Professional Policing at University of Worcester - UCAS

Course summary

Our Degree in Professional Policing (PPD) is licenced and validated by the College of Policing, the professional body for policing in England and Wales. This is the only qualification which enables you to apply for the ‘pre-degree' (PPD) entry route into the Police Service in England and Wales and meets the professional requirements for policing in the 21st century. Though this degree is primarily designed for students wishing to pursue a career as a police officer, the course is also suitable for students wishing to work in other law enforcement or investigative roles, for example; the National Crime Agency, Probation Service, Prison Service, local authority, banking and similar organisations where investigative or practical legal knowledge are required. The degree has a currency of 5 years following graduation, for police officer recruitment via the PPD route. You will study response policing, community policing, public protection and criminal investigation strategies and techniques, including suspect interviewing. Policing strategies and models will be explored with an evidence-based approach throughout to embed research-based and critical thinking into operational decision-making, problem-solving and police practice. You’ll learn policing and criminological concepts to explain, prevent and detect crime, criminality and victimisation and will understand how these underpin both criminal justice practice and policing practice in England and Wales. You will practice applying your new knowledge in simulated practical policing scenarios on campus and at the local West Mercia Police Headquarters, whilst wearing the police uniform, to really give you the immersive learning experience. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop communication and team working skills at our Lakeside Campus Days, where you will take part in outdoor activities as a team and you have the choice to volunteer with local organisations, including West Mercia Police, as a Special Constable or member of police staff; building on your practical experience throughout your studies. You'll learn from lecturers who are all retired officers with real-world experience, so you'll get a genuine taste of the work policing entails on a day-to-day basis and the type of work you could be doing after you graduate. Key features

  • Designed for individuals who wish to join the police service, prison, private security organisations or wider criminal justice roles
  • You'll study the College of Policing (CoP) PEQF National Policing Curriculum; including the five principal areas of professional functionality (known as Police Practice areas) that have been specified as core to the performance of the police constable role: Response Policing, Policing Communities, Policing the Roads, Information and Intelligence and Conducting Investigations
  • You'll develop specific police skills, knowledge and critical understanding of policing in the 21st century, with opportunities to put knowledge into practice in simulations
  • You’ll critically evaluate police-related knowledge using a variety of academic and police bodies of research and knowledge, culminating in your final year in a dissertation
Why the University of Worcester? The University of Worcester is a close-knit and high-achieving community where students are supported to succeed at every level. The University is a truly inclusive place where every person counts as an individual. From designing imaginative facilities to providing practical support and tailored learning, we strive to help people of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve their own rich potential. We work hard to break down barriers and provide opportunities for all.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Professional Policing at University of Worcester - UCAS