BSc (Hons)

Professional Policing

The BSc (Hons) Professional Policing is a three year undergraduate degree designed to meet the requirements of the College of Policing National Curriculum. This course is licensed by the College of Policing as a Pre-join Degree in Professional Policing, which means it can be your first step towards becoming a Police Constable. During your studies you will learn about key crime topics, as well as have the opportunity to choose elective modules that allow a deeper look at areas of personal interest.

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Key Facts

Entry requirements

A Level: BBB

GCSE: English Language Grade C/4 or above, or equivalent

Requirements for the Foundation Year differ from those listed.

Full requirements

Next start date

September 2020

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UCAS

 

UCAS code

N522 (Full-time 3 year)

N225 (Foundation 4 year)

 

Institution code

L17

 

Short name

LAW

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 were awarded Silver in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) for delivering high quality teaching, learning and outcomes.

We are proud to have been voted in the top 10 for 5 categories in the 2019 National Student Survey, including Teaching and Academic Support.

Course Details

Full-time three year BSc (Hons) Professional Policing

Our degree in Professional Policing 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.

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.

Foundation Year (Four year)

You can choose to take an additional Foundation Year before you start your Professional Policing course. This introductory year focuses on developing an understanding of the legal sector and the key skills required to undertake the policing course. The Foundation Year involves studying six modules to develop the necessary skills and introduce students to key concepts to enable progression onto our three year degrees.

Course Structure

Semester 1

  • Citizenship
  • Academic and Report Writing
  • Numeracy in Context

Semester 2

  • Foundations of Business Management
  • Foundations of Law
  • Foundations of Social Science

Semester 1

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

Semester 2

  • Core Principles of Evidence Based Policing, Information and Intelligence
  • Introduction to Vulnerability and Risk
  • Introduction to Criminology, Crime Prevention and Key Psychological Concepts

Semester 1

  • Public Protection: Understanding Abuse and Impact
  • Community Policing, Antisocial Behaviour and Introduction to Road Policing
  • Information, Intelligence and Digital Policing

Semester 2

  • Response Policing and Police Investigations
  • Custody, Interview and Criminal Justice

Choose one*:

  • Cybercrime
  • Forensic and Criminal Psychology
  • Youth and Crime
  • Zemiology (the study of social harms)

*All options are indicative and subject to availability.

Semester 1

  • Research Methods/Dissertation (double module)
  • Responding to Major and Critical Incidents
  • Understanding Offending Aetiology and Supporting those at Risk of Harm

Semester 2

  • Research Methods/Dissertation (double module)
  • Investigating Serious Crime, Understanding Terrorism and Transnational Organised Crime
  • Counter-Terrorism and Advanced Road Policing
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Want to boost your leadership skills?

In the summer after Year 2 of this course you have the opportunity to attend our International Leadership Summer School in Berlin.

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Course Start Dates

  • BSc Policing & Criminal Investigation
    • Full-time: Birmingham, Leeds and London Bloomsbury
  • BSc Policing & Criminal Investigation with Foundation Year
    • Full-time: Birmingham, Leeds and London Bloomsbury
  • BSc Policing & Criminal Investigation
    • Full-time: Birmingham, Leeds and London Bloomsbury
  • BSc Policing & Criminal Investigation with Foundation Year
    • Full-time: Birmingham, Leeds and London Bloomsbury

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Course Information

 

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

Please note: These documents are still being developed, please check back at a later date to get a full breakdown of the dates for this course.

Calendar

 

Assessments are spread out throughout the duration of the course, rather than having lots of exams at the end of the year. This means at the end of each semester, you have a revision/consolidation week followed by two weeks for assessment in each module.

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, 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 a formative assessment 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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Applications for all our undergraduate courses are open.

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UK/EU students per year: £9,250
International students per year: £13,750

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

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