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FDSc

Policing

Location:
Carlisle - Brampton Road
Duration:
2, 4 year/s
Mode of study:
Full-time, Part-time
Start date:
September 2014
Faculty URL:
Finance:
Contact:

Why study with us?

College of Policing APMConsidering a career as a police officer?

If you would like to enhance your prospects for recruitment as a police officer this course will assist in your personal development and expose you to complementary yet diverse areas beyond traditional police training. It has been jointly-developed with Cumbria Constabulary, is strongly work-based, and builds upon the Constabulary’s award-winning Initial Police Learning and Development Programme.

The programme meets all the required elements of the College of Policing pre-join qualification strategy.

Designed to equip you with the knowledge and key skills to progress to a career in policing, it gives you the opportunity to develop your interpersonal skills through either a placement as a special constable or by undertaking a policing-based research project. 

Within your first year, you have the option to apply to be a special constable at Cumbria Constabulary, Durham Constabulary, North Lancashire Constabulary or a constabulary of your choice.

What can this course lead to?

Successful completion of this programme will afford students a number of options. 

As the University is part of the Approved Provider scheme managed by the College of Policing, students will be awarded the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing alongside their FdSc. 

Students who then put themselves forward for police recruitment to forces within England and Wales will hold a recognised CKP Pre-join qualification and a Foundation degree recognised. 

Acceptance in to a police force will be subject to a rigorous assessment via the national police selection procedures. 

Cumbria Constabulary remains committed to sourcing up to 25 per cent of its annual recruitment from this programme. 

All successful students will be offered the opportunity to continue their studies either on full- or part-time basis to ‘top-up’ this FdSc to a BSc Hons degree over the period of one or two years.

Resources and facilities

All our teaching staff have worked in the Criminal Justice Service. They bring together a wealth of knowledge and experience in this sector. We also have a number of guest speakers on the course including a Magistrate, specialist drugs support worker and a member of the Youth Offending Team. We have a wide network of contacts throughout the Criminal Justice Service and are able to arrange specialist speakers to meet student demand.

Have a look at our learning resources for Policing.

News

Andy ButlerUniversity and constabulary join forces
The University of Cumbria has joined forces with Cumbria Constabulary in its bid to recruit more special constables.

Special constablesPolicing students serve communities as special constables
Twenty-four students from the University of Cumbria’s policing foundation degree have been sworn in and deployed across the county as special constables.

Modules

For detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course (PDF).

Course summary

Policing continues to be one of the most dramatic public services. The media through drama and ‘fly on the wall’ documentaries provide an entertaining if distorted view of day to day police work. The reality, however, is very different.

It is about applying clinical investigative techniques complimented by a thorough knowledge of laws and procedures. Effective policing demands an acute awareness of the tensions, challenges and diversity of the communities you support, enabling you to work with a wide range of partners to provide solutions to problems to make those communities both feel safer and be safer. 

Case studies

What our students say about this course: 

‘This course goes above and beyond what the police service expects from their officers.’
Nick Borrett

‘Brilliant experience and definitely worth it.’
Sam Blackburn

‘The course gives us the knowledge and more importantly the work experience.’
Harry Lynn

‘All lecturers have great practical, real-life experience.’
Emily Burns

‘Great course, great lecturers, well worth it.’
Aneska Kosak

‘Good course, helpful lecturers and prepares me for the future.’
Steph Mears

‘Beneficial knowledge and a big leg-up in to the police force.’
Laura Benson

Entry requirements

80 UCAS tariff points. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance required.

Find out more about qualification options from the UCAS tariff table.

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

Credit and UCAS requirements

UCAS code: L435F
UCAS points: 80

Selection criteria

Applicants are subject to an enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) check.

Costs

Click the links below to view information on your study type and residence status. If you are unsure of your status, please see the UKCISA website for more information.

Full-time students

Home students

The tuition fee for the 2014/15 academic year has been set at £7,000.

As a full-time UK student, you are entitled to a tuition fee loan which doesn’t have to be repaid until you start earning £21,000 (if you're from England) or £15,795 (if you're from Scotland). You may also be eligible for a maintenance loan (up to £5,500) and a maintenance grant (up to £3,354). For more information about student loans and grants, visit our student finance page.

Additional funding

National Scholarship Programme

The university is part of the National Scholarship Programme (NSP) which is designed to support students with a household income of less than £25,000. The scholarships are non-repayable and will be allocated after 31 August 2014. Students will be told if they have been allocated a scholarship in September 2014.

We have 213 full-time NSP awards worth £4,000 in total - £1,000 cash and a £1000 fee waiver in year one and then £1,000 cash in years two and three. Specific criteria will apply and awards to students living outside of England will be subject to Government guidance and regulations.

Please note: the above information has recently been updated due to changes in Government policy and is currently subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access.

Cumbria Bursary

The Cumbria Bursary is an annual cash award of £1,000 for up to three years of study. There are 85 Cumbria Bursaries available in 2014.

More financial support

Access to financial support doesn’t end at registration. We have several awards and support funds available to our current students, including:


EU students

The tuition fee for the 2014/15 academic year has been set at £7,000.

As a full-time EU student, you are entitled to a tuition fee loan which doesn’t have to be repaid until you start earning £21,000 a year (or the equivalent in your country). For more information about student loans, visit our student finance page.

 

More financial support

Access to financial support doesn’t end at registration. We have several awards and support funds available to our current students, including:


International students

The tuition fee for the 2014/15 academic year has been set at £10,500. 

Fees are billed annually and may be paid by the student or a sponsor. 75 percent of the annual tuition fees must be paid before or at registration. For students requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa, a deposit of £3,500 is expected as a minimum before a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) will be issued. For more information, visit our international student finance page.

Early payment discount

If you are paying your own fees, you may be eligible for an early payment discount of £1,000. This discount is awarded to students who pay in full before registration.

Additional financial support

Our money doctors will be on hand throughout the year to help you manage your money while you’re in the UK. However, if you do happen to run into financial difficulty during your time here, you may be able to access a small emergency support fund.


Part-time students

Home

The tuition fee for students starting study in the 2014/15 academic year is £7,000. This fee is billed annually. For part-time students, the annual fee is calculated based on the number of years you take to complete your course. For example, a student studying part-time for six years may expect to pay £3,500 per year (where the full-time option takes three years).

As a part-time UK student, you are entitled to a tuition fee loan which doesn’t have to be repaid until you start earning £21,000 (if you're from England) or £15,795 (if you're from Scotland). For more information about student loans and grants, visit our student finance page.

Additional funding

National Scholarship Programme

The National Scholarship Programme is designed to support students with a household income of less than £25,000. We also have 26 part-time NSP awards (worth £2,000 in total over the first three years of the course - £500 cash and a £500 fee waiver in year one and then £500 in years two and three).

Please note: the above information has recently been updated due to changes in Government policy and is currently subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access.

More financial support

Access to financial support doesn’t end at registration. We have several awards and support funds available to our current students, including:


EU

The tuition fee for the 2014/15 academic year has been set at £7,000. This fee is billed annually. For part-time students, the annual fee is calculated based on the number of years you take to complete your course. For example, a student studying part-time for six years may expect to pay £3,500 per year (where the full-time option takes three years).

As a part-time EU student, you are entitled to a tuition fee loan which doesn’t have to be repaid until you start earning £21,000 a year (or the equivalent in your country). For more information about student loans, visit our student finance page.

 

More financial support

Access to financial support doesn’t end at registration. We have several awards and support funds available to our current students, including:

Additional contact information

Visit our subject pages.

You can also contact our policing lecturers on Facebook and Twitter.

 

UCAS Link

Visit UCAS

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