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Professional Policing (Including Foundation Year) BSc (Hons)

University of South Wales

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  • Qualification

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

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  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

If you don't have the right qualifications to apply for the BSc (Hons) Professional Policing degree year one entry, the foundation course offers an alternative route into degree study.

You’ll start by completing a foundation year, which provides well-structured support and follows a general policing and security curriculum.

Upon successfully passing this year, you will progress to the first year of the professional policing degree which meets all the core requirements of the National Police Curriculum for the College of Policing’s pre-join degree in Professional Policing.

Modules cover key areas such as counter terrorism, covert activities, law and the justice system, crime scene awareness, digital policing, cyber-enabled crime, protecting the vulnerable in society, and community policing.

You will be taught by former police officers and leading academics and enjoy outstanding facilities on campus.


Our new BSc (Hons) Professional Policing will prepare you for a career as a police officer, along with other police staff roles, such as community support officers, control room operators and analysts.

The Professional Policing course is recognised as one of the three routes to becoming a police constable. It does not guarantee entry into the police following graduation, however those with a Professional Policing degree who are accepted by the police will have a shortened initial police training and this qualification will enable to you to apply to your chosen force and if accepted receive the shortened initial training for a period of up to five years after graduation.

Whereas this police course is a recognised route to becoming a police constable, graduates will still need to satisfy the recruitment requirements of their chosen force in terms of medical and fitness requirements, as well as background and security checks.

Our police degree has been designed to prepare you for the police requirement process; this includes mock fitness tests and interviews, interactive assessments and application support sessions. Lots of career advice is available and we have plenty of ex-serving police officers who can offer valuable advice when it comes to preparing to apply for your chosen career. More information on the routes into the police and the recruitment process.

Professional Policing graduates will also be prepared for careers within the criminal justice system in general and in the security and intelligence industries, adopting roles within the Prison Service, MI5, MI6 and the National Crime Agency, for example. Graduates can also progress to the MSc International Risk and Security.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 13,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

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A level : EE

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University information

University of South Wales

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  • Campus address

    University of South Wales, Llantwit Road, Treforest, Pontypridd, Rhondda, Cynon, Taff, CF37 1DL, Wales

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