Policing FdSc

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. 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.

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. 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 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.

Students 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. Students 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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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Two Years

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  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

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  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

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

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  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 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: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 72 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 


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Course Overview

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)

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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.

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.

Professional Accreditation

Our FdSc Policing Course has been awarded ‘Approved Provider’ status by the College of Policing for the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP).

Our Facilities

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Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences
Telephone us for further information +44(0)1772 892400
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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: 2017 Entry | 2018 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 2017/18 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.