University of Derby

Degree level: Undergraduate

Professional Policing (Accelerated Route)

Make sure you check on the university, college or conservatoire website for any updates about course changes as a result of COVID-19.

Course summary

TEF Gold

University of Derby has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.

Find out more about the TEF.

BA (Hons) Professional Policing (Accelerated Route) Take the fast track to a highly regarded professional policing degree. In just two years, this pioneering course – the first of its kind in the country in partnership with Nottinghamshire Police force – equips you to meet the challenges and responsibilities of a career in one of the most rewarding professions of all. Why choose this course? Our intensive accelerated BA (Hons) Professional Policing course provides an alternative route for ambitious students who want to complete a pre-join policing degree in a shorter time frame than usual. You will follow a curriculum written and licensed by the College of Policing, giving you all the theoretical knowledge and practical skills expected of a high-level entrant to the profession. Is this course for you? This course provides the same comprehensive preparation for a policing career as our traditional three-year degree, but with the teaching condensed into two years to include tuition over the summer. It is a convenient and more affordable option if you want to progress from education to employment quickly and have both the capacity and capability to commit to a more intensive study programme. How you will learn You will learn through a stimulating mix of: *lectures and tutorials *seminars and workshops *role play exercises *external visits to settings such as police stations, police custody suites, victim support facilities, courts and various voluntary organisations working within the *criminal justice sphere *guest lectures *online support through the University's virtual learning environment *teaching input from policing experts *peer support *guided reading *individual student reflection on learning Opportunities and experiences The BA (Hons) Professional Policing (Accelerated) includes two pathways options. You can choose the theory only route, or you can choose to apply to become a Special Constable while completing your studies, in partnership with Nottinghamshire Police. Being a Special Constable gives you invaluable practical insights into what it is like to work in a local constabulary, making you a standout candidate when applying for a role in the force. You will be based at our Derby Campus at our One Friar Gate Square site. Offering the perfect environment for innovative and engaging teaching, it includes a replica custody suite (complete with interview rooms and cell), mock crown court and interview rooms. Careers and employability This course is aimed at ambitious individuals who want to pursue a career in policing. It paves the way for you to join a hugely rewarding profession which brings new challenges every day, demanding high levels of responsibility, dedication and integrity.

Course details

How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
Institution code:
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

As part of the application process, we would like all applicants to demonstrate in their personal statement their skills, interests and passion for this course, with a particular emphasis on how you intend to manage your workload and other commitments whilst on this degree. Due to the intensity of an accelerated degree, we want to ensure all applicants are best prepared beforehand to successfully meet the academic requirements of a two-year degree. We will consider applicants with alternative academic profiles and significant work experience that can demonstrate ability at interview. The University of Derby in collaboration with Nottinghamshire Police and Derbyshire Constabulary run the police cadet scheme resulting in the Foundation in Policing qualification. On successful completion of the Foundation in Policing, applicants applying for this course will qualify for entry.

Additional entry requirements


English language requirements

IELTS overall score at a minimum of 6.0; with at least IELTS 5.5 in each band (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) or another Secure English Language Test(SELT) at CEFR level B2 or above

Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students

There is no data available for this course. For further information visit the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £14045 Year 1
International £14045 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Professional Policing (Accelerated Route) at University of Derby - UCAS