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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Two Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    L435; Short form: FdSc/Pol

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:


Why study this course?

Thinking of a career as a police officer? This two-year foundation degree will give you an introduction to policing, whilst providing you with training as a Special Constable. Developed in partnership with Lancashire Constabulary, the degree now also involves the British Transport Police and Merseyside Police. You’ll gain all the necessary knowledge, practical, vocational and key skills to meet the requirements of the police service. Training will involve the equivalent of the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme which all new police recruits have to complete. You’ll complete the degree with a 10-week work placement in a police division undertaking full shifts alongside regular officers who assess your ‘fitness’ to patrol independently.

Entry Requirements

200 points at A2. QCFBED Merit Merit Pass. QCFBD Distinction Merit. International Baccalaureate 24 points. Pass Access Course and or appropriate life experience. GCSE Maths and English grade C + interview

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Quality Policing
  • Personal Development
  • Ethics and Diversity in Policing
  • Evidence and Procedure in Policing
  • Police Powers and PACE

Optional modules

  • Preparation for Public Service
  • Community Service

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Signal Crimes
  • Signal Disorders
  • Investigative Skills and Criminal Justice
  • Road Policing

Optional modules

  • Operational Policing (double module)
  • Police Performance (double module)

Further Information

The Foundation Degree in Policing is intended for those who wish to study policing with a view to pursuing a career with the Police either as a uniformed officer or as a member of police staff. Foundation degrees have been developed to address the demands of employers for Higher Education to place even greater emphasis on the key skills necessary to be effective in work skills such as communication, teamwork, and problem-solving. UCLan’s Foundation Degree in Policing will be highly valued, having been developed in partnership with Lancashire Constabulary to equip you with the necessary knowledge, practical, vocational and key skills to pursue a career in the policing sector. It is designed to be delivered on a full-time basis and to be combined with membership of the Special Constabulary. The course, essentially, provides the equivalent of the current Initial Police Learning and Development Programme that all new Police recruits have to complete. Those who successfully complete the foundation degree along with the training provided as members of the Special Constabulary will, at the appropriate time when recruitment is underway, be considered for employment by Lancashire Constabulary (and potentially by other forces) subject to the successful completion of the national police selection process.

The course is designed to deliver the National Curriculum for Police Recruits. During the first year you will study five compulsory modules covering quality policing, personal development, ethics and diversity in policing, evidence and procedure in policing, and police powers and the Police and Criminal Evidence Act. Those who are appointed to the Special Constabulary will also cover preparation for public service, where you will study health and safety, conflict resolution and defensive tactics. Those who are not eligible to join the Special Constabulary will undertake a Pathway module that addresses issues of community service.

The second year comprises another five compulsory modules covering issues such as signal crimes and disorders, investigative skills and criminal justice and road policing. Those who are appointed to the Special Constabulary will also take a module in operational policing whilst those not eligible will take a module that addresses police performance issues.

Course Specification and Handbook

To read about the course in more depth, please download the course specification and course handbook (2015 intake).

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Full-time: £9,000 per year (UK/EU)

Further information:

Scholarships and bursaries

Professional Accreditation

Our FdSc Policing course is endorsed by Skills Mark through the Skills for Justice Sector Skills Council.

Learning Environment and Assessment

On average, you will attend eight hours of lectures, tutorials, role play and simulation sessions and practical classes per module per week. Personal study also forms an integral part of the course and will take the form of directed reading, self-study and preparation for assignments.

Those who are members of the Special Constabulary will also take modules delivered in the workplace and will undertake training whilst operational. You must pass 12 modules assessed in a variety of ways including coursework, essays, reports, presentations, practical assessments and end-of-module examinations. Some modules will be delivered and assessed in the workplace.

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