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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

120 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

L435

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus

Course description

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.

The highlights

Both Molly and I chose to study this course because we wanted to be police officers. Derby seemed to be the only course to offer the best route into the career, it seemed serious about policing.

Tom Sharpe and Molly Teasdale
BA (Hons) Professional Policing

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.

Volunteering

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. 

Expert teaching

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.

What you will study

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Year 3Year 3

Code: 4CJ556

Understanding The Police Constable Role

This module will enable students to appreciate the purpose, benefit and responsibilities of the police service in a variety of contexts. Students will explore the role of law enforcement agencies and the key issues surrounding policing.

There is a particular focus on professionalism and policing by consent and the challenges faced by a contemporary police service. The module enables students to appreciate the importance of conducting and exercising police powers and procedures fairly and without bias. Students will become familiar with the main sources of information and academic research regarding national policing strategies and be able to use these materials for research purposes.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4CJ557

Policing Communities

This module will enable students to appreciate the purpose, benefits and challenges of community policing in a variety of contexts. Students will explore the function of community policing and the key issues in this area.

This is a particular focus on anti-social behavior and the challenges inherent with this type of incident. The module enables students to appreciate the importance of community engagement and understand how to foster effective community relationships. Students will become familiar with the main sources of information and academic research about community policing and be able to use these materials for research purposes.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4CJ557

Policing Communities

This module will enable students to appreciate the purpose, benefits and challenges of community policing in a variety of contexts. Students will explore the function of community policing and the key issues in this area.

This is a particular focus on anti-social behavior and the challenges inherent with this type of incident. The module enables students to appreciate the importance of community engagement and understand how to foster effective community relationships. Students will become familiar with the main sources of information and academic research about community policing and be able to use these materials for research purposes.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4CJ558

Research Methods and Academic Skills for Policing

This module will introduce the student to research methods and academic skills for policing. Students will explore the importance of planning research activities, how to review and assess literature and case law in order to develop critical arguments and draw conclusions. Students will demonstrate autonomy, as well as accountability and working with others, in a study skills context. Students will present research on the identified issue/problem with proposals to tackle it.
20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 4CJ558

Research Methods and Academic Skills for Policing

This module will introduce the student to research methods and academic skills for policing. Students will explore the importance of planning research activities, how to review and assess literature and case law in order to develop critical arguments and draw conclusions. Students will demonstrate autonomy, as well as accountability and working with others, in a study skills context. Students will present research on the identified issue/problem with proposals to tackle it.
20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 4CJ559

Police Procedure and Evidence

This module will enable students to appreciate the purpose, benefits and challenges of police powers and procedures in a variety of contexts. Students will explore the function of police powers and the need for clear rules and regulations for police procedures when dealing with the public.

There is a particular focus on stop search and the challenges inherent with this type of occurrence. The module enables students to appreciate the importance of community engagement and understand and understand how to foster effective community relationships. Students will become familiar with the main sources of information and academic research regarding police powers and procedures and be able to use these materials for research purposes.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4CJ559

Police Procedure and Evidence

This module will enable students to appreciate the purpose, benefits and challenges of police powers and procedures in a variety of contexts. Students will explore the function of police powers and the need for clear rules and regulations for police procedures when dealing with the public. There is a particular focus on stop search and the challenges inherent with this type of occurrence.

The module enables students to appreciate the importance of community engagement and understand and understand how to foster effective community relationships. Students will become familiar with the main sources of information and academic research regarding police powers and procedure and be able to use these materials for research purposes.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4CJ560

Criminal Justice

This module will enable students to appreciate the purpose, benefit and responsibilities of the criminal justice system in a variety of contexts. Students will explore the role of the criminal justice system, the legislation the key issues surrounding this key area.

There is a particular focus on the considerations associated with supporting victims and witnesses through the criminal justice system. The module enables students to appreciate the importance of the stage of the court process, how diversity of individuals and society impact on the criminal justice system. This module will also explore the importance of effective partnership collaboration with respect to offender rehabilitation.

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20 Credits
core
Exam

Code: 4CJ560

Criminal Justice

This module will enable students to appreciate the purpose, benefit and responsibilities of the criminal justice system in a variety of contexts. Students will explore the role of the criminal justice system, the legislation the key issues surrounding this key area.

There is a particular focus on the considerations associated with supporting victims and witnesses through the criminal justice system. The module enables students to appreciate the importance of the stage of the court process, how diversity of individuals and society impact on the criminal justice system. This module will also explore the importance of effective partnership collaboration with respect to offender rehabilitation. 

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4CJ561

Criminology and Crime Prevention

This module will enable students to examine a range of key concepts relating to criminology and why people commit crime. They will explore the nature, and relationship between offending and victimisation in light of theoretical approaches to criminology. Students will examine the relationship between community engagement and crime prevention and review crime prevention theories and strategies.

