BSc single honours Professional Policing 2020/21

Year of entry

Policing is becoming ever more specialist and undergoing many changes. CCCU has over 20 years of experience of delivering police education designed to meet the needs of the profession. We have always sought to embed professional requirements within our provision and our current programme is being amended to ensure that it meets emerging professional requirements as set out in the Policing Education and Qualifications Framework (PEQF) and to satisfy the awarding of a College of Policing Licence.

The programme will give you a strong grounding in the theory and practice of policing, You will gain a broad understanding of crime and the criminal justice system, as well as the diversity of the police role and will gain practical experience through volunteering within the criminal justice system, giving you the a great start to your career.  You will explore areas including:

  • Key policing legislation and procedures
  • Criminal justice system
  • Crime prevention
  • Criminal investigations
  • Policing communities
  • Evidence-based policing and research methods

The aims of the BSc (Hons) Professional Policing are to provide you with the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of:

  • · the police, their partners and other organisations involved in policing and criminal justice;
  • contemporary policing issues and how these are addressed through evidence-based policing and practice;
  • basic police practices, policies and procedures in England and Wales;
  • the underlying and essential legislative and procedural responsibilities of a police officer;
  • of the principles underpinning maintenance of order nationally and in the community and the responsibilities of a police officer towards them;

It will also provide an opportunity to achieve the pre-entry requirement for the role of a warranted Police Constable as well as pursue other careers related to policing and criminal justice, as well as relevant postgraduate programmes.

On each year of the programme, you will study core policing topics such as key legislation and procedure, criminal investigation, community policing and evidence-based policing. Your studies in year one will provide a broad and general introduction to the police and policing. In your second and third years you will typically have an opportunity to take more specialist modules in areas such as terrorism and political violence, criminal psychology, major crime investigations and cybercrime. The programme also includes work-based learning opportunities to provide you with important practical learning. You are encouraged to become a volunteer within the criminal justice system, such as in a local police organisations as special constables, in victim support or rehabilitation of offenders within the community.

BSc (Hons) Professional Policing  at CCCU builds on over two decades of expertise in delivering policing programmes. Our staff have a mix of academic expertise and professional practice in policing, and we are actively involved in research and debates on policing. For example, the author team behind Blackstone’s Handbook for Policing Students hail from CCCU. The University is experienced in developing partnerships and we have good links with police services locally as well as international connections with police academies and colleges e.g. in The Netherlands, Finland, Estonia and Lithuania. 

BSc (Hons) Professional Policing will provide you with an academic and vocational understanding of policing and also serve as an introduction to a career with the police. BSc (Hons) Professional Policing embeds the National Policing Curriculum as set by the College of Policing and draws upon a number of disciplinary strands ranging from criminology, law, politics, psychology, forensic science, sociology and philosophy. 

BSc (Hons) Professional Policing will appeal to you if you are interested in joining the police as a warranted officer, but also if you are keen on other policing careers. Increasingly, policing is performed by many organisations, and police services likewise employ a significant number of non-warranted employees (this will typically amount to 30-40% of a police service’s overall workforce).

Similarly, if you wish to develop specialist knowledge in closely related/interdependent fields to policing – crime and policing research, criminal psychology, police governance (Police and Crime Commissioners), civil emergencies/contingencies – then this will be on offer too and will equip you for pursuing careers in wider fields particularly in the criminal justice sector.

"The course is ideal for anyone aiming for a career within the police service as well as those looking to go into other roles within the law enforcement and security sector. The course material provides students with all the necessary knowledge as well as the necessary skills for the practical application of it within a working environment. The staff themselves have a vast knowledge from their own careers within policing, allowing them to provide invaluable guidance to the students.”

Alex Davies, Policing student

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

more info

The programme will emphasise the diversity of the police role by drawing upon a variety of contexts in which policing is applied. This will include debates concerning moves to foster a commitment to interagency work, the legal and ethical parameters and duties involved, criminological theories, the application of scientific methods and the development of policing skills.

The attributes and qualities associated with policing are highly valued and sought after in many areas of professional life. Many other possible career opportunities follow from graduating with BSc (Hons) Professional Policing. These include the civil service, local government, the courts, the Prison Service, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, charitable and voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice sector, community safety organisations, National Crime Agency, the security service, Border Force and the private sector security industry.

