Our BSc (Hons) Professional Policing courses have been developed by staff with decades of experience in the police force. Every aspect of the training has been created by the College of Policing, working with forces and serving police officers. The police courses follow the National Policing Curriculum and provide you with the skills and knowledge to apply to become a police officer.
You can choose to study BSc (Hons) Professional Policing on our two-year accelerated route, a fast track option to your career in policing. In just two years, you will be equipped to meet all the responsibilities and challenges to apply for a rewarding career in policing.
Please ensure you use the correct UCAS code when applying:
BSc (Hons) Professional Policing (UCAS code P1P2)
BSc (Hons) Professional Policing (Accelerated) (UCAS code P1P3)
The BSc (Hons) Professional Policing courses cover the National Police Curriculum in a practical and relevant way. You will learn the underpinning theories in criminology and the processes of criminal justice, but you will also be given specialist tuition from former police officers in the core areas of conducting effective investigations, policing communities, policing the roads, information and intelligence, and response policing.
The two-year accelerated route has been designed to be taught alongside the three-year version of the policing degree for the first two semesters, thereby offering you the ability to transfer between routes to suit your circumstances.
You will also benefit from support through your own personal tutor, an academic with policing experience who will provide advice and mentoring throughout the course.
Your progress will be assessed through essays, reports, group work, seminar presentations, and self-evaluation.
Study an Introduction to Criminology, Criminological Theory, Defining and Measuring Crime, Trends in Crime and Victimisation, Policing by Consent, Law Enforcement Agencies, Structure of the Police Force, Role of the Police, Professional Policing, Policing Reform, an Introduction to Evidence-based Policing.
Study an introduction to Criminal Justice and social divisions such as class, gender, race and age in criminal justice.
Develop problem solving skills and study evidence-based decision making including the National Decision Model (NDM), the role of discretion, barriers to effective decision making, bias, recording decisions, ethical considerations, and the legal framework and introduction to police powers.
Study an evidence-based approach to policing communities, recording incidents, function of community policing, engaging with the community, preventing and responding to crime and anti-social behaviour, maintaining community cohesion, challenges to community policing, information vs. intelligence, core functions and procedure of policing the roads, disrupting criminal activity by effective road policing, the strategic road network, pursuit, and evidence-based practice in road policing.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Explore the scope of response policing, types of incidents and crime, Public Order offences, Stop and Search, major incidents, taking accounts from victims and witnesses, evidence-based practice in response policing, challenges in response policing, multi-agency working, social, political and strategic drivers impacting on response policing.
Learn about the history of the police force, professional standards in policing, challenges in operational policing, including public perception, anti-social behaviour, challenges with community engagement, critical reviews of major incidents, abuse of power, misconduct, policing reform, and the College of Policing.
Examine the intelligence cycle, information vs evidence, process of an investigation, evidence-based practice in investigations, understanding the difference between 'volume and priority' and 'serious and complex' crime, accountability and discretion, decision making and applying the NDM, bias, impact of investigations on victims and victim care, expert evidence and expert witnesses.
Study sources of research and evidence for EBP, quantitative and qualitative research methods, strengths and weaknesses of research methodologies, problem solving, creating an ethically sound research question, identifying best practice from evidence, and planning an intervention to tackle an identified issue.
Look at defining 'vulnerability', providing services to those who are vulnerable or at risk of harm, evidence-based practice in policing vulnerability, public protection policing, key legislation, victimology, personal aspects of vulnerability, intrinsic and extrinsic factors affecting vulnerability, abuse, relationships between victims and offenders, bias, victim and witness care, and justice outcomes for vulnerable people.
Understand technology and use of devices, IT terminology, social networks, encrypted communications, influence of technology, digital hygiene and digital safety, key legislation, digital investigations, digital community engagement, internet-facilitated crime, and the impact of digital crime.
Understand key counter-terrorism terminology and organisational structures, including threat levels, terrorism-related offences, terrorism-related police powers and detention, importance of intelligence, radicalisation and deradicalisation, CONTEST, and links between terrorism and organised crime.
Undertake a significant evidence-based research project while evaluating options, problem-solving and forming solutions
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Please ensure you use the correct UCAS code when applying:
BSc (Hons) Professional Policing – P1P2
BSc (Hons) Professional Policing (Accelerated) – P1P3
Fees for the three-year course are:
Fees for the accelerated route are:
You may incur additional costs for travelling to placements.
*The discounted fee will be reflected in your offer letter. Learn more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
The BSc (Hons) Professional Policing degree will prepare you with the knowledge required to go on to apply for a police constable position within the police force. It does not guarantee that you will get such a position. It will be necessary to complete all separate recruitment processes associated with your chosen force, including further practice-based learning and assessment, demonstrating competence in your role and completing a two-year probationary period. If you wish to join the police, you must apply to and be accepted within a force within five years of graduation.
If you decide against a career in policing, the course has been carefully designed to prepare you with transferable skills required to apply for a number of graduate-level positions. Explore more career options with one of our Crime, Policing, and Investigation degrees.
The course will be taught by our staff with significant experience in the police force and they will be able to provide you with academic advice and mentoring to help you progress towards your chosen career.