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Policing and Criminology (BSc)

This programme will provide in-depth knowledge of a wide range of aspects of policing combined with the study of Criminology where the student will look at:

  • Crime
  • Why people commit crime
  • What deters people from crime
  • Policing of crime
  • The legal penal system

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Policing and Criminology (BSc)
UCAS Code: 53C7
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Contact Email: j.thomas@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Jane Thomas

Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course

  1. This course is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the legal justice system or those interested in working in the public sector, for example, the Police force.

  2. The course has developed strong links with local organisations to allow for relevant and professional work experience. Giving our graduates the best possible springboard from the academic to the working world. Some of the volunteer work opportunities that have been developed will allow for students to play an integral part of a professional working environment and will give a clear and in-depth insight into the profession.

  3. The course team operates an open door policy allowing for a friendly and open environment for students to learn and develop. There is a learning support team who run regular workshops and tutorials in basic and advanced skill development. The excellent levels of student care are reflected in the NSS results of the course and students feel valued and supported throughout their university career.

What you will learn

Course Overview

This programme of study is designed to provide students with the necessary skills to enter the police service.  It is designed in anticipation of the proposed ‘Policing Degree’ currently being considered by the College of Policing which if introduced will form an essential criteria for those wishing to apply for the post of Police Constable.

Module Topics

Level 4 – Year 1

  • Leading self
  • Behavioural dynamics leading self
  • Criminal law
  • Academic Skills
  • The Public Services Environment
  • Social Theory, Policy and Practice 

Level 5 – Year 2

  • Accountability within the Police
  • Contemporary Issues within the Police
  • Terrorism and Public Services Responses
  • Understanding, Crime, Justice and Punishment
  • Police, Policing and society
  • Understanding Policing

Level 6 – Year 3

  • Organisational Leadership within the Police: Theory into Practice
  • Management of Resources within the Police.
  • Social Inclusion, Victimisation and Welfare
  • Operational policing
  • Research project
  • Forensic Recovery & Examination

The course will be assessed by a mixture of written coursework and exams. Each module is worth 20 credits which would equal two assessments per module with the equivalent of a 2,000 word assignment or an exam per 10 credits.

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

80 UCAS points

Career Opportunities

The course team has developed very close links with a number of professional organisations in both the public sector and legal services fields. This has allowed for close consultation on the development of course content and the availability of unique work experience opportunities.

The course works closely with South Wales Police and Dyfed Powys Police and has developed a volunteer work programme for the students to gain valuable experience and insight into the profession. 

This will put the students in a more advantageous position to gain employment in their chosen profession. 

The course provides a good opportunity for students who would be interested in the Fast Track route into the Police.

The course works closely with other Public sector organisations, all of which have legal departments.  The combination of both legal and public sector understanding and knowledge would be seen as a benefit to such a position.

The team has developed close relationships with local Law firms and developing work experience opportunities which would benefit the students if they chose to extend into further legal study.

Additional Costs

This course has no additional costs.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.



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