BSc (Hons) Professional Policing

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Overview

UCAS Code:PP46
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time, 5 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:September 2019, September 2020
Department:Department of Law and Criminology
Location:Edge Hill University
Example Offers:BBC-BBB (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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Subject to validation.

  • Study a Pre-Join degree and receive ideal preparation for a career in the civil police forces of England and Wales or British Transport Police;
  • Gain a critical understanding of all aspects of policing, from criminal investigations and interview techniques to digital policing, cybercrime and counter terrorism;
  • Underpin your knowledge of policing with a firm grounding in law and criminology.

This Pre-Join degree provides ideal preparation for a career as a police officer. It will provide you with the opportunity to focus on key policing competencies as outlined in the National Policing Curriculum and approved within the Police Education Qualifications Framework. Undertaking a critical exploration of contemporary policing, you will assess the core functions of policing in society, discover the challenges faced in policing crime, and address themes such as ethics, integrity, and sharing information and intelligence. The programme will equip you with an in-depth understanding of the role of police officers, while also immersing you in the criminal justice system and elements of law and criminology. You will graduate with a thorough grounding in the academic theory and practical skills training required to enter the modern policing workforce.

Please note, if you would like to conduct an in-depth study of policing, crime and punishment, as well as the English legal system, you may also wish to consider our BA (Hons) Policing degree. Unlike BSc (Hons) Professional Policing, BA (Hons) Policing is not a Pre-Join course but it will provide ideal preparation for the degree-holder entry route to the police (for which further study will be required) on graduation.

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In Depth

What will I study?

Year 1 has been designed to give you a solid and comprehensive foundation in policing knowledge and skills underpinned by their legal and criminological contexts. You will explore the core functions of policing in society and be introduced to evidenced-based and response policing, as well as gaining an overview of the criminal justice system, the English legal system and criminological theory.

In Year 2 you will learn how to undertake criminological research and explore public protection in a policing context. You will be immersed in the complexities of investigative interviewing and criminal investigations, explore the key functions and strategies of roads policing, and gain a detailed understanding of the positive impact and challenges of community policing. The extent and nature of police power will also be examined.

The emphasis in Year 3 is on exploration and specialisation. You will examine the culture of professionalism in the police, develop a critical understanding of issues surrounding ethics, integrity and information and intelligence, while also exploring areas such as digital policing, cybercrime and counter terrorism. You will conduct a piece of academic research and have the opportunity to undertake an optional work placement to enhance your employability.

How will I study?

The programme will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods include essays, formal examinations, report writing, practical-based demonstrations, case studies, oral presentations and academic posters.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by a highly-committed team of research-active, expert tutors who are specialists in policing, criminology and law. Guest speakers will also contribute to the delivery of the programme.

A Great Study Environment

A police officer observes the scene around her.

The £6m Law and Psychology building provides contemporary teaching and learning facilities for students in the Department of Law and Criminology and the Department of Psychology.

The three-storey building includes a 250-seat lecture theatre, seminar and tutorial rooms, and social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning. Elsewhere on campus, there is a mooting room (a mock courtroom) where Law and Policing students can train and practice their advocacy skills and cross-examination techniques, as well as preparing for giving evidence in court.

New for 2019 is the EHU Police Training and Simulation Facility, part of which is furbished as a police station, that will be used to simulate a wide range of crime scenes. This will enable Law and Policing students to work together in areas such as gathering and analysing evidence, including forensic evidence at crime scenes, as well as practicing interview techniques used by the police through role play, while also ensuring that the rights of suspects are upheld.

The department’s Pro Bono Law Clinic provides opportunities for Law undergraduates to offer legal advice, free of charge, to other students in the University and members of the local community. The students providing legal advice are supervised by professionally qualified members of the lecturing staff and there is input experienced legal practitioners based in the region. The key aims of the Pro Bono Law Clinic are to enable students to gain experience of giving practical legal advice and also to provide a no cost advisory legal service to the student community.

