Our BSc (Hons) Professional Policing courses have been developed by staff with decades of experience in the police force. Every aspect of the new 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.
After your Foundation Year, you can progress on to our BSc (Hons) Professional Policing course and can choose to continue on either our traditional three-year route or 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.
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.
You will also benefit from support through your own personal tutor, an academic with policing experience and who will provide advice and mentoring throughout the course.
Your progress will be assessed through essays, reports, group work, seminar presentations, and self-evaluation.
Our four-year route incorporates a special Foundation Year to help you gain the essential study skills and subject knowledge needed for an honours degree.
The Social Sciences and Law Integrated Foundation Year includes five modules:
This module will give you an introduction to social theories, examining wider research on the impact they have on key social structures, institutions and social forces which influence and shape our views of the modern world. A key focus will be to allow you to gain confidence when discussing social theory.
Take a multidisciplinary approach to human rights abuses and violations across the globe, including how they’ve developed and how they can be combated, and to what extent. You’ll discuss the historical and philosophical development of human rights as a concept and how these ideas spread due to global frameworks, networks, and international organisations.
This module supports the development skills and attributes needed for degree level study and graduate employment. This includes searching for information, reviewing evidence, presenting information, and self-analysis to identify strengths and areas for improvement.
This module supports understanding in a topic area related to your area of study. It also encourages independent and team working with support available from tutors throughout the lifespan of the project.
Explore a range of relevant, real-world concepts and ideas which will help develop confidence and competence in numeracy. The module encourages a critical approach to numerical facts, and topics include interest rates and loans, budgeting, and the use and misuse of statistics and fake news.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Explore topics such as criminological theory, defining and measuring crime, trends in crime and victimisation, policing by consent, law enforcement agencies, the structure of the police force, policing reform, and evidence-based policing.
Gain 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.
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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Entry requirements are provided for guidance only and we may offer you an entrance interview which will help us determine your eligibility for your chosen degree. This enables us to consider making you an offer if you're perhaps a mature student who's been out of education for a period of time, or you've gained significant knowledge and skills through employment rather than traditional education.
Eligible entry qualifications:
If you're unsure of whether you think you might be suitable for the course, please contact us.
**If you've studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade, you'll need to achieve a grade 4 or above. Equivalent alternative qualifications are also accepted, such as Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you've not achieved a grade C in maths and English language we may be able to work with you to ensure that you're able to gain these in the first year of the course, depending on your experience.
If English isn't your first language, please see our English language requirements.
The annual fee for this course is £9,250 if you're from the UK/Ireland/EU settled/pre-settled.
If you're a full-time UK/Irish/EU settled/EU pre-settled student, you may be eligible to receive financial support to cover your fees for the full four years. UK and EU settled students may also be eligible to receive a maintenance loan.
Please note, this course isn't available to international students.
Learn more about settled status, pre-settled status, special discounts, visa requirements, and Common Travel Area (CTA) agreements for the Republic of Ireland applicants 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.
This Professional Policing degree has been designed and will be taught by our staff with significant experience in the police force. Your tutors will be able to provide you with academic advice and mentoring to help you progress towards your chosen career.
The course 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.