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Anglia Ruskin University

Professional Policing

UCAS Code: L661

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

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About this course


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Course option

1.0year

Full-time | 2021

Other options

3.0 years | Full-time | 2021

Subject

Criminology

Prepare for an exciting and rewarding career in the police service by studying for our College of Policing-licensed Professional Policing degree. Study in Cambridge or Chelmsford and gain the knowledge and skills you need to become a police constable.*

Get hands-on experience in our crime scene rooms and mock court rooms, as well as through practical role-playing, case study scenarios, workshops and study trips. All our Professional Policing students follow the College of Policing’s National Policing Curriculum, learning to think like a police officer and developing problem-solving, communication, negotiation, leadership and research skills. These will help you rise up the ranks when you join the force, potentially doubling your salary in just seven years according to polfed (www.polfed.org/pay/constable-pay-scales).

Policing is growing as a profession. The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and National Police Chiefs Council recently set out a 10-year plan for transforming the police, in order to deal with rapidly changing demands in England and Wales. As of 2020, taking a pre-join degree will be one of three possible routes into policing as a Police Constable. This route, licensed by the College of Policing, will allow you to follow their curriculum, as well as gaining a wider understanding of law enforcement and the justice sector.

Learn how to tackle the latest challenges facing the police force, work with our Policing Institute for the Eastern Region on cutting-edge research projects, and attend guest lectures by serving officers, guided and supported by our team of expert lecturers.

The future of the police will increasingly feature multi-agency collaboration, or ‘inter-operability’, driven by new forms of technology, evidence-based policing and innovation. Our course will prepare you for these developments, as well as training you to reflect critically and constructively on their implications.

*Successfully completing this course does not guarantee entry to any police force. You must meet the eligibility criteria of the force you intend to apply to and follow their specific recruitment processes, including a two-year probationary period. Your Professional Policing degree will have a currency of five years from your graduation date for entry as a Police Constable.

**Careers**

Studying our BSc Professional Policing will put you in an excellent position to apply to be a police constable, demonstrating your ability to contribute to the policing profession through being a capable problem solver, communicator, negotiator and leader, as well as being socially and emotionally intelligent in the performance of a professional policing role. The skills and knowledge you gain will also prepare you to work in the wider criminal justice sector, including the prison service, local government or the security industry.

However, successfully completing the degree does not guarantee your entry to any police force: you must also meet the eligibility criteria of the force you intend to apply to and follow their specific recruitment processes. You will need to pass medical and fitness tests, background and security checks, and a series of assessments including National Recruitment processes and Force vetting. If you complete the course and are subsequently employed by a force, you will be subject to a two-year probationary period post-join, as specified in Police Regulations.

While recruitment processes and eligibility criteria are broadly similar for entry as a police constable, each police force in England and Wales sets its own recruitment process and selection policy, and entry requirements can vary from force to force. You're advised to check your eligibility against the information on the website of the force that you are interested in applying to. More detailed eligibility criteria are available on the College of Policing website, and the websites of individual police forces.

Modules

Year one, core modules: Understanding the Police, Criminology and Crime, Introduction to Evidence-Based Policing, Introduction to Policing in Practice, Ethical Policing, Year two, core modules: Response Policing, Research Skills for Police Officers, Roads and traffic policing, Approaches to Policing Problems, Vulnerability and Risk, Information, Intelligence and Investigation Year three, core modules: Undergraduate Major Project, Police Policy and Reform, Community Policing and Crime Prevention, Counter-Terrorism Policing, Public Protection, Professional Policing

Assessment methods

Your studies will involve various methods designed to develop your understanding of current issues and debates within policing, and help you apply theory to different scenarios in the role of a Police Constable. This will also be reflected in the range of assessment methods, including essays, portfolios, problem-solving activities, case studies, blogs, policy documents, presentations, and a major research project.

You will also be encouraged to reflect on your evaluative work through group discussions, peer review, reflective writing and self-evaluation, further developing your critical and analytical skills.

The Uni


Course locations:

Chelmsford Campus

Cambridge Campus

Department:

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

77%
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Criminology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sociology

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
74%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

84%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
16%
Male students
84%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sociology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

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Average annual salary
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Employed or in further education
41%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Childcare and related personal services
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Public services and other associate professionals

We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Social studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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