Professional Policing BA (Hons)

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    Full Time: 3 Years

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If you are interested in entering the police force, preparing for a non-operational role or even considering positions in the military or security services then this professional policing degree may be the course for you.

We have extremely close professional links with Northants Police and this means that you are exposed to a wide range of guest speakers from detectives to child protection officers.

Updated 18/05/2022


Course Content

  • Our Professional Policing degree is taught by serving and retired police officers and other industry professionals. This course will give you an insight into legislation, conducting investigations and the criminal justice system in the United Kingdom.

    We are dedicated to giving you the skills that you will you need to pursue a career in Law enforcement. You will have the chance to apply what you learn in real-life scenarios in our purpose-built facilities through working with colleagues from across the University. This collaborative working results in you gaining a highly effective and complete qualification that is valued and recognised by all the forces across the East Midlands and beyond.

    Please note that having obtained a degree in ‘Professional Policing’ it does not guarantee you a job as a police officer. There is a strict eligibility criterion and several stages to the police application process which can be found on the College of Policing website.Also, your degree in policing has a currency of 5 years from graduation until you join the service (this applies to all College of Policing approved pre-join degrees offered elsewhere). It means that you have 5 years to join the police service following your graduation. The reason is that with there being so many changes in policing and legislation, any longer than 5 years would make it outdated.

    List of modules

    Information about the modules on this course can be found on the Professional Policing module award map.

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 22/23. The modules relating to the academic year 23/24 will be available from June 2023.

    Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme

    Our Professional Policing Degree is part of the Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELCS). The ELCS is an opportunity for members of the Armed Forces to further or expand on their education. The scheme offers support financially in a maximum of three separate financial years for higher level learning of a nationally recognised qualification at a Level three or above.

  • Typical offers would be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC, or an Access Course that includes 30 level 3 credits at Merit. In addition, you will be expected to have GCSE English Language at a grade C/4 or above. We do accept equivalences (e.g. Level 2 Functional / Key Skills). If you have qualifications preceding GCSEs and do not have English Language at grade C/4 then we will consider your application on an individual basis.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK Full Time: £9,250
    • International Full Time: £13,000

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2021. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK/EU Full Time: £9,250
    • International Full Time: £12,900
    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2020. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

  • Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

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  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join our professional policing degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.

  • How will I learn?

    Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, assessed role plays, independent and group work. We encourage you to actively engage with seminars and groups discussions to apply your learning to different scenarios. Practical work will represent an important component of our degree in policing throughout each of the three years of study.

    Taught sessions are usually between two or three hours per module per week. Pre-reads are provided for most sessions and you should arrive prepared, having already read the assigned texts so that you can maximise your understanding.

    How will I be assessed?

    Assessment for the professional policing degree is varied and consists of presentations, essays, assignments, skills labs, practical exercises, reports, reflective accounts and video presentations, exams and multiple choice tests. These reflect the National Occupational Standards for the Police Service and the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme. If you choose to take alternative placements you will be assessed against relevant appropriate standards.

    Are there any special features on the professional policing degree

    You can practice real life scenarios in one of our specialist facilities. For  interview training, there is a purpose-built interview rooms and a realistic custody suite as well as mock flat with one way mirrors.

    In addition, we are one of only few universities in the country that have fully functioning Hydra simulation room used for immersive learning. Hydra is a sophisticated piece of technology that is used to simulate the reality of critical incident management.

    Facilities includes:

    • tutoring to the same level as regular officers
    • mentoring
    • role plays in partnership with actors, paramedics and lawyers from across the University
    • interview training in purpose-built interview rooms
    • mentoring groups
    • guest speakers from across the industry
    • bespoke fast track application for Northants Police for successful applicants
    • realistic Custody suite
    • mock flat with one way mirrors.
    Are there any work experience opportunities on the professional policing degree?

    There are opportunities to go on work placements, either with the Northamptonshire Police, Northampton Borough Council or with not-for-profit groups who deal with prevention of offending behaviour amongst vulnerable groups, or substance abuse such as Free to Talk.

    Please note that placements are not guaranteed, they must be earned and if you do not display the relevant professional standards or acquire the relevant standards in your coursework you will not receive a placement.

Student Story

Holly’s Story

Holly shares her experiences of studying the Professional Policing course and how it helped her secure her first job with the Northamptonshire Police as a Response Officer.


Careers and Employability

Graduates with a degree in policing are likely to find employment as police officers or within the wider police service performing support roles. You could also pursue careers as officers within the armed forces, the security services, or within research roles relating to crime and disorder, investigative roles and the security industry upon completing this course.

If you are wishing to join the Special Constabulary you will need to make a separate application when you join the course. Please note that acceptance to the Special Constabulary is not guaranteed and is dependent on a successful evidence-based application, interview, fitness test, medical and vetting procedure.

Student Story

Lara's Story
Lara studied Professional Policing BA (Hons) and graduated in 2020 and has spent time volunteering with Northamptonshire Police. Lara is currently working for the University of Northampton as a Student Success Mentor, supporting current students with their studies.


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