Professional Policing

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BSc (Hons)

Key facts

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Study option:
Full-time, with a foundation year
Study option:
Part-time
Duration:
3 Years
Duration:
4 Years
Duration:
6 Years
Start date:
13 September 2021

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Do you want a career in the police force? Look no further than our BSc (Hons) Professional Policing degree, where you'll learn all the career skills and practices that are key to a future in law enforcement.

From 2020, all new Police Constables will need to hold a degree level qualification.  This degree course is delivered under licence by the College of Policing, which means that successful completion of this course ensures that you are eligible to apply to the police service under the pre-join degree route.

Completing our BSc (Hons) Professional Policing degree will equip you with a high level of knowledge and expertise of carrying out the role of the police constable and the complex requirements of 21st century policing.  Although specifically designed for those seeking to become police constables with Police forces in England & Wales, the programme is of value to those interested in other branches of law enforcement and who are considering pursuing a career in the wider policing sector.

Our well-rounded programme will give you the best chance of employability after graduation. You’ll get the chance to study under experienced professionals, who have walked the path you’re plotting, and all while using our state-of-the-art facilities. At Staffordshire University we have a dedicated Crime Scene House for you to practise real-life situations and investigations, and mock courtrooms for a chance to experience a taste of the justice system. There’ll also be opportunities to listen to active professionals in guest lectures and seminars, and the chance to get out of the classroom and experience the world of law enforcement on organised trips.

Our BSc (Hons) Professional Policing is delivered under licence by the College of Policing, who are the professional body for policing in England & Wales.

Completing our BSc (Hons) Professional Policing degree will equip you with a high level of knowledge and expertise of carrying out the role of the police constable and the complex requirements of 21st century policing. Although specifically designed for those seeking to become police constables with Police forces in England & Wales, the programme is of value to those interested in other branches of law enforcement and who are considering pursuing a career in the wider policing sector.

The Foundation Year option is available for those who may not have the academic profile for direct entry onto the 3-year degree. It will prepare you for the Professional Policing degree by enhancing your skills and knowledge in Criminal Law, the theories of criminality, the Criminal Justice System, crime prevention and penal punishments.

Our well-rounded programme will give you the best chance of employability after graduation. You’ll get the chance to study under experienced professionals, who have walked the path you’re plotting, and all while using our state-of-the-art facilities. At Staffordshire University we have a dedicated Crime Scene House for you to practise real-life situations and investigations, and mock courtrooms for a chance to experience a taste of the justice system. There’ll also be opportunities to listen to active professionals in guest lectures and seminars, and the chance to get out of the classroom and experience the world of law enforcement on organised trips.

Our BSc (Hons) Professional Policing is delivered under licence by the College of Policing, who are the professional body for policing in England & Wales.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Professional Policing

From 2020, all new Police Constables will need to hold a degree level qualification.  This degree course is delivered under licence by the College of Policing, which means that successful completion of this course ensures that you are eligible to apply to the police service under the pre-join degree route.

Completing our BSc (Hons) Professional Policing degree will equip you with a high level of knowledge and expertise of carrying out the role of the police constable and the complex requirements of 21st century policing.  Although specifically designed for those seeking to become police constables with Police forces in England & Wales, the programme is of value to those interested in other branches of law enforcement and who are considering pursuing a career in the wider policing sector.

Our well-rounded programme will give you the best chance of employability after graduation. You’ll get the chance to study under experienced professionals, who have walked the path you’re plotting, and all while using our state-of-the-art facilities. At Staffordshire University we have a dedicated Crime Scene House for you to practise real-life situations and investigations, and mock courtrooms for a chance to experience a taste of the justice system. There’ll also be opportunities to listen to active professionals in guest lectures and seminars, and the chance to get out of the classroom and experience the world of law enforcement on organised trips.

Our BSc (Hons) Professional Policing is delivered under licence by the College of Policing, who are the professional body for policing in England & Wales.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Professional Policing

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Professional Policing

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Professional Policing

Course content

In year 1, you will be introduced to the legislation, policy and practice that underpins the roles and responsibilities of the police constable. This will include an introduction to the use information and intelligence, investigation, understanding communities and response policing. You will develop your academic skills and study criminological aspects of crime and crime prevention.

In year 2, you will build upon the learning achieved so far, with your focus being on delivering a professional policing service. Additionally, you will study the impact of crime on society and develop your research skills in preparation for your final year evidence-based research project.

In year 3, you will have the opportunity to learn about the more advanced aspects of policing and to conduct evidence-based research. Through the selection of one of three core conditional modules and an optional module, you will be able to focus upon specialisms within policing in which you have developed an interest and may wish to pursue in your chosen career.

In Year 1, you will about the different types of crime, how the media reports crime, the different crime prevention policies, the differences between civil and criminal justice, and apply this knowledge to legal case studies.

In year 2, you will be introduced to the legislation, policy and practice that underpins the roles and responsibilities of the police constable. This will include an introduction to the use information and intelligence, investigation, understanding communities and response policing. You will develop your academic skills and study criminological aspects of crime and crime prevention.

In year 3, you will build upon the learning achieved so far, with your focus being on delivering a professional policing service. Additionally, you will study the impact of crime on society and develop your research skills in preparation for your final year evidence-based research project.

In year 4, you will have the opportunity to learn about the more advanced aspects of policing and to conduct evidence-based research. Through the selection of one of three core conditional modules and an optional module, you will be able to focus upon specialisms within policing in which you have developed an interest and may wish to pursue in your chosen career.

