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- Prepare for the degree with an extra foundation year at the start.
- Understand the legal and professional responsibilities of policing.
- Learn to engage in lawful, safe and effective front-line policing in specific professional areas.
- Study ethical approaches and how to maintain the highest professional standards.
- Develop knowledge of criminological theory and practice.
- Evaluate evidence-based initiatives in the context of preventative policing and problem solving.
On this course, you’ll prepare for the fast-moving world of policing. Following a curriculum written and licensed by the College of Policing, you’ll study the wide range of theoretical and legislative subjects you need for employment as a police officer.
How you learn
This foundation year is an entry route if you do not yet meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Professional Policing course, if you are not yet ready for degree level study, or if you are returning to study and would like to spend time getting up to speed with the demands of learning before embarking on a degree.
You learn through
- team meetings
- peer learning
- guest lectures
You will receive feedback regularly from your tutors, peers and through guided self-reflection to help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to undertake the various module assessments.
Course leaders and tutors
Throughout the full course, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside policing professionals. You will also be encouraged to seek work-based opportunities through membership of the special constabulary, as well as other volunteer opportunities.
We have a good relationship with local criminal justice stakeholders including the police, who support learning and knowledge generation in Sheffield and the South Yorkshire region as well as nationally and internationally through our professional networks. These professional links will enable us to provide opportunities for you to undertake a range of live research projects.
On the full course you will have the opportunity to network with professionals through seminars, internal/external speaker programmes and guest lectures. This includes opportunities to work with The Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice on local, national and international events and activities
You will be offered the opportunity to engage with a range of award-based competitions such as The Hallam Award.
After completing your foundation year you will progress onto the full undergraduate degree, this course prepares you for a career in
- policing as an officer or staff member
- work across the policing ‘family’
- criminology and law-related careers
- further studies and academia
Completion of the full time degree does not guarantee employment as a police officer or police staff.
Where will I study?
You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.
Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.
Collegiate Library can be found just off Ecclesall Road. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
Equipment and facilities
On this course you work in
- specialist facilities including investigative interview labs
- our Moot Court, for simulated court experiences
This must include at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:
- CC at A Level
- MPP in BTEC Extended Diploma.
- A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies.
- English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalent
- Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalent
• Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course
If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.
Additional information for EU/International students
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
|Module: Introduction To The Psychological, Political, Legal, Criminal Justice And Sociological Sciences||Credits: 60|
|Module: The Practice Of Law And Policing||Credits: 60|
|Module: Academic And Professional Skills Development||Credits: 20||
|Module: Counter Terrorism And Digital Policing||Credits: 20||
|Module: Evidence Based Policing||Credits: 20||
|Module: Introduction To Core Policing Practice||Credits: 20||
|Module: Introduction To Criminology And Criminal Justice||Credits: 20||
|Module: Managing Risk||Credits: 20||
|Module: Applying Evidence Based Policing||Credits: 20||
|Module: Developing Core Policing Practice||Credits: 20||
|Module: Enhancing Academic And Professional Standards In Policing||Credits: 20||
|Module: Experiencing Criminology And Criminal Justice||Credits: 20||
|Module: Policing In The 21St Century||Credits: 20||
|Module: Risk And Society||Credits: 20||
|Module: Advancing Policing Practice||Credits: 20|
|Module: Evidence Based Policing Research Project||Credits: 40|
|Module: Policing And Crime Reduction||Credits: 20|
|Module: Professional Standards Development||Credits: 20|
|Module: Applied Investigative Interviewing Skills||Credits: 20|
|Module: Applied Investigative Skills||Credits: 20|
|Module: Contemporary Policing Landscapes||Credits: 20|
|Module: Digital Worlds Of Crime||Credits: 20|
|Module: Human Rights And Policing||Credits: 20|
|Module: Rehabilitation And Punishment||Credits: 20|
|Module: Serious And Organised Crime||Credits: 20|
|Module: Sex, Violence And Extremism||Credits: 20|
|Module: Simulating Justice Practice||Credits: 20|
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 in year 1, £8,750 in years 2, 3 and 4.
† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.
Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 in year 1, £12,995 in years 2, 3 and 4
Financial support for home/EU students
How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for Criminology courses (PDF)
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