The world of policing is changing to stay ahead of modern crime, with a call for all newly-recruited police constables to be professionally qualified to degree level by 2020.
Policing is a rewarding and diverse career for those with an aptitude for communication, diplomacy, team-work and problem-solving.
As a newly-qualified police constable you will begin your career:
- providing a visible presence to deter crime
- reassuring communities
- assisting in public incidents
- conducting initial investigations
- interviewing suspects, victims and witnesses
You’ll also acquire a broad range of additional professional skills, backed up by a thorough understanding of the law, and executed with sensitivity.
Becoming a police constable has many benefits, not only in the form of personal satisfaction and community service, but with generous employee benefits including an employer pension contribution of 21.3%* and clearly defined career progression routes for those striving to advance.
At the University of Cumbria we teach Policing differently. Our primary focus is to provide all of our students with the practical experience needed to prepare you for life as a police constable and to enrich you with opportunities to give your job application the competitive advantage you need to stay ahead, which is why we:
- work in partnership with Cumbria constabulary
- offer support to all our students to apply to the Special Constabulary or other volunteering opportunities connected to policing related fields
- teach problem-solving with realistic scenarios, using our purpose-made ‘crime house’ facilities
- deliver a curriculum set by The College of Policing to ensure our graduates are of the highest calibre
- have our course informed by academics who have many years of experience in the field of policing, both locally and nationally.
- host the CATE Award nominated Major Incident Event with forensic and paramedic teams to teach inter-professional skills (as featured on ITV Border)
It’s no wonder the University of Cumbria’s Policing Centre of Excellence has a 96% overall student satisfaction rate (National Student Survey 2018).
Course study options
This course is also available without the foundation year.
This programme will prepare you for a career as a police officer or for a range of posts in the wider 'policing' family. Investigative, partnership, research and interview skills are valied in a wide range of fields within and associated with criminal justice. If you want to volunteer as a special constable, we will help you do that and will be happy to support your application.
You can also progress to our MSc Strategic Policing to further climb the career ladder in the police force.
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Our course is designed to be progressive, building on the required knowledge and skills as laid down in the National Policing Curriculum. You will begin your studies at Level 3 (the Integrated Foundation Year, or IFY) where you will acquire the skills and knowledge you need to start the full 3-year BSc programme. The IFY is a broad mix of subject studies (for example, policing, law, criminology), combined with academic skills, which will provide you with the ideal platform to move to the next level. At Level 4, we start with the history, structure and role of the Police Service, before examining such fundamentals as decision making, ethical considerations, vulnerability and risk, legislation and procedure, academic study skills and aspects of criminology and psychology. As we move to Level 5 we drill further down into vital aspects of underpinning theory, including academic research skills. At Level 6, the more complex aspects of ethics, decision-making and vulnerability are further examined, alongside optional modules covering specific aspects of policing (such as crime investigation, or intelligence) and a year-long dissertation project.
The University of Cumbria BSc in Professional Policing has been specifically designed to meet the requirements of the National Policing Curriculum, as mandated by the College of Policing. It is a specific 'pre-join' qualification and forms one of the three routes of entry to the Police Service of England and Wales, in line with the requirements of the Police as a degree entry-level profession. As a product, this course has been licensed by the College of Policing and, therefore, meets the professional body requirement for policing in the 21st Century. It is, simply put, the 'go-to' degree qualification for any potential student who is considering a career in the Police Service. As a Team, it is a course we are very proud to offer. As a student starting on the Integrated Foundation Year, you are still very much a part of our wider Policing family and are included in many of the course related activities run during the academic year. Along with students at other levels, you are also included in the invitation to apply for the local Special Constabulary, and are supported in this process.
- Essential University Skills 1
- Essential University Skills 2
- Families, Communities and the Criminal Justice System
- Professional Practice in the Community
- Contemporary Issues and the Media
- Introduction to Policing, Criminology and Law
- Understanding the Police Constable Role
- Policing Vulnerability in Contemporary Society
- Police Legislation
- Academic Study Skills & Applied Social Sciences
- Information & Intelligence
- Policing, Decisions & Ethics
- Professionalism, Values & Standards
- Vulnerability & Risk
- Specialist Procedures
- Operational Policing
- Academic Research Skills
- Criminological Concepts
- Coaching & Mentoring
- Response Policing
- Community Policing
- Specialism – Police Investigation
- Specialism – Information & Intelligence
Assessment, Feedback, and Teaching and Learning methods
Full details are available in the programme specification.
The teaching timetable should be available from the end of August. Access to the timetable is through the Student Hub – you will be able to access the Student Hub after you have completed online registration. The teaching day is 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday; please keep your other commitments open until confirmation of your teaching timetable, and bear in mind that many courses will offer placements or fieldwork which sometimes extends into the evenings and weekends.
Have a question about our entry requirements?
40 UCAS tariff points.
Potential to succeed can be measured in a number of ways including academic qualifications and skills obtained outside academic study such as work experience.
You can find out more about the tariff and qualification options from the UCAS tariff table.
Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.
If you are over 21 and returning to study after being in relevant employment for a minimum of 3 years and do not meet the published entry requirements for Year 1 of our degree courses, please do not assume you are not qualified to join us. Our experienced Admissions and Academic staff will review your prior qualifications and professional experience to support your application. The Integrated Foundation Year programmes support your return to education and are specifically designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree but may not have all the necessary qualifications, skills or experience to join the degree in Year 1. Contact our Course Enquiries Team for more information.
Going to higher education can transform a person’s life. We use contextual admissions to make sure that we are accessible to everyone who has the potential to succeed. Qualifications and grades are important, but they are considered alongside other information that helps universities to identify potential and widen access to university level study. For some individuals, the disadvantages they have experienced in their life mean that they have not been able to demonstrate their full academic potential. Where a person lives and their personal circumstances can all affect their educational attainment. We take this context into account and look for an applicant’s potential when making admission decisions. For 2021 the University of Cumbria will make offers to applicants that live in postal code regions with the lowest participation in Higher Education (Polar 4 quintile 1 and 2 – you can check your postcode here https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/data-and-analysis/young-participation-by-area/search-by-postcode ) Care leavers and mature students returning to education we will make an offer at the bottom of any UCAS Tariff range. Attendance at our Masterclasses and Summer Schools will also allow applicants to receive an offer lower within the tariff range. Find out more about our events at but must meet the terms and conditions of these events.
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
- 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
Applications should be made online directly to the university; visit our website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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
All students will need to purchase stationery, course books and personal equipment. Extra costs may also be applicable to cover field trips, membership fees etc. The PDF link below provides an overview of these costs for this course.Additional costs
Resources and facilities
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.