We also believe BSc (Hons) Professional Policing will arm you as a graduate with learning in new and emerging crime and policing trends such as cybersecurity, evidence-based policing, and crime science and so on. Such knowledge will undoubtedly become increasingly valuable in financial, commercial and technological employment environments.

Work experience

To provide practical experience, you will be encouraged to become a volunteer within the criminal justice system as part of your studies. For instance, you may decide to volunteer in a local police organisation as a special constable, in victim support or with the rehabilitation of offenders within the community.

Other information

Previously, the School has offered study visits for policing students. These trips have included riot training with Kent Police, study visits to the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Police Service of The Netherlands. These trips are aimed at providing students with a professional insight into different policing organisations within the UK and in Europe and are subject to availability.

The external examiner system is the principal external means, on a continuous basis, for assuring the maintenance of quality, academic standards and comparability across the higher education sector. BSc (Hons) Professional Policing has an academic and a professional external examiner to ensure both academic rigour and professional relevance of the programme.

"Policing Suite offers engaging yet diverse courses with many options of modules to choose from. It's incredible how the course gives you the option to specialise in a specific pathway, Canterbury Christ Church being the only university in the country with this choice. The first year really gives an insight into all aspects of policing, setting you up perfectly for the next academic year. The lecturers passion for their modules makes the university experience more pleasant."

Sarah Elgezouli, Policing student

Core modules

The full value of this degree is 360 credits

Year 1

During your first year, you will develop core skills and standards for policing, and gain an understanding of the police constable role. The modules introduce you to key legislation and powers and areas such as roads policing and response policing. You will also explore the criminal justice system and how to tell what works in policing activities such as crime prevention.

Core Policing 1

This module is specifically designed to provide you with a basic introduction to police powers and legislation governing police work. The areas of study addressed will be linked to key underpinning issues such as ethics and values of the police service, how police powers are to be used in a fair and justified way, risk assessments and officer safety and a critical examination of police powers under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and responses to various types of policing incidents.  It will consider legislation and policies, introduce basic offences and areas of policing relating to a response officer’s role.

Introduction to Professional Policing

This module introduces the role of the police constable and the need to maintain professional standards, exploring the history and development of the police service in the UK and the constitutional position of the police, legitimacy and accountability. You will consider the responsibilities of those charged with ensuring the police deliver a professional service (e.g. the Home Office and Police and Crime Commissioners), the powers of police officers, and how the service works with other agencies to provide an effective and national and international service. You will consider the level of professional standards required and the consequences associated with failing to comply with them. The module will also introduce you to key study skills such as using the library and online sources, academic writing, critical thinking, analysis and argument, communication and presentation skills, referencing skills, working in teams and reflective practice.

Crime Science and Problem Solving

The module explores the general philosophy of science and outlines the scientific method and its application to policing. It will explore criminological theories and how these theories are used in various crime investigation techniques with a specific examination of Geographical Profiling, Predictive Policing and Problem Solving. You will also have to opportunity to apply these to real life scenarios and present the findings to the group.

The module also introduces the concepts of forensic science, looking at the duties of the police at the scenes of crime and what procedures must be followed and why.

The Criminal Justice System and How to Tell What Works

The module considers the different stages of the justice process (e.g. the police, HMPPS, HM Courts and Tribunals) for the purposes of developing an understanding of the interactions of the various organisations at all levels. Appropriate legislation underpinning the work of the Criminal Justice System will be discussed (e.g. detaining and escorting suspects, victim/witness support through proceedings, sentencing options, issues surrounding disclosure). Further topics include, for example, equality and diversity, ethics, psychological theories surrounding offending, and victimisation. You will gain an understanding of how we can assess ‘What Works’ within the Criminal Justice System, exploring Evidence-based policing and core research designs and methods.

Criminology and Crime Prevention

This module focuses on situational, biological, sociological and psychological theories on crime and their relevance to policing, along with a study of national crime preventative strategies and tools. It will investigate crime, victimisation and harm, the relationship between offenders and victims, including risk and vulnerability. It also explores sociological, political and criminological considerations of crime and crime control policies and practices, with a view to evaluating the benefits that such an understanding can have on operational policing and decision making. The module will further discuss policing strategies and specific crime prevention initiatives, with a view to measuring their success against crime/victimisation and public support.

