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Professional Policing (BSc)

The College of Policing (CoP), as the Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) for the police service, has worked with all key stakeholder groups including staff associations, police force representatives, as well as higher education partners, to develop the Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF).

The Professional Policing ‘pre-join’ degree entry route into policing constitutes a core element of the PEQF and is a professional academic knowledge-based degree based upon the national curriculum for the police constable role.

The Professional Policing Degree route into policing enables entrants to gain the academic theory and knowledge of professional policing.  The programme is three years in duration and will result in the successful completion of a BSc (Hons) Professional Policing Degree. A successful recruit to the police service via this entry route is subject to a two-year probationary period as specified in Police Regulations. The degree has a currency of 5 years following graduation for recruitment into policing. 

However this degree does not guarantee entry to the police, potential applicants would still have to satisfy police recruitment criteria and go through the same application process.

For more information please see the following links (external websites):

Skills for Justice and the college of policing Logo  



Pathway Options and How to Apply

Professional Policing (BSc)
Ucas Code: PPO1
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Professional Policing (CertHE)
Ucas Code: PPO6
Apply via UCAS

Professional Policing (DipHE)
Ucas Code: PPO5
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Tuition Fees 2020/21:
£9,000 (Home/EU)
£11,850 (Overseas)

Why choose this course

  • The course is the pre-entry course for Police recruitment, it is one of three entry routes as prescribed by the College Of Policing
  • The course cover areas that are critical to effective policing in the 21st century
  • The course is delivered by experienced staff
  • The course team have significant links with the Welsh Police Forces and the wider Criminal Justice Profession.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The BSc in Professional Policing Practice will cover areas that are critical to effective policing in the 21st century, such as evidence-based policing; decision making and discretion; criminology and crime prevention; there is also coverage of key areas of modern policing responsibility, such as digital policing and dealing with cyber-crime and crime prevention.

Engagement with the local forces has identified areas requiring instruction and professional development that are not included in the CoP specified learning outcomes e.g. ‘County Lines’ and ‘Adverse Childhood Experiences’. The course also includes transferable modules needed to enable students to have a degree that would lead them into careers in the wider public and private sector, these include Strategic Management, Management of Resources, Organisational Leadership, these, and others, have been incorporated into the programme.

Module Topics

Level 4

  • Academic Skills
  • Evidence-based Approaches to Policing Decisions
  • Legal Process
  • Criminal Law
  • Preparing for Professional Policing
  • Leading Self

Level 5

  • Operational Policing
  • Policing Terrorism
  • Contemporary Issues within the Police
  • Policing the Public 
  • Understanding Crime, Justice and Punishment
  • Leading in Action

Level 6

  • Digital Policing
  • Forensic Recovery and Examination
  • Strategic Management within the Police
  • Management of Resources within the Police
  • Organisational Leadership within the Police: Theory into Practice
  • Research Project

The course will be assessed by a mixture of written coursework, simulations, workbooks, presentations and exams. Each module is worth 20 credits which would equal two assessments per module with the equivalent of a 2000-3500 word assignment or an exam per 10 credits, depending on the level of study.

Key Information

Entry Criteria

80 UCAS points or equivalent

Career Opportunities

The course team has developed very close links with a number of professional organisations in both the public sector and legal services fields. This has allowed for close consultation on the development of course content and the availability of unique work experience opportunities.

For those students who wish to pursue a career in the Police force then the course works closely with South Wales Police, Gwent and Dyfed Powys Police and has developed a volunteer work programme for the students to gain valuable experience and insight into the profession.  This will put the students in a more advantageous position to gain employment in their chosen profession. 

The course works closely with other Public sector organisations, the combination of both legal and public sector understanding and knowledge would be seen as a benefit to the wider Criminal Justice professions.

The team has developed close relationships with local firms and organisations and developing work experience opportunities which would benefit the students if they chose to extend into further criminal justice study. 

Additional Costs

It is possible to complete this programme of study without any additional costs.

Students may wish to purchase textbooks for modules, such as Research Project but this is not a requirement and will have no bearing on the final grade.

There may also be optional field trips which may incur some costs.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

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