Professional Policing BSc (Hons)

UCAS code LL44

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About this course 2019/20

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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.

Modules & Learning

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.

Teaching Staff

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.

Research-rich Learning

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.

Career Edge

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. 

Your Future

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.

Course info

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

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