Policing BA (Hons) 2019/20 entry

Course code:

L231 - BA (Hons)
132L - HND
13FL - HNC

Study options:

3 year - Degree
2 year - HND
1 year - HNC

Location:

CU Coventry

Starting:

September 2019
November 2019
January 2020
February 2020
May 2020
June 2020

Fees:
Faculty:

CU Coventry


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Overview

Policing policies and practices are constantly changing, with modern day crimes such as fraud, cybercrime and historic abuse at the forefront of today’s judicial system. This exciting course teaches you all the precedence, skills and knowledge needed for successful entry into the policing service, whether that be as an officer, community support officer or as a volunteer.

Success in this field demands tact, empathy, strategic thinking and a solid knowledge of policing and legislation. As no two days are the same, this course focuses on developing adaptability, social awareness and victim empathy, as well as addressing modern day issues and crimes. This degree is an employment-related higher qualification targeted at those seeking to establish a career in the police service.

Alongside your learning, you also get the chance to conduct critical research with our experienced staff, learn from highly-regarded guest visitors and take part in invaluable practical modules. 

Why CU Coventry

We offer a style of education which is flexible and designed to fit around your life, allowing you to benefit from a modern, forward-thinking higher education institution, reinforced by the quality and reputation of Coventry University. We aim to provide career-focused courses, wherever possible, coupled with placement opportunities to help prepare you for the world of work. We are dedicated to making higher education accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so we keep our fees low and made it a policy to cover one module at a time, allowing you to become a specialist in each topic before moving onto the next.

Employability

Dedicated Careers & Employability department who will assist you in finding employment

Top Quality Courses

Taught by industry professionals, awarded by Coventry University

No End of Year Exams

Our modern teaching techniques mean no last-minute cramming and less stress

Professional Recognition

Specific courses contain additional industry recognised qualifications from awarding bodies

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What our students say

My course is helping me to understand the role of a police officer in depth. I especially like the practical elements of the course – they’re motivating, realistic and really interesting.

Zeba Nosheen - 1st Year Policing Student

Course information

With effect from 2020, all new officers will need to be educated to degree level, in order to join the police force. This Policing degree is an employment-related qualification targeted at those seeking to establish a career in the police service.

The degree programme has been purposefully designed to give you both an academic and professional understanding of policing, serving as a comprehensive introduction to the policing industry.

In addition to proven, traditional methods, students also benefit from personal perspectives from people in the industry. Each year, several professional guests visit the students. Previous guests have included members from the Independent Police Complaints Commission, a former Police Sergeant for the West Midlands Police Force and a Mental Health Triage speaker. We also focus on current and future crime trends in addition to historic cases, so that you gain a rounded understanding of the policing industry.

92%

of CU Coventry students were satisfied with the teaching on their course.

National Student Survey (NSS) 2016

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

The first year of this programme is designed to provide you with a broad introduction to the field of policing, focusing on basic knowledge of both the macro environment and the role of legislation in policing. You will develop key skills in decision making and information management, providing you with a solid foundation for further exploration in years two and three. Students who complete year one are eligible for a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Policing.

Modules

  • Development of Modern Policing

    This module reflects on policing throughout history, delving into criminal acts such as the riots in the 1980s and progressing into the process of former stop and search, bias and racial aggravation. You will look at how the Police and Criminal Evidence Act came into practice, critically analysing legislation and how it has evolved throughout time. 

  • Crime, Society and Social Responses

    This popular module focuses on the social theory that underlies crime and disorder. You will look at social theorists such as Albert Cohen and the crucial role of the media in portraying crime and criminality. We also look at policing styles such as zero tolerance and work in the 1960s and 1980s. 

  • Practical Policing and Investigating

    This practical module focuses on discussing and gathering intelligence. There are plenty of role-plays, group discussions and practice scenarios. Key assessments focus on taking witness statements, writing court case files and taking victim statements as a police officer.

  • Community Policing

    In this module, you look at local solutions to crime disorder and hard to reach groups. You will explore the key concepts of community policing, styles and structures including governance arrangements. Assessing the effectiveness of neighbourhood policing, you have the opportunity to showcase your knowledge with a unique research project.

Thought about a different campus?

CU Coventry, CU London and CU Scarborough come together to form CU, part of the Coventry University Group. Students who study at CU will graduate with a degree awarded and accredited by Coventry University.

All CU students have the opportunity to move between each campus after completing an academic year. This means you can study in the vibrant city of Coventry, the UK’s capital, or on the stunning Yorkshire coast. Find out more about the CU offering.

