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Top Up - Policing BA (Hons) Degree


If you want to do something worthwhile, like give something back to your community, then a career in the police service could be for you. There are many different ways you can contribute in the police service; police officer, police community support officer or a special constable.

This policing degree provides you with an academic understanding of policing and also serves as an introduction to a career in the police. The programme emphasises the diversity of the policing role and draws upon a variety of contexts in which policing is discussed and analysed. This degree is an employment-related higher qualification targeted at those seeking to establish a career in the police service.


This course introduces you to the origins and definitions of all types of offences against the person and sexual offences and the ways they have been approached by prosecuting bodies, sentencing tribunals and enforcement agencies. You will explore how the law has developed in relation to defences and mitigation and political pressures towards extending the tests of ‘reasonableness’ within self-defence.

You will also be introduced to conceptual aspects of our understanding of what terrorism actually is and some of the strategies employed to combat it. The impact of preventative, legal and proactive strategies will also be investigated, along with the role of the media and internet in radicalisation and recruitment. The historical concepts and levels of acceptance of drug use and the way addiction and treatment are managed and at what cost to the community will also be explored alongside the impact of preventative strategies with concepts of sentencing, mandatory drugs testing and the associated legal and social issues.


  • Violent and Sexual Offences
  • Drugs and Crime
  • Terrorism and Policing
  • Research Project

On successful completion of the programme you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Development of modern policing – this module introduces you to how the police service has been influenced and evolved through developments within the criminal justice system through a historical review of the major political and legal milestones along with changes caused by national events;
  • Crime and society – this module aims to explore how society recognises and is affected by crime and social behaviour, and the use of crime statistics;
  • Youth crime – you will examine how society compartmentalise crime to establish selective responses as exemplified through the way in which youth crime is addressed;
  • Social responses to crime – this module aims to provide you with some of the ways in which members of society react to crime and why multiagency strategies aid the police to reduce it;
  • Community policing – you will explore the key concepts of community or neighbourhood policing, styles and structures including the governance arrangements;
  • Mental health – you will look at the definitions created by the Mental Health Act 2007, their impact, their historical roots and the ability to apply these in practical situations;
  • Restorative justice – you will examine the concepts of restorative justice consent, provocation, accident, recklessness, self-defence and other possible defences and their appropriate application. You will also look at the potential use of restorative justice with adult offenders;
  • Domestic violence – you will study the current policies and organisational structure that manage domestic violence within the criminal justice system and past and current perspectives which have formulated current practice;
  • Violence and sexual crimes – you will examine the differences between drug treatment and sentencing strategies and the law, process and procedures associated with violent and sexual offences;
  • Terrorism – you will explore the concepts and debate over definitions of terrorism, the role of intelligence gathering and counter terrorist strategies;
  • Research projects – you will look at the principles of academic research skills to apply critical and detailed thinking and the principles of independent and self-managed learning.


This course will be taught through a variety of methods – lectures, tutorials, self-directed learning, textbooks, module webs, scenario-based learning sets, professional libraries and resources, journals and case studies, seminars, discussion forums and peer-to-peer learning.


Assessments will take the form of individual and group coursework, which is vocationally relevant. The wide range of assessment techniques used at CU Coventry will ensure that you have every opportunity to demonstrate your skills and knowledge in full.

There are no traditional final examinations to worry about. Instead, we willassess your learning through course work and phase tests. Assessmentstake place during and at the end of each six-week block.


As a full-time student a normal learning block will mean that you get 18 hours of teaching each week in groups of approximately 25-50 students. Depending on the course you have chosen, you will attend morning (9.00-13.00) or afternoon (14.00-18.00) sessions. You will also need to attend one two-hour tutorial each week.

Entry Requirements

UK/EU Students

Level 4 and 5 qualifications (Foundation Degree or HND) and 260 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

If you don’t fulfil the entry criteria your application may be considered on an individual basis, taking in to account any work experience, other qualifications and/or any training you have completed. Please call or email for further information.

International Students

To apply for this course as an international student you must:

  • Meet the above entry criteria with either UK or equivalent qualifications.
  • Be trained to English language proficiency level IELTS 6.5.


Full-time course is: £6,009 per year

For the academic year 2017/18, each six week block will cost £1,502.25. A full academic year is made up of four of these blocks, so this means that a normal full-time year is £6,009. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Coventry Library & Learning Services, all your classes and online tutorials. 

The part-time course fee is dependent on how many modules you choose to study in an academic year.

You can study up to four blocks in one academic year or study at a slower pace (usually three academic blocks per year). Please note if you do study at a slower pace you will need to re-enrol to complete your studies in the next academic year.

For the academic year 2017/18 each block for part-time students will cost £1,502.25. Therefore, the total fee per stage of your qualification if completed in the academic year 2017/18 is: £6,009.

International course fees is: £8,725


As a full-time student or part-time student resident in the UK or EU, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at CU Coventry from Student Finance England.  


You can make your application in two ways:

• If you’re interested in a full-time course your application must be submitted via UCAS. Once you’ve registered you can start the application process; you’ll need our unique institution code C85, the code for your preferred course and the campus code 5.

Part-time/International Students

If you're looking to apply for a part-time or International course you can submit your application directly to CU Coventry via our online application form.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

With BA (Hons) degree behind you, your chances of employment should be improved and the level at which you enter the jobs market could mean a higher salary. The skills and knowledge you acquire during your studies may increase the options available to you, both within and outside the police force. For serving police officers, this course may help to improve your promotion prospects and for those looking to access the police force for the first time as a chosen career, this degree course could improve your chances in what is a very competitive field.


We plan to support you on your journey from student to graduate and hopefully employment by facilitating and encouraging work placements and internships to help you stand out from other graduates.

Sandwich years and placements give you the opportunity to gain further insight into the industry or career you are seeking to follow. This enables you to contextualise the theoretical models and concepts discussed in the classroom in the work place. Furthermore, if you choose to take advantage of a placement or sandwich year this version of the degree will help to increase your employment prospects by acquiring skills and gaining an understanding of what employers expect of graduates.

Course code:
  • 1 year full-time; 14 months part-time (UK/EU only)

  • Top-up Courses

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Part time


Contact Details:

CU Coventry

+44 (0) 24 7765 8787