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Bachelor of Science

BSc Professional Policing (Accelerated)

Our Accelerated BSc (Hons) Professional Policing covers all the same material as our BSc Professional Policing degree, but in two years rather than three. It is designed for those who are able to dedicate extra time to your studies on a weekly basis and want to get into employment quicker. This degree is the fastest of the Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) entry routes if you do not already have a degree and is designed to meet the requirements of the College of Policing National Curriculum. The University of Law is licensed by the College of Policing to deliver the Pre-join Degree in Professional Policing, which means it can be your first step towards becoming a Police Constable.

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Key Facts

Entry requirements

A Level: ABB
UCAS Tariff Points*: 128
GCSE: English Language Grade C/4 or above, or equivalent qualification.

*From three A Levels or equivalent

Course requirements ➔

Entry requirements

Next start date

September 2024

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Licensed by the College of Policing, we offer a Pre-Join Degree in Professional Policing providing knowledge of the skills that are critical to policing.

We have an overall 5 Star rating from QS World University Rankings and 5 stars in Teaching, Employability, Online Learning, Academic Development and Inclusiveness.

Ranked Top 20 amongst English universities in the 2023 National Student Survey.

Course Details

Accelerated BSc (Hons) Professional Policing

UCAS code: N521

Our two year Accelerated Professional Policing degree is designed to get you either into employment or to the next stage of your professional training as quickly as possible, without compromising on quality. It will provide you with a professional knowledge of the ethics, skills and attitudes that are critical to twenty-first century policing.

The course has been designed to meet the requirements of the College of Policing National Curriculum for the role of a Police Constable under the National Policing Education Qualifications Framework. We are licensed by the College of Policing to offer the Pre-join Degree in Professional Policing – a qualification recognised by police services that is achieved prior to recruitment.

You will study a range of key topics in the area of crime, criminology, law, terrorism, associated psychology, sociology and criminal investigation. You will also learn through realistic scenarios and the use of a crime scene suite or pop-up facilities* - watch the video. Optional modules will provide an opportunity to look deeper into issues such as forensic and criminal psychology, zemiology (the study of social harms), cybercrime and youth crime.

The degree will provide you with all of the knowledge required prior to joining the police force and will also be of interest if you are looking to study at Master’s level or work in the wider security and criminal justice sector. Also, as a graduate of the Professional Policing Degree you would be eligable to take part in the PC to Inspector Fast Track programme - you can find more information on the College of Policing website here.

Please note the degree has a currency of 5 years following graduation for recruitment into policing and you must still apply to the police force and satisfy their eligibility criteria. Please contact the Police Service for more information.

*The video shows the London Bloomsbury crime scene suite. Facilities vary by campus.

Course Structure

Semester 1

  • Foundation for Operational Policing Skills: Decision Making, Discretion and Problem Solving
  • Introduction to Criminology, Crime Prevention and Key Psychological Concepts
  • The Criminal Justice System, Key Legislation, Offences and Civil Matters
  • Understanding the Police Constable Role and Professional Standards

Semester 2

  • Community Policing, Antisocial Behaviour and Introduction to Road Policing
  • Core Principles of Evidence Based Policing, Information and Intelligence
  • Introduction to Vulnerability and Risk

Choose one*:

  • Cybercrime
  • Forensic and Criminal Psychology
  • Youth and Crime
  • Zemiology (Social Harms)

*All options are indicative and subject to availability.

  • Response Policing and Police Investigation

Semester 1

  • Custody, Interview and Criminal Justice
  • Information, Intelligence and Digital Policing
  • Public Protection: Understanding Abuse and Impact
  • Responding to Major and Critical Incidents

Semester 2

  • Counter-Terrorism and Advanced Road Policing
  • Investigating Serious Crime, Understanding Terrorism and Transnational Organised Crime
  • Supporting Those at Risk of Harm and Victims of Internet Facilitated Crimes
  • Research Methods and Dissertation
  • Complete Dissertation

Course Start Dates

  • BSc Professional Policing (Accelerated)
    • Full-time: Birmingham, Leeds and London Bloomsbury

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Course Information


To get a full picture of how studying this policing course works during the year, take a look at our course date breakdowns.



A wide range of assessment methods will be used across all modules to ensure that all programme outcomes can be demonstrated by students. These include unseen essay type exams, Knowledge and Reasoning Exams, Mock Scenarios, Reflective & Critical Essays, Posters and Case Studies.

This variety of approach reflects more closely the practical focus of the programme, and the assessment instruments test more accurately and with greater realism the knowledge, skills and attributes required of students. It also helps to remove barriers to some students who might perform better in different types of assessments.

In each module students will have the benefit of formative assessments aligned to the methodology of the particular summative assessment. Additional formative assessment of knowledge and understanding will take place through the regular activities within workshops.

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You must pass each module to be awarded your degree. A pass mark is 40% and above.

70%                  1

60-69%             2.1

50-59%             2.2

40-49%             3

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Fees and Applying


Applications for all our undergraduate courses are open.

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UK - £11,100 per year

International (London) - £22,150 per year

International (non-London) - £20,350 per year


If you need to fund your studies with a student loan you can apply via Student Finance.



We have students from over 120 different countries throughout our campuses, with a dedicated team to help international students.

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