Overview

As the course progresses, this academic year builds on the knowledge gained in year one to cement a solid foundation of core principles. Now that you are working to a higher level after completing the Higher National Certificate (HNC), you will begin to explore more serious offences, from domestic abuse to drug trafficking. You will learn the causes, practices and solutions to some of the most dangerous and provocative crimes committed in the modern world. Students who complete year two are eligible for a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Policing.

Modules

  • Youth Crime and Restorative Justice

    Looking at the possible causes and strains upon young people, which cause them to commit crime, you will analyse ways the police force can guide and reduce the number of young offenders from entering the justice system. You will also look at solutions such as youth offending teams, cautions and diversion tactics. 

  • Policing and Mental Health

    This module is an examination into the role of the police in dealing with persons suffering from mental disorder and mental incapacity. You will explore the characteristics and tactics for supporting people with a full range of mental health issues, from minor anxieties and depression right through to schizophrenia and other psychoses. 

  • Drugs and Crime

    In this module, you enter the criminal field of narcotics. You will look at the legislation, means of enforcements, drug supply routes and the trafficking routes nationally and globally. Treatment strategies and prevention will take centre stage, as well as understanding the extent to which drugs affect crime both nationally and internationally. 

  • Domestic Abuse

    One of the core issues of policing, domestic abuse is a complex and sensitive subject requiring tact and understanding. You will look at the processes of investigations and identify the various levels of abuse, including stalking, emotional and mental abuse and more. Further, you will study documentaries and case studies as discussion points to cement your understanding.

Thought about a different campus?

CU Coventry, CU London and CU Scarborough come together to form CU, part of the Coventry University Group. Students who study at CU will graduate with a degree awarded and accredited by Coventry University.

All CU students have the opportunity to move between each campus after completing an academic year. This means you can study in the vibrant city of Coventry, the UK’s capital, or on the stunning Yorkshire coast. Find out more about the CU offering.

Overview

Sandwich and placement years 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. You can also choose to take an optional year abroad between the second and third year of study. If you decide 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. To find out more, visit our Careers Page.

Overview

In the final year, the impact of preventative, legal and proactive strategies will be investigated, along with the role of the media and the internet in radicalisation and recruitment. You also study historical concepts and levels of drug use, the way addiction and treatment are managed and what it costs to communities. Further, you also get to assess the impact of preventative strategies including sentencing, mandatory drugs testing and the associated legal and social issues. Students who complete year three are awarded a BA (Hons) degree in Policing.

Modules

  • Violent and Sexual Offences

    Cybercrime in relation to sexual offences, including grooming, sexting, victim shaming and revenge porn, are just some of the sexual offences explored in this complex and sensitive module. Understanding of investigation methods, appropriate special treatments and legislation is tested via presentations and written assessments.

  • Terrorism and Policing

    After comparing the different forms of political, racial and religious terrorism, you will explore the concepts and debate the definitions. You will have comprehensive knowledge of the legislation behind terrorist acts, before learning how it is policed, the role of intelligence gathering and counter terrorist strategies.

  • Management and Leadership in Policing

    This module focuses on critically reviewing several management and leadership theories and learning the key practices of team development. You will also evaluate how different levels of management function within policing and examine difficulties in leadership and management cohesion, such as organisational communications and group thinking.

  • Research Project

    The remaining module in your final year is made up of independent, autonomous work. You will conduct a research project on an element of policing of your choice and present this in the form of an extended essay.

Thought about a different campus?

CU Coventry, CU London and CU Scarborough come together to form CU, part of the Coventry University Group. Students who study at CU will graduate with a degree awarded and accredited by Coventry University.

All CU students have the opportunity to move between each campus after completing an academic year. This means you can study in the vibrant city of Coventry, the UK’s capital, or on the stunning Yorkshire coast. Find out more about the CU offering.

13th

Coventry University is ranked 13th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2019. CU Coventry is part of the Coventry University Group.

In more detail...

