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Professional Policing (with integrated foundation year) BSc (Hons)

University of Cumbria

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Carlisle - Fusehill Street

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Our course is designed to be progressive, building on the required knowledge and skills as laid down in the National Policing Curriculum. You will begin your studies at Level 3 (the Integrated Foundation Year, or IFY) where you will acquire the skills and knowledge you need to start the full 3-year BSc programme. The IFY is a broad mix of subject studies (for example, policing, law, criminology), combined with academic skills, which will provide you with the ideal platform to move to the next level. At Level 4, we start with the history, structure and role of the Police Service, before examining such fundamentals as decision making, ethical considerations, vulnerability and risk, legislation and procedure, academic study skills and aspects of criminology and psychology. As we move to Level 5 we drill further down into vital aspects of underpinning theory, including academic research skills. At Level 6, the more complex aspects of ethics, decision-making and vulnerability are further examined, alongside optional modules covering specific aspects of policing (such as crime investigation, or intelligence) and a year-long dissertation project.The University of Cumbria BSc in Professional Policing has been specifically designed to meet the requirements of the National Policing Curriculum, as mandated by the College of Policing. It is a specific 'pre-join' qualification and forms one of the three routes of entry to the Police Service of England and Wales, in line with the requirements of the Police as a degree entry-level profession. As a product, this course has been licensed by the College of Policing and, therefore, meets the professional body requirement for policing in the 21st Century. It is, simply put, the 'go-to' degree qualification for any potential student who is considering a career in the Police Service. As a Team, it is a course we are very proud to offer. As a student starting on the Integrated Foundation Year, you are still very much a part of our wider Policing family and are included in many of the course related activities run during the academic year. Along with students at other levels, you are also included in the invitation to apply for the local Special Constabulary, and are supported in this process.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 7,500per year

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University of Cumbria

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    University of Cumbria, Registered Office, Fusehill Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 2HH, England

Distinct and pioneering, the University of Cumbria’s heritage dates from 1820. Its campuses include two in a World Heritage Site, the idyllic Lake District.
An international scholarship scheme offers a range of awards to all eligible students. The university also offers a £1,000 early payment discount.
For the 2021/22 transition year, all eligible EU, EEA or Swiss students will receive a Fee Discount Scholarship to bring fees in line with UK/home fees.

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