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What makes the Degree in Professional Policing* at the University of Worcester special?

New for 2022

Policing is now a degree-entry level profession and we offer this specific qualification to support the ‘pre-degree’ (PPD) entry route into the Police Service in England and Wales (one of three entry routes). This College of Policing licenced degree meets the professional requirements for policing in the 21st century and is the only recognised degree qualification for any student considering the ‘pre-degree’ route into the police service.

Though this degree is primarily designed for students wishing to pursue a career in the police service via the ‘Pre-Degree Route (PPD)’ the course is also suitable for students wishing to work in other related areas, for example; the National Crime Agency, probation service, military police, private security industry, civil service, local authority, banking and similar organisations where investigative or practical legal knowledge are required. The degree has a currency of 5 years following graduation, for recruitment in to policing via the PPD route*.

Fields of study will include response policing, community policing, public protection and the investigation of crime. Policing strategies and models will be explored with an evidence-based approach throughout and across the programme to embed research-based and academic thinking into operational decision-making, problem-solving and improvement within police practice. You’ll learn policing concepts and criminological concepts to explain, prevent and detect crime, criminality and victimisation and will understand how these underpin both criminal justice practice and policing practice in England and Wales.

You’ll also have the opportunity to volunteer with local organisations, including the local police service, West Mercia Police; building on your practical experience throughout your studies. You'll learn from specialist practitioners and real-world experience, so you'll get a genuine taste of the work police officers perform on a day to day basis and work you could be doing after you graduate.

For further information on the application process and eligibility for the role of police constable upon completion of the degree at Worcester, please see this information on national police recruitment and joining the police as a new PC

This course is subject to approval

Overview

Overview

Key Features

  • Designed for individuals who wish to join the police service, prison, private security organisations or wider criminal justice roles

  • You'll study the College of Policing (CoP) PEQF National Policing Curriculum; including the five principal areas of professional functionality (known as Police Practice areas) that have been specified as core to the performance of the police constable role: Response Policing, Policing Communities, Policing the Roads, Information and Intelligence and Conducting Investigations

  • You'll develop specific police skills, knowledge and critical understanding of policing in the 21st century, with opportunities to put knowledge into practice in simulations

  • You’ll critically evaluate police-related knowledge using a variety of academic and police bodies of research and knowledge, culminating in your final year in a dissertation

Joining the Police Service

Those joining the Police Service without a degree in professional policing are required to study this programme ‘in-force’ as part of a police apprenticeship programme or as an additional bolt-on Certificate if joining a police service via the ‘any relevant degree’ Degree-Holder Entry Programme. However, studying this degree at the University of Worcester prior to applying to join a police service via the ‘Pre-Degree’ route, provides students with the freedom to study this academic knowledge-based degree, based upon the national curriculum for the police constable role, whilst gaining valuable insight and experience from police practitioners and academics alike, in the comfort of University surroundings.

The pre-join Degree in Professional Policing will provide you with an entry route into policing if you wish to study before you apply to join a police force and securing this degree before joining a police service also means you receive a shorter ‘probationary’ training period with a police service of your choice and entry at a higher salary.

You may also consider a career outside of the police service, in the vast array of Criminal Justice agencies that work alongside the police and so this degree also benefits those seeking to want to understand more about the role of the police in consideration of a career in a partnership agency or working alongside police officers as a member of police support staff.

Please note – studying this degree does not guarantee entry into a police service as a police officer. This degree provides you with the academic entry requirements for an application for the pre-join degree route into policing. Each police force in England and Wales sets its own recruitment process and selection criteria, with entry requirements varying between forces in addition to the degree requirement. Your education will continue ‘in force’ if you become a probationary police constable upon successful application. If you wish to use a pre-join degree as your entry route to the police service, you must apply to join a police force within five years of your graduation.

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

112
UCAS tariff points

Entry Requirements

112 UCAS tariff points (for example, BBC at A Level)

Reflecting the national police eligibility criteria, all students must hold a Level 2 qualification at GCSE grade C/4 or above in both English Language and Mathematics (in keeping with police force entry requirements).

