Professional Policing (Pre Join) - BA (Hons) (Subject to Validation)

Course Code: TH1HE179

UCAS Code: N225


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Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
14/09/2020University Centre3 Years / £8,335 per year Apply
14/09/2021University Centre3 Years / £8,750 per year Apply
How you will study with B&FC for the 2020/21 academic year.

Course Overview

The Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) is a new, professional framework for the recruitment and training of police officers and police staff. From the 1st January 2020 successful appointment as a police officer in any one of the 43 Police Forces in England and Wales is now dependent, in part, upon the completion of a professional educational qualification.

The professional body of the police service, the College of Policing recently introduced three new entry routes that supported entry into the police service.

One of these routes is by the successful completion of a licenced pre-join degree. The pre-join programme provides you a three year degree in Professional Policing designed to equip you to work in the constantly changing landscape in which police personnel operate.

Whilst the BA (Hons) Professional Policing (Pre-join) programme has been designed, primarily to align to the National Police Curriculum and as such the needs of students who wish to embark on a career in the police service, it may also be useful for those wishing to pursue careers in related areas such as;

  • Police staff roles
  • National Crime Agency
  • Armed Forces
  • Private Security sector
  • UK Border Force
  • Intelligence Analyst, or banking and similar organisations where investigative or practical legal knowledge are required.

The programme is a Bachelors three year degrees comprising learning across levels 4, 5, 6, normally with 120 credits of assessment at each level. It is validated by the University of Lancaster.

BA (Hons) Professional Policing may be awarded to students who have successfully completed and passed each module to obtain 360 credits of which 120 are at level 6.

Students successfully completing 120 Level Four credits or above may be awarded the Certificate of HE whilst students successfully completing 240 Level Four and Five credits or above may be awarded the Diploma of HE.

Entry Requirements

The typical offer for the programme is 80 to 112 UCAS points. Blackpool and The Fylde College operate a flexible admissions policy and individuals are assessed on personal merit, so this means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and where applicable any predicted grades.

Applications from individuals with non-traditional qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree a degree in Professional Policing are welcome.

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.


Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.


Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Course Structure

Level 4 Modules

Introduction to PolicingTH4MD30020Mandatory
Police PowersTH4MD30120Mandatory
Policing Contemporary SocietyTH4MD30220Mandatory
Public Protection Risk and VulnerabilityTH4MD30320Mandatory
Crime Prevention and DetectionTH4MD30420Mandatory
Researching the Evidence Skills and MethodsTH4MD30520Mandatory

Level 5 Modules

Digital Policing for a Digital AgeTH5MD31620Mandatory
Fieldwork for PolicingTH5MD31720Mandatory
Ethics Integrity and Professional StandardsTH5MD31820Mandatory
Criminal Procedure and InvestigationTH5MD31920Mandatory
Criminal Justice EnvironmentTH5MD32020Mandatory
Crime Abuse and Human BehaviourTH5MD32120Mandatory

Level 6 Modules

Evidence Based ProjectTH6MD29140Mandatory
Working with Victims and WitnessesTH6MD29220Mandatory
Community Cohesion and Strategic PolicingTH6MD29320Mandatory
Information and Intelligence Case ManagementTH6MD29420Mandatory
Counter TerrorismTH6MD29520Mandatory

Teaching and Learning Methods

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.


Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

Programme Specification

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