Police Studies

Policing Suite

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.

The Policing Suite includes:

Why study with us?

At Canterbury Christ Church University, we have long-standing collaboration with Kent Police, as well as links with other police services including Essex, the PSNI, the Metropolitan Police and the Police Service of the Netherlands. By studying with us you will gain an in-depth understanding of modern policing, while also developing a range of transferable skills that will serve you well no matter what career path you choose.

Key features of our courses include:

  • A variety of named awards with a specific focus.
  • Flexible options.
  • Academic rigour.
  • Excellent blend of vocational and academic content.
  • The Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP).*
  • Multi-disciplinary programme.
  • Excellent links with the professions and voluntary sector.
  • Supportive learning environment.
  • Study visits to the United Kingdom and continental Europe.
  • Special guest speakers.
  • Graduation at Canterbury Cathedral.

We also regularly invite special guest speakers to present to our students. These include senior ranking police officers at Chief Constable level, as well as the highest ranking policing job, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.

College of Policing, Approved Provider Pre-Join 2015-16

Range of options

All of the named awards are first and foremost policing degrees, but the 8 specialist named awards shown below BSc Policing reflect a specific focus that is achieved through a requirement to complete particular modules at Levels 5 & 6 (your second and third years of study) that are designated to the respective named awards.

So, for example, if you have an interest in criminal investigation or say cybersecurity then you may want to register for that named award knowing that as your studies progress, you will focus your studies on your chosen specialism whilst still having a very strong grounding in Policing more generally.  

Supported learning

Our programmes offer a strong blend of academic study, professional insight and practical skills that will help to prepare you for a career within the police service, intelligence or law enforcement agencies. The programmes addresses fundamental issues from police ethics and the contribution of evidence based policing through to contemporary challenges around mental health issues and criminal investigation. 

You will be taught by our experienced staff who have both academic and professional backgrounds in policing – all of whom are actively involved in research which we then use to support our teaching and many of whom have produced key publications within policing and criminal justice. These include Policing at the Top , Blackstone’s Handbook for Policing Students , Blackstone’s Policing for the Special Constable , and Understanding Criminal Investigation .

As part of the course you will also be invited to apply for the Special Constabulary and work as a volunteer within key roles in the local community.

Career options

Graduates from the school have the opportunity to pursue a variety of different careers within the Police Service, Border Force, Prison Service, Private Policing services, Home Office, National Crime Agency, Intelligence Agencies, the Military, Ministry of Justice and Civil Service. Other graduates have joined the private security sector or have continued their studies at postgraduate level.

Find out more

For more information on our Policing Suite, in the first instance, please email: policing@canterbury.ac.uk

*Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) – limitations

Achievement of the Certificate in Knowledge in 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. 


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