BIIAB Award for
Working as a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry (Scotland)

Designed to meet the needs of individuals who require a qualification to apply for a Security Industry Authority (SIA) Licence for working as a Door Supervisor in Scotland.


Why take this course?

The qualification is based on Security Industry Authority (SIA) specifications and requirements, and will cover the necessary understanding and skills required for those who wish to pursue a career within the private security industry. 

What you will experience

This course is delivered by an approved qualified and experienced trainer, and will provide you with all the knowledge and skills needed to achieve each of the learning outcomes and pass all assessments required for certification. Course content includes:

  • Unit 1 - Working in the Private Security Industry
  • Unit 2 - Working as a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry
  • Unit 3 – Conflict Management within the Private Security Industry and;
  • Unit 4 – Physical Intervention Skills for the Private Security Industry*

The course is assessed by three multiple choice exams, along with a written tutor-marked assessment and observation for the Physical Intervention element. Please note that pre-course reading and some self-study will be required for Unit 1 - Working in the Private Security Industry.  

The course will run on two consecutive weekends:

  • Saturday, 9am-5pm (both weekends)
  • Sunday, 8:45am-5:15pm​ (both weekends)
  • Monday, 5:30pm-9:30pm (second weekend)

*Please note, anyone undertaking the Physical Intervention Skills unit, must be in good physical health. Anyone with any concerns in relation to this should contact the part-time learning team at before booking a place on the course.

student in a classroom

Key facts

Mode of study
Where you can study

Entry requirements

Given the responsibilities of a Security Operative, it is essential that operatives are able to communicate clearly. Learners should therefore have (as a minimum): language skills equivalent to Core Skills in Communication SCQF Level 5; or an ESOL qualification at SCQF Level 5 (or an equivalent from another part of the UK).

Learners will be required to provide evidence of their language skills, prior to booking a place on the course. This is a requirement of the Security Industry Authority (SIA). Those who do not have English as their first language and cannot provide evidence of level of English (required by the SIA) can sit an Oxford online ESOL test to establish their level. Those who have English as their first language but are unable to provide evidence of the required level of English language skills set by the SIA can undertake Core Skills testing. Please ask at booking stage about the available tests.

What you will need

You will need acceptable forms of Identification as required by SIA.

What you need to know

Anything else?

A course handbook will be issued in advance of the course, along with joining instructions.

The course will run on two consecutive weekends:

  • Saturday and Sunday – 9am-5pm (first weekend)
  • Saturday and Sunday – 9am-5pm, Monday, 5:30pm-9:30pm (second weekend)

Next steps




Please note that timetabling changes can often occur after the Part-time Course Guide is published, and as a result the printed version of the guide may not hold the most up-to-date information.

We therefore advise you that all start dates and times listed on the website are at all times accurate, and should be used as your main point of reference before booking your course.

Aberdeen City Campus

Starts Duration Fees Code
2 November 2019 5 Days £220.00
Paper bookings only
1 February 2020 5 Days £220.00
Paper bookings only
2 May 2020 5 Days £220.00
Paper bookings only
4 July 2020 5 Days £220.00
Paper bookings only

Paper bookings

If you would prefer to submit a paper booking form, please return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.