Law and Politics of Policing

This module will begin by explaining the conceptual distinction between policing and the police, before examining competing arguments concerning the organisation of police in the United Kingdom. The module will also consider the legal, political and social dimensions of police work and associated concerns regarding the governance of policing within a democratic context. Key concepts associated with policing in the United Kingdom, such as police discretion, policing by consent and the use of force will be examined, together with police powers and authority. Students will also be introduced to the relationships between the police and the individual, the state, communities and other institutions and organisations.

Year 2

The second year further explores key areas such as criminal investigation, community policing and response policing. You will have an opportunity to develop your professional decision-making skills by taking part in simulation exercise in our Hydra Suite. During this year you will also be introduced to the ‘wicked problems’ modern policing needs to tackle, such as digital policing and cybercrime, terrorism and political violence, public protection, vulnerability and risk.

Core Policing 2

The module will focus on how police powers should be used in an ethical manner. It introduces a number of offences relating to roads policing and will consider how an initial police response is delivered, how these offences are investigated and offenders bought to justice.  Fundamental aspects of a police officer’s duty will be explored, such as crime investigation skills, Golden hour principles and first officer response actions. The legislation and policy surrounding gathering and handling of police Intelligence and information will be critically explored and legislation specifically relevant to police intelligence examined in detail.

Criminal Investigation

The module examines the philosophy and practice of criminal investigation, tracing its history and exploring ethical issues relating to the rule of law, human rights, the legal process, and investigative failings. The module identifies key investigative skills required of detectives, focusing on the structure of an investigation, investigative principles and influences, as well as investigative decision-making. It illustrates how the police employ various experts to aid their investigations, and how an investigation can demonstrate a multidisciplinary approach. The module will also focus on particular offences together with corresponding legislation (for example, introduction to sexual offences, fraud, murder and manslaughter). Strategies, such as investigative interviewing will be explored, as will key legislation covering all aspects of police investigations.

Community Policing and Work-Based Learning

This module focuses on the models of community and neighbourhood policing, their history, impact of politics as well as how effective communication can encourage co-operation and perceptions of confidence in the police service. The module will examine the support partners can offer in a community context and the barriers to working effectively with partner agencies. The importance of community engagement will be fully examined, including the strengths and weaknesses of different forms of engagement and how to maximise community cohesion. Understanding and examination of anti-social behaviour and the impact this has on a community is a key aspect of finding ways of preventing it. The module embeds work-based learning opportunities via a volunteering placement and partnership working with the local police when possible.

Wicked Problems in Policing

Wicked Problems in Policing is a module specifically designed to provide you with a critical understanding of how interconnected policing issues are in operational terms.

Throughout you will not only be introduced to wicked problems in policing but will be asked to take a critical stand to them, considering ethics, equality, and diversity, in the context of professional policing. You will gain a critical understanding of vulnerability and risk through examples such as child sexual exploitation and street gangs. Closely related is the area of public protection, examining areas of abuse, police misuse of power and investigative biases, or how public protection works in real life (i.e. multi-agency work). You will also develop knowledge relating to the area of digital policing, exploring technology as an investigative aid but also as supporting the committing of crime. Finally, the module analyses the issue of counter-terrorism and relevant processes and legislation.

Decision-Making Theory and Practice in Policing

This module offers an opportunity to explore the link between theory and practice in and the emerging arena of critical incident management. To reflect this appropriately the module will address decision-making and psychological theory in application to contemporary decision-making contexts in policing. The module examines specific decision-making models, personal and collective decision-making, leadership and team functioning, environmental constraints and stressors. It considers the application of critical incident understanding in different contexts practically, e.g., murder investigation, road death, arson, safeguarding children, missing persons and fire-arms use. You will also have an opportunity to take part in a Hydra exercise and experience a simulated decision-making environment.

Cybercrime and Digital Policing

This module will investigate the pervasive nature of digital technology and how cybercrime is perceived and discussed in society, politics and the media. The module will also explore the growth digital devices and the Internet and how this growth creates opportunities for criminal activities and offending. There will be a review of how our digital assets and activities in cyberspace are protected, as well as the challenge to understand cyber risk and deliver effective accessible security. The module will also examine the increasing dependency of the UK population upon such information and communications infrastructures and the threats we face regarding the ability of individuals and organisations to respond to the security challenges and risks. The module will examine case studies and the offences associated with cyber hacking, cyberterrorism, frauds, thefts, scams and cons.

