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BSc (Hons) Professional Policing course preparation

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the School of Law, Criminology & Policing. Before you join us for your BSc (Hons) Professional Policing degree, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities to help you feel prepared for your university studies. These include suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Read on to find out more.

Your chance to gain the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award.


The Gold Duke of Edinburgh award is highly prestigious. And it involves things such as volunteering in the community and an expedition in the wilderness involving orienteering and survival. The award is challenging but equally rewarding and we would like to give you the opportunity to enrol now, so that you can complete the mandatory elements early in your university life. The DofE also looks great on your CV.


We have a limited number of places available for a practice three-day expedition to Snowdonia on Wednesday 20 September 2023.


If you are interested in this opportunity, please send an email to [email protected]

Suggested reading

You’ll be given far more information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access when you begin your studies. And we don’t recommend rushing out to buy texts before you arrive. But if you can pick up a second hand copy, borrow from a library, or access online, we suggest the following:

  • Introduction to Policing by Michael Rowe

And, as a professional policing student, you will be provided with your individual copy of the latest edition of Blackstone’s Handbook for Policing Students.

Module handbooks

During your first week, you will be provided with:

  1. a programme handbook which contains all information relating to your programme
  2. module handbooks for each module that you are studying.

The module handbooks contain details of the module including: learning aims and outcomes, seminar and lecture schedule, required or suggested reading and assessment details.

Ongoing skill development

Throughout your studies you’ll also be required to attend introductory sessions and skill development sessions which will provide you with guidance on things such as: how to access and use library services, how to use our virtual learning environment (Blackboard) and how to develop your academic skills such as essay writing and delivering a presentation.

Useful websites

  • The College of Policing Resources. Including the ‘Crime Reduction Toolkit’ and ‘What Works Centre for Crime Reduction’
  • Start to explore the free elements of the Policing Insights website. You’ll gain full access to the paid version once enrolled onto one of our Policing Degrees
  • Police Magazine The Police Federation’s flagship publication for members, published every month

Things to do over summer

There are several things you can do to start to prepare for your studies over the summer.

Join our community

Follow our School and our student societies on social media so that you can start connecting with your colleagues and chat to current students about their experiences.

Connect with us on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the largest professional networking site with over 610 million members worldwide. It is very useful for networking and securing opportunities.

Find advice on creating a LinkedIn profile.

Once you have created your profile, join our School group and connect with your lecturers and your colleagues, along with employers as you progress through your degree so that you gradually build your network.

Prepare for your academic studies

  • Listen to some of the resources listed above
  • Get into the habit of following current affairs through reputable news outlets e.g., BBC News, The Independent, The Guardian, Dispatches, Panorama
  • Visit your local Magistrates’, County or Crown Courts to see law and policing in action by watching proceedings from the public gallery.

Think of the future

Beginning your degree is the first step on your career journey and it is never too early to start thinking about your future career. As a professional policing student you will gain a unique insight into the Forces from former and current senior officers. You will also have the opportunity to develop extensive links to forces throughout the North West and beyond, through site visits, guest lectures and careers fairs.

Within our School we have a dedicated careers advisor – Emma Bonati – who is on hand to help you with all things career related. Emma and the Careers Team can assist with matters such as: developing a CV, writing a job application, securing part-time work etc.

Before you join us in September, start to get familiar with the Edge Hill Careers Team. You can also follow them on socials for regular updates: @ehucareers

If you are unsure of where your degree can take you – don’t worry. Your Personal Tutor, lecturers, the Careers Team and the Work Placements Team are all here to offer advice and support to help you on your journey and throughout your studies. You will be invited to numerous workshops, panel events and careers fairs where you can interact with employers, build connections and learn about possible career pathways.

Think about volunteering

Volunteering is a valuable way to not only achieve personal development but also to build transferable and specific skills sought by employers. Find more advice on volunteering.

It may also be useful to browse some of the local forces websites e.g. Lancashire Constabulary and Merseyside Police for volunteering or part time vacancies.

Meet your programme lead