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Course code L900

Key course details

Location Carlisle - Fusehill Street, Lancaster, London
Duration Full-time, 3 Years
Start date September 2018, 2019
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.

One way to enter the police service will be via a professional policing degree, like ours – which has been jointly developed with Cumbria Constabulary.

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 one-to-one 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 – or from our East India Dock Rd, London campus. From 2019, you can also study at our Lancaster campus

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.

We've helped students step into volunteer and paid jobs in the police and the wider criminal justice system.

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.


September 2018: Carlisle and London
September 2019: Carlisle, Lancaster and London

Course Study Options

We also offer this course with an integrated foundation year - follow the link for more information

Integrated Foundation Year

Graduate destinations

You'll be well prepared for a career as a police officer or any role in the wider 'policing' family. The skills you learn in investigation, partnership, researching and interviewing are valued everywhere within the criminal justice sector. You might also wish to progress to our MSc Strategic Policing.