Year 3

During year three, the focus turns to developing your skills in research methods and evidence-based policing, allowing you to design an individual project to research a key policing issue. You also continue exploring response policing and relevant legislation, policy and procedure.

Core Policing 3

This module follows on from Core policing 1 and 2. Using your understanding from previous modules, you will examine and understand the legislation and policies and resource issues involved in the complex area of public protection. You will be required to undertake ta critical examination of police powers under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 in relation to interviewing suspects and consider how interviews are used to progress a criminal investigation. Throughout the module you will be required to consider the ethics of policing and the cultural and political issues that arise in such complex policing operations.

Changes and Challenges 

This module is structured around three interconnected themes, each which will be examined at global, UK national and Kent local level. Firstly, the module explores some of the trends and drivers of crime, disorder, inequalities and injustices. The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals provide a broad sense-making framework to consider the interconnected nature and global-local dimension of many of the issues encountered during every day policing such as terrorism and human trafficking. The second theme focuses on understanding the changing nature of policing, and how the reforms in the UK fit into the broader global policing ‘trends’ and how changes is implemented and adapted to at local level. Finally, the module explores some of the international structures and dynamics of policing. It provides an introduction to some of the differing models and roles of law enforcement agencies in different countries and key supranational policing bodies such as Europol, Interpol and UNPol. The issues surrounding international policing strategies, responses and cooperation are examined, particularly in light of UK’s changing relationship with EU. 

Evidence-Based Policing and Research Methods

This module builds upon the theoretical understanding of Evidence Based Policing and Research Methods gained during previous years. You will now be able to put it to the practical use, via commonly used data analyses in qualitative (e.g. thematic analysis, IPA, discourse analysis) and quantitative (e.g. descriptives, t-tests, regressions, ANOVAs) research methods. This will be done in the context of policing research so that you can understand how different research design and data analyses inform practice.

Individual Study

You will undertake an extended study under the supervision of a member of staff.  The area for research will effectively be an extension of your studies and may be proposed by you or based on suggestions made by tutors. Whilst majority of the studies will be based on an extensive review, analysis and evaluation of the literature, but empirical studies will be entertained should the student have undertaken the co-requisite Evidence-Based Policing and Research Methods module. Conducting in-depth research, review the literature and sources, enables you to construct a well-reasoned argument, encourages reflective learning practices and challenges preconceptions surrounding police practice.

Likely optional modules

Evidence Relating to Criminal Investigation (20 credits)

The main aims of the module are to develop your knowledge and understanding of evidential issues and how these relate to police investigations in the UK. The module requires you to become acquainted with legislation and current case law. In addition you will acquire a knowledge and understanding of the legal process both pre- and post-­trial.

Psychology and the Criminal Justice System (20 credits)

This module aims to give you an introductory understanding of forensic psychology and its impact on the criminal justice system. It will explore how psychology has changed criminal justice procedures, impacted on police practice and given a better understanding of people involved in the criminal justice system such as: perpetrators, victims and witnesses. Special attention will be paid to vulnerable people with lectures on addiction and mental health. Additionally, this module will explore the psychology of the court process and the prison system utilising psychology to understand trial proceedings, the impact of psychological processes on sentencing and the application of psychology to the treatment of offenders.

International Policing – Structures and Dynamics (20 credits)

The aim of the module is to provide you with the opportunity to develop knowledge of the structures which regulate international policing. It also aims to develop the student’s critical understanding of the dynamics which determine the forms and priorities of international policing.

Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Investigation

The module will investigate how cybercrime is perceived and discussed in society, politics and the media; and will examine the kinds of questions that criminologists ask about cybercrime. The module will also explore the growth of the Internet and how this growth creates opportunities for criminal activities and offending. There will be a review of how our digital assets and activities in cyberspace are protected, as well as the challenge to understand cyber risk and deliver effective accessible security. The module will also examine the increasing dependency of the UK population upon such information and communications infrastructures and the threats we face regarding the ability of individuals and organisations to respond to the security challenges and risks. The module will examine case studies and the offences associated with cyber hacking, cyberterrorism, frauds, thefts, scams and cons.

