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Year of Entry 2019/20
BA (Honours)

Professional Policing

Course in clearing
Full-time Criminology

Prepare for a career in the fast-paced world of policing.

Places available in clearing

Apply for a place on this course starting in 2019. Call us on now 0330 024 6390.

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Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £8,750 per year
International: £12,250 per year
How long will I study? 3 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
What are the entry requirements? 80 UCAS points through Clearing
What is the UCAS code? B005
When do I start? September 2019

Course summary

  • 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 course creates a supportive environment for students — one in which you can challenge, and be challenged on, perspectives and decisions.

The course team use a variety of formative and summative assessments, designed to support the development of your knowledge and understanding. Particular emphasis is placed on progressive, reflective learning.

The development of the core skills enables you to reflect on work-based or simulated activity and their own career and academic development.

You learn through

  • online lectures
  • seminars and workshops on campus
  • online support through the University's virtual learning environment
  • teaching input from policing experts
  • peer support
  • self-reflection
  • guided reading
  • student presentations
  • individual student reflection on learning

Applied learning

Work experience

Throughout the 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. You also will have opportunities to visit international policing agencies.

Live projects

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.

Networking opportunities

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.

Future careers

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 this degree does not guarantee employment as a police officer or police staff.

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work in

  • specialist facilities including investigative interview labs
  • our Moot Court, for simulated court experiences

Entry requirements

All students

GCSE Maths & English grade D or grade 3 or above.

80 UCAS points, including 56 points from two A levels or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

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'.


Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Academic And Professional Skills Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Counter Terrorism And Digital Policing Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Evidence Based Policing Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Core Policing Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Criminology And Criminal Justice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Managing Risk Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
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

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
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
Elective modules
Module Credits
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

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £8,750 per year

† 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

Out tuition fee for International students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £12,250

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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)

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