BA (Honours) Professional Policing

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Year of Entry 2024/25
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BA (Honours)

Professional Policing

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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    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?

    3 / 4 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    Collegiate Campus

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    What are the entry requirements?

    112-120 UCAS points

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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.

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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.

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

UCAS points

  • 112-120

This must include at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications excluding general studies. For example

  • BBC-BBB at A Level including a grade C in a relevant subject.
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject.
  • Merit overall from a T Level Qualification
  • A combination of qualifications which must include a relevant subject and may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • English Language grade C/4 or above.
  • Mathematics grade C/4 or above.

Access: at least 45 credits at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course.

For students whose first language is not English, IELTS 6.5 is required in reading and writing with a minimum of 5.5 in all other skills. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. This must show that the applicant would benefit from, and has the potential to, complete the course successfully. Decisions regarding non-standard entrants will be considered on an individual basis by the Programme Leader. Applications are welcomed from people of any age. We also accept applicants who may have prior certificated credit or prior experiential credit (APCL/APEL) although with regard to the PJD this is likely to be limited in nature.

It is important to emphasise that completion of this degree does not guarantee employment as a police officer or police staff.

Every police force in England and Wales sets its own recruitment process and selection policy, and entry requirements vary from force to force. Candidates are advised to check their eligibility against the force website, this may assist in deciding whether to undertake the pre-join Degree course and/or pursue a career in policing.

The recruitment process to study for the pre-join Degree is separate to the recruitment process for joining a force.

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'.


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.

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

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 2

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 3

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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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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