BSc (Hons) Policing

Course summary

Police officersCourse overview

This knowledge-based degree enables you to demonstrate breadth and depth in policing theory, policy and contexts, and equips you with transferable professional skills that are relevant to policing and a range of other professions. 

Currently, this is the only degree in the country closely mapped to the Policing Education Qualification Framework (PEQF) to cover all key areas of modern policing.

Please note this degree does not award warranted officer status. 

Why choose this course?
The degree offers academic theories and work-based practice opportunities that will provide you with knowledge and skills relevant to policing or related professions.   

You will develop critical thinking skills and explore evidence-based theories of policing in a number of different learning environments including practical attachments in a policing context. With a focus on contemporary policing, this degree is suitable for serving or retired officers, as well as those considering a career in police related areas.

You will learn and be taught by specialist and experienced lecturers from the profession who will provide guidance and practical expertise to enable you to develop critical approaches to understanding and transferable knowledge and skills 
The course will explore the following key areas of policing:
  • Response Policing
  • Policing Communities
  • Policing the Roads
  • Information and Intelligence
  • Conducting Investigations
  • Counter-terrorism 
  • Digital Policing
UWL has developed a partnership with developed with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to provide you with access to a variety of work experience opportunities and supplementary materials to support learning. 

You will be able to develop additional work-based skills to enhance opportunities to gain employment, training or further qualifications after graduation in policing or other related sectors. 

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Career and study progression
After completing this course, there are many careers that will benefit from the skills and teachings you acquired while studying. 

These include, but are not limited to the following:
  • The National Crime Agency 
  • The intelligence sector 
  • The crime reduction sector 
  • Prison services
  • Graduate entry routes to teaching, social work and community development 
  • Central Government (e.g. Ministry of Justice, Department of Health, Home Office, The Civil Service, Court systems)
  • Local Government and international programmes
  • The border force and immigration sector
  • Armed services 
  • Offender management and rehabilitation services 
  • Security, private investigation and personal security
  • Cybercrime, fraud and loss prevention
  • Offender management and rehabilitation services
  • Probation, prisons and working with young offenders
  • NGOs
  • Community organisations
  • Victim support 
  • Third sector organisations 
  • Private sector organisations 
The teaching and learning methods used on this course will also make use of a flipped classroom approach that will enable you to engage with relevant principles, theory and research underpinning the current policing knowledge and practice base, and apply this in class to case studies, scenarios, role plays and simulations. This will be linked to formative assessments and reflective tasks contributing to the evidence to be presented in their portfolios. 

The approach taken to teaching and learning and tools used reflects and is informed by the outcomes of recent research carried out by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) into what works in teaching and development in policing. 

You will benefit from inter-professional interaction using resources such as the Crime Scene room used to teach Forensic Science, the Science Laboratories at St. Mary’s Road, the Mock Court room, which is used, for criminology, law and forensic science and the Simulation Centre predominantly used for health care education.

Course detail

Level 4
Modules at Level 4 provide you with the underpinning foundational knowledge relevant to an understanding of the key categories within the NPC. This covers: 
  • ensuring public safety 
  • protecting vulnerable people 
  • preventing and reducing crime 
  • maximising information and intelligence 
  • conducting investigations
  • supporting victims

You will also develop a basic understanding of: 

  • response policing 
  • policing communities 
  • policing the roads 
  • counter-terrorism 
  • digital policing.
 Modules at this level include:
  • Introduction to the Role of the Police 
  • Crime Investigations 
  • Introduction to Evidence-based Practice
  • Offender Management 
  • Vulnerability and Crime
  • Introduction to Policing Practice 
Level 5
Modules at Level 5 build on the key areas of the NPC introduced at level 4 and challenges students to adopt a more critical approach. 

You will also be provided with a wider range of research methods, data collection and analysis skills. You will gain work-based experience in one of the core areas of operational policing through their engagement with the placement module. 

Modules at this level include:
  • Developing Professional Practice  
  • Research Skills
  • Crime and Public Protection
  • Intelligence Management and Investigations
  • Policing in Action (Placement module)* 
Level 6
At Level 6, through the Enhancing Policing Practice module, you will be provided the opportunity to study in more depth a core areas of operational policing in one of the following areas:
  • Response Policing
  • Policing Communities
  • Policing the Roads
  • Information and Intelligence
  • Conducting Investigations
They will also demonstrate advanced knowledge and techniques in evidence-based policing, leadership and team-working, decision-making, and mentoring, coaching and assessment. Modules at this level include:
  • Dissertation
  • Leadership and Mentoring
  • Enhancing Policing Practice 
  • Advanced Investigation Skills
  • Advanced Problem Solving and Professional Practice

*Policing in Action (40 credits) 
This is a compulsory work-based learning module in which you must complete a minimum of 30 hours in a placement setting relevant to one of the core areas of contemporary policing practice. 

As these areas are wide ranging, they are therefore applicable to careers beyond the immediate policing environment, which includes those based in community, third sector or private settings. 

Students taking this module will be required to compile an assessed portfolio and produce a reflective statement about their practice learning experience, which they will be able to present to prospective employers.

Entry requirements

For entry at Level 4, applicants should hold 112 - 120 UCAS tariff points drawn from Level 3 qualifications.

These can include:

  • A Levels at grade B, C, or above
  • BTEC Extended Diploma with Distinction, Merit
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • Applicants will also need GCSE English and Maths (grade 9 – 4 / A* - C) or Level 2 equivalents.

    Mature applicants (aged 21+) who do not hold the above qualifications, but possess relevant work experience, are invited to apply and these applications will be considered on an individual basis.

    Applicants seeking to gain entry at Level 5 or 6 of the course via recognition of prior learning (RPL) will be individually assessed in line with the UWL Accreditation of Prior Learning guidelines for APEL/APCL (Accreditation of Experiential Learning / Accreditation of Credit-bearing learning).

    Applicants opting to take this route will need to demonstrate completion of education and training which can be mapped to the National Policing Curriculum (NPC) and, where applicable, the new Police Education and Qualification Framework (PEQF) and therefore the UWL BSc (Hons) Policing Studies.

    Applicants will need to complete an APEL Portfolio and submit an extended CV demonstrating this mapping.

    Depending on prior academic experience, applicants may also be required to submit written evidence of their ability to perform at the requisite academic level of entry.
    International students need to meet our English language requirement at IELTS 6.0 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

    In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit to check for local equivalencies.

    We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses


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You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.

Information in the video above is accurate at the time it was produced. Bursaries for September for 2019 entry have not been announced. 

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply


Applicants for this course are required to attend an interview. All candidates must have a current satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) and occupational health assessment.

One satisfactory reference should to be provided with the application form.

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UK and EU students

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