University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Professional Policing

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Course summary

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Our course is designed to be progressive, building on the required knowledge and skills as laid down in the National Policing Curriculum. At Level 4, we start with the history, structure and role of the Police Service, before examining such fundamentals as decision making, ethical considerations, vulnerability and risk, legislation and procedure, academic study skills and aspects of criminology and psychology. As we move to Level 5 we drill further down into vital aspects of underpinning theory, including academic research skills. At Level 6, the more complex aspects of ethics, decision-making and vulnerability are further examined, alongside optional modules covering specific aspects of policing (such as crime investigation, or intelligence) and a year-long dissertation project. The University of Cumbria's BSc in Professional Policing has been specifically designed to meet the requirements of the National Policing Curriculum, as mandated by the College of Policing. It is a specific 'pre-join' qualification and forms one of the three routes of entry to the Police Service of England and Wales, in line with the requirements of the Police as a degree entry-level profession. As a product, this course has been licensed by the College of Policing and, therefore, meets the professional body requirement for policing in the 21st Century. It is, simply put, the 'go-to' degree qualification for any potential student who is considering a career in the Police Service. As a Team, it is a course we are very proud to offer.

Course details


Year 1: POLI 4501, Understanding the Police Constable Role POLI 4502, Policing Vulnerability in Contemporary Society POLI 4503, Police Legislation POLI 4504, Academic Study Skills and Applied Social Sciences POLI 4505, Information and Intelligence POLI 4506, Policing, Decisions and Ethics These modules cover the initial learning stages of specific, vital areas of policing. Central strands (such as decision making, ethics and vulnerability, for example) are laced throughout the syllabus. Year 2: POLI 5501, Professionalism, Values and Standards POLI 5502, Vulnerability and Risk POLI 5503, Specialist Procedures POLI 5504, Operational Policing POLI 5505, Academic Research Skills POLI 5506, Criminological Concepts These modules are designed to take the student effectively to the next level of learning. They still retain the core strands of knowledge that are vital requirements for any Police Officer serving in the modern age, and link directly back to the first year of learning. Year 3: POLI 6501, Coaching and Mentoring - a compulsory module POLI 6502, Response Policing - a compulsory module POLI 6503, Community Policing - a compulsory module POLI 6504, Police Investigation - an optional module POLI 6505, Information and Intelligence - an optional module POLI 6506, Dissertation - a year long, compulsory module These modules provide the crucial and final links to the knowledge base of a competent and effective Police Officer. They are designed to enable analytical thinking, effective and ethical decision making and a robust and comprehensive knowledge based approach to policing, as well as the wider world of law enforcement and other relevant career pathways.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 96 - 112 points
A level CCC - BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma D: 15 credits M: 30 credits 60 credits overall
Scottish Higher BBCC - ABBB

Additional entry requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £9250 Year 1
International £10500 Year 1

Additional fee information

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