BSc (Hons) Professional Policing

Award BSc (Hons) Professional Policing
UCAS Code N522

Birmingham, Leeds and London Bloomsbury


3 Years full-time or 4 Years with foundation year

Next Start

September 2020

Course Fees, per year 

£9,250 (UK/EU) / £13,750 (International)



Further information on course fees

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 suite. 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 Masters 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.

As the University of Law specialises in teaching, with a focus on problem solving and weighing up arguments, you’ll develop a formidable range of essential skills that can make all the difference when starting your career. The University of Law was awarded a silver rating in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) in June 2019. We were found to deliver high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and consistently exceed rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.

ULaw has also achieved top ten placements among universities in the UK for 5 categories in the National Student Survey 2019: teaching, learning opportunities, academic support, learning resources and student voice.

With Foundation Year

(four years)

Locations  Birmingham, Leeds and London Bloomsbury

UCAS Code: N225

The first year is a Foundation year which you will study alongside our LLB (Law) students and is taught by our law tutors. The year focuses on developing the key skills required to undertake degree level study. The subsequent three years then follow our full-time BSc (Hons) Professional Policing degree course.

International Leadership Summer School

Students starting their course in September 2020 will have the opportunity to attend our International Leadership Summer School in Berlin, during the second year of their degree or third year of a degree with Foundation Year.* This week will focus on developing employability skills.

*Terms and conditions apply.


Policing Open Days

The best way to find out more about the course is to attend an Open Day.

Course Content

  Optional Foundation Year Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Set Modules

Introduction to Legal Personnel and Principles

Academic and Report Writing


Introduction to Marketing

Public/Private Law

Citizenship and the Law




Understanding the Police Constable Role and Professional Standards

The Criminal Justice System, Key legislation, Offences & Civil Matters

Foundation for Operational Policing Skills: Decision Making, Discretion & Problem Solving

Core Principles of Evidence Based Policing, Information & Intelligence

Introduction to Vulnerability & Risk

Introduction to Criminology, Crime Prevention & Key Psychological Concepts

Public Protection: Understanding Abuse & Impact

Community Policing, Antisocial Behaviour & Introduction to Road Policing

Information, Intelligence & Digital Policing

Response Policing & Police Investigations

Custody, Interview & Criminal Justice





Counter Terrorism & Advanced Road Policing

Investigating Serious Crime, Understanding Terrorism and Transnational Organised Crime

Research Methods/Dissertation (double module)

Responding to Major & Critical Incidents

Understanding Offending Aetiology & Supporting those at Risk of Harm

Optional Modules* None None

Choose one option:


Forensic & Criminal Psychology

Youth & Crime

Zemiology (the study of social harms)

In addition to your option you also have the opportunity to attend our International Leadership Summer School, Berlin (5 days)


*All options are indicative and are available subject to course numbers.  Not all modules may be available at each campus.

Course Structure

Each year is made up of two semesters consisting of 12 teaching weeks and one week consolidation/revision and two weeks to complete assessments. You will study a total of 18 modules over the three years of the course.

  • Year 1: 31 study weeks including a one-week induction
  • Year 2: 30 study weeks plus one week optional International Leadership Summer School in Berlin
  • Year 3: 30 study weeks


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.

Method of assessment

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.

Your degree classification

You must pass each module to be awarded your degree. The pass mark for each subject is 40%.

In calculating the overall average, for purposes of deciding the degree classification, the assessments are weighted as below.


Weighted average Degree classification
70% and above 1
60-69% 2.1
50-59% 2.2
40-49% 3

Course Fees

UK/EU Course Fee per year


International course fees per year


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