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Course summary

Course overview

  • Take a step towards becoming a highly skilled, multi-competent Police Constable. This Professional Policing Foundation Entry Degree leads on to a full BSc (Hons) programme.
  • Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to directly enter their chosen Honours degree programme. The BSc (Hons) Professional Policing is pre-recognised by the police service as one of the entry routes for the role of police constable.
  • You’ll learn a broad spectrum of policing practice including; response policing, policing communities, policing the roads, information and intelligence and conducting investigations.
  • There’s also a focus on developing professional responsibility in areas such as the study of vulnerability and risk, digital policing and counter terrorism.
Why study with us
  • Your learning is reinforced by practical experience, achieved through operational deployment rotations across five areas of professional practice.
  • Our School has outstanding facilities including Forensic Crime Scene Houses and the Hydra Minerva Suite for disaster management simulation.
  • Opportunities within the University and the police force will develop your knowledge, skills and behaviours, helping you achieve academic and operational competence.
Further information
  • The police service has its own selection procedure and entry requirements, which include physical requirements as well as background and vetting enquiries. Further detail is included in the course handbook.
  • As you’ll be working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children, you’ll need a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We’ll be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study here. If your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check proves to be unsatisfactory, your offer of a place may be withdrawn.
  • If you’ve already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be asked to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you think your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.


Year 1; Study Skills, Key Issues in Law & Criminology, Introduction to Forensic Science, Professional Policing Investigation Project. Year 2: Initial Policing Knowledge & Skills, Initial Professional Responsibility and Initial Core Policing. Year 3: Continuing Policing Knowledge & Skills, Continuing Professional Responsibility and Continuing Core Policing. Year 4; Advanced Policing Knowledge & Skills, Coaching & Mentoring, Advanced Core Policing and Specialist Research Project.

Assessment method

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with no component score less than 5.5 (To have been taken within two years of the course commencement date)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6000 Year 1
Scotland £6000 Year 1
Wales £6000 Year 1
Channel Islands £6000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note fees for the foundation year will be £6,000, and then £9,250 per year for the remainder of the course. *subject only to annual increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
Professional Policing (Foundation Entry) at University of Central Lancashire - UCAS