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Professional Policing

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

A maximum of three subjects are considered (excluding General Studies). A levels and other level 3 qualifications

AS

A,A-C,C

112 UCAS tariff points. A maximum of two subjects along with two A levels or level 3 qualifications. excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking

Pass 60 credits overall At least 45 credits at level 3. 18 level 3 must be achieved at either merit or distinction grade. In a Social Sciences/Humanities or Law pathway

112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above or equivalents level 2 qualifications. All level 2 quals must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Acceptable English equivalents considered in lieu of GCSE:- - City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy - Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 - Key Skills level 2:- Communication and Application of Numbers English Language and Mathematics grade C or above:- Scottish Intermediate 2 Scottish National 5 English Language and Mathematics at grade 2 or above:- Scottish Credit Standard Grade

Pass with 120 credits at level 4 and merit overall. Must be in a related pathway May be considered for advanced entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at level 4. A transcript will be required.

Pass with 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credit at level 5 and merit overall. Must be in a related pathway May be considered for advanced entry onto the third year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at level 4 and 5. A transcript will be required

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

For Students who do not already hold GCSE in Mathematics at grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted For Students who do not already hold GCSE in English Language at grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not Literature) English A-grade 4 or above or English B - grade 5 from IB Diploma will be accepted.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H5,H5,H5,H5

Four subjects This must include English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 or A-C/A1-C3) or Higher level minimum grade H5/D1

See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D*

Considered with one A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.

112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DMM

Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.

112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with one A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.

112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.

112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with one A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.

112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification. All subjects accepted except Health and Social Care pre 2016 syllabus

112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification. All subjects accepted except Health and Social Care pre 2016 syllabus

Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)

D*D*

Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification. All subjects accepted except Health and Social Care pre 2016 syllabus

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DMM

All subjects accepted except Health and Social Care pre 2016 syllabus

112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification. All subjects accepted except Health and Social Care pre 2016 syllabus

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D*

Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification. All subjects accepted except Health and Social Care pre 2016 syllabus

112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification. Most subjects considered excluding Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

All subjects accepted except Health and Social Care pre 2016 syllabus

112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification. All subjects accepted except Health and Social Care pre 2016 syllabus

112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification. Most subjects considered excluding Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development

Scottish Advanced Higher

C,C,D

Where a combination of Advanced Highers and Highers are taken you must achieve grades CD in two Advanced Highers and grade CC in two Highers

Scottish Higher

B,B,C,C,C

Where a combination of Advanced Highers and Highers are taken you must achieve grades CD in two Advanced Highers and grade CC in two Highers

UCAS Tariff

112

Contextualised reduced tariff offer: 96 tariff points or equivalent e.g. A-level CCC, BTEC Extended Diploma MMM, BTEC Diploma DD Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.

112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Policing

The BSc (Hons) Professional Policing has been developed in collaboration with a range of police force areas to give you the opportunity to examine the theoretical concepts of policing whilst also developing the practical and transferable skills you need for a career in law enforcement.

The programme will help to develop your critical thinking about policing, policy and practice through complementary modules encompassing the theory and principles of operational policing, legislation and police powers, structured interviewing skills and much more.

This degree will combine all of these elements together while allowing you the opportunity to take part in a work placement which could be within one of a variety of areas in the field of policing. We recognise that policing requires a distinctive combination of skills, including practical, hands-on expertise as well as sophisticated communication and interpersonal skills. On this degree, we ensure that you gain these skills, along with the latest thinking about policing, to empower you to pursue a successful career within the sector.

- On all of our programmes you will gain a professional focus and real world experience, ensuring you are equipped to make an immediate impact in your career. You have the opportunity to embark on a year-long sandwich placement as part of your degree course.

- The course’s professional relevance is supported by our close links with local criminal justice organisations, including West Midlands Police Force and Birmingham Community Safety Partnership.

- All our programmes have an international focus. This is embedded throughout the curriculum, giving you the opportunity to transform your experience with us into a global one. There are a variety of exciting possibilities open to you, ranging from our successful international travel scholarships scheme, through which you can spend a summer working for a charitable organisation overseas, to one of our many overseas study exchange programmes.

- As a student on one of our undergraduate degrees, you will be able to benefit from our Graduate+ initiative. This three-year award programme enables you to gain award levels for all the extra-curricular activities you undertake so that you can stand out from the crowd on graduation.

- Students have access to an interactive crime scene room which allows students to explore forensic investigation.

- The course offers a unique opportunity to explore the history and development of policing in England and Wales. This provides a broad context which students can use to understand the difficulties faced by constabularies today.

- Our Centre of Applied Criminology ensures that our lecturers are able to apply their research within their teaching and learning.

- Our practice based approach means you’ll get to learn the inner workings of the Criminal Justice System, whilst also studying the theories behind the profession.

- The department has a heavy focus on Birmingham, working within the ever-growing multicultural community on various projects.

- You will study in our state-of-the-art City Centre Campus, ideally located for you to take advantage of our links to industry in the UK’s second city.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Curzon Building Campus

Department:

Birmingham City Business School

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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.

66%
low
Policing

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.

Law

Teaching and learning

62%
Staff make the subject interesting
76%
Staff are good at explaining things
64%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
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

69%
Library resources
72%
IT resources
71%
Course specific equipment and facilities
60%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
30%
Male students
70%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
12%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

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.

Law

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.

£17,000
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
44%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

Law graduates tend to go into the legal industry, and they usually take similar routes. Jobs are competitive — often very competitive - but starting salaries are good and high fliers can earn serious money - starting on over £24k in London on average. Be aware though - some careers, especially as barristers, can take a while to get into, and the industry is changing as the Internet, automation and economic change all have an effect, If you want to qualify to practise law, you need to take a professional qualification — many law graduates then go on to law school. If you want to go into work, then a lot of law graduates take trainee or paralegal roles and some do leave the law altogether, often for jobs in management, finance and the police force. A small proportion of law graduates also move into another field for further study. Management, accountancy and teaching are all popular for these career changers, so if you do take a law degree and decide it’s not for you, there are options.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Law

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

£16k

£16k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

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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