Year 3

In the third year of your studies, you can select two optional modules. Typical options include

Investigating Rape and Domestic Abuse (20 credits)

This module critically examines the police investigation of rape (as well as other serious sexual assaults), and domestic abuse. It enhances your knowledge in relation to previous studies of criminal investigation, by developing your ability to critically analyse all aspects of the police response to rape. Similarly, the same critical analysis will take place in relation to the police response to domestic abuse. It is no surprise that the police response to both of these types of crimes has attracted much criticism in the past. This module will analyse to what extent the police have improved, and discuss how they conduct their modern investigations in the wider criminal justice setting, and in partnership with other agencies. All content will be discussed against the backdrop of research relating to sexual and violent offending, case studies and case law. Some criminal justice practitioners will be invited to speak in order to add a practical element to the module.

Psychology of Serious and Prolific Offending (20 credits)

The module aims to explore specialist areas of research and application within criminal and forensic psychology, particularly in relation to serious and prolific offending behaviours and ways to address them. The module will critically evaluate the strengths and limitations of the featured research and literature and in doing so facilitate your development of both subject specific and transferable skills appropriate to the level of study.

Policing Terrorism and Political Violence in the UK (20 credits)

This module aims to give you an understanding of the emerging arena of critical incident management in policing, with a focus in application to the policing of terrorism in the UK. Critical incident management has a broad definition and wide application in practice. The module will consider diverse case studies which examine in practice issues of decision making processes in controversial police decision making in policing, and capture the critical instance learning points from these instances. The module will consider policing terrorism in contemporary society, history, philosophy, morals and ethics, decision making and balancing priorities and audiences. The multi-faceted dynamics surrounding, human rights, models of policing terrorism (intelligence, community etc.), CONTEST, radicalisation and the law will come together, offering a focused examination of theory and practice in policing the problem of terrorism and political violence in the UK.

Beyond Policing: Issues of International Justice (20 credits)

The main aim of this module is to provide you with a critical understanding of the relevance of international responses and the risks to Human Rights of global issues where policing is unable to provide an adequate response. Such issues include the arrest of Slobodan Milosevic and the prosecution of the War on Terror. This will include an analysis of the role of intergovernmental agencies such as the Council of Europe, the International Criminal Court and the United Nations Organisation as well as non­governmental bodies such as Amnesty International.

"The Policing Suite at Christ Church has allowed me to pick and create my own degree with the different speciality pathways. I’m able to study modules that I’m interested in, and specialise in key areas according to what I want my future to be. Despite being called ‘Policing’ many students find their interest turning to other law and criminal justice bodies throughout the course, so in no way is this course a straight pathway to just joining the police force."

Emilia Clarke, Policing student

BSc (Hons) Policing has been designed to prepare you for a policing career which is becoming ever more specialist. Private policing is expanding and public policing is going through a dynamic professionalisation process. BSc (Hons) Policing offers a comprehensive response to all three developments.

New exciting careers are emerging in wider policing and security fields as well as the evolving specialist requirements of policing and private policing sector interests, such as tackling cybercrime and fraud. Our qualifications will be of assistance in pursuing a specialist police staff role (as opposed to be being a police officer) and also joining national police organisations such as the National Crime Agency. Importantly too, BSc (Hons) Policing will also prepare you for other justice related public sector employment including the Border Force, UK Visas and Immigration, prisons, the civil service, offender rehabilitation and the armed forces. 

"The School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing at Canterbury Christ Church University is a truly outstanding academic institution that combines a theoretical examination of the policing environment with practical experience to provide students with a unique insight into this ever-changing field. The courses are staffed by highly experienced, knowledgeable and passionate lecturers who take a real pride in the subject they are teaching, as well as the intellectual development of their students. The courses offered at Christ Church are not only an excellent precursor to any career within the law enforcement sector, but also encourage substantial academic exploration amongst their students which is a valuable asset to those students considering further post-graduate study. This combined with a friendly, welcoming and vibrant university atmosphere makes this a thoroughly enjoyable course with real long term employment prospects."

Steve England, Policing graduate


Tuition Fees for 2020/21 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

Course specific costs

Field Trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc)

Northern Ireland Study Visit:
Approximately £120.00 covering accommodation and travel, to be paid at least six weeks before the trip.

Netherlands Study Visit:
Approximately £120.00 covering accommodation, travel and some meals, to be paid at least six weeks before the trip.

