School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Policing and Intelligence

BSc (Hons) Part-time 6 years, 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.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code L435
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  • Start Date(s) 20 January 2020, 21 September 2020
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years), Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton
  • School School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

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.

What happens on the course?

Semester 1 Starters:


Year 1

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 2

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 3

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/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

2019 Entry

  • ‘A’ levels at grades BBC - CCC
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • 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

As part of your work placement application, you will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check and vetting by the West Midlands 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. There are a number of relatively minor conditions which may make you ineligible to join any police force.

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.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course

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


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