School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Policing and Intelligence with Foundation Year

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

The course has been designed to give each student various options for their future career in law enforcement.

The course has been designed to give each student various options for their future career in law enforcement.

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 public police force. 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, knowledge of criminal law, knowledge of intelligence relating to various aspects of terrorism and counter terrorism, appreciation of mental health 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, School of 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.

The foundation year of this course is designed to offer applicants who do not have the required qualifications, a programme which will equip them with a robust toolkit of academic, digital and personal skills required for successful study in higher education. It also provides an understanding of, and insight into, a range of disciplines that underpin their chosen programme of study. In the foundation year students will develop their ability to gain the most out of structured in-class study, and also to manage and evaluate their own independent learning. This wide range of transferable skills is of immense value in both undergraduate study and graduate employment. Upon successful completion of the foundation year, students will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of their subject area to degree level.

What happens on the course?

Semester 1 Starters:


Year 1 (Foundation)

3GK003 Academic Skills (20 Credits)

3GK005 Critical Thinking (20 Credits)

3GK007 Wolverhampton and its People (20 Credits)

3GK004 The World at Work: Careers and Personal Development (20 Credits)

3GK006 Extended Project (20 Credits)

3GK008 Culture and Nationality in Conflict (20 Credits)

Year 2

4PL001 What is Policing? (20 Credits)

4PL011 Police Procedure and Evidence (20 Credits)

4PL018 Intelligence and Crime Analysis (20 Credits)

4HW010 Mental Health Perspectives (20 Credits)

4FS002 Introduction to Forensic Science or 4CJ005 Legal Issues and Human Rights or 4CJ003 Thinking about Crime or 4WL002 Basic Language or 4WL003 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

4PH003 Thinking Ethically or 4CJ002 Criminal Justice or 4WL002 Basic Language or 4WL003 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

Year 3

5PL011 Criminal Investigation (20 Credits)

5LW002 Criminal Law (20 Credits)

5PL010 Policing Major and Critical Incidents (20 Credits)

5PL002 Law Relating to Public Order and National Security (20 Credits)

5FS001 Crime Scene Investigation or 5HR002 Leading and Managing in Organisations or 5CJ002 Theories of Crime or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

5FS006 Crime Scene Practice and Investigative Methods or 5LW004 Advanced Criminal Law or 5CJ009 Victims and Offenders or 5SL007 Doing Quantitative Research or 5SL008 Volunteering in Action or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

Year 4

6CJ011 Serious and Organised Crime (20 Credits)

6FS001 Forensic Science for Policing (20 Credits)

6PL003 Research Project (20 Credits)

6PL015 Police Accountability (20 Credits)

6CJ004 Counter-Terrorism: Law, Policy and Practice or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language (20 Credits)

6CJ005 Contemporary Issues in Criminology or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language or 6CJ012 Developments in Comparative Policing and Punishment (20 Credits)


Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Successful completion of this award may lead to a career in the police service as an operational officer or as support staff as an intelligence and crime analyst. However this degree does not limit employability to these roles. The degree develops skills which are appropriate to a range of law enforcement and security roles including investigation within branches of Revenue and Customs, Immigration, Social Security Services; Health and Safety Executive; Environmental Health; private security sector; forensic accountancy and allied or related areas. Whether or not you pursue a vocation in policing, this degree will provide you with a set of intellectual, social and practical skills, as well as knowledge that many employers find attractive.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Knowledge and skills upon which you can develop for a professional career in policing, intelligence or other law enforcement and security areas  

The research-led teaching ensures that you will be learning about the very latest debates in policy and practice of policing and intelligence.

 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 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

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

Typical entry requirement: 48 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades DD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades PPP
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades MP
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Full Award)

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see 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.

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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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