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Our exciting new degree programme in Policing will offer a unique insight into contemporary law enforcement, the role of the Police in society, and the challenges they face.

The BSc in Professional Policing at Northumbria is a research rich and vocationally orientated programme which draws from criminology, law, forensic science, fraud management and investigation, and cybercrime. The policing degree will address critical questions that span expertise in Social Sciences, Law, Forensics and Digital, and Business allowing students to explore problems not only from a criminological but also a sociological, legal and cultural perspective relating to the role, function and philosophical approaches to policing.

Please note that there are no guarantees of entry to a police force post-completion of the BSc (Hons) Professional Policing.  The recruitment process for joining police forces is separate and each police force specifies its own entry requirements.

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Our exciting new degree programme in Policing will offer a unique insight into contemporary law enforcement, the role of the Police in society, and the challenges they face.

The BSc in Professional Policing at Northumbria is a research rich and vocationally orientated programme which draws from criminology, law, forensic science, fraud management and investigation, and cybercrime. The policing degree will address critical questions that span expertise in Social Sciences, Law, Forensics and Digital, and Business allowing students to explore problems not only from a criminological but also a sociological, legal and cultural perspective relating to the role, function and philosophical approaches to policing.

Please note that there are no guarantees of entry to a police force post-completion of the BSc (Hons) Professional Policing.  The recruitment process for joining police forces is separate and each police force specifies its own entry requirements.

Course Information

UCAS Code
LL44

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time

Location
Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

The BSc Professional Policing will encompass the national curriculum for the professional education of people seeking entry into policing at the level of police constable.

The policing specific curriculum has been designed by the College of Policing (the professional body for all those working in the police service) to be professionally transformative.  The curriculum reflects the contemporary areas of knowledge, skills and professional practice essential to the 21st century police constable role. 

These include (but are not limited to): evidence-based policing; decision making and discretion; criminology and crime prevention; pro-active approaches to vulnerability, risk and public protection; and modern policing trends such as digital policing.

Academics from our team are helping shape tomorrow by carrying out significant research which directly informs and impacts upon Police policy and practice. 

When studying the Professional Policing course you will be taught by our experienced and inspirational staff who bring their wealth of knowledge in the sector as well as strong background in research to the classroom.  Academic staff teaching on the programme will be drawn from Criminology, Law, Business, Forensic Science, Leadership and Management, Digital Forensics, Media, Psychology and Social work, allowing us to offer a multi-disciplinary approach to the teaching students experience on the programme.

Students on the BSc Professional Policing will have access to unrivalled facilities located at City Campus including: the specially designed courtroom equipped with DVD recording, enabling students to gain real-life exposure to the courtroom environment and develop their practical skills and experience mock trials; the brand new dedicated Computer Network Technology and Digital Security labs and open access computing areas; the comprehensive media centre with television and radio studios; and the City Campus University Library, open 24/7 during term time providing learning spaces, scholarly resources, online services, and opportunities to develop learning skills. 

We complement our classroom learning through our online virtual learning environment, where we direct you to electronic learning sources and compose video podcasts and online quizzes to consolidate and evaluate your acquired knowledge.

As Northumbria University has developed considerable expertise working with police forces regionally, nationally, and internationally, this sustained excellence in police research is a unique strength and advantage as this work will support the design, development and delivery of this programme. The world-leading and internationally-excellent research conducted at Northumbria University helps to develop the evidence base for contemporary policing.

Our work is characterised as:

  • Informing policy and practice.
  • Providing wide-ranging, cutting-edge science and applied research.
  • Working in partnership with the Police and agencies regionally, nationally, within European networks and internationally.

The professional aim of the programme is to equip learners with the relevant knowledge needed to pursue a career in the police service at the rank of constable.

The benefits of the programme also encompass higher level skills including problem-solving, critical and analytical reflection, communication, and leadership. The programme will also involve working with external stakeholders in policing to enhance relevance in the policing arena. For example, students on the BSc Professional Policing can undertake placement activity with the police as part of their academic study; they can also act as independent stop and search scrutiny panel members. 

This three-year knowledge-based degree will equip you with the theoretical knowledge now required to join the Police force as a police constable in England and Wales. Following successful completion of the programme it is anticipated that the majority of students will join a police force.  A successful recruit to the police service via this route will be required to apply and meet all the recruitment criterion for the recruiting force, and complete a two-year probationary period in line with police regulations. 

As our graduates may also go on to work within the wider criminal justice system, you have options on the programme to gain practical experience through volunteering with criminal justice agencies. Overall this dynamic programme will develop your understanding of the complex relationship between theory and practice, providing a great start to a career in the field of policing and criminal justice.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Distinction, Distinction, Merit 

Scottish Highers:

BBBCC - BBBBC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:

BBBBB  - ABBBB

IB Diploma:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 credits at Distinction and 27 at Merit

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3. Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A Level or equivalent study.

Additional Information:

Applicants should use the personal statement on their application to illustrate their abilities, aptitudes, skills, qualifications and experiences which might be taken into account as well as or instead of any of the formal qualifications listed below. It is University policy to recognise a wide variety of evidence, and potential applicants may wish to discuss this aspect of their application with the admission tutor or at to seek guidance at an open day.

Please note that there are no guarantees of entry to a police force post-completion of the BSc (Hons) Professional Policing. The recruitment process for joining police forces is separate and each police force specifies its own entry requirements. Applicants are asked to be aware that there are associated recruitment process(es) required when applying to a particular force, including passing medical and fitness tests, and background and security checks. Candidates must also undertake a series of assessments including National Recruitment processes and Force vetting, and applicants should consider this before applying to the programme.

 

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

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