Blackpool and the Fylde College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Lancaster University

Professional Policing (Pre-Join)

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Course summary

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The Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) is a new, professional framework for the recruitment and training of police officers and police staff. From the 1st January 2020 successful appointment as a police officer in any one of the 43 Police Forces in England and Wales is now dependent, in part, upon the completion of a professional educational qualification. The professional body of the police service, the College of Policing recently introduced three new entry routes that supported entry into the police service. One of these routes is by the successful completion of a licenced pre-join degree. The pre-join programme provides you a three year degree in Professional Policing designed to equip you to work in the constantly changing landscape in which police personnel operate. Whilst the BA (Hons) Professional Policing (Pre-join) programme has been designed, primarily to align to the National Police Curriculum and as such the needs of students who wish to embark on a career in the police service, it may also be useful for those wishing to pursue careers in related areas such as; Police staff roles, the NCS (National Crime Agency), Armed Forces, Private Security Sector, UK Border Force, Intelligence Analyst or banking and similar organisations where investigative or practical legal knowledge are required. This programme is validated by the University of Lancaster. The programme is a Bachelors three year degrees comprising learning across levels 4, 5, 6, normally with 120 credits of assessment at each level. BA (Hons) Professional Policing may be awarded to students who have successfully completed and passed each module to obtain 360 credits of which 120 are at level 6. Students successfully completing 120 Level Four credits or above may be awarded the Certificate of HE whilst students successfully completing 240 Level Four and Five credits or above may be awarded the Diploma of HE.

Course details


Level 4 Modules Title Code Credits Options Introduction to Policing TH4MD300 20 Mandatory Police Powers TH4MD301 20 Mandatory Policing Contemporary Society TH4MD302 20 Mandatory Public Protection Risk and Vulnerability TH4MD303 20 Mandatory Crime Prevention and Detection TH4MD304 20 Mandatory Researching the Evidence Skills and Methods TH4MD305 20 Mandatory Level 5 Modules Title Code Credits Options Digital Policing for a Digital Age TH5MD316 20 Mandatory Fieldwork for Policing TH5MD317 20 Mandatory Ethics Integrity and Professional Standards TH5MD318 20 Mandatory Criminal Procedure and Investigation TH5MD319 20 Mandatory Criminal Justice Environment TH5MD320 20 Mandatory Crime Abuse and Human Behaviour TH5MD321 20 Mandatory Level 6 Modules Title Code Credits Options Evidence Based Project TH6MD291 40 Mandatory Working with Victims and Witnesses TH6MD292 20 Mandatory Community Cohesion and Strategic Policing TH6MD293 20 Mandatory Information and Intelligence Case Management TH6MD294 20 Mandatory Counter Terrorism TH6MD295 20 Mandatory

Assessment method

Coursework Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently. Exam Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below. Practical Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor. Assessment Method Level 4 Level 5 Level 6 Coursework 77% 62% 68% Exam 10% 10% 12% Practical 13% 28% 20%

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Typical IB Offer - Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall including 5 or above in English at standard level.

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Additional entry requirements


A minimum of 5 GCSEs including English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8750 Year 1
England £8750 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8750 Year 1
Scotland £8750 Year 1
Wales £8750 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note: our course fees are accurate at time of publishing. However, government information may change at short notice and we reserve the right to update our fees accordingly
Professional Policing (Pre-Join) at Blackpool and the Fylde College - UCAS