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BSc (Hons)

Professional Policing

3 Years
September 2022
Campus Taught

Take the first step into the Policing profession with our Professional Policing course. This degree programme offers the skills, knowledge and understanding you’ll need to become a police constable.

Our Professional Policing BSc (Hons) covers all the knowledge of the national curriculum for the police constable role. This will enable you to take your first steps towards a successful career in the Police.

We are officially licenced and approved by the College of Policing. We also have a long-standing reputation for top quality Policing courses. This is due to our high levels of professional experience and expertise.

You’ll study many areas covering the Core Requirements of the National Policing Qualification. These include response policing, policing communities, policing the roads, intelligence and conducting investigations. You’ll also build skills in evidence-based policing and decision-making. And, you'll explore topics such as vulnerability and risk, digital policing, inclusion and counter terrorism.

We have exceptional learning facilities at UCLan. These include mock crime scenes and a simulated control room suite (based at the Preston Campus). This means you will have the chance to build practical skills which you can carry through into your career. So, by the time you graduate from the policing degree course, you’ll have all the skills and knowledge you need to work towards a role with the police force.

Why study with us

  • The University helped to design this course with the College of Policing and they have licenced us to deliver it.
  • We work with various police forces and law enforcement agencies. This means that you will get to hear from high-profile guest lecturers.
  • You will have access to superb facilities, including our Hydra Minerva immersive training simulator.

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What you'll do

  • You’ll learn from a team that mixes experienced academics with serving and former police officers. They have extensive operational experience.
  • In your final year, you can conduct your own research project. This will be in an area of policing that interests you, that is relevant to modern day policing practice. Who knows? You may find a very valuable solution to a real-life problem.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Professional Policing degree facilities

Future career as a Police Officer

Our BSc (Hons) Professional Policing degree course is designed with one purpose in mind: preparing you for your career as a Police Officer.

This Professional Policing university degree course will put students like you on a career path in policing. The modules that you will study meet the national curriculum for the police constable role. This leads to a unique qualification recognised by the police service as a mandatory entry route into the police service.

No university qualification is a guarantee of employment. But, you will have gained a vital qualification that makes you eligible to apply as soon as you have graduated.

All the legal and procedural knowledge and skills that you gain are also valued in a range of places. This includes organisations and bodies across the Criminal Justice System and related disciplines. We are always available to provide advice on alternative career paths. Whether within the wider police family or further afield.

Fees and Funding

Full-time£9250 per year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£13000 per year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£13000 per year
Full-time£9250 per year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£14250 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Justice located in the Faculty of Business and Justice

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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