Professional Policing at University of Plymouth - UCAS

Course summary

Our Professional Policing degree is licensed by the UK College of Policing and is delivered by leading criminologists and former officers with 30 years’ experience at senior rank in the police service. The course will equip you with the skills and practical experience you need to work in law enforcement, security and all aspects of policing. Realistic crime scenes and immersive virtual reality scenarios will enhance your understanding of yourself and your place in policing by gaining deep appreciation of its fundamental philosophy and ethics and forming life-long habits of reflective practice. As Plymouth is the only University offering this degree in the Southwest Peninsula, you will enjoy a beautiful and exciting area with the unique and hidden challenges of policing in a rural, urban, and coastal environment.

  • Licenced by the UK College of Policing as a Pre-Join degree for all policing roles.
  • Open doors to careers in the private, public or third sector – highly transferable skills mean you will find opportunities in a diverse range of enforcement and investigative settings.
  • Taught by experienced former senior police officer and leading criminological academics linking academic theory to practice. This gives unprecedented access to real examples of the materials being taught such as major event management such as the Olympic torch relay in 2012.
  • Realistic crime scene investigations using real locations and scenarios which will test your forensic recovery skills as well as a sociological and criminological undertaking of why and how such crimes occur.
  • State of the art 3D virtual reality crime scenes to augment the live experience of crime investigation.
  • Participate in live suspect interviews using actors to develop your detective skills by real life engagement with the interview process.
  • Present your evidence of the case in a simulated court room and learn with our law students who will be practicing their own skills by cross-examining you in the court environment.


In your first year, you will start with a history of the modern police, their role and function and how they respond to public need and gain insights into roads policing and the trauma experienced by first responders. Then, understanding the causes of crime and applying criminological theory, you will problem-solve real policing issues by analysing criminal and community intelligence. In your second year, by immersing yourself in our realistic crime scene, you will form investigative hypotheses, interview live suspects, and develop policing skills to solve a murder scenario. You will then look at the ethics of the police; the police service operates in a risky environment with the need for fast paced but high-quality decision making. You will work through real-life case studies where the police have caused the death of a member of the public to enhance your decision-making capabilities under stress. In your final year, you will challenge your understanding of how to safeguard the vulnerable, protecting children and tackling extremist radicalisation and domestic abuse. Police corruption and cyber-crime are examined in depth, and you will be able to contribute to the development of evidenced-based policing through your dissertation research into real-world policing problems. The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry and up to date information can be found on our website.

Assessment method

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Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • College of Policing

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

The University of Plymouth has a dedicated International Student Advice (ISA) service who will support you from the day you accept an offer at the University, right through to graduation. They will offer help and advice so you can get the most out of your studies, and your time in the UK, visit for more information. Once you have applied through UCAS, your conditional offer letters will also be sent to you by email, so be sure to enter your current email address on your application and to check this email regularly. You'll need your unconditional letter, and the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that we'll send you, when applying for your student visa to the UK. A tuition fee deposit will be required before we'll send you the CAS. We're a licenced Sponsor under the Points Based System. To comply with our duties as a Sponsor, we're required to check other aspects of your application in addition to your academic achievements, for example any previous studies, financial status and your immigration history in the UK. For course entry requirements (inc. English requirements) please refer to the specific page for the course you are interested in ( A recognised English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) would be required or successful completion of one of the University's pre-sessional English Language courses. Check our country pages to find out more about application from your specific home country International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages If you have any questions please contact [email protected].

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE Maths and English at Grade C/ 4 or above are required for this course. Policing and Security Management pathway Ready to make a difference? The Policing and Security Management pathway is for those interested in a policing-related career and the academic study of policing and security management.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6With 5.5 in all elements.

Full details of English Language requirements can be found on our website.

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Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

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Professional Policing at University of Plymouth - UCAS