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BA (Honours) in Professional Policing Practice

Degree apprenticeship

police officer smiling while talking to member of the  public.

You will earn as you learn, and over three years you’ll combine on-the-job learning and academic theory to become to a police constable with a degree in Professional Policing Practice.


How does the degree apprenticeship work?

You will study at University on the BA (Hons) Professional Policing Practice course working as a student police officer with South Yorkshire Police. The course and the job meet the national Police Constable apprenticeship standard, so you get to study for a recognised qualification, while earning a salary and having no student fees to pay.

Our next start date for this course is Spring 2023

We have several start dates for this course throughout they year. Visit the South Yorkshire Police Be The Future page for more information and to apply to become a police officer.

The course takes 3 years to complete, and on successful completion you'll become a fully qualified police officer and gain a BA (Honours) in Professional Policing Practice.


1. Course summary

  • This course is for anyone wanting to become a police officer who does not currently hold a degree. 
  • You will learn all the skills required to be a fully operational police officer during your apprenticeship
  • The course is open to school leavers, people leaving the armed forces, or anyone wanting to change career up to the age of 60 years. We welcome and encourage applications from underrepresented communities. 

2. How you learn

You will be working as a police officer whilst studying and will complete on the job learning. Academic learning will be through a broad range of methods including attendance at Sheffield Hallam University, online learning and workshops.

Assessments include

  • Work based learning
  • Coursework
  • Essays
  • Self-reflection
  • Poster 
  • Presentation
  • Portfolios
  • Exams 
  • 60 credit integrated End Point Assessment


3. Where you'll study

You will study at our City Campus as well as at South Yorkshire Police’s training premises at Robert Dyson House, Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

4. Entry requirements

You need a job role to accompany your apprenticeship course

To gain a place on this degree apprenticeship programme, you need to apply to become a police officer with South Yorkshire Police, and be successful in their recruitment process. To apply to join the force, visit

Academic qualifications

To be eligible you must meet at least one of the following entry qualification criteria:

Have achieved a standard of education equivalent to a Level 3 qualification which equates to 96 UCAS points (or a full level 4 or 5 qualification) - these points could be from your A Levels, Level 3 Diplomas or NVQs. Please check your UCAS points.

Have achieved an academic or vocational qualification gained outside England and Wales, which is considered by the UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) to be a Level 3 qualification which equates to 96 UCAS points.

Military Applications
Students with a military background may use this experience as part of their application demonstrating how they have developed the appropriate level of academic ability while serving in the military.   You will be asked to complete an assessment exercise and submit this with your application to Sheffield Hallam University.

Maths and English
As you are joining an apprenticeship you will be required to provide proof of Level 2 Maths and English by the end of your apprenticeship.
The qualifications acceptable are:
GCSE or iGCSE at grade C/level 4 or above
Functional Skills Level 2
Key Skills Level 2

Please be aware that if you cannot provide proof of your qualification within the first 12 weeks of your course you will be enrolled onto functional skills to complete further study. You will need to provide proof of your level 3 certificates/proof of your UCAS points with your initial application to South Yorkshire Police. Your application will not be assessed by Sheffield Hallam University without them.

In exceptional circumstances other equivalent qualifications and relevant work experience may be considered. Such applications are assessed individually.



5. Modules

Year 1 • Academic and Professional Skills • Introduction to Core policing Practice • Evidence Based policing • Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice • Managing Risk • Counter Terrorism and Digital Policing

Year 2 • Enhancing Academic and Professional Skills • Developing core Policing Practice • Applying Evidence Based Policing • Risk, Society and its Implications Policing in the 21st century • Experiencing Criminology and Criminal Justice
Year 3 • Academic and Professional Skills Development • Advanced Policing Practice • Contemporary Policing Landscapes • Evidence Based Policing Research Project* • Professional Review and Future Planning*

*Form part of the End Point Assessment

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