You can also participate in the departmental Mooting Society, making an oral presentation of a legal issue or problem against an opposing counsel and before a judge, and join the student-led Edge Hill University Law and Criminology Society.

Modules

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Year 1

CRI1124Introduction to Criminological Theory (20 credits)

Introduction to Criminological Theory introduces you to key theoretical perspectives relevant to the study of crime and social justice. The module will use contemporary case studies in crime, deviance and conflict to evaluate the main theoretical traditions and recent critiques within criminology, providing a foundation in critical analysis. In particular, the module will emphasise the political underpinnings to theoretical perspectives and will encourage you to recognise the need to locate theories of crime and deviance in their structural contexts.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

LAW1001Legal Methods and Systems (20 credits)

Legal Methods and Systems examines the sources of English law, and explains the processes and the role and functions of the institutions and personnel involved in the English legal system. The module provides a foundation of legal knowledge, and introduces you to legal reasoning, legal analysis and legal study skills which you can apply in your subsequent legal study.


Assessment: Written Exam(s): 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

PLN1002Introduction to Core Policing and Decision Making (20 credits)

Introduction to Core Policing and Decision Making equips you with an understanding of the overall context of policing and its core function in society, while introducing you to a variety of procedures and ethical decision making, as well as the criminal justice system. You will look at the principles of policing by consent, the structure of the police service, the concept of professionalism, national policies and strategies in relation to policing, and the role of the College of Policing. You will also be introduced to the extent of police powers and regulation, the national decision making model, code of ethics, discretion, and the importance of accountability and critically reviewing policing decisions.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

PLN1003Criminal Justice (20 credits)

Criminal Justice introduces you to the criminal justice system. You will consider the function of the criminal justice system and the police role within it, as well as examining various pieces of associated legislation. You will focus on victims, the victims commissioner, codes of practice, and the role of the family liaison officer. You will also explore the custody process, in particular the detention, custody, charging, disclosure and escorting of detainees. Sentencing, out-of-court disposals and restorative justice will all be considered, while the role of key players such as the Crown Prosecution Service and Youth Offending Service will also be examined.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

PLN1004Response Policing (20 credits)

Response Policing explores the key fundamental functions of response policing. You will look at the legislation and policies connected to operational response policing and explore the complexities, benefits and challenges of this style of policing in a variety of contexts. The aim is to examine the roles and responsibilities of the police and other agencies or emergency services in dealing with critical and major incidents, as well as public order offences and anti-social behaviour.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

PLN1005Evidence Based Policing (20 credits)

Evidenced Based Policing introduces you to the concepts of evidenced based policing, problem orientated policing and problem solving. You will look at the professional concept of evidenced based policing, explore the rationale for its approach, discuss the benefits and constraints of of its uses and identify examples of good practice. The module also explores the sources of research and evidence for evidenced based policing such as What Works, the Police OnLine Knowledge Area (POLKA), Global Policing Database, and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS). You will engage with the principles of problem solving and problem orientated policing and examine the various theories and models such as Scanning, Analysis, Response and Assessment (SARA), the Problem Analysis Triangle, Routine Activity Theory and Rational Choice Theory.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

Year 2

PLN2003Policing Communities (20 credits)

Policing Communities equips you with an understanding of the positive impact and challenges of community policing in the 21st century. You will look at the key concepts of community policing, the barriers and facilitators to its use, as well as its importance in community engagement, confidence and cohesio. The impact of resourcing and partnership working will also be assessed. You will explore the issue of historical mistrust in the police service, strategies to develop effective community engagement, and potential future challenges and opportunities. Crime prevention theories, strategies and tools will be explored, while the impact of crimes on victims and wider society will be considered. You will examine specific initiatives in relation to crime prevention and assess how environmental design can play its part in reducing crime.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

PLN2004Public Protection, Vulnerability and Risk (20 credits)

Public Protection, Vulnerability and Risk explores the main legislation, theories and concepts surrounding vulnerability and vulnerable people in society as it relates to policing. The module focuses on contemporary issues such as child exploitation, modern slavery, online abuse, domestic abuse, sexual offences, female genital mutilation, honour based violence, hate crimes, sex work and prostitution. You will consider the impact of these offences on victims, their families and wider society, while also assessing how risk is managed by the police and other agencies in relation to victims and offenders.


