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Course summary

The BA Professional Policing degree is modular in structure, studied over a three-year period full time. The undergraduate degree offers a stimulating and challenging learning experience that allows you to develop an informed and practical understanding of professional policing. The course has a blend of theory and practice rooted in the principles and core requirements of policing. The course provides a learning environment that supports you with the independent exploration of ideas, helping you to draw upon your own experience as a learner and, as potential police officers, to develop a passion for policing. You will have opportunities to develop skills in problem-solving, effective communication, negotiation and leadership. The course seeks to equip you for postgraduate study, professional training and graduate employment in the commercial sector as well as the public and third sector. Successful graduates from this course will be eligible to apply to the Police Service. This course does not however guarantee entry or acceptance into the Police Service. You will still be required to apply to a police service through the normal recruitment process, this degree qualification does NOT give you automatic entry into the role of a police constable. It is also important to note that in respect of using this degree for recruitment into policing, it has a currency of 5 years following graduation. For further information about applying to the police service please visit the College of Policing website. What does it cover? The course will cover a range of areas across your three years of study and an indicative list is provided below: Understanding the Police Constable Role Vulnerability and Risk Problem Solving Decision-making and Discretion Maintaining Professional Standards Research Methods and Skills Evidence-based Policing (including work-related learning) Digital Policing Criminal Justice Systems Criminology and Crime Prevention Counter Terrorism Policing Communities Information and Intelligence Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline and/or the requirements of the professional body.


For a list of modules for years 1, 2, and 3 of the degree please visit the Professional Policing page on the Newman University website. We pride ourselves on giving good academic and individual support to each of our students.

Assessment method

Our aim is to provide you with an opportunity to experience authentic approaches to assessment to reflect the kinds of tasks you would undertake within and across the police service. Some of these assessments will be individual tasks and others in group work settings. The different methods of assessment may include:

  • essays
  • presentations
  • portfolios
  • case studies
  • practical skills such as negotiation
  • reflective journals.
The assessment tasks are carefully selected to enable you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills across a range of subject and skill areas and to have the best opportunity to demonstrate these effectively to succeed at all stages of your study. Tutors are on hand to provide guidance and support on the assessment process.

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

This course is currently not accepting applications from international learners.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, on enrolment and in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).
Professional Policing at Newman University, Birmingham - UCAS