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Professional Policing (BSc)

The College of Policing (CoP), is the Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) for the police service in the United Kingdom.

The College has developed the Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) by working with key stakeholder groups including staff associations, police service representatives and higher education partners.

The Professional Policing degree (sometimes referred to as the ‘pre-join’ degree) provides one of the entry routes into policing. It is a core element of the PEQF and is a professional academic knowledge-based degree based upon the national curriculum for the police constable role.

The Professional Policing degree route into policing enables entrants to gain the academic theory and knowledge of professional policing.  The programme is three years in duration and will result in the successful completion of a BSc (Hons) Professional Policing Degree.

The completion of the degree course does not automatically guarantee entrance to the police service, however on the successful completion of the police selection process graduates will be subject to a two-year probationary period with the chosen police service.  The degree has a currency of 5 years following graduation for recruitment into policing. 

Students may depending on their final degree award, continue their studies at postgraduate level with UWTSD or any other university. See our postgraduate courses, including Criminal Justice and Policing (MA).

For more information please see the following links (external websites):

New Locations

As well as being taught on our Swansea Campus, this programme can also now be studied in a blended format at our London and Birmingham campuses, with a mix of on-campus and online delivery. 

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Professional Policing (BSc)
Ucas Code: PPO1
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Professional Policing (CertHE)
Ucas Code: PPO6
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Professional Policing (DipHE)
Ucas Code: PPO5
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Contact Email: r.lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Rhiannon Lloyd

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

Why choose this course

  • This course provides the recognised ‘pre-entry’ qualification for recruitment into the 43 police forces of the United Kingdom.

  • The qualification is delivered following the curriculum of the College Of Policing, the professional body for police officers and staff working within the police service in England and Wales.

  • The course cover key areas of policing that are critical to providing an efficient, effective and accountable service to the public.

  • The course is delivered by staff members some of whom are former police officers (with over 150 years policing experience between them and ranging from the ranks of Police Constable to Chief Constable). These staff have an extensive experience in a range of policing ‘specialisms’ such as terrorism, public protection and police strategic management alongside experience of the important elements of community and response policing.

  • The course team have significant links with a number of Police forces across Wales and England as well as with the wider Criminal Justice Profession.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The BSc in Professional Policing Practice will provide students with a knowledge and understanding of key topics that are critical to effective policing in the 21st century.

The course will develop students in such a way that it will enable them to make sound decisions in even the most trying of circumstances, to consider the application of discretion when dealing with offenders, and to base policing responses upon an evidence-based considered approach.

Students will gain an understanding of criminology and crime prevention and consider what crime actually is and why people commit crime. Additionally, students will develop an understanding of Major and Critical Incident responses including terrorism and natural disaster.

In addition to the College of Policing curriculum engagement with the police service has identified further areas for professional development such as ‘County Lines’ and ‘Adverse Childhood Experiences’.

These important issues have been incorporated into the course along with transferable modules designed to enable student’s opportunities across the wider public and private sector e.g. Strategic Management, Management of Resources and Organisational Leadership.

Module Topics

You will study a range of themes over the three-year degree:

  • Learning in the Digital Era
  • Contemporary Challenges: Making a Difference
  • Criminal Law
  • Legal Process
  • Preparing for Professional Policing
  • Evidenced-Based Policing and Decision Makin
  • Changemakers: Building your Personal Brand for Sustainable Employment
  • Understanding Crime, Justice and Punishment
  • Contemporary Issues in Policing
  • Policing Terrorism
  • Policing the Public
  • Operational Policing
  • Digital Policing
  • Forensic Recovery and Examination
  • Management of Resources within the Police
  • Organisational Leadership within the Police: Theory into Practice
  • Dissertation / Independent Project  (40 credits)

The course is assessed by the deployment of a range of assessment methods.

Assessments include (but are not limited to) written coursework (typically essays or reports ranging from 2000 words at level 4 to 3000 words at level 6), simulations, workbooks, group and/or individual presentations and examination.

Each module is worth 20 credits which amounts to two assessments per module, (Except the Dissertation which is 40 credits).

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

80 UCAS points or equivalent

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.

For those students who wish to pursue a career in the Police force then the course works closely with South Wales Police, Gwent 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 works closely with other Public sector organisations, the combination of both legal and public sector understanding and knowledge would be seen as a benefit to the wider Criminal Justice professions.

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

Additional Costs

It is possible to complete this programme of study without any additional costs.

Students may wish to purchase textbooks for modules, such as Research Project but this is not a requirement and will have no bearing on the final grade.

There may also be optional field trips which may incur some 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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