Assessment: Written Exam(s): 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

PLN2005Criminal Investigation and Investigative Interviewing (20 credits)

Criminal Investigation and Investigative Interviewing explores the complexities of investigative interviewing and the criminal investigation process within police work. You will consider the relevant legislation, policies, social and media contexts as well as key terminology in relation to investigative work. The module will equip you with an understanding of the challenges of interviewing victims, witnesses and suspects, examine the various roles within an investigation, and assess the relevance of evidence management and the importance of policies and procedure. You will be encouraged to explore and question the ethics of investigative work and look at examples of miscarriages of justice. The importance of complex and cold cases will also be considered alongside associated resource implications.


Assessment: Coursework: 30%, Practical(s): 70%.

PLN2006Doing Police Research (20 credits)

Doing Police Research provides a thorough grounding in understanding and undertaking policing research. The module considers the development of policing research, explores different qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, and equips you with the theoretical context of approaches such as positivism and interpretivism. You will gain the skills necessary to evaluate policing research, particularly in terms of research ethics and politics, and produce a research proposal.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

PLN2007Policing the Roads (20 credits)

Policing the Roads explores the key fundamental functions of policing the roads, examining the relevant legislation, policies and national strategies relating to roads policing. You will explore core road policing functions including the links between criminal activity and the roads network, and the resourcing requirements for effective roads policing. Issues such as offences, collisions and anti-social behaviour will be considered, as well as effective prevention and disruption strategies.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

PLN2008Policing Crime (20 credits)

Policing Crime introduces you to the various legislation that may be used when dealing with typical policing incidents and crimes, examining the offences that may be committed, the defences available to suspects, and the links between legislation and the powers of arrest and detention. The module examines the the use of lawful powers of entry and search, especially those provided under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. You will also explore the ethical use of stop and search powers and the impact that the use of stop and search has on members of society.


Assessment: Written Exam(s): 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

Year 3

PLN3002Police Research Report (20 credits)

Police Research Report enables you to carry out a piece of academic research on policing on a topic of your choosing. You will be supported by a module leader, supervisor and two tutor-led seminars. You may choose to undertake a small-scale piece of primary or secondary research on a particular area of policing, or take part in work-based practice and produce a research report/evaluation. Alternatively, you may wish to offer an original analysis of a piece of legislation, guidance or practice. You will be encouraged to produce a report that includes both an executive summary and a list of recommendations.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

PLN3003Digital Policing and Cybercrime (20 credits)

Digital Policing and Cybercrime equips you with an understanding of the complexities of digital policing and digitally facilitated crimes. You will be introduced to key terminology associated with digital technology and gain an insight into how technology can be used in everyday policing and criminal investigations. Legislation and regulations relevant to the use of technology within digital policing and digitally facilitated crimes will be examined and applied to offences such as hate crime, sexting, revenge porn, bullying, harassment, child grooming and fraud. The module also explores how digitally facilitated crimes are reported to the police and assesses the impact that these crimes have on individuals and their families. You will investigate how criminals engage in complex digital crimes such as hacking, malware attacks, denial of service and data manipulation and consider the impact this can have on individuals and businesses.


Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Written Exam(s): 60%.

