Professional Policing HNC/BA (Hons) 2019/20 entry

Course code:

L231 - BA (Hons)
13FL - HNC

Study options:

3 year - Degree
1 year - HNC

Location:

CU Scarborough

Starting:

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

Fees:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

01723 336700


cus@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

The Pre-join Policing degree is a new entry route into the police force and has been designed to prepare new recruits to meet the demands of 21st century policing. This vocational degree meets the new standards set by the College of Policing’s Policing Education Qualification Framework (PEQF), will be used by all police forces across England and Wales as part of the newly-categorised modes of entry into the policing profession.

The pre-join route gives students the opportunity to study for a degree and then apply to a force and follow a shorter on-the-job training programme to become a police constable or a special constable. The degree is designed so that students will undertake the learning as set out by the PEQF, attain a BA (Hons) Professional Policing and are equipped with the requisite skills and knowledge to be in a position to apply to the Police Force to become a Police Constable. 

This exciting new course focuses on the main challenges a 21st century Police Officer faces, such as protecting the vulnerable, digital policing and counter-terrorism measures. It also provides a foundation knowledge into the role of a Police Constable and the five core areas of professional policing practice: Response Policing, Policing Communities, Policing the Roads, Information and Intelligence, and Conducting Investigations. You will also undertake your own research project into your chosen policing practise area in the final year.

Why CU Scarborough

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 most of our courses 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 - CU Policing Student

Course information

Policing is an incredibly rewarding career which gives you the opportunity to work in the community and protect members of the public. From 2020, the recruitment process for Police Constable recruits is changing, with the Pre-join Policing degree being one of the Policing Education Qualification Framework (PEQF) accredited entry routes into the force.

This degree course 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.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

Year one of this vocational degree introduces you to the role of a police constable; what the job directly involves and the range of responsibilities, codes and conducts which must be adhered to. This year also starts your journey onto becoming an independent learner, by introducing you to key research and teamwork skills which will be needed throughout the course and your career in Policing. Students who complete year one are eligible for a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Policing Practice.

Modules

  • Introduction to Professional Policing and the Criminal Justice System

    This module lays the foundations, explaining the role of the police constable and the professionalisation of the service. It proactively embeds equality, diversity and human rights as a core theme of professional policing practice. The module discusses the functions of the Criminal Justice System, explaining the police role within it, including the supporting of witnesses and managing suspects.

  • Introduction to Evidence-based Policing

    This module aims to emphasise the importance of evidence-based policing in practice. Students will explore case studies on the impact of evidence-based policing in different areas of practice as well as be able to distinguish between different types of evidence. They will also learn to employ the key protocols of radio communication in police work.

  • Policing Responsibilities

    The aim of this module is to introduce the student into the broad, complex and expanding area in which policing now operates. This module is the gateway to the study of the following subjects: Criminology and Crime Prevention, Vulnerability and Risk, Public Protection, Digital Policing and Counter Terrorism. 

  • Understanding Policing Practice

    The aim of this module is to introduce the student to the five core areas of professional policing practice, namely, Response Policing, Policing Communities, Policing the Roads, Information and Intelligence and Conducting Investigations. Students will explore a very wide range of issues in this module and be able to relate their study to actual areas of practice.

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, subject to course and availability. This means you can study in the vibrant city of Coventry, the UK’s capital, or on the stunning Yorkshire coast.

Overview

As the course progresses, you will build on your knowledge of the criminal justice system and the policing profession, to create a deep level of understanding in what is required of a police officer in the 21st century. This year will go above and beyond what you have covered previously, such as the subject of radicalisation shall be introduced alongside how to respond to an incident as a first responder. You will also continue to further your understanding of the five core areas of policing, by exploring more complex case studies. Students who complete year two are eligible for a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Policing Practice.

Modules

  • Intermediate Professional Policing and the Criminal Justice System

    The aim of the module is to further embed the concepts of Valuing Difference and Inclusion, Maintaining Professional Standards and the Criminal Justice Process but at a more advanced intermediate level. It examines the theories and concepts linked to ethics and the impact of policing in diverse communities.

  • Intermediate Evidence-based Policing

    Students will be required to analyse the constraints associated with an evidence-based approach to policing including an analysis of cost benefit and end user satisfaction. They will have an opportunity to develop a research proposal based on an identified problem, learn about ‘organisational justice’ and be able to advance strategies for dealing with organisational culture in policing.

  • Principles of Modern Policing

    The aim of this module is to build upon previous learning by introducing students to new concepts within the constituent subjects (Criminology and Crime Prevention, Vulnerability and Risk, Public Protection, Digital Policing, and Counter Terrorism) whilst consolidating existing knowledge. The subject matter is advanced and the case studies more complex, reflecting the ever-changing requirements of modern day policing. 

  • Aspects of Policing Practice

    Students will explore a very wide range of issues in this module and be able to relate to actual areas of practice. These include an in-depth understanding of a ‘critical incident’ and the role of the Joint Emergency Services Operation, community engagement strategies and the roles of key stakeholders.

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, subject to course and availability. This means you can study in the vibrant city of Coventry, the UK’s capital, or on the stunning Yorkshire coast.

Overview

It is not a requirement of the BA (Hons) Professional Policing Degree for students to undertake any placement element nor for the course to be aligned with a particular force for purposes of delivery. An optional placement or sandwich year can give you the chance to gain further insight into the industry or career you are seeking to follow, enabling you to apply your theoretical knowledge to the workplace. You can also choose to take an optional year abroad between years two and three. If you decide to take advantage of a placement year it is your responsibility to find a placement with an employer within your chosen sector. The careers and employability department, alongside the course team, can support you throughout your placement year.

