Professional Policing

Professional Policing BSc (Hons)

The pre-join BSc (Hons) Professional Policing degree covers the national curriculum for the police constable role and is a qualification recognised by the police service as one of the entry routes for the role of police constable. We hold a licence from the College of Policing to deliver this course and following approval of the content will meet all College of Policing set requirements.

UCLan have a longstanding reputation for the delivery of policing courses developed and run in partnership with The College of Policing and The Police Service.  The BSc (Hons) Professional Policing is the pre-join degree for entry into the service as a police constable, and provides the student with the necessary knowledge and many of the  skills required for the police constable role. 

The course provides the opportunity to study elements of core policing such as; response policing, policing communities, policing the roads, information and intelligence and conducting investigations. There are opportunities to develop your skills relating to subjects such as; evidence based policing, decision making, and valuing difference and inclusion. There is also a focus on  developing  professional responsibility in areas such as; the study of vulnerability and risk, digital policing, and counter terrorism. The final year provides the opportunity to carry out a research based project.

Applicants should be aware that although this is a qualification recognised by the police service as part of one of the entry routes for the role of Police Constable, there is no guarantee that successful completion will lead to an employment opportunity. The Police Service has its own selection procedure and entry requirements, which include physical requirements as well as background and vetting enquiries. Advice on these requirements should be sought from the Police Service.

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full Time 3 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston and Burnley (Campus code: Preston: U, Burnley: A)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
    Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104-112 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction - Distinction*, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 106-112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 104-112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

International applicants will be required to have a minimum level of proficiency in English Language equivalent to IELTS grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5.

Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

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Course Overview

Year 1

  • Initial Policing Knowledge & Skills
  • Initial Professional Responsibility
  • Initial Core Policing

Year 2

  • Continuing Policing Knowledge & Skills
  • Continuing Professional Responsibility
  • Continuing Core Policing

Year 3

  • Advanced Policing Knowledge & Skills, Coaching & Mentoring
  • Advanced Core Policing
  • Specialist Research Project


Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences
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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: | 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.