Birmingham City University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Professional Policing

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Course summary

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The BSc (Hons) Professional Policing has been developed in collaboration with a range of police force areas to give you the opportunity to examine the theoretical concepts of policing whilst also developing the practical and transferable skills you need for a career in law enforcement. The programme will help to develop your critical thinking about policing, policy and practice through complementary modules encompassing the theory and principles of operational policing, legislation and police powers, structured interviewing skills and much more. This degree will combine all of these elements together while allowing you the opportunity to take part in a work placement which could be within one of a variety of areas in the field of policing. We recognise that policing requires a distinctive combination of skills, including practical, hands-on expertise as well as sophisticated communication and interpersonal skills. On this degree, we ensure that you gain these skills, along with the latest thinking about policing, to empower you to pursue a successful career within the sector.

  • On all of our programmes you will gain a professional focus and real world experience, ensuring you are equipped to make an immediate impact in your career. You have the opportunity to embark on a year-long sandwich placement as part of your degree course.
  • The course’s professional relevance is supported by our close links with local criminal justice organisations, including West Midlands Police Force and Birmingham Community Safety Partnership.
  • All our programmes have an international focus. This is embedded throughout the curriculum, giving you the opportunity to transform your experience with us into a global one. There are a variety of exciting possibilities open to you, ranging from our successful international travel scholarships scheme, through which you can spend a summer working for a charitable organisation overseas, to one of our many overseas study exchange programmes.
  • As a student on one of our undergraduate degrees, you will be able to benefit from our Graduate+ initiative. This three-year award programme enables you to gain award levels for all the extra-curricular activities you undertake so that you can stand out from the crowd on graduation.
  • Students have access to an interactive crime scene room which allows students to explore forensic investigation.
  • The course offers a unique opportunity to explore the history and development of policing in England and Wales. This provides a broad context which students can use to understand the difficulties faced by constabularies today.
  • Our Centre of Applied Criminology ensures that our lecturers are able to apply their research within their teaching and learning.
  • Our practice based approach means you’ll get to learn the inner workings of the Criminal Justice System, whilst also studying the theories behind the profession.
  • The department has a heavy focus on Birmingham, working within the ever-growing multicultural community on various projects.
  • You will study in our state-of-the-art City Centre Campus, ideally located for you to take advantage of our links to industry in the UK’s second city.

Course details


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 code1004
Institution code B25
Campus nameCurzon Building Campus
Campus codeF

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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 112 points Contextualised reduced tariff offer: 96 tariff points or equivalent e.g. A-level CCC, BTEC Extended Diploma MMM, BTEC Diploma DD Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.
A level BBC A maximum of three subjects are considered (excluding General Studies). A levels and other level 3 qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM All subjects accepted except Health and Social Care pre 2016 syllabus
Access to HE Diploma Pass 60 credits overall At least 45 credits at level 3. 18 level 3 must be achieved at either merit or distinction grade. In a Social Sciences/Humanities or Law pathway
Scottish Higher BBCCC Where a combination of Advanced Highers and Highers are taken you must achieve grades CD in two Advanced Highers and grade CC in two Highers
AS AA - CC 112 UCAS tariff points. A maximum of two subjects along with two A levels or level 3 qualifications. excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D* Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification. All subjects accepted except Health and Social Care pre 2016 syllabus
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) 112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification. All subjects accepted except Health and Social Care pre 2016 syllabus
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) 112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification. Most subjects considered excluding Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) 112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification. All subjects accepted except Health and Social Care pre 2016 syllabus
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) DMM All subjects accepted except Health and Social Care pre 2016 syllabus
Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF) D*D* Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification. All subjects accepted except Health and Social Care pre 2016 syllabus
Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) 112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification. All subjects accepted except Health and Social Care pre 2016 syllabus
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) 112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification. Most subjects considered excluding Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development
Pearson BTEC Certificate (QCF) 112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification. All subjects accepted except Health and Social Care pre 2016 syllabus
Scottish Advanced Higher CCD Where a combination of Advanced Highers and Highers are taken you must achieve grades CD in two Advanced Highers and grade CC in two Highers
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points For Students who do not already hold GCSE in Mathematics at grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted For Students who do not already hold GCSE in English Language at grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not Literature) English A-grade 4 or above or English B - grade 5 from IB Diploma will be accepted.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) 112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications
Extended Project 112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H5, H5, H5, H5 Four subjects This must include English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 or A-C/A1-C3) or Higher level minimum grade H5/D1
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Not accepted
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above or equivalents level 2 qualifications. All level 2 quals must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Acceptable English equivalents considered in lieu of GCSE:- - City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy - Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 - Key Skills level 2:- Communication and Application of Numbers English Language and Mathematics grade C or above:- Scottish Intermediate 2 Scottish National 5 English Language and Mathematics at grade 2 or above:- Scottish Credit Standard Grade
HNC (BTEC) Pass with 120 credits at level 4 and merit overall. Must be in a related pathway May be considered for advanced entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at level 4. A transcript will be required.
HND (BTEC) Pass with 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credit at level 5 and merit overall. Must be in a related pathway May be considered for advanced entry onto the third year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at level 4 and 5. A transcript will be required
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma D*D* Considered with one A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma 112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with one A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma 112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with one A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma 112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate 112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Not accepted

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with no less than 5.5 in any level

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 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 Birmingham City University - UCAS