Police Studies

Professional Policing

Our exciting and broad ranging degree programmes draw upon our expertise and contacts in the allied fields of policing, law and forensics.

Through a focus on partnership approaches to policing and inter-agency cooperation through to new approaches in criminal investigation, you will discover the many opportunities available both within policing, and beyond. These include opportunities with police services, private police organisations, search and rescue services, victims support agencies and youth justice.

Why study with us?

Canterbury Christ Church University has over 20 years experience of delivering police education designed to meet the needs of the profession. Our BSc (Hons) Professional Policing degree is licensed by the College of Policing and gives you opportunity to achieve the pre-entry requirement for the role of a warranted Police Constable while providing a strong grounding in the theory and practice of Policing. Our dedicated and professional Policing Team have a wealth of practitioner experience and will work with you to help you gain practical experience to build on the theory you have learnt and kick start your career.

For further information on what you will study as part of the BSc (Hons) Professional Policing degree & how to apply please visit our course page.

Hands-on learning

BSc (Hons) Professional Policing students will have the opportunity to put the theory they have learnt into practice in our Hydra Suite. The Hydra Suite allows our students to simulate policing scenarios under “close-to-real” conditions and experience highly realistic policing incidents, situations and scenarios as part of their integrated learning. 

Field trips

Students are also encouraged to take part in the trips & study visits that are offered throughout the 3 years of the degree. These trips aim to provide students with an insight into different policing organisations within the UK and Europe and have previously included riot training with Kent Police and study visits to the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Police Service of The Netherlands (please note that additional costs apply to these trips and they are subject to availability). 

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What can you do next?

The BSc (Hons) Professional Policing degree not only provides the pre-entry requirement for the role of a warranted Police Constable but also opens employment opportunities in specialist police support roles, Border Force, UK Visas & Immigration, HM Prison Service, the Civil Service, Victim Support, HMRC Investigations, Offender Rehabilitation & the Armed Forces. By studying with us you will develop a range of transferable skills that will serve you well no matter what career path you choose.

Through my BSc (Hons) Policing degree, I have developed a strong understanding of policing theory, policy, and practice, together with advanced analytical, cognitive thinking, and decision-making skills.

At present, I am a Police Constable for Kent Police. I was fortunate to become part of a new policing programme ‘Investigate First’. This programme enables police officers to fast track to become a detective.

Lewis Humphrey, Police Constable for Kent Police, 2019

Knowledge and expertise

The writing team behind Blackstone’s Handbook for Policing Students, led by Professor Robin Bryant, are all from the School of Law, Criminal Justice and Policing. The book has been used by most police services in England and Wales as the core text for new recruits into the police service and it is key reading for students on pre­service policing programmes in universities across the country. Contributors from the School include several members of staff who also teach on the Professional Policing degree. The Handbook reflects the multitude of avenues into policing now open to future police officers, from pre­-join courses to progression from serving as a special constable or working as a Police Community Support Officer.

Most staff members are active researchers and this ensures that teaching is research informed and relevant to the demands of modern policing.

The programme is delivered by an experienced team of academics and former and serving police professionals. With this knowledge and our links to many police forces, staff are able to provide expert support and advice necessary for those wishing to apply to join the police service.

They have so much knowledge, and not to mention experience within the police, which has helped me be in the position I am today. I am currently writing this after my first week completed at Kent Police College (KPC). The most fun, unreal and difficult week.

This degree has helped immensely. I now do not have to complete the diploma due to my degree and completing the additional CKP alongside.

I have no regrets about my university experience, especially now, as in 2020 you will be required to attain a degree to be able to join the Police… there is not a better time than now to complete this degree.

Chloe Smith, Policing (Criminal Investigation), 2019

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