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Operational Policing (Level 6 top-up) (BSc)

This programme is subject to re-validation.

BSc(Hons) Operational Policing is a contemporary course which adapts itself and students to the evolving nature of operational policing. It aims to build knowledge and expertise in the area of operational policing through work-based learning, allowing you to attain a full BSc (Hons) degree in 15 months.


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Course fees: £3,750

Why choose this course?

The work-based approach encourages a focus on area of interest, producing a research study while critically reflecting on operational skills and strategies. This programme is for serving police officers, will be designed in conjunction with the needs of the force to enhance the status of its officers.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The concept of the course accredits prior learning, for those who have achieved PIP Level 1, initial police training, occupational competency and two years’ service post probation; this learning will be mapped for levels 4 and 5 which will allow entry into the degree in its third and final stage.

This final year will be focused on a work-based approach allowing the officers to critically reflect on how professional practice meets the learning outcomes of operational policing, skills, and strategies and to produce a research study that focuses on a particular area of interest.

Developed in collaboration with senior police officers, the course is undeniably relevant for those in force.

Module Topics

Level 6 (BSc)

  • Professional Operational Practice (40 credits; compulsory)
  • Operational Policing in the Workplace (40 credits; compulsory)
  • Operational Policing Practice Project (40 credits; compulsory)

A variety of assessments will be used to challenge students. There is a strong academic focus within the programme alongside the development of practical skills.

Related Links

Swansea Business Campus

Volunteering with the South Wales Police

Key Information

  • Alison Cooke
Entry Criteria

Applicants should be a serving police officer with three years' post-probation experience. 

Career Opportunities

This programme has been carefully designed to enhance the theoretical grounding and professional competency of serving police offers. Graduates of this BSc Top-up will enjoy improved promotion prospects and personal development within the force. 

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.

Further Information

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions related to the University or to this course in particular.