Professional Policing

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Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

If you have a strong sense of justice and the ability to diffuse tension in stressful situations, you might want to consider a career in policing.

From January 2020 policing in England and Wales becomes a graduate qualified profession. Delivered to the standards required by the College of Policing as a “Pre-Join Degree”, and building on the success of our existing BSc Policing programme, this rewarding new course combines academic study with skills training to provide a thorough grounding in the theory and practicalities of contemporary policing.

Compulsory modules cover key areas of policing knowledge including legislation; crime investigation; civil emergencies and critical incident management;  equality, diversity and human rights; and extremism and counter-terrorism.  You also choose from a selection of option modules which include global and organised crime, green criminology and responding to sexual violence.

Your skills of observation, information collection and analysis are developed through a live project conducted to a brief set by an external organisation-- currently we are working on a crime reduction initiative on behalf of Gloucester City Safe.  You will attend a residential fieldtrip to examine the different social environments and policing challenges in another part of the UK.   Your crime investigation skills will be developed during exercises carried out in our Crime Scene House, forensic interviewing suite and moot court.  And you will participate in scenarios where you will develop skills for policing incidents and managing crime scenes, working in collaboration with students from paramedic science, social work and forensic computing.

During 2019 and 2020, higher education providers planning to deliver the Pre-Join degree in Professional Policing are seeking course approval from the College of Policing.  Approval requires the provider to demonstrate that the course meets the core requirements of the national programme specification.  The University of Gloucestershire degree intends to undertake the final stage of this approval process in April 2019, ensuring that the programme is approved for the first entry in September 2019.

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Study style

The emphasis is on the application of knowledge to the real world, with reference to the College of Policing’s Competency and Values Framework for Policing.  Styles of assessment include problem-solving exercises, reports, case files, presentations, research projects, and a professional development portfolio. 

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, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff points.

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. Please email our admissions team for further information.


See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.


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Professional Development

We encourage students to join the Special Constabulary. 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.


International fieldtrips

As well as a residential fieldtrip in the UK, we offer the option of joining a fieldtrip further afield. Recent destinations have included Toronto, Sarajevo and South Africa.

Police officers
Successful completion of any BSc (Hons) Professional Policing cannot guarantee entry to a police force.  The recruitment process for joining police forces is separate and each police force specifies its own entry requirements.


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