The module enables students to appreciate the importance of assessing the strengths and weaknesses of different policing models in relation to crime and victimisation and the public. Students will become familiar with the main sources of information and academic research regarding national policing strategies and be able to use these materials for research purposes.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4CJ561

Criminology and Crime Prevention

This module will enable students to examine a range of key concepts relating to criminology and why people commit crime. They will explore the nature and relationship between offending and victimisation in light of theoretical approaches to criminology.

Students will examine the relationship between community engagement and crime prevention and review crime prevention theories and strategies. The module enables students to appreciate the importance of assessing the strengths and weaknesses of different policing models in relation to crime and victimisation and the public. Students will become familiar with the main sources of information and academic research regarding national policing strategies and be able to use these materials for research purposes.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5CJ573

Criminal Investigation

This module introduces students to the criminal investigation process. Students will be required to distinguish between different types of crime and why this is important in the investigation process.

Students will be introduced to the different types of evidence and understand the importance of effective evidence management and the implications of not following policy and procedure. Complex live and cold cases will form a large part of this module, with students analysing the resources required to investigate such cases. Students will consider the challenges that victims and witnesses face during a complex investigation and the police response to these challenges.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5CJ573

Criminal Investigation

This module introduces students to the criminal investigation process. Students will be required to distinguish between different types of crime and why this is important in the investigation process.

Students will be introduced to the different types of evidence and understand the importance of effective evidence management and the implications of not following policy and procedure. Complex live and cold cases will form a large part of this module, with students analysing the resources required to investigate such cases. Students will consider the challenges that victims and witnesses face during a complex investigation and the police response to these challenges.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5CJ574

Information and Intelligence

This module will enable students to appreciate the importance of information and intelligence to key areas of policing. Students will explore relevant legislation/guidance underpinning information and intelligence in policing.

There is a particular focus on how information and intelligence assist with police operations. The module enables students to appreciate the issues that can arise when data management protocols are not adhered to. Students will become familiar with the main sources of information and academic research regarding this area of policing and be able to use these materials for research purposes.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5CJ574

Information and Intelligence

This module will enable students to appreciate the importance of information and intelligence to key areas of policing. Students will explore relevant legislation/guidance underpinning information and intelligence in policing.

There is a particular focus on how information and intelligence assist with police operations. The module enables students to appreciate the issues that can arise when data management protocols are not adhered to. Students will become familiar with the main sources of information and academic research regarding this area of policing and be able to use these materials for research purposes.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5CJ575

Policing the Roads

This module will enable students to research evidence-based initiatives in the context of preventative policing and problem-solving in relation to road policing with a focus on national strategies. Students will understand how to engage in lawful, safe and effective front-line policing through the use of scenario-based role-play and continual self-reflection. Students will acquire an understanding of road traffic legislation, police powers, road traffic investigation procedures and the impact of road traffic incidents on families and the wider community.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5CJ575

Policing the Roads

This module will enable students to research evidence-based initiatives in the context of preventative policing and problem-solving in relation to road policing with a focus on national strategies. Students will understand how to engage in lawful, safe and effective front-line policing through the use of scenario-based role-play and continual self-reflection. Students will acquire an understanding of road traffic legislation, police powers, road traffic investigation procedures and the impact of road traffic incidents on families and the wider community.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5CJ576

Police Response and Major Incidents

This module will enable students to appreciate the purpose, benefits and challenges of response policing in a variety of contexts. Students will explore the function of response policing and the key issues surrounding response policing and attending major incidents.

There is a particular focus on the key issues relating to the complexity and challenges of operational policing. The module enables students to appreciate the importance of various strategies in place to assist those involved in response policing to remain effective in an increasingly challenging environment. Students will become familiar with the main sources of information and academic research about this area of front-line policing and be able to use these materials for research purposes.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5CJ576

Police Response and Major Incidents

This module will enable students to appreciate the purpose, benefits and challenges of response policing in a variety of contexts. Students will explore the function of response policing and the key issues surrounding response policing and attending major incidents.

