CU Scarborough | Coventry University - Professional Policing BA (Hons)

CU Scarborough | Coventry University

Professional Policing BA (Hons)

The Pre-join Policing degree is a new entry route into the police force and has been designed to prepare new 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 gives you the opportunity 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 into 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 own research project into your chosen policing practice area in the final year.

Entry Requirements

Entry levelWhat we're looking for
HNC64 UCAS tariff points. Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 / A* - C including Maths and English. Minimum two A2 levels or BTEC equivalent qualification.
Degree104 UCAS tariff points. Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 / A* - C including Maths and English. Minimum two A2 levels or BTEC equivalent qualification.

All HNC/Degree courses require at least two A2 Levels or a BTEC equivalent qualification. Your offer of a place is subject to receipt of satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

CU Scarborough welcomes international students from all around the globe. If you are an international student and are interested in applying, you can do so by completing the online application form.

Once your application form has been processed you will receive the outcome of your application via your given email address.

Please be aware you will need the following information in order to make your application:

  • All academic transcripts
  • Copies of degree/diploma certificates or work references if employed
  • One academic reference
  • Be trained to English language proficiency level IELTS 6.0 (HNC - year 1/HND - year 2) or IELTS 6.5 (Degree/Top Up - year 3)
  • Your personal statement
  • Copy of your current passport.

Career Prospects

After completion of this degree, graduates will be equipped with the requisite skills and knowledge to be in a position to apply to the police force to become a Police Constable. Graduates must apply to their chosen police force within 5 years of their graduation date.

After graduating, you will then be able to apply to become a police constable. Completion of the pre-join Policing degree does not guarantee recruitment as a trainee police constable, but is one of the three entry routes into the policing profession as of 2020.

Course Details

This degree course has been designed to give you both an academic and professional understanding of policing, serving as a comprehensive introduction to the policing industry.

Not only will you have the benefit of learning traditional methods, you'll also get to hear the first-hand experiences and personal perspectives from people in the industry. Each year, several professional guests visit the course. Previous guests have included members from the Independent Police Complaints Commission, a former police sergeant for the West Midlands Police Force and a Mental Health Triage speaker. We also focus on current and future crime trends in addition to historic cases, so that you gain a rounded understanding of the policing industry.

Year 1

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

Year 2

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

*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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