PLN3004Information and Intelligence (20 credits)

Information and Intelligence examines key legislation and guidance on the collection, processing, retention and sharing of information and intelligence. Due consideration will be given to data management protocols such as General Data Management Regulations (GDPR) and the Management of Police Information (MoPI) combined with the rights of individuals. The module will also assess the importance of information and intelligence in a professional policing environment, including the use of information held by other agencies in policing investigations.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

PLN3005Police Ethics, Integrity and Professional Standards (20 credits)

Police Ethics, Integrity and Professional Standards equips you with a critical knowledge and understanding of issues around professional standards, the code of ethics, integrity, honesty, accountability and misconduct regulations. You will consider the various roles and responsibilities of police officers and police staff within the police service in relation to professional standards and complaints against the police, exploring the various internal and external mechanisms of oversight that exist to hold police officers and police staff to account. The module also examines the concepts of police legitimacy, procedural justice and public accountability while considering the impact on the police service of previous cases of misconduct and poor practice.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

PLN3006Counter Terrorism (20 credits)

Counter Terrorism examines key legislation, terminology and concepts around counter terrorism, from radicalisation and extremism to home grown terrorism, interventions, and the Government’s Prevent and CONTEST strategies. The module will assess the organisational structures and inter relationships that exist within counter terrorism policing such as the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) and Special Branch. You will also consider the links between counter terrorism and other forms of criminality and the importance of information and intelligence within this evolving area of policing.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will select one of the following modules:

CRI3109The Politics of Policing (20 credits)

The Politics of Policing equips you with a critical knowledge and understanding of the concept of policing, both in its philosophical sense and as a function of the modern liberal democratic state. The module will consider the role and function of the police service, and explore related issues including police powers, political accountability, protection of civil liberties and the concept of equality before the law. Contemporary strategies and approaches to policing will be located within their structural, political, social and geographical contexts. The module is underpinned by theories of authority, power and legitimacy.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

PLN3007Professional Policing Work Experience (20 credits)

Professional Policing Work Experience is aimed at high achieving, motivated students. The module will enhance your employability and engage you in part-time or voluntary work in a policing related field. You will be expected, with the support of your work experience tutor, to secure your work placement. As part of the module you will produce a CV and draft covering letters of application, research and identify suitable potential employers, undertake work experience, and engage in self-reflection and write a reflective log.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.

Timetables

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

Example Offers

Some examples of how you can achieve 112-120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Level: BBC-BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

English Language Requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/fastrack.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

The programme is primarily for students who are interested in a career as a police officer or as policing staff. It has been designed for those who wish to pursue a career in one of the civil police forces in England and Wales or with British Transport Police. The knowledge, intellectual and practical skills developed will, however, also prepare graduates for careers in a variety of related areas, such as the National Crime Agency, where investigative skills or practical legal knowledge are required.

If you are interested in applying to join the police, you are strongly advised to consult relevant police entry requirements before starting your degree. This includes the Police Education Qualifications Framework, police health, fitness and security vetting requirements. Edge Hill University does not assess suitability for joining the police.

While successful completion of this programme does not guarantee recruitment to the police, the degree will greatly enhance your prospects in securing a role as a police constable or police staff via the College of Policing’s dedicated Pre-Join route. The programme has a currency of five years following graduation for recruitment into policing.

How can I enhance my employability?

It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

  • Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a four year degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
  • Erasmus+ and Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend time studying or working abroad, usually as the third year of a four year degree, enabling you to immerse yourself in a different culture;
  • Learning a Language – you may be able to participate in Language Steps classes, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as additional study.

Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or studying abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.

Finance

Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a full-time basis in academic year 2019/20, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20 are £12,000 per annum.

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a part-time basis in academic year 2019/20, the tuition fee will be £77 per credit, i.e. £1,540 per 20 credit module. 360 credits are required to complete an undergraduate degree.

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2020/21, tuition fees are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21 are £12,250 per annum.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2019/20 can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20 may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2019/20, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters guide for your intended mode of study.

Financial support arrangements for eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2020/21 are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Scholarships

Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

Apply

How to Apply

If you wish to study full-time, apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com. Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

If you wish to study part-time, apply directly to Edge Hill University at www.edgehill.ac.uk/apply-part-time.

Further information for international students about how to apply is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyinternational.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

Course Changes

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