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Professional Policing (BSc)

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According to the College of Policing (2018), modern policing is undergoing significant transformation; highly competent Police Constables (PC) are vital to the delivery of an enhanced service to the public.

Being a PC is a physically and intellectually demanding occupation, requiring high levels of emotional intelligence, strong behavioural interpretation skills and an ability to analyse and resolve rapidly evolving events.

The is a pre-join knowledge-based degree in professional policing, to be achieved prior to formal recruitment to the police service.

New Locations

As well as being taught on our Swansea campus, this programme can also now be studied in a blended format at our London and Birmingham campuses, with a mix of on-campus and online delivery.

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PATHWAY OPTIONS AND HOW TO APPLY

Professional Policing (BSc)
Ucas Code: PPO1
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Professional Policing (CertHE)
Ucas Code: PPO6
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Professional Policing (DipHE)
Ucas Code: PPO5
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Contact Email: r.lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Rhiannon Lloyd

Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  • The is a pre-join knowledge-based degree in professional policing, to be achieved prior to formal recruitment to the police service.

  • Student-centred learning strategies will be employed throughout the programme.

  • The University works in collaboration with South Wales Police and Gwent Police forces.

  • The volunteer police programme that has been run with UWTSD and South Wales Police since 2012 provides students with the opportunity to gain valuable practical policing experience which also enhances their progression opportunities.

  • The programmes are available in both on-campus and blended modes.

What you will learn

Course Overview

Student-centred learning strategies will be employed throughout the programme to ensure a balance of theory and practice that is both personalised and collaborative.

Students are expected to critically reflect on a variety of policing contexts and cases and be able to integrate and apply new knowledge to new situations.

Students will form a learning community and will be engaged in negotiation and management of learning tasks, and will gain practical experience of key policing practice activities, many of which will relate to authentic, real-world problems and cases.

Students will be charged with selecting contemporary, and sometimes controversial, topics from the professional police practice discipline area that are of concern to society to stretch students’ standpoints and considerations of police-related research. This allows students to take responsibility for their learning by giving them scope to choose areas of interest to them while they develop their independent learning and build confidence in developing arguments and expressing strongly held viewpoints.

Students are expected to interrogate theoretical concepts and principles with consideration for a diverse range of legal and policing contexts. Students will critically engage with differing philosophical perspectives and concepts that underpin approaches to the subject area.

Students, reflecting on influences and experiences, will construct their own arguments, drawing on appropriately selected evidence and after critical engagement with their fellow learners and tutors.

Learners will be engaged in re-construction of ideas in different media both as individuals and in collaboration with fellow learners and tutors in smaller groupings.

Module Topics

The modules have been designed by the programme team collectively, to ensure they form a cohesive whole and meet the requirements of the College of Policing’s PEQF curriculum for the Pre-Join Professional Policing degree.

Year One – Level 4

  • Criminal Law (20 credits)
  • Evidence-based Approaches to Policing Decisions (20 credits)
  • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Legal Process (20 credits)
  • Preparing for Professional Policing (20 credits)
  • Response Policing (20 credits).

Year Two – Level 5

  • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation (20 credits; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Contemporary Issues within the Police (20 credits)
  • Operational Policing (20 credits)
  • Policing Terrorism (20 credits)
  • Policing the Public (20 credits)
  • Understanding Crime, Justice and Punishment (20 credits).

Year Three – Level 6

  • Digital and Operational Policing (20 credits)
  • Forensic Recovery and Examination (20 credits)
  • Independent Project (40 credits; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Organisational Leadership within the Police: Theory into Practice (20 credits)
  • Vulnerability, Welfare and Risk (20 credits).

All modules are compulsory.

Assessment

The assessments have been designed by the programme team collectively, to ensure they form a cohesive whole and meet the requirements of the College of Policing’s PEQF curriculum for the Pre-Join Professional Policing degree.

The key purpose of the assessment scheme is to enable students to demonstrate individually that they have met the aims of the programmes and achieved the learning outcomes at the standard required for the level of study.  Assessment will also be used to provide feedback to students so as to assist in subsequent learning.

Each module will be assessed summatively through a range of individual assessment tasks but formative methods are also used. Formative assessment is carried out through practical exercises that are undertaken and discussed in class, role-plays, negotiations, presentations by students and the sessions devoted to reviewing exams after these have been marked.

A range of summative assessment methods will be employed.  Exams are primarily (but not exclusively) used to test knowledge and understanding.

Coursework and practical assessments also test knowledge and understanding but tend to focus more on the development of cognitive, practical and key skills.  Such methods are highly appropriate to the nature of the policing discipline as they facilitate authentic, workplace relevant assessment and practice. Coursework and practicals will be set in a variety of formats; these include:

  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Portfolios
  • Research projects
  • Presentations.
Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 


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Key Information

Entry Criteria

80 UCAS points or equivalent.

Career Opportunities

As an approved provider, forces will be able to recognise the degree as one that is fit for purpose and ensure that students are seen in a positive light on application.

The University works in collaboration with South Wales Police and Gwent Police forces. Historically, a number of our graduates have gone on to work with these forces due to the links that have been made. As a result of this collaboration, we have a number of police trainers that work with the team to deliver extra professional practice and provide HYDRA practical sessions for the students.

The volunteer police programme that has been run with UWTSD and South Wales Police since 2012 provides students with the opportunity to gain valuable practical policing experience which also enhances their progression opportunities.

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 the Independent Project, but this is not a requirement and will have no bearing on the final grade.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.  To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.

Accommodation

Please visit our Accommodation pages for more information.