Overview

In the final year of this course you will identify as having an advanced level of critical analytical and reasoning skills and will consequentially be asked to critically reflect on your own professional practise and explore current affairs affecting your local policing service. You will undertake a sustained, in-depth research exploration project using the skills taught to you throughout the duration of this course. You will also complete a specialist research project in your chosen area of professional policing practise. After successful completion of these modules, you will be educated to meet the demands of 21st century policing and gain a BA (Hons) Professional Policing degree.

Modules

  • Professional, Leadership and Problem-Solving Skills in Policing

    This Advanced Professional, Leadership and Problem Solving Skills module will aid the student in enhancing their awareness of professionalism in modern policing. They will critically explore the use of social media in policing as well as the influence such media would have on communities and the individual. Students will learn advanced leadership skills and be introduced to coaching, mentoring and assessment in the workplace.

  • Community Policing Priorities

    This module aims to equip the student with the requisite knowledge and skills needed to address local policing priorities as identified by the respective police services. These may include caring for the vulnerable, increased blue light collaboration, effective use of technology, empowering communities and efficient and timely customer service.

  • Independent Research Project on Policing

    The module enables students to undertake a sustained, in-depth research exploration and thereby demonstrate the ability to use research and enquiry skills to collect, analyse and interpret relevant literature and information. Students identify a hypothesis to conduct a research project within an aspect of policing for further investigation and produce a comprehensive, analytical report of this area taking account of appropriate research skills.

  • Specialist Research on Policing

    The module enables students to undertake specialist research in their chosen area of professional practice and thereby demonstrate the ability to use research and enquiry skills to collect, analyse and interpret relevant literature/information. Students identify a specific area in which to conduct the research project and produce a comprehensive, analytical report of this area taking account of appropriate research skills. 

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, subject to course and availability. This means you can study in the vibrant city of Coventry, the UK’s capital, or on the stunning Yorkshire coast.

15th

Coventry University is ranked 15th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2020. CU Scarborough is part of the Coventry University Group.

In more detail...

  • 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.
  • Small tutorial group sessions ensure that you receive the mentoring help and support you need.
  • You will have the opportunity for multi-campus learning in Scarborough, London and Coventry.
  • In order to make higher education accessible to as many people as possible, we keep our tuition fees competitively priced.
  • 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.

Your main study themes are:

  • Professional Policing and the Criminal Justice System: critically assess the legal and professional responsibilities of policing as a profession, concepts of autonomy and professional discretion and modern policing strategies within the criminal justice system.  Proactively consider equality, diversity and human rights considerations as a core function of professional practice and the fundamental responsibility of the police service to identify and provide professional support to those who are vulnerable and at risk and/or in need of public protection.
  • Evidence-based Policing: acquire appropriate research skills in order to understand how to put evidence-based policing initiatives into practise and develop practical, evidence-based initiatives to improve police performance. Secondly, to understand and evaluate evidence-based initiatives in the context of preventative policing and problem solving.
  • Policing Practice: to understand how to engage in lawful, safe and effective front-line policing in specific professional areas of response policing, policing communities, policing the roads, information and intelligence, and conducting investigations.   
  • Modern Policing Responsibilities: Develop critical knowledge of criminology, with particular emphasis upon community policing and crime prevention including national strategies in relation to countering terrorism and concepts of effective digital policing, with specific reference to cyber-enabled crime.
  • Research on Policing: Critically analyse ethical approaches to policing, and how to maintain the highest professional standards in providing a service to the public by engaging in continual self-reflection and evolving strategies to improve own professional knowledge. Understand how policing-related decisions can be made, founded upon critical thinking, in complex professional situations and contexts, demonstrating appropriate knowledge of powers, legislation and Authorised Professional Practice.

This course is available as a full-time three year or optional four-year sandwich course, the latter incorporating a work placement or study year in a related field. 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 (approximately):

  • 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 receive 18 hours of teaching each week.
Classes are split into two categories:
Morning - 9am-1pm
Afternoon - 1:30pm-5:30pm

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.

Class sizes are kept low. 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 - CU Policing Student

Entry Requirements

Policing Practice Higher National Certificate (HNC)

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

Professional Policing BA (Hons) Degree

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

All HNC/Degree courses require at least two A2 Levels 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 a relevant Foundation Year 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 Practice Higher National Certificate (HNC)

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

Professional Policing BA (Hons) Degree

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

All HNC/Degree courses require at least two A2 Levels 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 a relevant Foundation Year 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 Practice Higher National Certificate (HNC)

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

Professional Policing BA (Hons) Degree

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

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

CU Scarborough 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 Scarborough. 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 Scarborough. 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 Scarborough.

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 Scarborough their firm choice.

CU Scarborough 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 successful completion and meeting any additional entry criteria, 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 - CU 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 comprise one 30-credit module. For student funding purposes, a full-time course is made up of 120 credits’ study in a single academic year i.e. 4 modules/blocks. This makes up one stage of the qualification (HNC/HND/Degree).

Each block will cost £1,587.50 making the total tuition fee for full-time study £6,350 per year. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Scarborough Library and Learning Services, all your classes and online materials.

Funding

Full-time and part-time students resident in the UK or EU can apply to the Student Loans Company for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at CU Scarborough.

International

For the academic year 2019/20, each six-week block (30 credits) will cost £2,312.50 making each stage of the course £9,250. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Scarborough Library and Learning Services, all your classes and online materials.

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 - CU Policing Student

Career prospects

After completion of this degree, graduates will be equipped with the requisite skills and knowledge to be in a position to apply to the police force to become a Police Constable. Graduates must apply to their chosen police force within 5 years of their graduation date.

After graduating, you will then be able to apply to become a Police Constable. Completion of the Pre-join Policing degree does not guarantee recruitment as a trainee police constable, but is one of the three entry routes into the policing profession as of 2020.

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 - CU 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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