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BSc DipHE Police Studies/Policing (Pre-service) (single honours)

Canterbury Christ Church Policing students at 'Riot City'

Students at Riot City

If you are interested in a career within the police service, intelligence or enforcement agencies, our policing degree and diploma| will provide you with practical and academic skills as well as professional insight.

Why study policing with us?

The degree and diploma are offered in collaboration with Kent Police so you will get a comprehensive introduction to policing and the development of policing skills. At University you will have the opportunity to gain practical experience using our crime scene house and interview room.

 Interview Room


  • During your studies you can gain real life experience of policing by applying to become a special constable working alongside Police Officers and PCSOs.
 Forensic Investigation
  • Guest speakers involved in operational policing and academic research will also contribute to your learning. Kent’s Chief Constable has spoken at out Policing annual lecture and we look forward to a return in the future.
  • Over the past eight years student field trips have included visits to the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Ministry of Defence Police and the Police Service of the Netherlands.

On successful completion your Graduation will take place at Canterbury Cathedral.



Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP)

Studying for the CKP is available to 1st Years on the full-time degree Programme only (see below).

Come to an Open Day

We run regular Open Days| at the Broadstairs Campus where you can meet the lecturers and find out more about studying with us.

Can’t make an Open Day?

A member of the teaching team would be very happy to talk to you if you can’t make an Open Day. To arrange an informal discussion contact:

Katie Pocock on 01843 609147 or|

What our students say

 Mark Simpson

"The tailored range of modules including forensic investigation and managing the police allow you to have a far greater knowledge of a variety of police roles and to talk with more confidence about the subjects to serving practitioners.” Mark Simpson, BSc (Hons) Police Studies graduate.


 Lianne Groves


"The course is useful not only for those wanting to join the police but many other civil service  careers too...a lot of what is taught is applicable to services such as the prison service, customs or immigration as well as any of the armed forces." Lianne Groves. BSc (Hons) Police Studies graduate.


External Examiner comments

 Jim Barker-McCardle

 “I have witnessed in the staff a real passion to keep the programme developing and never to stand still...The staff who teach the programme have in their number some formidably experienced practitioners and the team seems to contain an excellent mix of academic and wider professional policing experience". Jim Barker-McCardle, Chief Constable of Essex Police

 Chris Crowther Dowey


“The high quality of the degree is still very evident, especially the way the programmes focuses on theoretical and practical issues in policing and police work”. Dr Christopher Crowther-Dowey, Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University


Meet the Teaching Team

Prof Robin Bryant|, Director of Criminal Justice Practice

Dr Dominic Wood|, Head of Department

Dr Stephen Tong|, Director of Policing.

Dr Bryn Caless|, Senior Lecturer

Kristina Massey, Lecturer

Bob Underwood|, Senior Lecturer, Programme Director.

Kevin Lawton-Barrett, Senior Lecturer

Dr Tom Cockcroft|, Senior Lecturer

Katie Pocock, Programme Administrator

Jane Owens, Head of Year 2

Trish McCormack, Head of Year 1

Katja Hallenberg, Lecturer

Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) – limitations

Achievement of the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) will help prepare those seeking recruitment to the Police Service as a Police Constable in England or Wales. The qualification is also relevant to other related roles within the Criminal Justice Sector.

The certificate is an important element of the Professional Entry into Policing Pre-Join Strategy, and accredits the knowledge and understanding which also forms part of the Diploma in Policing qualification. The Diploma in Policing is the minimum mandatory qualification which Regular Police Constables are required to achieve to be confirmed in rank and forms part of the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP). All those who achieve the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing through a provider approved by the College of Policing will be able to submit this as evidence of the knowledge component of the Diploma. All awarding organisations offering the Diploma in Policing recognise and accept the relationship between the CKP and Diploma in Policing.

Successful achievement of the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing does not in itself provide any guarantee of recruitment as a trainee Police Constable. Each police force within England and Wales sets out its own recruitment process and selection policy and entry requirements vary from force to force. Prospective students are therefore strongly advised to check the specific requirements of their chosen force prior to undertaking study.

It should be noted that all candidates need to pass medical and fitness tests as well as background and security checks and undertake a series of assessments, tests and an interview at a Police SEARCH® assessment centre.