School of Social Sciences and Humanities

BSc (Hons) Policing and Intelligence with Foundation Year

BSc (Hons) Full-time 4 years, Part-time 8 years

BSc (Hons)
Start date(s)
16 September 2024
Course specifications
Course length
Full-time (4 years),Part-time (8 years)
Campus location
University: City Campus
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
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Why choose this course?

The course has been designed to give each student various options for their future career in law enforcement. There are two themes running throughout the degree; policing and intelligence. 

This award is about ‘policing’ and ‘intelligence’ but not just the operational side to policing. Your programme of study will address a wide array of occupations beyond the police force which require graduates with an in depth knowledge of intelligence and analysis, forensic investigative skills, digital policing, knowledge of criminal law, knowledge of intelligence relating to various aspects of terrorism and counter terrorism, appreciation of mental health, cyber security and wider understanding of the social context in which policing is conducted.

The professionally focused nature of this programme is designed not only to provide knowledge and skills sufficient to gain employment in policing and other security and law enforcement areas, but to also establish a firm foundation upon which to build a career.

This course has been developed in conjunction with Schools across the University, with contributions from the Schools of Law, Historical and Political Studies, Health and Wellbeing; Applied Science and the Business School.

Subject specific skills, such as knowledge of police procedure and evidence, mental health issues, intelligence and analysis, police ethics and management and leadership will be covered and will be complemented by the type of transferable key 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.

What happens on the course?

The course has been designed to give each student various options for their future career in law enforcement, allowing them to choose modules which have been developed by academics across the University. For example, criminology is the study of how crime is defined, why some people commit crime, what happens when they do, and the prevention and deterrence of criminal behaviour. The theories and practices of police investigation are central to this.

During the course, students will study criminological theories and gain an understanding of how to conduct inquiries to ascertain if an offence has been committed, to identify who is responsible, and to gather admissible evidence. In addition to these policing areas, optional modules have been included to allow students to follow specific ‘pathways’. Two specific routes are the ‘forensics’ pathway and a ‘cyber’ pathway; students will be able to choose option modules at all three levels of their degree that will enable them to specialise in these fields.

The ‘forensics’ pathway will be particularly beneficial to future police officers and civilian investigators since an understanding of the methods and weaknesses of forensic science can assist with case preparation and inter-agency working (Devlin and Dodd, 2017).

Separately, the ‘cyber’ pathway is designed to reflect the growing need for digital data and cyber security specialists within the policing organisation as technology continues to evolve rapidly (Marshall, 2016; Burton, 2018). There is an increasing need for graduates with computer science and data analysis skills (ibid), which the pathway will help to provide. 


Course Modules

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The University has been delivering policing degrees for over a decade. The research-led teaching ensures that you will be learning about the very latest debates in policy and practice.


 At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to demonstrate :

  1. Knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to graduate specifically to employment within policing or intelligence and related areas
  2. Critical awareness of social, political and cultural diversity  in the context of policing, intelligence and the wider criminal justice area
  3. Understanding of the key concepts and theoretical approaches that have developed and are developing in relation to crime, responses to crime, policing and intelligence.
  4. Ability to undertake research and communicate the findings of research appropriately.
  5. Application of theory to real world practice of policing, intelligence and related areas. 
  6. The ability to act independently managing their own learning and critically reflect upon their own learning.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2024-25
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
Home Part-time £4625 per year# 2023-24
Home Part-time £4625 per year# 2023-24
Home Part-time £4625 per year# 2024-25
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £14450 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £14450 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £14950 per year 2024-25

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

Prepare for Foundation Pathway:- We will consider applicants who have not achieved 48 UCAS points (equivalence) from prior level 3 qualifications, if you have a keen interest in this subject area or hold relevant experience. You will be required to attend and pass a compulsory Prepare For Foundation assessment day where you will take part in a variety of activities which will assess your suitability for the course. If you would like more advise and guidance about this admissions pathway, please contact the Gateway team to discuss and support you in making an application to us.

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Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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