  • Hands-on experience of a wide range of policing techniques and practices such as mock interviews and report writing – with full use of our on-site mock courts.
  • Small tutorial group sessions ensure that you receive the mentoring help and support you need.
  • We deliver one module at a time during each block. This means you can dedicate your time to specialise in each subject without the distraction of numerous modules and multiple deadlines.
  • You will receive support with applying for short and long-term placements, to gain the experience employers desire, with our in-house Careers & Employability department.
  • In order to make higher education accessible to as many people as possible, we keep our tuition fees competitively priced.
  • Upon completion of this course, you will receive a qualification awarded by Coventry University, which is ranked 13th best university in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2019. Coventry University were also awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in 2017.
  • You will have the opportunity for multi-campus learning in Coventry, London and Scarborough.
Your main study themes are:
  • Restorative Justice: The concepts of restorative justices include consent, provocation, accident, recklessness, self-defence and other possible defences and their appropriate application.
  • Development of modern policing: Understanding how the police service has been influenced and has evolved through developments within the criminal justice system. This course reviews the history of the major political and legal milestones that affect policing, along with changes caused by national events.
  • Crime and society: Exploring how society recognises and is affected by crime and social behaviour and the use of crime statistics.
  • Social responses to crime: Understanding the ways in which members of society react to crime and how multiagency strategies help the police to reduce it.

There are two main taught options for this course. It is available as a full-time three year programme or an optional four-year sandwich course where you undertake a work placement or study year in a related field. Alternatively, part-time study is also available and with our Saturday University programme, this course can be completed in as little as three years. Our teaching methods are varied, offering a number of teaching styles to suit the needs of all our students, so in addition to lectures, we also utilise a blended learning approach, including online aspects, workshops and group work.

We also operate an open-door policy, with additional availability via email and our online learning platform, Moodle.

Progression through the modules develops knowledge and skills, including communication (written and oral), study skills, research methods, project management, presentation and career development. We will also encourage you to consider your employability and/or entrepreneurial development.
Unlike traditional institutions, there are no end of year exams. Instead, learning is assessed through coursework and phase tests, which is more reflective of our learning model.

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade.

Assessment methods vary and include, practical class and project performance, written practical reports, project thesis, oral presentations, tutorial tasks and assessments which take place at the end of each six-week block.

Course Breakdown (approximate):

  • 80% Coursework
  • 20% Interactive Assessments

On completion, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of the theoretical, analytical and practical aspects of policies, strategies and processes.
  • Develop appropriate research and analysis techniques, alongside the ability to undertake reliable research activities.
  • Operate, lead and collaborate in a team to solve problems of a practical (experimental) nature and to provide appropriate solutions.
  • Apply appropriate presentation and evaluation tools to establish the significance of research data produced. 

Full-time students are expected to attend CU Coventry every day of the week.
The majority of this will be face to face teaching, with the addition of individual and group tutorials and independent/online learning, as well as enhancement activities on Wednesdays.
Classes run daily and students are allocated to either:
Morning - 9am-1pm or
Afternoon - 2pm-6pm

Both morning and afternoon sessions have the addition of Enhancement Wednesdays when students can choose individualised learning activities between 10am-2pm to support their study, providing time in the afternoon to engage in clubs and societies.

Part-time students receive 8 hours of teaching each week.
Outside of this, there will also be independent study and online support.
Teaching will normally take place Saturday - 9am-6pm
Please note our part-time offering is subject to numbers.

We hold tutorials in small groups every week. These sessions are mandatory and ensure you receive detailed feedback about your work, go into depth on specific topics and have any of your burning questions answered.

Groups are kept at an average of 25-50 students per class. This way, students can take advantage of small numbers to increase contact time with lecturers.

What our students say

My course is helping me to understand the role of a police officer in depth. I especially like the practical elements of the course – they’re motivating, realistic and really interesting.

Zeba Nosheen - 1st Year Policing Student

Entry Requirements

Policing Higher National Certificate (HNC)

64 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

Policing Higher National Diploma (HND)

80 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

Policing BA (Hons) Degree

104 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

All HNC/HND/Degree courses require at least two A2 level or a BTEC equivalent qualification.

What if I don’t meet the entry requirements?

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, we offer a number of programmes to help you secure a place. Successful completion of one of the below programmes guarantees you a place on a degree course with us, subject to meeting specified criteria.

Foundation Year

This degree programme has an integral stage 0 attached to it, so if you do not meet the entry requirements you may enter at the foundation level. Successful completion of our Law & Practice Foundation course will guarantee you progression onto this degree programme.

Access to HE Course

Access to HE courses aim to bring your academic skills and topical knowledge up to optimal standard for higher education study. If you undertake an Access to HE course and then successfully complete a degree programme, the remaining balance of your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off. Successful completion of our Business Access to HE course will guarantee you progression onto this degree programme.

Policing Higher National Certificate (HNC)

64 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

Policing Higher National Diploma (HND)

80 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

Policing BA (Hons) Degree

104 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

All HNC/HND/Degree courses require at least two A2 level or a BTEC equivalent qualification.

What if I don’t meet the entry requirements?

