BSc single honours PolicinG (In Service) 2019/20

Year of entry

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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.

Our BSc (Hons) Policing degree is specifically designed for serving police officers or members of police staff who would like to take the next step in their careers.

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 whilst continuing your normal work.

Our three-year part-time programme recognises operational and support experience as a core part of learning. As such, we aim to build on your existing experience by providing a detailed insight into the research and theory behind modern policing practice.

Students will benefit from our highly experienced staff, cutting edge research and a supportive environment. 

“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

To enter the Programme, you will be required to provide evidence of your previous experiential learning.  This process is referred to as Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL). The first part of this process starts with your application form. You will be asked to evidence certain aspects of your professional experience. This will allow you ‘advanced standing’ to enter the degree half way through Level 5.

Once you start the programme, you will continue to fulfil other elements to meet the RPEL requirements, and will be fully supported throughout this process.  Your tutor will provide direction on how to present your evidence as part of an Accreditation Portfolio of Evidence. This will be done through structured meetings and supporting you with the production of tasks in the first year, for you to collate and submit. 

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.

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 on 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:

Criminology and Policing (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.

Policing and Society 1 (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

In light of the current focus of embedding education and continuous learning more systematically within the policing profession, 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. Therefore, there is an emphasis for police practitioner students to reflect on their learning in the classroom and how this relates in practice.

Year 2

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

Policing and Society 2 (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 complex relationships between the police, nation states, and citizens. It aims to provide students with a greater understanding of international developments in policing, and the awareness comparative research insights brings to the study of policing in the UK.

Transformational Change in Policing (20 credits at HE6)

Delivered in Semester Two

The module will develop your appreciation and understanding of how criminological and sociological theories are applied in operational policing contexts, drawing on the facilitators and inhibitors of change and reform in policing. This will include leadership, staff communications, legitimacy and staff engagement. It will also provide recent examples of challenging reform Programmes and developments from the COP, further developing your appreciation and understanding of evidence based practice and the various means of evaluating police practice. The module will engage with the core values and principles of policing as it is understood as a business.

Enabling Continued Professional Development (20 credits at HE6)

Delivered across Semester One and Two

This module provides you with the opportunity to consider your own area of Continued Professional Development (CPD) relevant to your role. The module will cover the role of the College of Policing professionalising policing agenda, and the how the principles of CPD present opportunities in policing. Particular focus will be paid to reviewing research in relation to the chosen area and the role of education in policing. 

Year 3

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

Practical Reflections on Learning (20 credits at HE6)

This module will encourage you to reflect on the observations and findings you uncover in your work-based project, where you will produce a reflective journal focused on reviewing the research, policy and evaluation of your work based problem.

Research Informed Policing (40 credits at HE6)

You are required to identify a suitable topic of your own choosing in consultation with an academic tutor, and potentially with a suitable colleague in the work place.  The substantial study will be in the form of a 7,000 word work based project and a 1,000 word conference poster. This will count as a double module and you will have the whole academic year to produce the final assignment. The study will advance your research knowledge from year 1 and year 2 as you demonstrate examples from contemporary policing research, whilst continuing to engage with debates in social research methodology. 

The programme has recently been recognised through external scrutiny to provide transformational education. The ethos of this programme is to provide you with learning that will support you in your professional role and the decisions you have to make in the work environment. 


The 2019/20 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time N/A N/A
Part-time £1,525 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2019/20 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2019/20 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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


All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2020. The teaching and learning strategies employed take into account the following aspects of the Programme:

  • the varied range of academic qualifications and practical experiences which students bring to the Programme;
  • the need for a flexible approach because of the nature of policing, and;
  • providing an interactive approach to learning and teaching, including an acknowledgement that many students have experience of ‘real world’ policing. The emphasis of the learning and teaching strategies throughout the Programme is centred on student reflections on learning.

The Programme includes a wide array of approaches to teaching and learning. You will be actively engaged in the learning process, encouraged to take part in a range of formative tasks and group discussions to promote critical reflection and self-evaluation. This will allow students to learn new ideas and broaden their experiences.

Teaching will largely comprise of lectures and interactive seminars where you will be required to study in an informative and participative environment. Where necessary, appropriate guidance will be provided on reading materials.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study.  Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, preparing coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

Readings will be published and available in the module handbooks at the start of every module, and your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

In year three, there is more emphasis on independent research as you undertake the work based project. You will work under the supervision and support of a member of the course team, who you will meet at set times throughout the year.

Overall workload

Your overall workload for a module typically consists of 14 contact hours. You will also be expected to engage in other forms of academic direction through seminars and tutorials. You will undertake 15 hours independent learning and assessment activity. For each 20-credit module, your study time is about 10 hours a week.

Academic input

The team consists of highly qualified academics, who have a range of expertise and experience.

All our team members hold doctoral and teaching qualifications, have experience delivering research-informed teaching, are research-active and/or hold relevant expertise in the field. You can discover more about our current teaching on our Meet the Team webpage (please note members of the teaching team may change).

"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

Over the course of your Programme, you will be assessed in a range of ways, including (but not limited to) essays, digital assessments, work-based projects, reflective journals, individual presentations, examinations.  The premise of the assessments are intended for you to demonstrate ‘subject specific knowledge’ as well as consider this in the context of the policing profession.

There is only one examination on the Programme; this is in your first year of study. It is imperative that you attend the examination.

For the majority of taught modules there will normally be a minor and major piece of assessment weighted 25:75 accordingly. The minor assessment will normally be completed during the module and the major assessment will be submitted on completion of the module, and before the commencement of the next module. All assessments are designed to enhance your learning experience and to provide you with opportunities to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding.

Accordingly, assessment procedures will take account of not only the Programme members’ newly acquired knowledge and skills, but also the process of developing skills and the ability to apply such knowledge and skills in the world of work.


You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is sent to you with your score and comments on your answers. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. For other assignments we aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in. You must achieve a pass mark of 40 and above in all of your modules throughout the programme.  

This course has Special Regulations that capture the requirement for RPEL and the course structure. 

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.

Please see our blog site:, where you will find articles written by our staff and students about their experiences. In addition, members of the department publish a wide range of books, articles and reports. These include, but are not limited to, Policing at the Top, Blackstone’s Handbook for Policing Students, Blackstone’s Policing for the Special Constable, Rape: Challenging Contemporary Thinking, and Understanding Criminal Investigation.
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 assign you a one-to-one tutor for the duration of your time with us, and for first year we are planning the introduction of a peer mentoring scheme to provide you with the opportunity to engage with a student from Year 2 or 3, who will be able to answer questions and provide direction on certain aspects of the programme.
Our School has invested significantly in a Hydra suite that will allow our students to simulate policing scenarios under ‘close-to-real’ conditions. We see this as a major advantage to our students who will be able to directly experience highly realistic policing incidents, situations and scenarios as part of their integrated learning. More information on Hydra.
To help your understanding, we have a long-standing collaboration with Kent Police, as well as links with other police services including Essex, the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the Metropolitan Police and the Police Service of The Netherlands. We also have links with a wide range of community and voluntary agencies.


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UCAS course code

  • N/A

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 3 years part-time


  • September 2019

Entry requirements

  • Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL)

    The BSc (Hons) Policing is only offered as a part-time Programme. The degree is run as a three year part-time degree, because we recognise that you have experience that equates to the learning you would achieve during the first part of a traditional Policing degree.




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