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Policing Profession (CertHE)

The Certificate in Higher Education in the  Policing Profession is a level 4 qualification introducing the core concepts of policing. It has been designed as a building block for students wanting to pursue a career in policing.

On successful completion of the course, students can continue onto the BSc Professional Policing (sometimes referred to as the ‘pre-join’ degree) which provides one of the entry routes into policing. This is a core element of the Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF), and is a professional academic knowledge-based degree structured on the national curriculum for the police constable role.

The Certificate in Higher Education in the  Policing Profession enables entrants to gain the academic theory and knowledge of professional policing. The programme is one year in duration and on successful completion, students can progress to the BSc (Hons) Professional Policing Degree.

The completion of the CertHE or 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

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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 online delivery and campus-based events. 


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Tuition Fees 2022/23:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

This course provides the opportunity to work towards 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 Certificate in Higher Education in the  Policing Profession 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.

Module Topics

Year One – Level 4 (CertHE)

  • Criminal Law (20 credits; component pass)
  • Evidence-based Approaches to Policing Decisions (20 credits; component pass)
  • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; component pass; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Legal Process (20 credits; component pass)
  • Preparing for Professional Policing (20 credits; component pass)
  • Response Policing (20 credits; component pass).

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), simulations, workbooks, group and/or individual presentations and examination.

Each module is worth 20 credits which amounts to two assessments per module.

Key Information

Entry Criteria

40 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 that 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 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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