University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Professional Policing (with integrated foundation year)

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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. You will begin your studies at Level 3 (the Integrated Foundation Year, or IFY) where you will acquire the skills and knowledge you need to start the full 3-year BSc programme. The IFY is a broad mix of subject studies (for example, policing, law, criminology), combined with academic skills, which will provide you with the ideal platform to move to the next level. 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 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. As a student starting on the Integrated Foundation Year, you are still very much a part of our wider Policing family and are included in many of the course related activities run during the academic year. Along with students at other levels, you are also included in the invitation to apply for the local Special Constabulary, and are supported in this process.

Course details


Foundation entry study will allow budding legal eagles to fly to another level and is perfect for those that do not meet the degree entry requirements or are returning to study after a break. At Level 4 you will study Police Legislation 1, Bringing offenders to justice, Partnership approach to addressing crime, introduction to crime and deviance, applying psychology to the criminal justice system and Introduction to operational policing. At Level 5; Police legislation 2, managing information and intelligence, Best Evidence, Police investigation, Traffic legislation Research methods and undertake the placement/project option. At Level 6 you will undetake Ethics in Policing, Partnerships, Human Rights, Public Protection, Independent study, Major Crime and of course your Dissertation.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeL901
Institution code C99
Campus nameCarlisle - Fusehill Street
Campus codeF

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 56 - 72 points
A level CD - DDD
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MPP - MMP
Access to HE Diploma M: 21 credits P: 24 credits Must pass all 60 credits, 45 at level 3
Scottish Higher DDDD - CCDD

Additional entry requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6000 Year 1
Scotland £6000 Year 1
Wales £6000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6000 Year 1
EU £6000 Year 1
International £7500 Year 1

Additional fee information

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