Northumbria University Newcastle - Professional Policing BSc (Hons)

Northumbria University Newcastle

Professional Policing BSc (Hons)

Policing is undergoing far-reaching transformations in terms of rapidly changing crime types, diverse public expectations and technological developments that will continue to alter the ways in which policing is done. Our exciting degree programme in Policing will offer a unique insight into contemporary law enforcement, the role of the Police in society, and the challenges they face. Key to the transformation of policing is the better development and application of research evidence, science and analysis to generate new approaches to established and emerging law enforcement activity.

The BSc in Professional Policing at Northumbria University is a research rich programme which draws from criminology, law, forensic science, fraud management and investigation, and cybercrime. You will learn from the experts, from a range of subject-area backgrounds, about the future challenges facing contemporary policing and the innovative responses being developed to address them. The policing degree will address critical questions that span expertise in Social Sciences, Law, Psychology, and Business allowing you to explore problems not only from a criminological, but also a sociological, legal and cultural perspective relating to the role, function and philosophical approaches to policing.  

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T Level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

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Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

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English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

This three-year knowledge-based degree will equip you with the practical experience and theoretical knowledge now required to join the Police force as a Police Constable in England and Wales.  With the additional opportunities on the programme to gain practical experience through volunteering within the criminal justice system, our graduates may also go on to work within the wider criminal justice system.  Overall this dynamic programme will develop your understanding of the complex relationship between theory and practice, providing a great start to a career in the field of policing and criminal justice.

Course Details

The BSc Professional Policing will encompass the national curriculum for the professional education of people seeking entry into policing at the level of police constable.

The policing specific curriculum has been designed by the College of Policing (the professional body for all those working in the police service) to be professionally transformative.  The curriculum reflects the contemporary areas of knowledge, skills and professional practice essential to the 21st century police constable role. 

Year 1

Effective Police Investigation (20 Credits)
Introduction to Criminology and Policing (20 Credits)
Evidence Based Policing (20 Credits)
Decision-making, Teamwork and Leadership in Policing (20 Credits)
Introduction to Digital Crime Investigations (20 Credits)
Criminal Law and Procedure (20 Credits)

Year 2

Crime, Offenders and Victims (20 Credits)
Professional Standards and Police Integrity (20 Credits)
Research Methods for Policing (20 Credits)
Evidence Based Policing: Practices and Pitfalls (20 Credits)
Digital Forensics: Principles and Practices (20 Credits)
Public Law and Policing (20 Credits)

Year 3

Contemporary Policing and Security (Optional,20 Credits)
Dissertation (40 Credits)
Professional Police Practice in Context (20 Credits)
Crime, Animals and the Environment (Optional,20 Credits)
Work Experience Dissertation (40 Credits)
Life after Crime (Optional,20 Credits)
Fostering Sustainable Futures (Optional,20 Credits)
Cybercrime and Society (20 Credits)
Family Law (Optional,20 Credits)
Introduction to Comparative and International Criminal Law (Optional,20 Credits)
Sports Law (Optional,20 Credits)
Advanced Criminal Procedure (20 Credits)

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