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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 challenging yet rewarding two-year Foundation Degree will give you a real-life introduction to operational policing after assisting you to become a Special Constable. Developed in partnership with Lancashire Constabulary, the programme is also supported by the British Transport Police North West and North East regions. You’ll gain all the necessary knowledge, practical experience, vocational and key skills to meet the operational requirements of the police service. Containing the equivalent of the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme which all new police recruits have to complete, you’ll finalise your degree with a 10-week work placement in a police division. Here you’ll undertake full operational police duties alongside regular officers who assess your ability to perform the duties of a police officer and whether you are ‘fit for independent patrol’ at the standard of a regular constable. 

Entry Requirements

80 Points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access to HE with 80 Points
International Baccalaureate- 24P.
IELTS grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5.
5 GCSEs at Grade C including Maths and English or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.


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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

PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT confuse this Foundation Degree in Policing with the Foundation Entry for Police & Criminal Investigation Degree. They are two quite distinct and separate courses.

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, when recruitment opportunities arise, be suitably skilled to be considered for employment by Lancashire Constabulary, British Transport Police and by other police 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 explores how the police engage with communities to provide a high quality 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 10 week module in operational policing whilst those who are not yet Special Constables will study a module which with the support of Lancashire Constabulary addresses operational police performance, the management of resources and police engagement with other agencies when keeping communities safe. 


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For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Apply Now

You should apply through UCAS to start September 2018 by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Professional Accreditation

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


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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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