Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fee

£12,500 per year (2018/19)

UCAS points

120-128 (September 2018 entry)

UCAS code

L435

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus

Course description

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.

Become a Special Constable

Within your first year of your studies - subject to police vetting, assessment centre, medical, and fitness procedures - you will become a Special Constable with a local police force, opening 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 local Police force you have applied to. There are limited Special Constable places 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. Assistance will be given to you regarding the application process. As a Special Constable, you will be assigned a Police station by the local 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.

If you are unsuccessful with your application to the Special Constabulary, you will be supported to transfer to the BA (Hons) Policing and Investigations degree.

As a Special Constable, you will commit to at least 200 hours on duty each year 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.

Invaluable insights

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.

Acclaimed expertise

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.

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What you will study

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
  • 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
  • Cybercrime
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Hate Ethnicity and Crime
  • Mentally Disordered Offenders
  • Murder: Dynamics, Pathologies, & Investigation
  • Psychopathy
  • Sexual Violence, Exploitation and Abuse
  • Substance Misuse
  • Working with Young Offenders
  • Youth Justice

Please note: modules are subject to availability, and may change to suit the needs of industry. 

The College of Policing has announced that the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) will not be a valid qualification or entry route to becoming a Police Constable from December 2019, therefore this is being removed from the curriculum.

How you will learn

You will learn through a stimulating mix of lectures, tutorials, role play, and external visits. There is also a fascinating programme of guest lectures by professionals from the criminal justice arena.

How you'll be assessed

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.

Who you will meet

You will be taught by our team of engaging, passionate and inspiring subject experts. They include:

Entry requirements

September 2018 typical entry requirements

UCAS points120-128 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/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.

You can also apply for this course if you have completed and passed the Foundation in Policing Programme (FIPP), providing you have a Level 2 qualification in Maths and English.

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.

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

 Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

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.

Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£12,500 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Information for international applicants

Applying for an undergraduate degree

Careers

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 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.

Contact details

 
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Course: Mark Flint-Freel (Programme Leader)   m.flint-freel@derby.ac.uk  +44(0)1332 592197
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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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