Professional Policing with Foundation Year at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS

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Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. Course summary

  • Join a course that’s licensed by the College of Policing.
  • Learn from experienced policing professionals and academics.
  • Make a positive impact at our Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice.
  • Develop practical skills and theoretical knowledge for twenty-first century policing.
  • Engage in lawful, safe, and effective front-line policing, exploring ethical practices, human rights and justice.
On this course, you’ll prepare for the fast-moving world of policing. Following a specially developed curriculum licensed by the College of Policing, you’ll study a wide range of theoretical and legislative subjects to help you develop into an excellent applicant for a career in policing. If you don't meet the entry requirements for this course, or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study, we recommend you join the foundation year. How you learn All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. You’ll learn from expert academics who have a breadth of knowledge and experience in professional policing and criminal justice – and who are active in scholarly and professional multi-disciplinary research and practice. You’ll learn in our internationally-recognised research centre, the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice – with opportunities to benefit from collaboration with local, national and international policing partners. Key Themes As the curriculum aligns to the College of Policing knowledge base for Professional Policing, you’ll study topics relating to core policing practices while engaging in professional development. You’ll also focus on key areas linked to policing – including counter terrorism, digital policing and modern slavery. During the course you’ll gain industry experience by working with policing and criminal justice partners and placements opportunities. Applied learning Throughout the course, you’ll have the opportunity to apply your developing knowledge of policing to police practice – with class-based activities, professional projects and engagement with policing professionals. Work Placements You’ll have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you valuable work experience to prepare you for your future career – and allows you to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV. You’ll also be encouraged to seek work-based opportunities through membership of the Special Constabulary, as well as other virtual and in-person voluntary opportunities, in our local area and across the globe. Live Projects We have strong relationships with local and national criminal justice stakeholders – including the police, probation service and third sector agencies. They support learning and knowledge generation in Sheffield and the South Yorkshire region through our local, national and international networks. These professional links enable us to provide opportunities for you to undertake a range of live research projects, and to learn about police practice with professionals from across the world. These opportunities include international placements, as well as incoming and outgoing international study tours. Networking Opportunities You’ll have the opportunity to network with professionals through seminars, internal and external speaker programmes, our student-led policing society, and our guest lecture programme. These opportunities include working within The Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice on local, national and international events and activities.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. Year 1 Compulsory modules The Exploration Of Law, Crime, Justice And Society Elective Modules Social Justice In Action The Practice Of Law And Policing Year 2 Compulsory modules Operational Policing: Counter Terrorism & Digital Policing Police Problem-Solving Professional & Academic Skills In Policing The Role Of Police Officers, Operational Powers & Legislation Year 3 Compulsory modules Applied Police Problem-Solving Applying Academic & Professional Standards In Policing Operational Policing: Core Policing Practice Operational Policing: Vulnerability & Risk Year 4 Optional Module Placement Year Final year Compulsory modules Applied Investigation & Interviewing Skills Evidence-Based Policing Project Large Scale Incidents & Specialist Response Personal & Professional Development

Assessment method

Coursework, Exam, Practical

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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Additional entry requirements


Please note that this information is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

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Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £16655 Year 1
International £16655 Year 1

Additional fee information

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees:

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Professional Policing with Foundation Year at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS