Professional Policing with Foundation Year at The University of Law - UCAS

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Course summary

The degree in Professional Policing, with Foundation year, is a 4 year professional academic knowledge-based degree that will provide students with a professional knowledge of the ethics, skills and attitudes that are critical to 21st century policing. The degree is built around the national curriculum for the police constable role and is aimed at students who have an interest , or wish to pursue a career, in policing or the wider security and criminal justice sector. 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. Crucially, students will be made aware that application and recruitment to a police force is a separate process from their study on the pre-join degree and that the degree has a currency of 5 years for recruitment (post-graduation). There is a high level of face-to-face tuition and student will be taught by a team of experts from a variety of backgrounds to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the domestic legal system, and provide the foundations of legal, forensic, psycho-social and criminological knowledge with regard to areas encountered in policing and investigative practice. The course is delivered over two semesters per academic year. The students study six modules per year. In the third year there is a choice between a placement and an optional module. Students will be provided with key transferable skills relating to analysis, communication, decision-making, autonomy and team-work. The degree programme is designed so that the Foundation Year provides an underpinning year, incorporating both academic and legal/professional related learning as well as skills needed to participate in levels 4, 5 and 6.


There are two semesters per academic year. Each semester is 15 weeks long; 12 weeks face-to-face tuition, one week consolidation/revision and two weeks to complete the assessments. Students study three modules per semester. All modules are worth 20 credits, with the exception of the Dissertation Module in year 3 which runs across both Semesters and is worth 40 credits. The course starts with a one week freshers/induction week. Foundation Year: In semester 1 students study; • Communication Skills • Digital and Research Skills • Sustainability and Society In Semester 2 students will study; • Foundation Year Project • Core Concepts of Criminology and Policing • Shaping Skills for Success programme • Optional Module Optional Modules: • Core Concepts of Business • Core Concepts of Computer Science • Core Concepts of Law • Core Concepts of Psychology. *Options available are indicative and available subject to numbers and the campus chosen. Year 1: • 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 • Core principles of Evidence Based Policing, Information & Intelligence • Introduction to Vulnerability & Risk • Introduction to Criminology, Crime Prevention & Key Psychological Concepts Year 2: All modules are at Level 5 and are worth 20 credits. There are 5 compulsory modules and 1 optional module in year 5. The modules are: • Public Protection: Understanding Abuse & Impact • Community Policing, Antisocial Behaviour & Introduction to Road Policing • Information, Intelligence & Digital Policing • Response Policing & Police Investigations • Custody, Interview & Criminal Justice • Optional Module Optional Modules: • Forensic & Criminal Psychology • Zemiology • Youth & Crime • Cybercrime Year 3: • Research Methods/Dissertation (40 credits) The remaining modules are 20 credits. • Responding to Major and Critical Incidents • Supporting those at Risk of Harm & Victims of internet-facilitated crimes • Investigating Serious Crime, Understanding Terrorism & Transnational Organized Crime • Counter Terrorism & Advanced Road Policing

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.

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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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Additional entry requirements


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 or above with a minimum of 5.5 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

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 £16700 Year 1
International £16700 Year 1

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Professional Policing with Foundation Year at The University of Law - UCAS