Our BSc (Hons) Professional Policing with Foundation Year is a 4-year degree which 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 Masters level. The first year is a Foundation year which you will study alongside our LLB (Law) students and is taught by our law tutors. This first year focuses on developing the key skills required to undertake a degree-level study. The subsequent three years then follow our full-time BSc (Hons) Professional Policing degree course. 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.
Applicants are required to possess 48 UCAS Points from a maximum of 3 A Levels or equivalent qualifications, plus GCSE English Language at Grade C/4. An interview with an academic may also form part of the application process which will take place either face-to-face or via phone/skype.
A non-standard application route is also available.
Students should demonstrate a minimum of 2 years of professional work experience evidencing management of people and/or processes and provide a professional reference. Any applicant with no or limited formal qualifications will be invited to complete an in-house literacy test (for those without GCSE English language at grade C/4), as well as a formal interview.
Students should demonstrate a minimum of 2 years of professional work experience evidencing management of people and/or processes and provide a professional reference. Students must also possess GCSE English Language at Grade 4 or equivalent, as well as successfully passing a formal interview.
Students who will be under the age of 18 but no younger than 17 at the commencement of the course are permitted.
International requirements: An English language level equivalent to IELTS 6.0 or above with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.
Policing or wider security and criminal justice sector.
September 2022 fees: UK: £9,250 per year. International: £14,750 per year (London), £13,750 per year (non-London). Fees are locked for future study years i.e. the student will pay the same price each year.
Academic and Report Writing
Numeracy Skills in Context
Foundations of Business Management
Foundations of Law
Foundations of Social Science
Year 1: 31 study weeks
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
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
Public Protection: Understanding Abuse and Impact
Community Policing, Antisocial Behaviour and Introduction to Road Policing
Information, Intelligence and Digital Policing
Response Policing and Police Investigations
Custody, Interview and Criminal Justice
Forensic and Criminal Psychology
Youth and Crime
Zemiology (Social Harms)
*All options are indicative and subject to availability.
Year 3: 30 study weeks
Research Methods/Dissertation (double module)
Responding to Major and Critical Incidents
Supporting those at Risk of Harm & Victims of Internet-facilitated crimes
Research Methods/Dissertation (double module)
Investigating Serious Crime, Understanding Terrorism and Transnational Organised Crime
Counter-Terrorism and Advanced Road Policing
Assessments are spread out throughout the duration of the BSc (Hons) Professional Policing 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 approaches 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.
How to Apply
Applications for all our undergraduate courses are open.