The BSc (Hons) Professional Policing - Accelerated 2-year programme will provide you with 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. A range of key topics will be studied 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*. The course is enriched by optional modules, giving you the opportunity to look deeper into issues such as Cybercrime or Forensic and Criminal Psychology. This course is perfect for students with an interest in working in policing, security or the criminal justice sector, or looking to study at the Master's level. In the 2021 National Student Survey, The University of Law has been ranked first amongst universities in England for the category of 'teaching on my course'. We have an overall 5 Star rating from QS World University Rankings and 5 stars in Teaching, Employability, Online Learning, Academic Development and Inclusiveness. 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. Interested students should contact the Police Service for more information.
*Facilities vary by campus.
ABB at A Level and Grade C/4 or above in GCSE English Language, or equivalent qualifications.
Students who will be under the age of 18 but no younger than 17 at the commencement of the course are permitted.
International entry requirements: An English language level equivalent to IELTS 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6.5 in each component.
Year 1: 31 study weeks
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
Community Policing, Antisocial Behaviour and Introduction to Road Policing
Core Principles of Evidence-Based Policing, Information and Intelligence
Introduction to Vulnerability and Risk
Forensic and Criminal Psychology
Youth and Crime
Zemiology (Social Harms)
*All options are indicative and subject to availability.
Year 1: Summer
Response Policing and Police Investigation
Year 2: 30 study weeks
Custody, Interview and Criminal Justice
Information, Intelligence and Digital Policing
Public Protection: Understanding Abuse and Impact
Responding to Major and Critical Incidents
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
Year 2: Summer
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 approaches reflect 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.
How to Apply
Applications for all our undergraduate courses are open.