School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Policing and Intelligence

BSc (Hons) Full-time 3 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 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?

See module details below.

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!

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 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: 96 UCAS points

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

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

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 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.

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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