BSc (Hons) Professional Policing (Top-up)


Course code 8D62

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Course code 8D62

Key course details

Location Carlisle - Fusehill Street
Duration Full-time, 1 Year, Part-time, 2 Years
Start date September 2019 (Carlisle Fusehill Street)
Entry Requirements Programme Specification

Want to be a police officer? Well, the way in which you can get into the service will change by 2020 and you’ll need a professional qualification for a career serving and protecting in England and Wales.

We’ve designed our programme - together with Cumbria Constabulary – so that as a foundation degree holder, you can build on your existing qualifications to achieve a BSc (Hons).

Why Choose University of Cumbria

You’ll learn all of the aspects of policing, including: operational policing, legislation and police powers and structured interviewing skills, that you’ll need for a future as a police officer.

And, if you want to volunteer as a special constable, we’ll help you do that too and will be happy to support your application.

Everything you do will be with a view to successfully securing a job in a police force, so you’ll back the theory you learn with work-based sessions and with on-the-job experience.

  • We are a Centre of Excellence for Policing Studies
  • Opportunity for you to apply to be a special constable – giving you first-hand experience in modern policing and boosting your CV
  • Tutors include former serving police officers with a wealth of experience in the service
  • Use our ‘Crime scene house’ for simulated policing exercises to put theory into first-hand practice
  • Our small class sizes mean we get to know you well and can give 1-1 workshops
  • Great placement and on-the-job training thanks to our excellent links with constabularies and organisations in the criminal justice system
  • Gain extra knowledge through talks from guest speakers, including: magistrates, specialist drugs support worker and from the Youth Offending Team. And, thanks to our wide network of contacts, we can arrange for specialist speakers to meet student demands
  • Serving police officers ensure everything we teach matches the ever-changing world of professional policing
  • Guided by serving police officers seconded from Cumbria Constabulary
  • You can conveniently study the course online if you need to fit studies in with your lifestyle
  • Access to great facilities, including a well-stocked library with essential learning resources

Choose to study in the historic and bustling city of Carlisle – close to the Lake District and Scotland.

It's important that our future officers have the best start possible, which is why we will ensure you receive a high-level of training with plenty of practical experience for your successful career with the police.

So, for a course that will bolster your chances of gaining the professional qualification required and boost your practical skill base to step into the world of policing, this is it.

Graduate destinations

Your current career in the police will be enhanced by learning specialist knowledge that will help gain promotions. You can also progress to our MSc Strategic Policing.

News and Events

Retired Lancashire policeman returns to his home beat to train officers of the future

Posted: 29 Jul 2019

For the first time, those with ambitions of pursuing a police career as officers or in other roles are invited to enrol on a BSc (Hons) Professional Policing course at the university’s campus in Bowerham Road, Lancaster. The introduction of the three-year course at Lancaster in September comes ahead of a national change in entry requirements for police recruits and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s pledge to recruit 20,000 new officers.

From Canada to Cumbria; policing ties made across the Atlantic

Posted: 2 Nov 2018

Two senior policing academics from Canada have met counterparts in Cumbia with the aim of considering collaborative crime projects. Dr Gary Ellis and Dr Glenn Hanna both manage the Justice Studies programme at the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto Canada and were guests of the University of Cumbria’s policing department on Friday (2 Nov.)

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Posted: 6 Aug 2019

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Postgraduate Open Evening

Fri 8 Nov 2019

There are many fantastic reasons to embark on one of our postgraduate courses, whether it’s to give yourself that extra advantage when applying for jobs, progress your current career or even if you just love your chosen subject and want to explore it further.