BSc single honours Policing (In service) 2019/20

Year of entry

Year of entry 2019-20 - We are currently refreshing our policing programme to meet the new requirements of the Policing Education Qualifications Framework. Starting in September 2019, it will build on the best practice developed during our extensive experience in delivering pre-join policing programmes. It will embed the new National Policing Curriculum, providing one of the three graduate entry routes to a career in policing. More information on the changes to the course content will be available from spring 2019. In the meanwhile, please contact with any questions and a team member will be happy to get back to you.
Are you a serving police officer or member of police staff? Would you like to learn more about policing, to help you take the next step in your career? If so, then our BSc (Hons) Policing degree may be for you.


If you are a serving police officer, or work in a related occupation, then you can enrol on our BSc (Hons) Policing programme to gain an academic qualification while continuing your normal work. Our three-year part-time programme has been designed specifically with serving officers and police staff in mind, and recognises operational and support experience as a core part of learning. We aim to build on this invaluable experience and provide a detailed insight into the research and theory behind modern policing practice.

The course is taught over four study weekends per year (In Canterbury) and extra taught sessions in London. The usual format is Friday and Saturday for the study weekends and Tuesday mornings in London. There are usually 3/4 sessions in London per module which are normally held every other week.

“I was looking for a new challenge, something that complemented my 18 years as an operational police officer and something that would challenge my mind. Reading for a BSc (Hons) in Policing not only quenched my thirst, it's provided me with the comprehensive knowledge and understanding of policing I'd been looking for. Taught by a cohort of professional and energetic lecturers, this is an opportunity I wished I had 10 years ago.”

2nd Year Policing (in service) Graduate

You can expect to study a wide range of different topics to help you develop a broader understanding of the issues surrounding crime and policing. These include debates about issues such as procedural and organisational justice, the implementation of the Code of Ethics, the professionalisation of policing, and the drive for evidence-based practices. 

More detailed information for each module will be provided in appropriate module handbooks.

Year 1

Level 5 - there are three core modules that you must complete:

Theories and Techniques of Crime Control (20 credits at HE5)

Delivered in Semester One

The aim of the module is to provide students with a broader understanding of the issues surrounding the development of the study of crime, the pertinent criminological and sociological theories that have emerged as a result and how these ideas have evolved historically. The module will therefore focus on the historical and sociological context from which theories of crime and its control have emerged and developed over time.

Liberal Democratic Policing (20 credits at HE5)

Delivered in Semester Two

The aim of the module is to provide students with an understanding of the political, legal and constitutional positioning of the police within the liberal democratic contexts of the United Kingdom. The focus will be on the values and principles of policing associated with Peel from the time of the introduction of the modern police within England and Wales in 1829 and the extent to which these are changing within contemporary policing.

Reflective Practitioner (20 credits at HE5)

Delivered across Semester One and Two

Students will be provided with an understanding of the principles/models of reflection and how the acquisition of theoretical knowledge can link to their day-to-day practice in the workplace, in light of the current focus of embedding education and continuous learning more systematically within the policing profession. Therefore, there is an emphasis for students to reflect on their learning in the classroom and how this relates to practice, as police practitioner students.

Year 2

Level 6 (part 1) - in year 2 of the programme you must complete the following three modules:

International Policing (20 credits at HE6)

Delivered in Semester One

The aim of the module is to provide students with an advanced knowledge of how policing is constituted within liberal democratic contexts. It seeks to develop the student’s critical understanding of the relationships between the police and, on the one hand, nation states, and on the other hand, citizens. It aims to provide students with greater understanding of developments in policing internationally and awareness of the insights comparative research brings to the study of policing in the UK.

The Application of Theory to Police Practice (20 credits at HE6)

Delivered in Semester Two

The aim of the module is to provide students with an understanding and knowledge of how crime theories (from sociological, psychological and criminological perspectives) interact with and influence modern day police practice and crime control methods. The module will enable students to consider the application of science and theory to a police context and some of the wider societal and political issues which may have influenced this at particular points in history. The module will touch on how policing has become managed more as a business, including considerations of value for money, correct resource deployment and performance management.

Contemporary Policing Insights (20 credits at HE6)

Delivered across Semester One and Two

The module aims to provide students with an understanding around some of the current policing issues with a focus on changing demand for police resources (for example: mental health), leadership and cultivating change, and police cultural issues in the context of evidence-informed practice. Therefore, students will be asked to consider their own professional practice in the work place through the work-based learning assessments, linking the academic learning obtained from this module alongside the others taught on the Programme.

Year 3

Level 6 (part 2): in year 3 of the programme you must complete the following level 6 modules:

Research Awareness (20 credits at HE6)

The aim of the module is to help students prepare for, conduct and complete their final year, literature based dissertation. It will seek to raise the student’s awareness of the qualities associated with academic writing, in particular within a literature review. It also aims to raise the critical understanding students have of a range of different qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. The module aims to provide students with knowledge of the type of research methods that have been applied to police research in the past in order to increase their appreciation of methodological issues that have shaped the research of others.

Dissertation (40 credits at HE6)

The primary aim of the dissertation is develop within a student the ability to research and analyse an aspect of policing in depth, and construct a well-reasoned argument based on his or her findings. The aim of the dissertation is also to develop the student’s ability to manage their time effectively and to manage the processes of identifying and reading across a wide range of sources before documenting, analysing and presenting findings.

Each module (three per year for year 1 and 2) has two assessments which are generally weighted at 25% and 75% for the final module mark. Students have to pass all the modules to progress but do not have to pass all the assignments if the module pass mark (40%) is reached. There is one exam in year 1 (first module) which is a three hour/three questions exam. This is the only exam over the three years.

The final year is made up of a dissertation and a research awareness module which provides content in relation to the research process and an understanding of methodology. Alongside the submission of a 10,000 word dissertation, students are also required to submit a research awareness portfolio comprising of a number of tasks. However each of the tasks set for those assessments are tasks that would normally be set within the timetable for your dissertation with your tutor.

Students are set a one to one tutor for the third year with expertise in the area if study where possible. The dissertation for this programme is a literature based study and involves no empirical research.

All of our modules are taught by experts in their field – many of whom are actively involved in research and consultancy. Many of our staff have experience of policing themselves or have worked as researchers in the police organisation. We utilise recent research findings directly into our teaching, so you will learn the most up-to-date and relevant thinking on modern policing practice. The School also works in collaboration with The College of Policing which means only the most current issues and considerations for policing feature in the programme.

Members of the department publish a wide range of books, articles and reports. These include Policing at the TopBlackstone’s Handbook for Policing Students Blackstone’s Policing for the Special ConstableRape: Challenging Contemporary Thinking, and Understanding Criminal Investigation to name but a few.

Studying for a degree while working is not easy, and you should not underestimate the amount work involved. However we understand the many challenges you will face, and provide a friendly and supportive environment to help you make the most of your studies. We will even assign you a one-to-one tutor for the duration of your time with us.

"I highly recommend the policing degree at CCCU. it has helped me see the current issues affecting the police in a different light and identify with new ideas which are shaping how we police.  Anyone that is passionate about the job would find the course exceptionally useful and helpful in any role. I have used the skills that I have obtained through the course numerous times already.  It helps that the course lead and lecturers are really personable and available for help on request. I have enjoyed the first year  and look forward to learning more next year."

Simon Hutchison, BSc Policing (in service) student


Tuition Fees for 2019/20 have not yet been finalised. Course webpages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once these have been agreed.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here


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UCAS course code

  • N/A

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 3 years part-time


  • September 2019



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