Policing (BSc Hons)

Criminology student

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

If you think you have a strong sense of justice and the ability to diffuse tension in stressful situations, then you might be considering a career in policing. This degree combines academic study and skills training to provide a thorough grounding in the theory and practicalities of work within the contemporary policing workforce.

The University of Gloucestershire is working with Gloucestershire Constabulary to design this rewarding new degree aimed at ambitious students planning a career in policing and related sectors. Compulsory modules cover key areas of knowledge, including legislation; police practices, policies and procedures; the role of the police in the UK criminal justice system; equality and diversity; and crime investigation.

You also select from a range of option modules which provide the opportunity to explore areas of personal interest in policing or criminology, such as restorative justice, crime science, and public protection.

Alongside this syllabus you will also follow a programme of professional development. We encourage students to join the Special Constabulary** and be trained in the underpinning operational skills required of police officers; alternatively you could volunteer in another policing-related role.

**Those students wishing to join the Special Constabulary will make a separate application on joining the course. Please note that acceptance to the Special Constabulary is not guaranteed and is dependent on a successful evidence-based application, interview, fitness test, medical and vetting procedure. Potential students are strongly advised to take the College of Policing’s Pre-Application Questionnaire before enrolling for this course.

*Participation in this course cannot guarantee recruitment into the police service.

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Study style

The emphasis is on the application of knowledge to the real world, with assessment via reports, case files, simulated forensic investigations, presentations, research projects, essays and exams.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2019 entry*

104 tariff points

Typical offers

BCC at A Levels, MMM at BTEC or a combination of qualifications

2019 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

* Subject to satisfactory DBS disclosure


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BSc (Hons) - 3 years full-time4GP2


  • Police Officer
  • Police Staff
  • Border Force Officer
  • Work in the court system or in prisons
  • Roles with local authorities or third sector organisations
  • Working in areas such as social housing, victim support or sustance abuse

Tri force

Delivered by experienced academics and former senior police officers


Combines academic study and skills training


Develops the graduate and transferable skills required within the contemporary policing workforce

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