There is a particular focus on the key issues relating to the complexity and challenges of operational policing. The module enables students to appreciate the importance of various strategies in place to assist those involved in response policing to remain effective in an increasingly challenging environment. Students will become familiar with the main sources of information and academic research about this area of front-line policing and be able to use these materials for research purposes.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5CJ577

Police Accountability, Decision Making and Discretion

Students will explore the necessity for maintaining professional standards in policing, and relevant governance and their roles and responsibilities. Students will analyse how the police have developed policies and procedures to reduce the possibility of professional malpractice and increase community confidence; then review the progress being made within the police service to improve professional standards. Students will examine the role of discretion in the decision-making process and analyse the effect on bias on the decision making process.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5CJ577

Police Accountability, Decision-making and Discretion

Students will explore the necessity for maintaining professional standards in policing, and relevant governance and their roles and responsibilities. Students will analyse how the police have developed policies and procedures to reduce the possibility of professional malpractice and increase community confidence; then review the progress being made within the police service to improve professional standards. Students will examine the role of discretion in the decision-making process and analyse the effect on bias on the decision-making process.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5CJ578

Police Problem Solving Models and Theories

This module will introduce students to problem-solving techniques, sources of evidence which can be used to support policing practice, and the models used to differentiate between types of evidence, in order to identify best practice.

Students will explore different models used in problem solving and crime prevention, such as: problem-oriented policing (POP), ‘hot spot’ policing, intelligence-led policing, predictive policing, the Problem Analysis Triangle (PAT), rational choice theory (criminological), and situational crime prevention, amongst others. Students will engage in effective problem solving of policing issues in role plays, scenarios and table top exercises.

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20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5CJ578

Police Problem-solving Models and Theories

This module will introduce students to problem-solving techniques, sources of evidence that can be used to support policing practice, and the models used to differentiate between types of evidence, in order to identify best practice.

Students will explore different models used in problem-solving and crime prevention, such as problem-oriented policing (POP), ‘hot spot’ policing, intelligence-led policing, predictive policing, the Problem Analysis Triangle (PAT), rational choice theory (criminological), and situational crime prevention, amongst others. Students will engage in effective problem solving of policing issues in role plays, scenarios and tabletop exercises.

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20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6CJ546

Murder: Dynamics, Pathologies and Investigation

Accounts of murder are commonplace in today’s world. Whilst they fixate both public and media attention, beyond the simplicity of newspaper headlines the offence of murder often involves complex underlying dynamics, psychological pathologies, detailed investigative procedures, and a legal framework for sentencing and punishment. In this module, students travel the chronology of murder, from the development of a killer’s psychology through to the commission of the offence(s), their investigation, and then sentencing. Students will see, from crime scene to trial, the complex tasks of both understanding, and investigating, murderers and their crimes.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CR501

Psychopathy

The focus of this module is to acquire in-depth knowledge and develop a critical evaluation of central issues within the psychopathy research field. Through scheduled lectures and seminars the students will gain an understanding of, and learn how to critically evaluate, the psychopathy construct, how to measure psychopathic traits, etiology (“nature versus nurture”), the relationship between psychopathic traits and criminality, and criminal justice interventions. Furthermore, the role of psychopathy in the broader criminal justice system will be discussed Please note that this module will concentrate on psychopathy as an academic research field.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA548

Domestic Abuse

Students will explore the definitions of domestic violence (DV) used by the various agencies involved in this area before analysing the nature and prevalence of DV and identifying the victims and perpetrators. The legal and medical responses to victims and perpetrators will also be examined and will be further evaluated by taking a psychological approach to the dynamics of abuse.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6SL528

Populism, Extremism & Violence

There has been an increasing awareness that a great many violent acts committed in the UK, North America, Europe, and Australasia are motivated by ideologies of hate. There is an increasing reluctance to readily describe the actions of individuals such as Anders Breivik, Dylann Roof, Thomas Mair, or Brenton Tarrant as simply psychological in nature. Instead, these acts are more typically now seen as terrorist attacks motivated by differing forms of white supremacism and neo-fascism.

In addition to these extreme acts, Western societies have also witnessed an increased awareness, and rising levels, of hate crime and hate incidents. Much scholarship suggests that the ideas contributing to these ideologies exist on a spectrum that includes the ‘populist turn’ in Western politics and the violence committed is an extreme form of the anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, and ethnonationalist sentiments that define populism.

This module examines the histories, cultures, and ideas that sustain and fuel both these violent acts and the new populism. It will also consider the deeper question of what kind of social and cultural environments are productive of populist sentiment and in what circumstances does that become expressed in violent ways. The module will take an interdisciplinary approach that draws on the best scholarship in the field, with an emphasis on the following disciplines: sociology, criminology, and political studies.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

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.

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How you will learn

You will learn through a stimulating mix of:

How you are assessed

You will be assessed in a range of way including:

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:

Tony Blockley

Angie Neville

Mark Flint-Freel

Shaun Ostle

Richard Stones

Dr Phil Hodgson

John De-Hayes

Katherine Hewitt 

Amy Hale

Barrie Archer

Craig Hughes

Dr Phil Jones

Dr David Hicks

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.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
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
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
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.

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.

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 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points120
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
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
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.

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.

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

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

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

Additional costs and optional extras

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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Careers

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.

Further study

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

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.

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 below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

Included in your fees

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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