Professional Policing HNC/HND/BA (Hons) (CU Coventry)

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Professional Policing HNC/HND/BA (Hons) (CU Coventry)

The Pre-join Policing degree is a new entry route into the police force and has been designed to prepare recruits to meet the demands of 21st-century policing. This vocational degree meets the new standards set by the College of Policing’s Policing Education Qualification Framework (PEQF) and will be used by all police forces across England and Wales as part of the newly-categorized modes of entry into the policing profession.

The pre-join route allows you to study for a degree and then apply to a force and follow a shorter on-the-job training program to become a police constable or a special constable. The degree is designed so that you will undertake the learning as set out by the PEQF, attain a BA (Hons) in Professional Policing, and be equipped with the requisite skills and knowledge to be able to apply to the Police Force to become a police constable. 

This exciting new course focuses on the main challenges a 21st-century police officer faces, such as protecting the vulnerable, digital policing, and counter-terrorism measures. It also provides a foundation knowledge of the role of a police constable and the five core areas of professional policing practice: Response Policing, Policing Communities, Policing the Roads, Information and Intelligence, and Conducting Investigations. You will also undertake your research project into your chosen policing practice area in the final year.

Why CU Coventry

We offer a style of education that is flexible and designed to fit around your life, allowing you to benefit from a modern, forward-thinking higher education institution, reinforced by the quality and reputation of Coventry University. We aim to provide career-focused courses, wherever possible, coupled with placement opportunities to help prepare you for the world of work. We are dedicated to making higher education accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so we keep our fees low and made it a policy to cover one module at a time, allowing you to become a specialist in each topic before moving on to the next.

Entry Requirements

  • HNC 64 UCAS tariff points. Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 / A* - C including Maths and English. Physics or Maths based A level or equivalent. Minimum two A2 levels or BTEC equivalent qualification.
  • HND 80 UCAS tariff points. Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 / A* - C including Maths and English. Physics or Maths based A level or equivalent. Minimum two A2 levels or BTEC equivalent qualification.
  • Degree 104 UCAS tariff points. Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 / A* - C including Maths and English. Physics or Maths based A level or equivalent. Minimum two A2 levels or BTEC equivalent qualification.
  • IELTS: 6.0 (HNC - year 1/HND - year 2) or 6.5 (Degree/Top Up - year 3).



Career Prospects

career opportunities

 after completing Professional Policing

  • Becoming a detective.
  • Training to be a firearms officer.
  • Roads policing.
  • Public protection teams.
  • Intelligence.
  • Dog handler.
  • Mounted police.
  • Family liaison officer

Course Details

Your first year will introduce you to the fundamentals of being a police constable; what the job directly involves and the range of responsibilities, codes and conducts which must be adhered to. This year also starts your journey onto becoming an independent learner, by introducing you to key research and teamwork skills which will be needed throughout the course and your career in policing. Students who complete year one are eligible for a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Policing Practice.

Year One

Introduction to Professional Policing and the Criminal Justice System
Introduction to Evidence-based Policing
Policing Responsibilities
Understanding Policing Practice

Year Two

Intermediate Professional Policing and the Criminal Justice System
Intermediate Evidence-based Policing
Principles of Modern Policing
Aspects of Policing Practice

Final Year

Professional, Leadership and Problem-Solving Skills in Policing
Community Policing Priorities
Independent Research Project on Policing
Specialist Research on Policing

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