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, we offer a number of programmes to help you secure a place. Successful completion of one of the below programmes guarantees you a place on a degree course with us, subject to meeting specified criteria.

Foundation Year

This degree programme has an integral stage 0 attached to it, so if you do not meet the entry requirements you may enter at the foundation level. Successful completion of our Law & Practice Foundation course will guarantee you progression onto this degree programme.

Access to HE Course

Access to HE courses aim to bring your academic skills and topical knowledge up to optimal standard for higher education study. If you undertake an Access to HE course and then successfully complete a degree programme, the remaining balance of your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off. Successful completion of our Business Access to HE course will guarantee you progression onto this degree programme.

Policing Higher National Certificate (HNC)

64 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

Policing Higher National Diploma (HND)

80 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

Policing BA (Hons) Degree

104 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

All HNC/HND/Degree courses require at least two A2 level or a BTEC equivalent qualification.

The CU Coventry welcomes international students from all around the globe. If you are an international student and are interested in applying, you can do so by completing the online application form.

Once your application form has been processed you will receive the outcome of your application via your given email address.
Please be aware you will need the following information in order to make your application:

  • All academic transcripts
  • Copies of degree/diploma certificates or work reference if employed
  • One academic reference
  • Be trained to English language proficiency level IELTS 6.0 (HNC - year 1/HND - year 2) or IELTS 6.5 (Degree/Top Up - year 3).
  • Your personal statement
  • Copy of your current passport

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to CU Coventry. We assess an applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course, and we may feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer to CU Coventry. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join CU Coventry.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. Requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made CU Coventry their firm choice.

CU Coventry has assessed that you can achieve the required grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer if you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: The International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So, if you don’t meet your predictions then your place is still guaranteed. However, we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in the year for which they applied.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, we have a number of programmes which upon completion, automatically qualifies you onto a place on this degree course, such as Foundation Years or Access to Higher Education Diplomas.

What our students say

My course is helping me to understand the role of a police officer in depth. I especially like the practical elements of the course – they’re motivating, realistic and really interesting.

Zeba Nosheen - 1st Year Policing Student

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£6,350 (per year)


November 2019

£6,350 (per year)


January 2020

£6,350 (per year)


February 2020

£6,350 (per year)


May 2020

£6,350 (per year)


June 2020

£6,350 (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2019

£6,350 (per year)


November 2019

£6,350 (per year)


January 2020

£6,350 (per year)


February 2020

£6,350 (per year)


May 2020

£6,350 (per year)


June 2020

£6,350 (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2019

£9.250 (per year)


November 2019

£9.250 (per year)


January 2020

£9.250 (per year)


February 2020

£9.250 (per year)


May 2020

£9.250 (per year)


June 2020

£9.250 (per year)


Fees & Funding

Full-time (UK/EU)

For the academic year 2019/20, each six-week block will cost £1,587.50. A full academic year is made up of four of these blocks, so this means that a normal full-time year is £6,350. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Coventry Library and Learning Services, all your classes and online tutorials. 

Part-time (UK/EU)

The part-time course fee is dependent on how many modules you choose to study in an academic year. Each stage of the qualification (HNC/HND/Degree) will require you to complete four academic blocks. 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 2019/20, each block for part-time students will cost £1,587.50. Therefore, the total fee per stage of your qualification if completed in the academic year 2019/20 is £6,350.

Funding

As a full-time 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.

International

For the academic year 2019/20, each six-week block will cost £2,312.50. A full academic year is made up of four of these blocks, so this means that a normal full-time year is £9,250. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Coventry Library & Learning Services, all your classes and online tutorials.

What our students say

My course is helping me to understand the role of a police officer in depth. I especially like the practical elements of the course – they’re motivating, realistic and really interesting.

Zeba Nosheen - 1st Year Policing Student

Career prospects

With a Policing BA (Hons) degree behind you, your career options within the police force is significantly increased. There are several career routes to go down, including police officer, investigative work and even the forensics side of policing. Graduates of this course could progress to work for the Police and Crime Commissioner or large policing bodies such as the Independent Police Complaints Commission and Her Majesty Revenue and Customs.

Previous graduates of this course have gone to work in nationally respected organisations such as the National Probation Service, West Mercia Police and Sova. Some of our graduates also take the option of going into further study in master’s programmes such as Terrorism, International Crime and Global Security.

97%

 of our students were in work or further study six months after they left university.

Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016

What our students say

My course is helping me to understand the role of a police officer in depth. I especially like the practical elements of the course – they’re motivating, realistic and really interesting.

Zeba Nosheen - 1st Year Policing Student
Disclaimer

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

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