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Course Details

The student can attend the course weekdays Monday - Friday. The training day is dependent on your shift.
The shift times are: 07:00 - 15:00, 09:00 - 17:00, 14:00 - 22:00 for 23 days. Weekends Saturday or Sunday are always 09.00 - 17.00 hours for 23 weekends.

Foundation Training Student shift pattern

A hybrid course is also available for students that can complete 10 consecutive days of training and then revert to completing the remaining 13 days at the weekends.

Students should be aware that canteen facilities are not available at the weekend and they should attend with their own refreshments.

Students are not permitted off the training premises until the close of the training day.

The training premises are located at:

  • Sovereign Gate - Richmond
  • Hendon - North London
  • Marlowe House - Sidcup
  • Bethnal Green - East London

Appearance and Parades

MSC Students will be issued with a full police uniform at the beginning of their course. Each student will then be expected to look after their uniform and their appearance will be smart and professional at all times. The student will be expected to attend a formal parade each day for inspection prior to their learning. Any short fallings in their appearance will be brought to their attention at this time.

Knowledge Evaluation Exercise (KEE)

Knowledge Evaluation Exercise or KEE are undertaken by MSC recruits during the initial training. There are three set KEE’s throughout the course and each one consists of 40 multiple choice questions. They are designed to test knowledge of the law and to assist the student in judging their own level of performance on the course. Students must achieve a 60% pass mark in each KEE. The student must pass all three of the KEE’s to attest as a Special constable at Hendon.

Extra help is available to assist a student who may require a little more time to grasp some of the subjects.

Written work

It is always important to remember that anything a police officer writes down could be disclosed in a court of law and written reports need to be legible and accurate. Help and guidance is given in respect of the completion of evidential statements. A student is expected to complete statements. This is a very important area of police work and the content will reflect the knowledge of law that the student has learnt on the course. There is also extra help available from staff to ensure that a student achieves the required standard in this area.

Practical Application of Theory

Role plays allow a student to apply theory to practical situations and this is part of the learning process. During your training you will be expected to take part in role plays with your colleagues. There are two assessed role plays that a student has to pass. They are on making a lawful arrest and search.

Emergency Life Support (ELS)

One of the prime functions of a police officer is to protect life and all front line staff receive Emergency Life Support training. This training is essential and a great benefit to students on or off duty. The training involves the delivery of CPR and the use of the defibrillation machine. The training is over a two day period and at the end of each day is an assessed practical in the use of first aid procedure.

Officer Safety Training (OST)

Being a police officer means that there are times when force has to be considered and used. It is considered as a last resort and when other options have been exhausted.

Officer Safety Training is delivered by dedicated and professional instructors. The aim of the training is to highlight to the student when force is necessary and reasonable within the law. Other options for resolving conflict are also included within the training.

Students are expected to pass assessments in performing defensive moves, handcuffing and the use of a baton. We take your personal safety seriously and the safety of the public.

Students will also be given familiarisation in the use of CS incapacitant and there is an expectation that students will be exposed to CS to enable the student to manage the brief effects in the case of deployment and give aftercare to people who have been exposed to CS.


The MPS provides the opportunity for MSC students to re-sit exams.

Attendees of weekend courses will re-sit exams on the following days; KEE1 and KEE2 the following weekend, KEE3 on the following Wednesday at 1500 hrs (3.00pm).
Attendees of the weekday course will re-sit their KEE1 and KEE2 exams at times that will be accommodated by their staff within the course. The KEE3 exam will re-sit at 0800 hrs (8.00am) on the following Saturday.

Students must attend the appointed venue at the appropriate hour.

A student must pass any re-sit in order to continue on their course.


The MPS realises that the course is probably a little different to many courses that students have previously attended and many MSC students have time restraints, due to other employments. Knowledge of the law and the application is vital to success away from the training environment.

Some students may find that a re-course is recommended in order to ensure the student can confidently understand and apply legislation. A recourse provides an opportunity for students to repeat elements of the course which have not been passed.

A student can only be recoursed TWICE. However, if the student fails the same assessment and its subsequent re-sit having been re-coursed consideration will be given to their suitability to perform the role of a Special Constable. A student who has been recoursed TWICE and fails ANY further assessment will also be subject to this consideration.

Study Club

In addition to help from a dedicated team to help students with study techniques, there are also evening study groups that students can voluntarily attend. The Study Club is run by members of staff and the aim is to assist in the revision of subjects covered on the course for the benefit of the student.


From July 2013, MSC Attestations are changing and will be run by The MSC Events Support Team; this document sets out the new process.