Professional Policing (BSc Hons)

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

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Professional Policing (BSc Hons)

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Our criminology courses are in the UK top 20, rank 3rd in the UK for course satisfaction and 7th for graduate prospects according to the Guardian University Guide 2020.

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.

By June 2021, policing will become 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 is the first approved 'pre-join degree' in the South West, providing an excellent route into the profession and ensuring the required standards are met. It combines academic study with skills training to provide a thorough grounding in the theory and practicalities of contemporary policing.

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. As this course meets all of the core requirements of the National Police Curriculum for the College of Policing’s Pre-Join Degree in Professional Policing, all modules at Levels 4, 5 and 6 are compulsory and add up to 360 credits.

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 field trip 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. You will also 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.

Find out more about joining the police and police careers.

Please note: As with all other policing related degree courses, there are no guarantees of entry to a police force post-completion of the BSc (Hons) Professional Policing. Prospective students should be aware that there are associated recruitment processes required when applying to a particular force, including successful completion of the national police recruitment process (e.g. Police SEARCH® / Day One Recruit Assessment Centre) and passing medical and fitness tests, and background and security checks (force vetting) before being appointed as a Police Officer.

For more information visit: the College of Policing web page.

In addition, as with all other Pre-Join Degree courses in Professional Policing licensed by the College of Policing, this BSc (Hons) Professional Policing degree has a currency of 5 years following graduation for the purposes of recruitment into policing. This does not mean that the BSc (Hons) Professional Policing degree awarded by the University of Gloucestershire only lasts for 5 years – the degree is a lifetime award which demonstrates significant academic achievement and the possession of transferable skills that are valued by all employers.

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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

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Civil Emergencies and Critical Incident Management' to 'Criminal Justice: From Crime Scene to Court'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

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Tariff information for 2020 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 total.

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.

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 contact our admissions team if you have a question.


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BSc (Hons) - 3 years full-timeL312


  • 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 substance abuse

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"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."

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Professional Development

During your course you will follow a programme of 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: Acceptance to the Special Constabulary is not guaranteed and is dependent on a successful evidence-based application, interview, fitness test, medical and vetting procedure.

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Gain Practical Policing Skills

You’ll participate in live projects, a residential field trip and other exercises to build your skills and learn to apply knowledge to real world scenarios.

School of Natural and Social Sciences

Our School of Natural and Social Sciences provides the best possible student experience with cutting-edge technology and strong practical elements to each course. You will work closely with lecturers and other students in the seminar room, the laboratory and the field.

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