BA (Honours) Professional Policing with Foundation Year

Year of Entry 2024/25
BA Professional Policing 2020

BA (Honours)

Professional Policing with Foundation Year

Course in clearing Full-time Criminology

Prepare for the fast-paced world of policing in a department that has career development, industry experience, inclusivity and diversity at its heart.

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Apply for a place on this course starting in 2024. Get started with our online form, or call 0330 024 6390.

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
    International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)

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    How long will I study?

    4/5 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    Collegiate Campus

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    When do I start?

    September 2024

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Course summary

  • Join a course that’s licensed by the College of Policing.
  • Learn from experienced policing professionals and academics.
  • Make a positive impact at our Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice.
  • Develop practical skills and theoretical knowledge for twenty-first century policing.
  • Engage in lawful, safe, and effective front-line policing, exploring ethical practices, human rights and justice.

On this course, you’ll prepare for the fast-moving world of policing. Following a specially developed curriculum licensed by the College of Policing, you’ll study a wide range of theoretical and legislative subjects to help you develop into an excellent applicant for a career in policing.

If you don't meet the entry requirements for this course, or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study, we recommend you join the foundation year.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

You’ll learn from expert academics who have a breadth of knowledge and experience in professional policing and criminal justice – and who are active in scholarly and professional multi-disciplinary research and practice. 

You’ll learn in our internationally-recognised research centre, the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice – with opportunities to benefit from collaboration with local, national and international policing partners.

You learn through:

  • Online lectures
  • Seminars and workshops on campus
  • Online support through Hallam's virtual learning environment
  • Teaching input from policing experts
  • Peer support
  • Self-reflection
  • Guided reading
  • Student presentations
  • Individual student reflection on learning
  • Exams, presentations and reports

Key Themes

As the curriculum aligns to the College of Policing knowledge base for Professional Policing, you’ll study topics relating to core policing practices while engaging in professional development. You’ll also focus on key areas linked to policing – including counter terrorism, digital policing and modern slavery. 

During the course you’ll gain industry experience by working with policing and criminal justice partners and placements opportunities. 

Course Support

You’ll be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate level employment through several key areas. These include:

  • Access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development.
  • Access to our Skills Centre with one to ones, webinars and online resources.
  • Engagement in societies that support your academic journey with students across the subject group.
  • Consideration of your next steps following your degree, accessing information and support linked to employability and criminal justice.

Course leaders and tutors

Rob Smallwood
Rob Smallwood
Senior lecturer (Policing)

Applied learning

Throughout the course, you’ll have the opportunity to apply your developing knowledge of policing to police practice – with class-based activities, professional projects and engagement with policing professionals.

Work Placements

You’ll have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you valuable work experience to prepare you for your future career – and allows you to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV.

You’ll also be encouraged to seek work-based opportunities through membership of the Special Constabulary, as well as other virtual and in-person voluntary opportunities, in our local area and across the globe. 

Live Projects

We have strong relationships with local and national criminal justice stakeholders – including the police, probation service and third sector agencies. They support learning and knowledge generation in Sheffield and the South Yorkshire region through our local, national and international networks.  

These professional links enable us to provide opportunities for you to undertake a range of live research projects, and to learn about police practice with professionals from across the world. These opportunities include international placements, as well as incoming and outgoing international study tours.

Networking Opportunities

You’ll have the opportunity to network with professionals through seminars, internal and external speaker programmes, our student-led policing society, and our guest lecture programme. These opportunities include working within The Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice on local, national and international events and activities. 

The course also offers opportunities to learn about policing in other countries through our partnerships in the United States, India and Brazil – plus the regular engagements we host between practitioners, policy-makers and our academic community.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in:

  • Police services
  • The criminal justice system
  • Criminology and law-related careers
  • Public service
  • Investigations 
  • Intelligence
  • Data analysis
  • Social justice
  • Victim support
  • Civil service and local government
  • Voluntary work
  • Research 

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for:

  • Greater Manchester Police and other Police forces 
  • The Probation Service
  • Teaching within education

*Completion of this 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 lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Equipment and facilities

Our seminar teaching is conducted in small teaching rooms while lectures are delivered online.

You’ll have access to:  

  • Innovative digital teaching and learning platforms and apps
  • Specialist software 
  • Data analysis packages
  • Data collection tools

We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries and study spaces designed by our students.

Entry requirements

All students

We will offer flexibility on our usual entry requirements for clearing applicants. Please call us on 0330 024 6390 to discuss your options and apply.

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.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

The Exploration Of Law, Crime, Justice And Society
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Elective modules

Social Justice In Action
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
The Practice Of Law And Policing
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Operational Policing: Counter Terrorism & Digital Policing
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(60%) , Exam(40%)
Police Problem-Solving
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Professional & Academic Skills In Policing
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
The Role Of Police Officers, Operational Powers & Legislation
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(60%) , Exam(40%)
Year 3

Compulsory modules

Applied Police Problem-Solving
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Applying Academic & Professional Standards In Policing
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Operational Policing: Core Policing Practice
Credits 40
Assessment Practical(100%)
Operational Policing: Vulnerability & Risk
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(60%) , Exam(40%)
Year 4

Optional modules

Placement Year
Credits -
Final year

Compulsory modules

Applied Investigation & Interviewing Skills
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Practical(50%)
Evidence-Based Policing Project
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Large Scale Incidents & Specialist Response
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Personal & Professional Development
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Financial support for home/EU students

How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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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, 336.2KB)

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


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