BA (Hons) Policing
Why choose this course?
We have worked closely with local constabularies to design this rewarding new degree aimed at ambitious students planning a career in policing.
- Develop both the practical and theoretical knowledge you need to become an effective police officer
- Gain an additional qualification alongside your degree: the University of Derby is recognised by the College of Policing as an "Approved Provider" of the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP). This qualification is required by a number of police services as a pre entry requirement before acceptance to that force
- Improve your employability and transferable skills by becoming a Special Constable as part of your course (subject to police vetting, assessment centre, medical and fitness procedures. There are limited places available and the recruitment panel will make the final decision)
- Analyse topical debates surrounding policing today - including ethics, race and diversity
- Visit police stations, prisons and victim support centres to gain insights into the criminal justice system
- Learn from academics who have wide-ranging experience at different levels across various police forces.
UCAS code: L435
Start date: September
Course length: Full-time: three years
Campus: One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus
College: College of Law, Humanities and Social SciencesTo be eligible to apply to be a Special Constable you must be of British nationality, a commonwealth citizen or citizen of the Irish Republic, and in good health and of good character. You may apply to become a Special Constable from the age of 18. You must also have lived in the UK for the last three years.
About this course
A career in policing demands skill, responsibility, leadership and initiative - together with a genuine desire to make a difference to society. Taking an innovative approach, our BA (Hons) Policing offers the ideal preparation for one of the most challenging professions of all.
Policing for the 21st century
This degree equips you with an in-depth understanding of the role of a police officer today. Your theoretical studies will be underpinned by practical experience as you gain a thorough grasp of criminal justice systems and the powers and laws used by the police throughout England and Wales.
We encourage you to explore policing issues critically. You will address themes such as ethics and policing, equality and diversity, and legitimacy and discretion. You will also consider the broader implications of police action - or lack of police action - for a wide range of communities and individuals.
CKP gives you a head start in your career
As part of your course, you will work towards the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP). Ours is one of the few degrees in England where you can also gain this national qualification covering the legislation, policies and processes you will need to understand when you become a police officer.
Once achieved the CKP can be used to support your application to become a police officer. Many forces now require it before you can join. It should be noted that achievement of the CKP is no guarantee of acceptance into the Police service.
Become a Special Constable
Within the first year of your studies you will become a Special Constable with a local police force. We are currently working with Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Constabularies and are working to increase our partnerships all the time. This opens up a world of opportunity for your personal and professional development.
In order to become a Special Constable, you will have to successfully pass the police vetting, assessment centre, medical and fitness procedures that relate to the Police force you apply to. Find out more details about Special Constabulary recruitment, and an application guide, on the Derbyshire Constabulary website. Your course tutors and police personnel will assist you through the application process.
There are limited Special Constable places available and the recruitment panel* will make the final decision regarding whether you have been successful or not. The recruitment panel will decide which local Police force would be the most suitable for you.
If you are successful in your application to become a Special Constable, you will be assigned a Police station by the force that you are serving with. You will be expected to make your own travel arrangements to this police station and on occasions to other police stations as deemed necessary. You will be able to claim your travelling expenses from the Police.
Throughout your course, you will work as part of the team of 'specials' who go out on patrol and form a vital link between the regular full-time police and the local community. You will commit to a minimum number of duty hours, and you are expected to demonstrate a high level of professionalism and dedication throughout, supported by full attendance in the classroom. While gaining this vital real-life experience, you will also be required to reflect critically on your practice.
- To be eligible to apply to be a Special Constable you must be of British nationality, a commonwealth citizen or citizen of the Irish Republic, and in good health and of good character. You may apply to become a Special Constable from the age of 18. You must also have lived in the UK for the last three years
- If you are unsuccessful with your application to the Special Constabulary, we will support you to transfer to the BSc (Hons) Criminology degree.
We provide exciting opportunities for you to learn more about the challenges facing professionals in the criminal justice system. The course features visits to settings such as police stations, police custody suites, victim support facilities including a sexual assault referral centre, courts and various voluntary organisations.
In addition we use the University’s excellent new crime scene facilities to develop your skills and knowledge in crime scene management.
You will learn from highly experienced practitioners and renowned academics. We have built a reputation as a world-leading provider of police education and we have one of the largest teams of academics with policing experience in any UK university. They include former police leaders as well as researchers whose cutting-edge work is helping to shape the national and international development of policing.
Inspirational guest lectures
You’ll benefit from the wisdom of some of the most influential figures in policing today. We pride ourselves on a superb network of contacts from chief constables and crime commissioners to representatives of national policing organisations. It means we can offer an outstanding visiting speaker programme reflecting topical issues and debates in policing. We also host regular events with organisations such as the Society of Evidence-based Policing and the British Society of Criminology.
*Recruitment panel: this consists of police personnel, possibly supported by University of Derby academic staff.
