School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Professional Policing

BA (Hons) Part-time 6 years, Full-time 3 years

The PEQF (Policing Education Qualifications Framework) is a new, professional framework for the training of police officers and staff.

The PEQF (Policing Education Qualifications Framework) is a new, professional framework for the training of police officers and staff.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code L900
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years), Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Why choose this course?

The PEQF (Policing Education Qualifications Framework) is a new, professional framework for the training of police officers and staff. As of 1st January 2020 successful appointment as a police officer in any one of the 43 Police Forces in England and Wales will be dependent upon the completion of a professional educational qualification.  The College of Policing, as the professional body of the police service, have developed three new entry routes into the police service. One of these routes is by completion of a Pre-Join degree, whereby students will study a three year degree in professional policing which will equip them to deal with the exciting challenges modern policing has to offer.

The BA(Hons) Professional Policing programme has been designed, primarily, to meet the learning needs of students who wish to embark on a career in the police service (police and police staff) but will also be useful for those wishing to work in other related areas, for example; National Crime Agency, probation service, military police, private security industry, civil service, local authority, banking and similar organisations where investigative or practical legal knowledge are required.

As well as subject specific skills students will have the opportunity to develop key transferable skills that are highly valued by employers in the graduate job market, including the ability to present and develop a cohesive argument, IT skills, research and problem-solving skills, communication skills and working as part of a team.

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What happens on the course?

The national curriculum for the new ‘Pre-Join’  Professional Policing route into policing (as prescribed by the College of Policing as the professional body for policing) is professionally transformative, in that there is comprehensive, modern and up-to date coverage of areas of knowledge, skills and professional approaches that have been identified as critical to the 21st century policing role of the constable. These include (but are not limited to): evidence-based policing; decision-making and discretion; criminology and crime prevention; pro-active approaches to vulnerability, risk and public protection.

Students will have the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of the five principle policing practice areas namely response policing, policing communities, policing the roads, information and intelligence and conducting investigations. Students will demonstrate their understanding by engaging in both practical and classroom based scenarios.

The programme has modules covering many interesting and contemporary policing issues such as digital policing (cybercrime), terrorism and public protection concerns. Students will become immersed in the role of a police constable, understanding the origins of the constable and how historical high profile police matters have shaped modern day policing. As well as gaining a comprehensive knowledge of police powers and procedures students will develop investigative skills including how to interview witnesses and suspects. The concept of police accountability will feature strongly throughout the course, and how that links with the standards of police professional behaviour.

Students will gain an insight into how police respond to major and critical incidents as well as understanding the complexities surrounding road policing and serious and organised crime.

During their final year students will be able to use the critical thinking, research and academic writing skills they have developed in order to explore an area of policing of interest to them.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Many students who undertake this degree will be aiming to join the police service as a Police Constable but it is important to emphasize to applicants and students that completion of this degree does not guarantee employment as a police officer or police staff.

Every police service in England and Wales sets its own recruitment process and selection policy and entry requirements vary from service to service. Candidates are advised to check their eligibility against the police service website, this may assist you in deciding whether to undertake the BA (Hons) Professional Policing course and/or pursue a career in policing.

However the BA (Hons) Professional Policing course does not limit graduates to a career with the police service.  Other careers could include working in; the National Crime Agency, probation service, military police, private security industry, civil service, local authority, banking and similar organisations where investigative or practical legal knowledge are required.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Students learn about riot shields

The BA (Hons) Professional Policing delivered at the University of Wolverhampton is the latest development in our long history of providing Policing Education in the region.    This new degree builds on the 10 years of experience we have in providing police education. The course is delivered by staff with strong academic and operational backgrounds in Policing and we draw on a range of specialist practitioners to enhance the student experience.

Where possible operational police officers attend the University to give the students an opportunity to relate their classroom based knowledge and understanding to real life cases.

Previous student experiences have included visits to courts, the Midland Regional Tactical Training Centre, Birmingham Airport and local police stations

In the wider educational context, the professional benefits of BA (Hons) Professional Policing programme extend well beyond the confines of the curriculum itself, embracing the higher-level skills that a degree-based educational approach can import to the profession of policing. Those learners who have successfully completed the BA (Hons) Professional Policing degree, and who progress to become police constables, will contribute to the policing profession by being capable problem-solvers, communicators, negotiators and leaders, as well as being increasingly socially and emotionally intelligent individuals in the performance of their professional role

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

2020 Entry         

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit

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Other Requirements

Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

If you choose to apply to become a special constable, you will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and vetting by the police. This process will involve detailed checks being made not only in relation to you but also your family. In addition you will have to undertake a medical examination.

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

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