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Staffordshire University and Policing

Do you want a career with the police but don’t know which is the best route to take?

From 2020, all new Police Constables will need to hold a degree level qualification – but don’t worry, at Staffordshire University, no matter what your previous experience, we have the answer for you.

Learn from the experts

Study under expert academics with real-world experience in the police force.

Police partnerships

We have active partnerships with Staffordshire, West Midlands, Warwickshire, and West Mercia Police Forces.

Work and learn

Take advantage of work experience opportunities or our brand-new apprenticeship programme.

Pathways into the police force

There are a number of different pathways that are designed to lead into the police force. 

BSc (Hons) Professional Policing

A 3 year full time degree (with flexible study options) for applicants who wish to become a constables and learn in a University setting with specialist facilities including:

  • Digital learning environment
  • Crime scene house
  • Interview suites
  • Mock courtroom
  • Library facilities

Entry requirements: Level 3 qualification equal to 112 UCAS points


Professional Policing Practice Degree Apprenticeship

 A 3 year work-based learning programme where students study alongside operational duties. These are recruited through the following police forces:

Entry requirements: Level 2 Qualification in Maths and English (Grade C and above) e.g. GCSE, Functional Skills and a Level 3 Qualification equal to 64 UCAS points


Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice

 A 2 year programme for applicants who already possess a degree that will equip learners to succeed at graduate level. These are recruited through the following police forces:

Entry requirements: An undergraduate degree in any subject


BSc (Hons) or MSci Policing and Criminal Investigation

A 3 or 4 year full-time degree (with flexible study options) and opportunities for national and international work experience. This is a broader subject for a variety of investigate roles in sectors such as :

  • Police force
  • NCA
  • Border Agency
  • Military

This degree will not allow you to directly join the police as a police constable.

Entry requirements: Level 3 qualification equal to 112 UCAS Points for the BSc and 120 UCAS points for the MSci


Concerned you might not qualify?

If you don’t have the required entry qualifications you can complete level 2 and level 3 qualifications at your local college.

Degree courses


For our apprenticeships, you will need to apply directly through the appropriate police force. For more information on our apprenticeships, please visit our degree and higher apprenticeship page.