Professional Policing - Accelerated at The University of Law - UCAS

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Course summary

The course is a two year intensive, accelerated degree in Professional Policing that will provide students with knowledge of the ethics, skills and attitudes that are critical to 21st century policing. The two year programme is ideal for focused and ambitious students who want to progress from their studies into employment through as fast a route as possible. The University of Law is licensed by the College of Policing to offer the Pre-join Degree in Professional Policing; a qualification recognised by police services that is achieved prior to recruitment. Home Office Forces are currently transitioning to the new professionalised entry routes, this means demand for students from these routes will increase. We work closely together with the College of Policing and the uplift programme regarding our policing programmes. The Degree in Professional Policing has been designed to meet the requirements of the College of Policing National Curriculum for the role of a Police Constable under the National Policing Education Qualifications Framework. There is a high level of face-to-face tuition and students will be taught by a team of experts from a variety of backgrounds to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice system and operational policing, and provide the foundations of legal, psycho-social and criminological knowledge with regard to areas encountered in policing and investigative practice. The course is delivered over two semesters and a summer term per academic year. The students study nine modules per year. In the first year there is a choice of optional modules. Students will be provided with key transferable skills relating to analysis, communication, decision-making, autonomy and team-work. The aim of the program is to provide students with all of the knowledge needed to become a police officer in the UK, prior to joining a police force but it will also be of interest to students considering a career in the wider security and criminal Justice Sector. The Degree in Professional Policing has a currency of 5 years for recruitment (post-graduation) and it is important to note that application and recruitment to a police force is a separate process from the study on the pre-join degree. There is no guarantee that successful completion of the programme will lead to an employment opportunity. The Police Service has its own selection procedure and eligibility criteria and advice on these requirements should be sought from the Police Service.


Year One: In Semester 1 students study four Level 4 modules: • Understanding the Police Constable Role & Professional Standards • The Criminal Justice System, Key Legislation, Offences & Civil Matters • Foundation for Operational Policing Skills: Decision making, Discretion & Problem Solving • Introduction to Criminology, Crime Prevention & Key Psychological Concepts. In Semester 2 students study the following: • Core Principles of Evidence Based Policing, Information & Intelligence (Level 4) • Introduction to Vulnerability & Risk (Level 4) • Community Policing, Anti-social Behaviour & Introduction to Road Policing (Level 5) • Level 5 Optional module (one of 4 choices): o Forensic & Criminal Psychology o Zemiology – Social Harms o Youth & Crime o Cybercrime In the Summer Term, students will study Response Policing & Police Investigation (Level 5). Year Two: In Semester 1, students study the following modules: • Public Protection: Understanding Abuse & Impact (Level 5) • Information, Intelligence & Digital Policing (Level 5) • Custody, Interview & Criminal Justice (Level 5) • Responding to Major & Critical Incidents (Level 6) In Semester 2, students study the following Level 6 modules: • Supporting those at Risk of Harm & Victims of Internet Facilitated Crimes • Investigating Serious Crime, Understanding Terrorism & Transnational Organised Crime • Counter Terrorism & Advanced Road Policing • Research Methods & Dissertation In the Summer Term students complete the research and writing up of their Dissertation.

Assessment method

Assessments are spread out throughout the duration of the course, rather than having lots of exams at the end of the year. This means at the end of each semester, you have a revision/consolidation week followed by two weeks for assessment in each module. A wide range of assessment methods will be used across all modules to ensure that all programme outcomes can be demonstrated by students. These include unseen essay type exams, Knowledge and Reasoning Exams, Mock Scenarios, Reflective & Critical Essays, Posters, Case Studies. This variety of approach reflects more closely the practical focus of the programme, and the assessment instruments test more accurately and with greater realism the knowledge, skills and attributes required of students. It also helps to remove barriers to some students who might perform better in different types of assessments.

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

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We also consider partial or full UK Degree Study – must have a minimum of 120 credits with an overall average mark of 50% for all credits completed. Please note: We assess your most recent awarded or attempt of a qualification(s) towards entry to our programme so it is important that you include all recent study on your application.

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English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7IELTS 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6.5 in each component.

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

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £11100* Year 1
EU £20350 Year 1
England £11100* Year 1
Northern Ireland £11100* Year 1
Scotland £11100* Year 1
Wales £11100* Year 1
Channel Islands £11100* Year 1
International £20350 Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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Professional Policing - Accelerated at The University of Law - UCAS