Professional Policing (Pre-join) - BA (Hons)

Course Code: TH1HE179

UCAS Code: N225


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Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
12/09/2022University Centre3 Years / £8,750 per yearApply

Course Overview

Course timetable                                                                                          

Duration: 2 days per week
Day/s of week: Tuesday & Wednesday
Time: 9.30am - 4.00pm
Indicative Delivery 75% On-site at the University Centre Campus and 25% On-line

Prepare for entry to the police service with this three-year BA (Hons) Professional Policing Pre-Join programme.
(Licensed by the College of Policing, from January 2020, this course is one of just three routes available to becoming a police officer.)

Designed to align to the National Police Curriculum, successful completion of this course qualifies you to apply to become a police officer in one of the 42 police forces throughout England and Wales. 

The programme’s wide variety of topics – from Digital Policing for a Digital Age to Counter Terrorism – will equip you to work in the constantly changing landscape within which the police operate. However, your highly transferable skills will also equip you for related careers in, for example, the legal and security sectors.

There is a strong employment focus, giving you an opportunity to undertake live briefs as well voluntary placements; in fact, we will actively encourage you to volunteer as a Special Police Constable (which will not only develop your practice-based understanding but increase your long-term career prospects as well). 


Entry Requirements

The typical offer for this programme is 80-112 points in an appropriate discipline:

  • A levels - BCC-CDD to exclude General Studies 
  • DMM - MMP from Extended Diploma 
  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs including English and mathematics at grade C/4 or above
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall including 5 or above in English at standard level
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma in related discipline

Additional Information

Candidates need to understand that successful completion of the BA(Hons) in Profession of Policing (Pre-join) programme does not guarantee entry to any Police Service in
England and Wales. It essential that students considering this course and a career in the police service should make themselves aware of the eligibility criteria as well as the
Police Code of Ethics

If you want to join the Police Service in England and Wales as a police constable, you must successfully undertake a number of recruitment stages. One of these is the Police
SEARCH® Recruit Assessment Centre (more details can be found here). The Police SEARCH® Recruit Assessment Centre is a rigorous and standardised process involving
observation of a candidate's performance across a variety of exercises, to assess their potential to perform the role of a police constable effectively and is used by forces to
ensure they recruit to meet their resourcing demands.

Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis

Qualification Obtained

BA (Hons) in Professional Policing (Pre Join)

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

European Structural and Investment Funds
Council for Independent Education
European Social Fund
Lancaster University
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