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Key Facts

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Start Dates: Feb,Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time | Part-time day
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 3 Years
UCAS Code:L720
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton

About the course

By joining the police service, you’re making a real difference. This course – licensed by the College of Policing – opens up life-changing opportunities to develop personally and professionally.

The Professional Policing degree allows you to develop the knowledge and skills that underpin police work while preparing you for the challenges police officers face. Following the College of Policing curriculum, it combines theory, law and vocational experience (if you choose to be a volunteer or Special Constable) to give you a thorough understanding of modern policing.

The course explores the complexities of crime, crime control and the effects of crime on the individual and communities as well as specific areas of study such as offender management, victim support and public prosecution; criminal legislation; community policing; safeguarding; and mental health and offending.

Why choose this course?

  • Study a curriculum designed and licensed by the College of Policing as part of the Police Education Qualifications Framework
  • Learn from a specialist multi-disciplinary teaching team which includes former police officers, social workers, mental health workers, forensic scientists and safeguarding practitioners
  • Develop your problem-solving skills through investigating the complexities of the police role; current and emerging issues; and the demands on the police and their wider partners
  • Benefit from volunteering opportunities, supported by your tutors
  • Extend your knowledge and skills through our guest lectures and workshops
  • Once you graduate, you can apply for a role as a police constable within a Home Office force in England and Wales, with many future opportunities to specialise and progress
  • A degree in Policing equips you with skills and knowledge that transfer to other career paths and sectors
Find out more about the course from Course Leaders Russ and Jonathan


Units

  • Complexities And Contradictions In Offender Management, Victim Support And Public Protection (ASS097-1) Compulsory
  • Developing Academic Skills (ASS095-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Criminal Legistlation And Police Powers (ASS094-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Research And Decision Making (ASS096-1) Compulsory
  • Policing And Society (ASS093-1) Compulsory
  • Community Policing, Partnerships And Intelligence (ASS103-2) Compulsory
  • Criminal Legislation And Investigations (ASS102-2) Compulsory
  • Research, Evidence Based Policing And Crime Prevention Strategies (ASS104-2) Compulsory
  • Responding To Incidents (ASS101-2) Compulsory
  • Roads Policing (ASS105-2) Compulsory
  • Contemporary Issues In Policing (ASS130-3) Compulsory
  • Emerging Responses To Safeguarding Children And Young People (ASS129-3) Compulsory
  • Exploring Addictions, Vulnerability And Risk (ASS128-3) Compulsory
  • Independent Project In Professional Policing (ASS132-3) Compulsory
  • Mental Health And Offending (ASS131-3) Compulsory

A range of appropriate assessments will enable you to grow in confidence and develop your skills and knowledge. There are a variety of assessment methods including essays, group and individual presentations, recorded presentations, practice based and problem solving exercises, poster presentations and multiple choice exams.

By varying our assessment methods you will develop a wider set of skills. Whilst there will be practical learning and role play scenarios you will not be formally assessed on these but will be expected to reflect on a scenario. Some assessments require you to work individually, in pairs or groups although you will receive individual grades.

Feedback is a simplified 2Q system, as requested by our students, that not only comments and grades your work but also provides you constructive comments on how to develop. Feedback is an important stage of developing as a student and you will have chance to discuss your work with your tutors.

The assessments develop incrementally across the years and you build on feedback given to you in order to progress. Assessments are graded on how you have met the unit learning outcomes and you are also supported by using our threshold statements which seek to guide you towards your assessment.

The final year has been designed as a springboard to developing more specialist knowledge that can used as a discussion point in job interviews or even consideration for post-graduate study. The culmination of the degree is a research project that looks at an area of personal interest. A full 3-year assessment map is in the Student Handbook that you will be given during enrolment so that you know what assessments there are in the degree. All assessments must be successfully completed before progressing on to the next level of the course.

Entry Requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

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Entry Requirements


We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk


As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details


Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

Where students do not have relevant level 3 qualifications but do have industry or work related skills and experience,  they can still apply for a place on the course if they can demonstrate through application and interview appropriate knowledge, skills and commitment as part of our RPL policy.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

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Police recruitment and training is radically changing. Future Police Constables will require either a degree or to be working towards a degree on an apprenticeship programme. This ‘Pre-Join’ degree will make you eligible to apply for a role as a Police Constable upon graduation.

The Degree in Professional Policing does not lead to a guaranteed job with a Police Service. It does allow you to apply with a degree licensed by The College of Policing and you will gain the skills and knowledge that will support your progression into the Police Service of England and Wales. You will leave with knowledge and skills that are vital for modern day policing such as communication skills, decision making and critical thinking. The Pre-Join degree in Professional Policing offers transferrable knowledge and skills that are required in careers in other sectors including the Prison Service, Border Force or Probation services or alternatively within the private sector working on Investigations or Security matters.

Upon graduation you will have 5 years to apply and be accepted for a role as a Police Constable in a Home Office Police Service if that is what you decide to do. You will get support and advice from the Careers Team and also your course team. Currently the application stages may include the following 

  • The application
  • Interview
  • Attendance at a National Selection Centre
  • Medical and Biometric testing
  • Fitness Tests
  • Security Vetting

Police Forces in England and Wales have different recruitment processes, rules and regulations it is, therefore, crucial that you consider these when choosing to study this degree. Please speak to your local Police force for further information and guidance. We encourage students to become Special Constable’s or other voluntary role whilst you study with us, but this is not mandatory and will not be detrimental to your study. To help students undertake voluntary roles every Friday is off timetable. We have discussed voluntary positions with Bedfordshire Police and will be able to support you through the process of applying to Beds/Cambs/Herts Police. Other opportunities involve the ‘ride along’ scheme, custody lay visitor and member of the Stop and Search scrutiny panel.

There are restrictions on who is eligible for a role as a Police Constable and this is why it is important to consider and check;

  • Age
  • Nationality
  • Qualifications
  • Criminal record
  • Tattoos
  • Financial Status
  • Physical Fitness
  • Health
  • Eyesight

Further Information can be obtained by your local force area or speak to your teaching team. More information can be obtained from the following national websites.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2020/21 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

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Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2020/21 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student