BSc (Hons) Professional Policing (with integrated foundation year)

UCAS

Course code L901

Constable Salary Scale*
0yrs: £19,971
5yrs: £28,380
7yrs: £38,382

*polfed.org

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UCAS

Course code L901

Key course details

Location Carlisle - Fusehill Street
Duration Full-time, 4 Years
Start date September 2019
Entry Requirements Programme Specification

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).

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Course study options

This course is also available without the foundation year.

Standard course

Graduate destinations

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.

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.