In year 1, you will be introduced to the legislation, policy and practice that underpins the roles and responsibilities of the police constable. This will include an introduction to the use information and intelligence, investigation, understanding communities and response policing. You will develop your academic skills and study criminological aspects of crime and crime prevention.

In year 2, you will build upon the learning achieved so far, with your focus being on delivering a professional policing service. Additionally, you will study the impact of crime on society and develop your research skills in preparation for your final year evidence-based research project.

In year 3, you will have the opportunity to learn about the more advanced aspects of policing and to conduct evidence-based research. Through the selection of one of three core conditional modules and an optional module, you will be able to focus upon specialisms within policing in which you have developed an interest and may wish to pursue in your chosen career.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification evidenced-based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification evidenced-based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification evidenced-based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

Professional body accreditation

Professional body accreditation

Studying Professional Policing - Hollie

Studying Professional Policing - Hollie

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Hollie Morris, Professional Policing student, speaks about her experience at Staffordshire University.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Academic Study Skills 15 credits
Introduction To Crime And Crime Prevention 15 credits
Introduction To Policing 30 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Introduction To Information And Intelligence 15 credits
Introduction To Investigation 15 credits
Introduction To Response 15 credits
Understanding Communities 15 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Professionalising Information And Intelligence 15 credits
Professionalising Policing 30 credits
Research Methods 15 credits
Year 4 compulsory modules
Year 4 compulsory modules
Delivering Policing To Communities 15 credits
Professionalising Investigation 30 credits
Professionalising Response 15 credits
Year 5 compulsory modules
Year 5 compulsory modules
Applying Research 15 credits
Policing And Society 15 credits
Show 3 optional modules

Entry requirements

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points

  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM

Typical UCAS Offer: 48 points

  • A levels: A, DD, EEE
  • BTEC: PPP

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points

  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

Studying Professional Policing - Andrew

Studying Professional Policing - Andrew

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Hear about studying at Staffordshire University from Andrew Swallow, Professional Policing student.

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Facilities

Libraries

We have Libraries and Service desks at both sites in Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford. All have experienced and friendly staff who can answer your IT queries, help you to access resources, show you how to research for your assignments and even help with referencing.

Some libraries are open 24/7 at key times in the academic year and we have a 24 hour help line too.

Careers

Successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Professional Policing degree will provide one of the recognised routes into the police service. However, successful attainment of the Award does not in itself provide any guarantee of recruitment as a trainee police constable. Each police force within England and Wales sets out its own recruitment process and selection policy and entry requirements may vary from force to force. Prospective students are therefore strongly advised to check the specific requirements of their chosen force prior to undertaking study.

Crime Scene House Tour

Crime Scene House Tour

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Join Dean Northfield, Senior Lecturer in the School of Law, Policing and Forensics, on a tour of our Crime Scene House.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Students will be allocated one of the teaching team as their personal tutor throughout the three years.  Personal tutors will support students throughout their time at university both pastorally and academically.  The tutor will meet with their personal tutees regularly as part of group Personal Development Planning sessions as well as being available individually during Academic Support Times 

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Students will be allocated one of the teaching team as their personal tutor throughout the three years.  Personal tutors will support students throughout their time at university both pastorally and academically.  The tutor will meet with their personal tutees regularly as part of group Personal Development Planning sessions as well as being available individually during Academic Support Times 

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Students will be allocated one of the teaching team as their personal tutor throughout the three years.  Personal tutors will support students throughout their time at university both pastorally and academically.  The tutor will meet with their personal tutees regularly as part of group Personal Development Planning sessions as well as being available individually during Academic Support Times 

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Inclusion Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Year 1

24% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
76% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 2

21% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
79% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 3

15% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
85% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 1

28% practical exams
28% coursework
45% written exams

Year 2

13% practical exams
75% coursework
13% written exams

Year 3

26% practical exams
62% coursework
13% written exams

Staff

Teaching staff are dedicated to improving the course and ensuring it remains current within the context of operational policing.  The department maintains strong partnerships with a number of police services providing additional insight into policing through guest lectures and real world research opportunities.

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.

Dr Lauren Metcalfe

Course Director

Lauren completed her PhD in Evidence Based Policing and joined Staffordshire University in 2017. She is now Course Leader for Professional Policing (our Pre-join degree) and Course Director for our policing degrees.

Lauren's profile

Fees

For the course starting on 13 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons)-Full-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £14,000 per year of study

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons) Full-time, with a foundation year
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate £14,000 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons) Part-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Part-time £4,620 per year of study

UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

Included in tuition fees
Included in the fees:
  • As a Staffordshire University student, you’ll be entitled to a range of free software
  • The use of all specialist technical facilities and hire of equipment relating to the course of study.
  • As a Staffordshire University student, you’ll be entitled to a range of free software
  • The use of all specialist technical facilities and hire of equipment relating to the course of study.
  • As a Staffordshire University student, you’ll be entitled to a range of free software
  • The use of all specialist technical facilities and hire of equipment relating to the course of study.
Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:
  • Text books are available from the library, but some students choose to purchase their own copies.
  • Travel costs
  • Printing
  • Any optional field trips
  • Text books are available from the library, but some students choose to purchase their own copies.
  • Travel costs
  • Printing
  • Any optional field trips
  • Text books are available from the library, but some students choose to purchase their own copies.
  • Travel costs
  • Printing
  • Any optional field trips
Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting: www.gov.uk

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Our students

The lecturers have been incredibly supportive. They have shown a genuine passion for the subject area and are readily available to offer support should you need access. With the bonus of the lecturers themselves coming from an array of Policing backgrounds allows a genuine insight into the life of a Police officer and the broader Policing context.

Sarah Hodgkinson

BSc (Hons) Professional Policing

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