We would strongly advice that students become familiar with the recruitment requirements and eligibility criteria for the police force to which they intend to apply to (those students wishing to become a police officer). Students should be aware of this separate employment criteria and note that entry requirements into a career in policing are subject to individual constabulary police recruitment processes, which includes vetting checks, application sift, assessment centre, final interview, medical and fitness. The degree programme will not be suitable for candidates whose sole ambition is to become a police officer, but for certain factors, will not be able to meet the eligibility criteria (e.g a conviction for certain criminal offences). Police forces also require a minimum education level of a level 2 qualification in English Language & Mathematics at a GCSE grade C or above, or grades 4-9.

Other Information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com

Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

 

 

Year One

  • Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice 
  • The role of the Police Service and the Police Constable
  • The Blue Line and the Law; Powers, Procedure and Professionalism
  • Individual Differences in Criminal Justice Practice
  • Problem Solving in the Community

Year Two

  • Building on Theory and Research in Criminology
  • Black Box Thinking and Emotional Intelligence; Criminal Investigation
  • Victim/ Witness and Suspect Interviewing
  • CPIA, Disclosure and the Threshold Tests 
  • Streets and Wheels

Year Three

  • Dissertation
  • Public Protection and Multi-Agency Working 
  • Specialist Police Investigations
  • Digital Policing and Cybercrime  
  • Organised Crime and Global Security 
  • Victims and Vulnerability 
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching

Teaching will relate to real-world examples and ‘lived experiences’, whether in relation to police practice, the behaviour of individuals or the specifics of legislation, policy, procedures and strategies and implementation of such into practice. Simulated activities using Virtual Crime Scenes and the ‘Crime Scene House’ will prepare you for ‘real world’ policing in a safe, supportive environment. You will be immersed in realistic scenarios, allowing you to work in groups to secure and preserve the scene and physically collect evidence. Your investigative interviewing skills will be harnessed and developed through the use of face-to-face interviews with victims, witnesses and suspects (using role players) and the use of the local police force’s custody training suite. Your investigations will be seen through to evidential evaluation and case management stages using criminal barristers acting as members of the CPS and Defence teams, culminating in simulated criminal proceedings using the University’s mock court room facilities.

You will not always be taught in isolated ‘professional policing only’ modules.Instead, you will join inter-disciplinary criminology modules throughout your degree studies, to benefit from peer learning and differing perspectives to policing issues. This link with other student bodies and criminal justice communities within a safe, learning environment is designed to encourage multi-agency working, broader thinking and an enhancement of your evidence-based practice and understanding of the wide reach of policing issues and strategies. Policing is not an isolated public service and therefore you will not be isolated from associated communities within the University student body.

Modules take a blended approach to learning and teaching: you will be participating in lectures, seminars and group-work, which will be face-to-face on-campus learning complemented with online learning materials and online activities. The virtual learning environment (VLE) is utilised as a point of access for information such as course materials, session recordings, recorded presentations and static presentations. Learning, teaching and assessment integrate the professional requirements, core subject knowledge and professional attributes required by the College of Policing as a licenced degree programme to promote your development as knowledgeable, safe, competent, and rounded professional police officers.

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, and also the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful.

Assessment

Assessments are designed to meet the requirements of the College of Policing PEQF Curriculum and the QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Criminology; including a focus on evidence-based policing, the theoretical concepts that underpin policing and the knowledge and understanding to equip a modern, future police constable to operate ethically and professionally within the service.

Assessments incorporate various methods that promotes innovation and the development of personal strengths and the identification of areas for further improvement. Throughout the programme, graduate attributes will be developed using personal reflective diaries and the requirement for a reflective piece to accompany formative or summative assessment submission to nurture the growth and value attached to life-long learning, continual professional development, and reflexive practice, introduced at Level 4. Formative feedback will be provided in each module and via the Personal Academic Tutor and is intended to support the journey of academic growth, giving students the opportunity to reflect on their own learning and feed-forward into future summative assessments. Feedback on summative course work assessments will be provided within 20 working days of hand-in. 

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessment which is graded and counts towards the overall module grade. The assessment schedule is balanced so as not to ‘overload’ you with submission deadlines. Knowledge and understanding is assessed in isolation within summative assessments; assessments are not designed to continually require you to achieve learning outcomes more than once in more than one assessment.

Assessment methods include essays, reports, presentations, observed performance, reflective pieces and group presentations. Some of the assessments within the pre-join degree have been designed to reflect the professional requirements of report and document writing within policing.

A typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

 

Year 1 

  • 1 x opinion piece
  • 2 x joint presentation
  • 1 x exam (multiple choice questions)
  • 1 x Crime Prevention Plan
  • 1 x essay
  • 1 x report
  • 1 x case study

 

Year 2  

  • 2 x practical/ observed interviews
  • 1 x case file presentation (joint)
  • 1 x exam
  • 1 x essay
  • 2 x report
  • 1 x research project

 

Year 3  

  • 1 x dissertation
  • 1 x report
  • 1 x interactive digital model
  • 2 x essay
  • 1 x group MARAC & Risk Management Plan
  • 1 x presentation

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 12 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study. Typically contact time will be structured around:

  • 4 hours of interactive workshops
  • 4 hours of (large group) lectures
  • 2-4 hours of seminars in groups of around 20 students
  • 2-4 hours of supervised Courtroom activities

Independent self study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 22 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve researching, reading, planning and designing projects, completing formative and summative assignments, working with other students in group activities and meeting with your PAT or Supervisor, Academic Writer in Residence or Academic Librarian.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources including the dedicated Professional Policing resources; which includes a University subscription to ‘Policing Insight’; an online virtual resource offering learning and research resources and access to ‘The Policing Student’, an online resource supporting students embarking on Professional Policing studies.

Duration

  • 3 years full-time
  • Up to 5 years part-time

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course and you will meet a number of current and former police practitioners throughout the programme. Teaching staff have significant policing and police leadership experience in key specialisms such as investigation, domestic violence and abuse, child protection, major incidents, covert policing, risk management and response policing. Staff likewise have prior experience of policing within the University’s local community and are therefore able to utilise existing working relationships and partnership arrangements/contacts in the delivery of the programme modules. Teaching staff are also experienced in training operational police officers and staff, and have delivered and/or contributed to the development of College of Policing licenced programmes. All teaching staff are dual professionals, in that they hold relevant teaching qualifications: 50% of staff have been awarded or are working towards a Level 7 teaching qualification and are Associate Teaching Fellows/Teaching Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. This dual professionalism in teaching staff will provide you with unparalleled access to real-life examples of theoretical content to aid and enhance your learning experience. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles

 

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Careers

Where could it take you?

The BA (Hons) Degree in Professional Policing is one of three possible entry routes into policing and is a key part of the national policing agenda to professionalise the police service, recruitment into policing, widening participation and wider Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF). As such, this qualification will allow students to pursue a career in policing as an approved and licenced qualification from the College of Policing. This helps to improve graduate prospects with regard to a future career in policing (subject to police force’s own recruitment criteria – see "Further employability information" below), or a related field.

 

Further employability information

Please note, the BA (Hons) Degree in Professional Policing does not guarantee entry into employment as a police constable or any police staff position. It is tailored towards developing the skills, knowledge, understanding, experience and personal confidence students will need to apply for any of the posts offered by a police service. It will also prepare students for other roles in the increasingly pluralised environment of policing in the UK.

Each police force in England and Wales has its own recruitment process, selection policy and entry requirements and students who wish to apply to a police force should check their eligibility against the respective force’s own recruitment website. Police recruitment is managed by individual constabularies and involves rigorous background checks and recruitment processes that are separate to the University of Worcester’s admission policy and procedures. The University of Worcester has no influence over these external procedures and whilst admission onto this programme of study will enhance a student’s policing career prospects and provide them with the necessary licenced qualification it cannot guarantee students with a career in policing.

Employability skills associated with this programme include, but are not limited to, academic study and research skills, subject specific knowledge, collaboration and partnership working, professional standards and ethical practice, respect for others, creativity, innovation, problem-solving, decision-making, risk identification and management, effective communication skills, emotional intelligence and reflective practice.

Professional development of employability skills is integrated throughout the programme, module design and assessment strategy to build a spiral curriculum, enhancing knowledge, understanding, competencies and attributes as you progress through Levels 4-6. Assessment includes a focus on enabling learners to use reflective practice and approaches to continuous professional development, to inform solutions for self-improvement and self-development. The programme will provide graduates with a set of intellectual, social and practical skills, as well as knowledge that employers will find attractive.

Upon achievement of the BA (Hons) Degree in Professional Policing award, the award has a currency of 5 years for students wishing to apply to join a police service via the ‘Pre-Join Degree’ pathway.

Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2022/23 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2022/23 academic year is £13,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2022/23 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20-credit module, £2,312 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £111 per week to 'En-suite Premium' at £189 per week (2022/23 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

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