In June 2021, policing became a graduate-qualified profession in England and Wales, so a relevant degree is a requirement for anybody wanting to become a fully operational police officer. Licensed by the College of Policing, our course was the first approved ‘pre-join degree’ in the South West, providing an excellent route into the profession and ensuring the required standards are met. We now have 3 cohorts of graduates who have successfully completed their degrees, many of whom are now operational police officers in multiple forces in England and Wales.
Our Professional Policing BSc (Hons) course scored 91% for teaching and 100% for academic support in the National Student Survey 2023.
Our degree is run in partnership with Gloucestershire Constabulary with whom there are multiple opportunities to gain practical experience and support while you are studying with us.
If you have a strong sense of justice, an inquiring mind and the ability to diffuse tension in stressful situations, you might want to consider a career in policing.
While this degree is the licensed ‘pre-join’ degree for policing, we have students who want to study policing but who don’t necessarily want to become a police officer. This degree is a supportive and interactive way to learn about policing, the criminal justice system more broadly and related elements of social science, which is a great foundation for those wishing to go on to other careers. As well as having graduates working as police officers across England and Wales, we also have graduates working in victim support, forensics, counterterrorism, teaching, police civilian roles, child protection, social work and many other careers.
On this course you are able to make module choices in both your second and third year to allow you to further develop your own interests in criminal justice. We also have options to do overseas field trips if you wish giving you the ability to focus on what interests you the most. In your third year you can opt to do a professional experience module where you volunteer for an organisation – an opportunity to enhance your CV while working in an industry related to where you may choose to work upon graduation.
The course combines academic study with skills training to provide a thorough grounding in the theory and practicalities of contemporary policing.
You’ll gain practical policing skills by participating in live projects, a residential field trip (included in your fees) and other exercises – helping you to build your skills and apply knowledge to real-world scenarios.
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, essays, case files, presentations, research projects, and portfolios.
We have research groups in policing, sexual violence and homicide at the University run by experts and welcome students who wish to take part. Evidence-based policing is key to effective policing. Our research groups give you the opportunity to work on real-world research to enhance your knowledge and understanding of this important practice and add to the evidence base available to police forces. Maybe you can influence police practice while you are still a student!
Do you want to get hands-on experience while studying? Then our Special Constable route in collaboration with Gloucestershire Constabulary may be for you. The University offers academic credit to students who opt to be a Special alongside their degree. There is also the possibility to enter the police on a higher pay scale upon completion of your degree.
You’ll need to make a separate application when you join the course. Acceptance into the Special Constabulary isn’t guaranteed – and is dependent on a successful evidence-based application, interview, fitness test, medical and vetting procedure.
Further details are available on request and at our open days.