What you will cover
You'll study modules such as:
- Core Policing, Theory and Practice
- Legislation and Policy, Theory and Practice
- Police and Police Powers
- The Criminal Justice System
- Offending and Offenders
- Study Skills and Criminological Research
You'll study modules such as:
- General Police Duties, Theory and Practice
- Contemporary Policing Issues, Theory and Practice
- Assaults and Acquisitive Crime, Theory and Practice
- Investigation Theory and Practice: Victims and Witnesses
- Social Research Methods
At this stage you can specialise by choosing one of our specific pathways:
- Investigation of Crime
- Working with Offenders
- Criminology: Theory and Practice
- International Criminology
You'll study four options from modules such as:
- Crime, Media and Culture
- Domestic Abuse
- Hate, Ethnicity and Crime
- Mentally Disordered Offenders
- Murder: Dynamics, Pathologies and Investigations
- Sexual Violence, Exploitation and Abuse
- Substance Misuse
- Working with Young Offenders
- Youth Justice
*Please note that modules are subject to change
September 2016 typical entry requirements UCAS points 280 (up to 40 from AS-levels) Specific requirements at A-level N/A Specific requirements at GCSE Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and English Interview / Audition N/A Portfolio N/A
The way UCAS Tariffs are calculated is changing in 2017. The entry requirement below reflects this change. Read more about these changes.
September 2017 typical entry requirements UCAS points 112 (up to 16 from AS-levels) Specific requirements at A-level N/A Specific requirements at GCSE Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and English Interview / Audition N/A Portfolio N/A
On joining the course you will apply to become a Special Constable. You will have to successfully pass the police vetting, assessment centre, medical and fitness procedures that relate to the Police force you apply to. Find out more details about Special Constabulary recruitment, and an application guide, on the Derbyshire Constabulary website. Your course tutors and police personnel will assist you through the application process.
Use our UniPoints app as a guide to calculate your UCAS Tariff points, search for courses and check entry requirements for 2017 and beyond.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
Becoming a Special Constable
- How to apply
Fees and finance
Full-time Part-time UK/EU
£9,000 per year
Fees for the academic year 2017/18 have not yet been confirmed for this course.
How you will learn
Teaching and learning
In line with the highly practical nature of this degree, you will learn through a stimulating mix of lectures, tutorials, role play, external visits and your work as a Special Constable. There is also a fascinating programme of guest lectures by professionals from the criminal justice arena.
Assessment is via a range of methods including essays, investigative strategies, applied interviewing and evaluations, the production of statements and the completion of MG (Manual of Guidance) files.
In addition, you are expected to build a professional portfolio and demonstrate that you have met the required competencies as a Special Constable.
Supporting you all the way
We offer a high level of support to students, including a unique personal tutor system to help steer your academic and professional development.
Who you will meet
You will be taught by our team of engaging, passionate and inspiring subject experts. They include:
- Mark Flint-Freel - Former Police Officer, Crime Trainer and Specials Trainer with 30 years experience
- Dr Phil Hodgson - Head of Criminology with research interests in areas such as policing, probation, drugs and anti-social behaviour
- Tony Blockley - Former Senior Investigating Officer and Head of Crime, with 30 years experience as a Police Officer
- Angie Neville - Lecturer in Criminology with 20 years experience as a Police Officer, Detective and C.I.D Crime Trainer.
Careers and employability
Ideally prepared for policing
Because it is designed in close partnership with constabularies, this course is aimed mainly at individuals who want to pursue a career in policing. By the time you graduate, you will have amassed at least 400 hours of practical policing experience and you will have already undertaken a significant amount of the training that regular police officers undergo. Although the degree will not guarantee a position within the police service, it will make you an attractive candidate to secure a role.
The skills you will develop are, however, equally valuable for a career within the broader criminal justice system such as the growing area of civilian investigation, crime reduction partnerships, probation, security and loss prevention.
Ensuring you're 'work-ready'
Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with support from day one of your course to ensure you leave Derby as a 'work-ready' graduate - industry aware, motivated and enterprising. Throughout your studies, you’ll also benefit from our Personal Development Planning (PDP) scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and develop your career ambitions. The support continues once you’ve completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University.
What our students say
“This degree gives a real and true picture of a career in the Police and is taught by people who know their subjects and can give real examples as they have been there.” Becky Edwards, Policing student
“A career in the Police has always been my goal, what better way to make that happen than by studying this fantastic degree!” Steve Swain, Policing student
“The degree provides great opportunities that most people are unable to experience, this is a true representation of real Police training with real police officers and trainers.” Ruth Robinson, Policing student
"I would definitely recommend the University of Derby. The teaching is great and the open door policy is second to none. Derby offers students a sound education and very good opportunities for progression and employment, staff definitely go that extra mile." Emily Ferry, Criminology student
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