Professional Policing with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS

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Course summary

The police constable is the heartbeat of effective policing and this degree will give you all the knowledge required to start a career in this role. The course would also suit those who have an interest in other areas within the wider policing area, such as local government, civil service, the Home Office and risk management, amongst many others. This College of Policing accredited course offers a policing standard, knowledge-based examination of policing challenges and criminal justice processes and will help you to be able to make an informed choice about your future career destination within policing. This course is offered as a four-year programme. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate programme. Why study this subject? The College of Policing has indicated the qualifications to be a police officer include having a recognised apprenticeship or a degree, and our Professional Policing degree meets the requirements for the latter of these choices. Upon graduating from this degree, you’ll be able to join any police force in England and Wales within 5 years to put into practice the knowledge that you have learnt throughout your time with us. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? We’ve designed this pre-join course to help you become part of the exciting and demanding policing sector. Throughout the course you’ll hear from experienced practitioners delivering guest talks that cover contemporary policing topics and what they’ve experienced in their careers. You will be able to jump straight into the heart of policing matters with a programme that champions an ethical, values-based approach to policing through a high-quality, evidence-based educational course that encourages personal reflection and critical thinking whilst preparing learners for employability and continual professional development. The curriculum for this degree is rigorously mapped against the national learning standards defined by the College of Policing that have been identified as critical to 21st century policing. What facilities can I use? You’ll get to hone your professional skills in our Police Code of Practice Suite. This regularly updated facility includes a mock bedsit, custody desk and suspect interview room, as well as adjoining seminar rooms with a live audio and video feed. You’ll observe and understand theory by practising core policing processes such as arrest and interview of suspects, and searching premises, in a safe, controlled environment. What will I study? The curriculum for this degree has been rigorously mapped against the national learning standards defined by the College of Policing ensuring that our teaching is up-to-date and in line with the current policing landscape. In year one, you will be introduced to the significant legal and ethical responsibilities of a police constable through a thorough introduction of core professional policing principles. You will examine theoretical criminological concepts with a focus on practical application, alongside the growth of ‘plural policing’. In year two, you will cover topics such as community policing, risk, professional standards and public protection which will guide you towards ever more ethical professional policing practice. You’ll develop your understanding of more complex and serious criminal investigations, as well as operational policing priorities. In year three, you will explore complex and strategic policing issues, alongside operational policing challenges that front-line policing teams are typically responding to, and the conduct of ethical criminal investigations including the moral and legal considerations. You will also get to undertake a research policing project.


Foundation year Ways of Learning about the Social World Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility Inquiry Based Learning Year one Core Modules Introduction to Professional Policing Criminal Justice Legislation Professional Policing Standards Pluralised Policing Policing Processes Policing Concepts Year two Core Modules Professional Standards and Community Policing Public Protection Operational Decisions, Risk & Crime Operational Policing Priorities, Performance and Delivery Evidence Based Policing Evidence Based Policing Research Methods Year one Core Modules Conducting ethical criminal investigations – best practice Conducting ethical criminal investigations - professionalisation Operational policing challenges The strategic context of policing & complex challenge Evidence-based policing research project – preparation and implementation

Assessment method

Modules are delivered through a blended learning approach comprised of: lectures seminars simulated role play type scenarios carried out in our Police Code of Practice Suite research-based activities classroom-based discussion individual tutorials workshops. Formative assessment is a key feature of the programme, enabling early feedback to be given on progress and to help students improve their performance. Formative exercises may be conducted as a group or individually and may include poster presentations and simulated tasks within our Police Code of Practice Suite. Academic achievement will normally be demonstrated through completion of pieces of coursework such as essays, reports, presentations, portfolios and projects, or by sitting formal examinations and time-constrained assessments. The University also has a dedicated academic skills centre, Student Learning and Achievement, which can provide additional support in areas such as presentations skills, time-management, academic reading, referencing or academic writing, research for essay preparation and how to prepare effectively for examinations in addition to being assigned a personal tutor from the academic team.

Professional bodies

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

  • College of Policing

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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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

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 £15000* Year 1
International £15000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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Professional Policing with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS