BA (Hons) Professional Policing

BA (Hons) Professional Policing

Police Officers in England and Wales are now required to hold a professional policing qualification. This degree is delivered under licence from the College of Policing and follows the National Policing Curriculum. Studying on it will put you in the best possible position to apply for the Police Service’s pre-join programme when you graduate. All of your modules will be delivered by experienced police professionals. We will introduce you to the policing profession through the study of:

  • Law
  • Policy and procedure
  • Criminal justice
  • Crime and deviance
  • Global policing issues

Together we will confront some of the biggest issues facing the police service today, both in the UK and beyond. You will also consider how crime, policy, social inequalities and divisions can impact upon our understanding of policing. One essential theme which runs through the course is a focus on evidence based policing – a concept which is central to modern policing and a skill which is highly valued in the service.

Throughout the course you will have opportunities to gain hands on experience by working with vulnerable people across a diverse range of groups. This could be through our partnerships with police forces in Yorkshire and Humberside, or with some of the organisations that work alongside the police service and focus on:

  • Restorative justice
  • Support for victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse
  • Victim’s charities
  • Agencies supporting vulnerable people in society

If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you. Passing a foundation year guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Entry Requirements


  • 104 UCAS Tariff points
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

Before applying we advise that you check your eligibility to become a police constable. Visit the College of Policing website to find out more about entry requirements. While successful completion of the course does not guarantee you a position in the police service, and you will still need to complete their application process, it will put you in a very strong position when you apply.

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Career Prospects

This degree will give you the pre-join qualification you need to apply for a police officer role in England or Wales. It will also give you the academic and life skills you need to contribute to a modern police service. You will study modules drawn directly from the College of Policing's national pre-join curriculum.

While successful completion of the course does not guarantee you a position in the Police Service, and you will still need to complete their application process, it will put you in a very strong position when you apply.

Course Details

Year 1

The Role of the Police
Valuing Difference and Inclusion
Study and Employability Skills
Criminal Justice
Policing Communities and Problem Solving
Criminology and Crime Prevention

Year 2

Designing Evidence-based Policing Research
Response Policing
Vulnerability and Risk
Policing the Roads
Intelligence and Information

Year 3

Evidenced-based Policing Dissertation
Public Protection
Decision Making and Discretion
Counter Terrorism
Digital Policing

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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