FDSc Policing

Accredited by the College of Policing

Course details

UCAS Course code L435

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Working in the police force is a big challenge, but it can be a very rewarding and prosperous experience. If you're interested in joining, enhance your recruitment prospects and build on your personal development with our work-based training course. Jointly developed with Cumbria Constabulary and building on their award-winning Initial Police Learning and Development Programme, you'll learn all the key skills and knowledge to go onto a successful career in policing.

We meet all the required elements of the College of Policing pre-join qualification strategy, and focus our course on employability skills to enhance your future job prospects. You'll get the opportunity in your first year to apply to be a Special Constable in constabularies across the North West and Durham, or potentially a force of your own choosing, giving you a first-hand experience in modern policing. It's important that our future officers have the best start possible, which is why we will ensure you receive a full level of training for a successful career with the police.

The reality of modern policing is very different to how the media depicts it, but it is still one of the most dramatic public services. You'll learn to apply clinical investigative techniques that are complemented by a thorough knowledge of laws and procedures. We'll help you develop an acute awareness of the tensions, challenges and diversity of the communities you support, working with a wide range of partners to provide effective solutions for making the community safer.

Programme specification

For a detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.

Download our programme specification (PDF)

2017 entry

64-72 UCAS tariff points.

Find out more about qualification options from the UCAS tariff table

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

2018 entry

64-72 UCAS tariff points.

Find out more about qualification options from the UCAS tariff table

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

Selection criteria

You will be interviewed as part of the admissions process for this course.

Full-time courses

Apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), between September and January; they will send your application on to us. Applications submitted after this date will be considered late and the course you have applied for might be full by this time; however, we will consider you for alternative suitable courses.

Their website www.ucas.com provides all the information you need about universities, courses, locations, entry requirements and financial support. You are allowed to select up to five course choices. You need to use the correct UCAS campus and course codes as not all courses are offered at every campus. You will be asked for the following information when you apply online:

Institution code name: UoC

Institution code: C99

Campus location:

  • A Ambleside
  • B Brampton Road, Carlisle
  • E University of Cumbria at Energus, Workington
  • F Fusehill Street, Carlisle
  • L Lancaster
  • T University of Cumbria in London
  • Y University of Cumbria at Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness

Part-time courses

Applications should be made online directly to the university; visit our website or contact enquirycentre@cumbria.ac.uk for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.

What makes a good application?

We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential-evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.

Make sure you include:

  • Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
  • A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
  • A good personal statement.
  • Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.

What next?

When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.

And if I accept?

The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.

Deferred entry

We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.

International students

Applications for full-time undergraduate study are made through UCAS. Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.

From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa. UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.

See the following websites for further details: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk

Your FdSc qualification will come with a Certificate in Knowledge of Policing, increasing your chances of employment in the police force. Cumbria Constabulary remains committed to sourcing up to 25 per cent of its annual recruitment from this programme, providing you a head start in being recruited. Should you be accepted onto the force, you'll be subject to a rigorous assessment via the national police selection procedures.

You will also have the opportunity to continue studying either on a full or part time basis to top up your qualification to a BSc Hons degree.

Our teaching staff have extensive experience in the Criminal Justice Service, offering a wealth of knowledge and experience that will improve your own expertise. We present roleplay scenarios that will prepare you for situations you'll encounter on placements and in your future career.

You'll gain extra knowledge through talks from guest speakers, including a Magistrate, a specialist drugs support worker and a member of the Youth Offending Team. Thanks to our wide network of contacts, we can arrange for specialist speakers to meet student demands, so if there's a particular area of policing you want to know more about, we can help find an expert.

University and Constabulary join forces

The University of Cumbria has joined forces with Cumbria Constabulary in its bid to recruit more special constables.

Policing 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.