Full-time: 4 years
£9,250 per year* (2020/21)
£14,045 per year (2020/21)
72 (September 2020 entry)
One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus
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 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
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
Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more
Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.
Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.
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.
You will study modules such as:
- Study skills
- Political Studies
If you don’t have either English or Maths GCSE, you will need to substitute one or two of the above for a module in English and/or Maths.
- Understanding the Police Constable Role (20 credits)
- Policing Communities (20 credits)
- Research Methods and Academic Skills for Policing (20 credits)
- Criminal Justice (20 credits)
- Criminology and Crime Prevention (20 credits)
- Criminal Investigation (20 credits)
- Information and Intelligence (20 credits)
- Policing the Roads (20 credits)
- Police Response and Major Incidents (20 credits)
- Police Accountability, Decision-making and Discretion (20 credits)
- Police Problem-solving Models and Theories (20 credits)
- Research Project - Dissertation (40 credits)
- Serious and Organised Crime (20 credits)
- Policing Mental Health, Vulnerability and Risk (20 credits)
- Policing Abuse and Public Protections (20 credits)
You will then choose one of the following optional modules:
- Advanced Investigative Interviewing (20 credits)
- Murder: Dynamics, Pathologies and Investigation (20 credits)
- Working with Young Offenders (20 credits)
- Crime, Media and Culture (20 credits)
Please note: these modules are subject to availability, and may change to suit the needs of the profession.
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 team of experts with extensive experience of policing and who are dedicated to supporting your academic success and career progress.
PC Darren MacDonald
Dr Phil Hodgson
September 2020 typical entry requirements
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
No specific subject requirements
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - MPP
- Pass Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2.
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.
£9,250 per year*
£14,045 per year
* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.
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.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
Additional information about your studies
Download programme specification
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.
Included in your fees
- Uniform provided free of charge.
- DBS check if required for research purposes.
- International study trip to the Hague if applicable and appopriate. Local trips and visits to criminal justice organisations (Police HQ, custody suites).
- Youth Justice Effective Practitioner Certifcate (YJEPC)
- Access to online learning materials
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Own shoes or boots, these are a personal choice but must meet required standards.
- Students will need to provide their own transport to and from Interviews assessment centre 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.