

BA (Hons) Security Consultancy

Bucks New offers a unique range of programmes within one school including Organisational Resilience, Security Consultancy, Business Continuity, Crowd Management and Cyber Resilience – all at degree level. It also offers degrees in Policing and Criminology. They deliver programmes by blended learning; some online and some at the High Wycombe, Aylesbury and Missenden Abbey Campuses. Bucks also offers programmes globally in all of its resilience specialisms.

The Department of Security and Resilience sits in the School of Management and Professional Studies, drawing on the capability of and working with the Business School, and Departments of Computing, Law and Aviation; offering the benefit of contextualism, the ability to use specialist academics from all disciplines to offer a unique focus for the security and resilience-related studies.

University of Portsmouth

BSc, MSc, MRes & DSyRM

Portsmouth course leaders Professor Mark Button FSyI and Security Institute Chairman Dr Alison Wakefield FSyI head the UK’s largest team of dedicated risk and security scholars, closely involved with the security sector and actively engaged in security research: The Institute of Criminal Justice Studies.

Now one of the UK’s leading centres for teaching and research in criminal justice, police studies, security risk management and counter-fraud studies, it offers security-related courses to suit all levels of experience, offering programmes from BSc (BSc in Risk and Security Management), through MSc (MRes and MSc in Security Management) and onto doctoral programmes (Professional Doctorate in Security Risk Management) both on-campus and via distance learning, with the opportunity to study full-time or on a part-time flexible basis.


MSc Degrees by Distance Learning

For over fifteen years the Department of Criminology has been leading institution for distance learning degrees in the fields of security and risk, policing, community safety and criminal justice and can understand the specific needs relevant to distance learners with a team of staff dedicated to supporting distance learners. Main areas of research, training and postgraduate teaching are the study of crime and criminal justice, policing, crime prevention, security and risk management, community safety, and associated fields.

Of particular interest to Security Institute members will be the Masters degrees by distance learning which are recognised postgraduate qualifications studied over two years. Amongst a range of continuing professional development courses and undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, the University offers an MSc Security and Risk Management and an MSc in Security, Conflict and International Development.

Our Education Partner

PerpetuityARC is the exclusive training provider of The Security Institute’s own qualifications. The partnership has resulted in the Security Excellence Award for Security Training Initiative of the Year in 2010, and finalist nominations in 2011 and 2012 – a continuing mark of excellence.

Courses are delivered through flexible eLearning, perfect for security professionals who work full-time or are based outside the UK.

Fancy talking it through? Call the team on +44 (0) 116 277 3313 or visit their website at www.perpetuityarc.com – they’re very approachable and happy to help.

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