Policing undergraduate courses

A career in policing demands, skill, responsibility, leadership and initiative, together with a genuine desire to make a difference to society. We’ll take your passion and help you match it with the skills to succeed.

As a student at the University of Derby, our degrees have been designed specifically for students who wish to specialise in policing as a future career, and will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to succeed. We are proud of what we have to offer to our students:

Policing at Derby

We offer a range of courses which will equip you with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career within the criminal justice field.

Our BA (Hons) Professional Policing course develops both the practical and theoretical knowledge needed to become an effective police officer. This course is designed in close partnership with local constabularies, giving you a head start for a future career in the force.

Our BA (Hons) Professional Policing (Accelerated) – a two-year version of the Professional Policing degree, offering a fast track route into the police force. It is the first of its kind in the country in partnership with Nottinghamshire Police force. 

Our BA (Hons) Policing and Investigations course delivers an advanced understanding of criminal, civilian and corporate investigative processes which is combined with unique opportunities to gain vital investigative work experience.

We also offer a Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship.

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UK’s first fast-track policing degree prepares for launch

The UK’s first two-year degree in policing launches at the University of Derby in September, offering a fast-track route to begin a career on the frontline with Nottinghamshire Police.

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Licensed degree

The College of Policing (CoP) is the professional body for the police service in England and Wales. The College of Policing has worked with the service and partners to develop a Police Education Qualification Framework (PEQF) that sets out the required future education and qualification levels for the service. Initially focused at entry-level ranks and roles, this transforms policing to a degree profession as so in line with the transformation agenda in the Policing Vision 2025.

There are three entry routes into the police service:

  1. Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)
  2. Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)
  3. Professional Policing Degree (Pre-join degree)

The University of Derby delivers a pre-join policing degree in our BA (hons) Professional Policing (three-year and two-year options) which follows a curriculum written and licensed by the College of Policing. This degree will give you the required qualification to pursue a career as a police officer.

We also deliver Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship in partnership with local constabularies. 

Partnerships

We have strong links with Nottinghamshire Police, Derbyshire Constabulary and British Transport Police, meaning you have a wide range of experience and opportunity available at your fingertips. From study visits to guest lectures, or the support to apply to become a police support volunteer or special constable during your studies, our aim is to enhance your skills, knowledge and experience as much as possible through our partnership links to help you stand-out in the graduate job market.

We also have strong international connections with forces beyond the UK. Our team at the University of Derby have been employed to undertake police training with a variety of forces such as the Royal Malaysian Police and Saudi Traffic Police.

Teaching team

You can be confident in our quality of teaching as we have an experienced team of academics that have over 250 years combined experience in the criminal justice sector. They’ll give you a fresh perspective on real world policing alongside relevant academic theories.

We have a great reputation for police education and research; we deliver the police leadership programme to serving officers across the East Midlands, so you can be confident in our standard of teaching knowing that you are receiving the same quality of learning as current serving force members in the region.

Specialist Facilities

Study at One Friar Gate Square, our dedicated centre for the study of law, criminology and policing. You will be able to build your practical experience in our specialist facilities which include a mock court room, student legal advice centre and replica custody suite.

 

A look around the Custody Suite and One Friar Gate Square, the home of the School of Law and Social Sciences

Graduates

Our graduates have gone onto a variety of different roles. Studying policing could lead you to become a:

Considering a career in the police force?

After a chance encounter with a retired inspector in his mum’s pub, Harry Gardiner was inspired to seek out a career in policing. Entering into the final year of his degree, and volunteering as a Special Constable with Nottinghamshire Police, Harry has high hopes for his future in the force.

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Abi volunteered more the 700 hours during lockdown

Policing student Abi left her job at the beginning of lockdown to dedicate her time to being a Special Constable with Nottinghamshire Police.

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One Friar Gate Square

International Centre of Excellence in Policing and Criminal Justice

The International Centre of Excellence in Policing and Criminal Justice provides effective thought leadership in the pursuance of policing and criminal justice excellence locally, nationally and internationally.

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Campus Tours

Campus Tours are a great way to explore our campuses, facilities and halls of residence. We’ll be running the tours in two-hour timeslots, giving you the best possible experience while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

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Virtual Open Day

Delve deeper into the course with our Virtual Open Day, packed with subject and course information to help you make your choice, including tours of facilities, 360° views of award-winning accommodation plus advice and insight from students and academics.

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