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.


All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2020.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and online activities, while some modules may also include practical workshops. Other experiential learning opportunities come from use of Hydra Suite (some optional modules) and study trips (subject to availability).

Your actual contact hours will depend on the optional modules you select. However, typically this is 6-10h of timetabled sessions per week in addition to which you will have an opportunity to meet with members of staff for one-to-one tutorials.

In year 2, you will undertake a volunteering placement that allows you learn within workplace context and develop valuable skills for employment.

Your final year Individual Study project lets you research a particular policing issue in-depth.

Independent learning

Independent learning, individually and with other students, is key to your success on BSc Policing. In addition to attending timetabled sessions, you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves engaging with recommended readings, completing research tasks in preparation to sessions, interacting with other students and staff on the university's Virtual Learning Environment, keeping up with news and events relating to policing, and working on assessments.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

For the Individual Study project in year three, you will undertake independent research. You will work under the supervision of a member of the course team. You will meet with your supervisor regularly.

Overall workload

Your overall workload typically consists of 6-12 contact hours per week. You will undertake 18-24 hours of independent learning and assessment activity. In addition, there may be study trips. For each 20-credit module, your study time is about 10 hours a week.

Academic input

A number of the staff teaching on Policing Suite are ex-police officers, bringing in wealth of professional experience in addition to their academic credentials. The rest have strong academic expertise in policing or related disciplines (e.g. criminology, psychology, forensic investigation). Most staff teaching on the course are senior lecturers, with some input also provided by university instructors, including some of our current postgraduate students. Staff are involved in active research, ensuring the programme engages with the current policing issues.


The course provides you with opportunities to receive formative feedback on your work before submitting formal assessments that count towards your final mark.

Each module has its 'summative' assessment, the grades from which count toward your module mark. Such assignments include for example essays, presentations, reports, case studies and literature reviews. A number of modules are also assessed by examinations or tests, such as essay or multiple choice exams.

For your final year Individual Study project you will assigned a supervisor who will provide feedback on your plans, research and drafts as you progress.


You will receive feedback on all assessments undertaken. This is is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. 

Students enrolling on BSc (Hons) Professional Policing with the intention of joining the police service on graduation are strongly encouraged to consider the police entry requirements (e.g. security vetting, health and fitness) before applying for entry on to the degree. Although the programme meets the Police Constable entry requirements, the completion does not guarantee entry to a police service post. It is important that prospective students make the necessary enquiries with police services and/or their General Practitioner (GP) regarding entry requirements for employment and are aware of any implications for pre-existing medical conditions, criminal records or cautions. Levels of fitness are the applicant’s responsibility.

Entry Routes to the Police and the College of Policing License

From 1 Jan 2020, policing will become a graduate profession and gaining a L6 qualification (a Bachelor’s degree) will be a requirement for the office of Police Constable. There are three different entry routes to the police:

  1. Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship: 'earn while you learn', you join the police and study for your degree during the three-year probationer period
  2. Degree Holder Entry Programme: aimed at people holding any other degree than #3 below who enter the police. You are expected to study for two-year graduate diploma in policing once you start
  3. A pre-join Degree in Professional Policing: a specific programme that is licensed by College of Policing and incorporates the National Policing Curriculum

Subject to validation, we will be offering the Pre-join Degree in Professional Policing, which embed the National Policing Curriculum

The degree has a currency of 5 years following graduation for recruitment into policing. This means that your degree allows you to apply to the Police Constable role through the ‘Pre-Join Degree in Professional Policing’ route up to 5 years after graduation. Any later than that, and it will no longer qualify, this is because professional policing requires candidates to maintain an up to date knowledge and understanding of current policing issues and practices. 

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 long­standing 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.

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 Computing. The book has been used by the majority of 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 Policing Suite. 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.


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UCAS course code

  • L435

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 3 years full-time

    6 years part-time


  • September 2020

Typical contact hours per week

  • 6-12 hours

Entry requirements

  • 96-120 UCAS Tariff points. More entry requirement details.

    The programme will welcome applications from students with non-traditional qualifications and from low participation neighbourhoods. In such circumstances, where a student does not fully meet traditional criteria, flexibility is provided by assessing suitability by way of a face-to-face interview with the Programme Director and examining a sample of previously written work provided by the student. Please contact the programme team via to discuss.



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