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BSc (Hons) Professional Policing


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September 2024

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First Year Course Fee

USD 19,669

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  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
  • Up to 13% scholarship
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.
    UCAS code:N522
  • 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)

  • UCAS code: N225
  • You can choose to take an additional Foundation Year before you start your course. This introductory year focuses on developing the key skills required to study at degree level. You will study six modules and on successful completion progress onto any of our three year degrees.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2024

Degrees with Foundation Year 4 Year On Campus

UK Entry Requirements

  • 48 UCAS Points from a maximum of 3 A Levels, or equivalent qualifications
  • GCSE English Language at Grade C/4
  • You will also be invited to an interview with an academic as part of the admissions process, which will take place online.

Non-standard application route

  • If you have no or limited formal qualifications you will be invited to complete an in-house literacy test at one of our campuses (for those without GCSE English Language at grade C/4), as well as a formal face-to-face interview. You will also need to provide 2 years of appropriate work experience evidenced by a full CV and one reference.
  • English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English
  • An English language level equivalent to IELTS 6.0 or above with a minimum of 5.5 in each component. Please see 'Alternative English language qualifications' section below for alternatives to IELTS.

UK Entry Requirements

  • A Level: BBC
  • IB: 27
  • Access: Pass Diploma (60 credits) with 45 credits at Level 3 including 24 Distinctions
  • You will also need to possess Grade C/4 or above in GCSE English Language, or equivalent qualifications.
  • English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English
  • An English Language level equivalent to IELTS 6.5 or above, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component. Please see 'Alternative English language qualifications' section below for alternatives to IELTS.

Foundation Year If applicable
Semester 1

  • Citizenship
  • Academic and Report Writing
  • Numeracy Skills in Context

Semester 2

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

Year 1 

31 study weeks
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

Year 2 

30 study weeks
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.

Year 3

 30 study weeks
Semester 1

  • Research Methods/Dissertation (double module)
  • Responding to Major and Critical Incidents
  • Supporting those at Risk of Harm & Victims of internet-facilitated crimes

Semester 2

  • Research Methods/Dissertation (double module)
  • Investigating Serious Crime, Understanding Terrorism and Transnational Organised Crime
  • Counter-Terrorism and Advanced Road Policing
  • Sep 2021 fees:
  •  UK students per year: £9,250
  • International students per year: £14,150

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