Studying on our BA (Hons) Professional Policing, you will study a wide range of theoretical and legislative subjects and gain the knowledge you need for a rewarding career in the police service.
Please note that completion of this degree does not guarantee employment as a police officer or police staff.
- This degree is designed and delivered in close partnership with local constabularies to give you a head start in your career
- We encourage and support you to become a special constable with either Derbyshire Constabulary, Nottinghamshire Police or British Transport Police which enables you to put your studies into practice
- We equip you with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge you need to become an effective police officer
- Visits to police stations, prisons and victim support centres will give you a close look at how the criminal justice system works
- Our academic staff have wide-ranging experience in policing and are pioneering influential research
Policing - your questions answered
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Why this course?
Our BA (Hons) Professional Policing provides the ideal preparation for one of the most challenging professions of all. It equips you with an in-depth understanding of the role of a police officer today, including a thorough grasp of criminal justice systems and the powers and laws used by the police throughout England and Wales. You will graduate with a highly regarded and valuable qualification to stand you in good stead for a policing career.
You will be encouraged to seek work-based opportunities through membership of the Special Constabulary, as well as other volunteer opportunities. In the past, some of our students have been commended for their actions in the role of Special Constable by the forces they represent – including one student who helped to save someone's life.
We have a team of academics with years of policing experience, and at all levels. You can also draw on our excellent network of contacts ranging from chief constables and crime commissioners to representatives of national and international policing organisations.
Our outstanding visiting speaker and events programme captures topical issues and debates. Recent guests have included policing experts from the USA – a retired police Captain, a retired Chief of Police and a current SWAT commander – who provided a unique insight into their policing models. In addition, the former Chief Constable of Derbyshire shared experiences from his career, the changes which have transformed the profession and the challenges for policing in the 21st Century.
Your studies will be underpinned by our leading-edge research into the explanations and motivations for criminal behaviour and how criminal activity can be detected and prevented. This includes a focus on the notion of policing itself, ethical codes, human rights and police governance.
Through our International Policing and Justice Institute, we have built a reputation as a world-leading provider of police, security and justice training and are regularly commissioned to provide educational solutions for policing organisations in other countries.
Equipment and resources
As a BA (Hons) Professional Policing student, you will be based on the Derby Campus at One Friar Gate Square, affectionately known as ‘the copper box’. Offering the perfect environment for innovative and engaging teaching, it includes a replica crown court and interview rooms alongside well-resourced lecture theatres, seminar rooms and social learning spaces. Students have also been able to make use of other specialist facilities at the University such as our forensic crime scene house.
Because you’ll be working alongside students taking courses in subjects such as law, criminology and sociology, there are many opportunities to share knowledge, expertise and experience.
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
You will learn through a stimulating mix of:
- lectures and tutorials
- seminars and workshops
- role play exercises
- external visits to settings such as police stations, police custody suits, victim support facilities, courts and various voluntary organisations working within the criminal justice sphere
- guest lectures
- online support through the University's virtual learning environment
- teaching input from policing experts
- peer support
- guided reading
- individual student reflection on learning
How you are assessed
You will be assessed in a range of way including:
- role plays and practical scenarios
- case studies
Who you'll meet
You will be taught by a teaching team with over 250 years combined experience in the criminal justice sector. They include:
Amy Hale (programme leader)
Dr Craig Hughes (Head of Policing)
Dr Phil Jones
Dr David Hicks
Dr Mike Harrison
Dr Kritika Jerath
Dr Elaine Brown
Dr Will Kerr
Personal academic tutoring
Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.
Find out more about personal academic tutoring
These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2023 entry.
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|Access to HE||Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 15, Merit: 24, Pass: 6|
Alternative entry qualifications
The University of Derby in collaboration with Nottinghamshire Police and Derbyshire Constabulary run the police cadet scheme resulting in the Foundation in Policing qualification. On successful completion of the Foundation in Policing, applicants applying for this course will qualify for entry.
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)
2023/24 Fees (August 2023 - July 2024)
£9,250 per year
£14,045 per year
Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.
Additional costs and optional extras
Because it is designed in close partnership with constabularies, this course is aimed mainly at ambitious individuals who want to pursue a career in policing. It paves the way for you to join a hugely rewarding profession which brings new challenges every day, demanding high levels of responsibility, dedication and integrity.
Although the BA (Hons) Professional Policing qualification will not guarantee you a position within the police service, it will set you apart as an attractive candidate to secure a role.
The skills you develop on the course could also prove invaluable for a career within the broader criminal justice system. You could, for instance, consider roles in areas such as civilian investigation, crime reduction partnerships, probation, security and loss prevention.
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 will 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 have 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.
You can go on to postgraduate study at Derby, with MSc qualifications in subjects such as Criminal Investigation and Police Leadership, Strategy and Organisation. These expand your knowledge into specialist areas and accelerate your progression to more senior and leadership roles.
As a graduate of the University of Derby, you may benefit from an alumni discount on your postgraduate course fees if you continue to study with us. Further information can be found here.
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Additional information about your studies
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.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
The information provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.
Included in your fees
- International study trip to the Hague if applicable and appropriate
- Local trips and visits to criminal justice organisations (Police HQ, custody suites)
- Youth Justice Effective Practitioner Certificate (YJEPC) (module dependant)
- Access to online learning materials
- If become a Special Constable: uniform provided by force.
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
If become a Special Constable: own shoes or boots: these are a personal choice but must meet required standards. Own transport to and from interviews, assessment centres and testing during induction week (travel expenses can be claimed back once the initial training is completed but not in retrospect).
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.