Policing (In Service)

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.

Where will i study?

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.

What will i study?

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.

Core modules include:

  • Theories and Techniques of Crime Control
  • Liberal Democratic Policing
  • The Application of Theory to Police Practice
  • International Policing
  • Relective Practitioner
  • Contemporary Policing Insights

In your final year you will then undertake a ‘Research Awareness’ module, and a literature based dissertation project in a focussed area of your choice. This will help you develop key research skills while also giving you the chance to analyse a key aspect of policing in depth.

Cutting-edge 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 Top , Blackstone’s Handbook for Policing Students , Blackstone’s Policing for the Special Constable , Rape: Challenging Contemporary Thinking, and Understanding Criminal Investigation to name but a few.

Supportive environment

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.

What our students say

Simon is a first year BSc Policing (in service) student. He says:

'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


The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

Part-time £1440 per year over three years n/a

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

*The following years of study after the foundation year are subject to the standard undergraduate UK/EU tuition fee set for each year. Visit the relevant degree page for full details.

*Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2017/18 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,165 in Year 0.

**Tuition Fee Scholarship discounts of £1,500 are available to eligible overseas students. Visit the International webpages for further information.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

Further information

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

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
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.

How to apply

Applications for BSc (Hons) Policing can be completed online.

For further details on the online application process, please read our guidance on how to apply online.

Further information

If you have any further questions about BSc (Hons) Policing, please contact Kizzie Mee  on 01843 609147.

"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 student


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