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Policing

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:30

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

DMM

UCAS Tariff

104

from a minimum of 2 A' Level with 5 GCSE's at C or above including English

About this course


Course option

1.0year

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Security policy

Social policy

Criminal justice

The programme helps equip you with a broad understanding of policing while examining the causes, legal framework and responses to crime. We are licenced by the College of Policing to offer the pre-join degree in Professional Policing, allowing you to study first and then apply to a force and follow a shorter on-the-job training programme.

Designed to prepare you for work in the public or private policing sector, this course is taught by former police service staff who are knowledgeable in the requirements of the division, with topics centred on the College of Policing’s National Policing Curriculum to ensure your learning is relevant to developments and challenges within the sector.

Our Policing programme is also one of few courses that enable you to undertake academic modules alongside volunteering as a special constable, a trained member of the community who works with and supports the local police. Special constables generally volunteer around four hours a week, or more, to assist the police in tackling crime in their community. This invaluable experience can help to prepare you for a range of employment opportunities within the police service after graduating.

Key features

• Designed to help prepare you for work in the public or private policing sector, this course is taught by former police staff who know the requirements of the role well.

• DMU has a number of years of experience in teaching police officers and police staff who go on to enter the service.

• Students are encouraged to volunteer as a Special Police Constable to develop their practice-based understanding of taught material and preparing them for a range of employment opportunities within the police service. (This is subject to meeting the requirements set out by the Home Office).

• Gain international experience related to your studies through our DMU Global programme*. Policing students have investigated state crime at the Auschwitz concentration camp and the multi-agency critical incidents perspectives of policing in New York.

• This programme caters for a range of career aspirations within the Police Service and investigatory sector.

• Teaching is centred on the National Policing Curriculum to make sure it is relevant to developments in the sector. Modules you will cover as part of the programme include problem-based policing, research and study skills, legislation and policy, critical incident management & leadership, leadership and management of contemporary issues in policing and multi-agency working. You will also have the opportunity to tailor your learning to suit your career with elective modules

**DMU’s careers and employability service, known as DMU Works, was awarded the Best University Careers/Employability Service at the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards in February 2021. We understand university is a huge investment, and our careers commitment to you is not simply to help you secure a job, but to equip you with the skills to thrive, adapt and innovate in our ever-changing world.**

Modules

First Year
Profession of Policing
Problem based Policing
Legislation and Policy
Research and Study Skills

Second Year
Research and Practice
Critical Incident Management & Leadership (I)
Leadership and Management of Contemporary Issues in Policing (I)
Elective Modules -
Religion, Faith and Crime
Mental Health and Crime
Families, Crime and Justice
Restorative Justice and Rehabilitation
Drugs and Substance Misuse
Crime, Deviance and Subcultures
Domestic Abuse
Media and Crime

Third Year
Multi-Agency
Critical Incident Management & Leadership (II)
Leadership and Management of Contemporary Issues in Policing (II)
Dissertation

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current

Assessment methods

A variety of teaching methods, include:
Lectures
Case studies
Seminars
Desk-top exercises
Workshops
E-learning
Specialist guest lectures from practitioners
Visits to practitioners in action
Assessment methods include:
Essays
Examinations
Phase Tests
Presentations
Posters
Case-study critiques
Desk-top, simulated exercises
Policy books
Research Proposal
Dissertation
All of which will be developed as you progress through the course.
Your precise timetable will depend on your modules; however, typical teaching time is approximately 15 hours each week. In addition, you will also be expected to achieve approximately 20 hours of self-directed study.

Tuition fees

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

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

The Uni


Course location:

Leicester Campus

Department:

Health and Life Sciences

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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.

53%
low
Security policy
53%
low
Social policy
53%
low
Criminal justice

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.

Social policy

Teaching and learning

69%
Staff make the subject interesting
81%
Staff are good at explaining things
72%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
50%
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

44%
Library resources
66%
IT resources
59%
Course specific equipment and facilities
25%
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?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
43%
Male students
57%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
17%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
D

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.

Social policy

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
41%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

36%
Protective service occupations
8%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
8%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

Just over 1,600 students graduated in social policy in 2015, which makes it one of the smaller social studies subjects. This is a popular subject at Masters level — 750 Masters in social policy were awarded last year - and so a lot of the more sought-after jobs in management and research tend to go to social policy graduates with postgraduate degrees. For those who leave university after their first degree, then jobs in social care (especially community and youth work) and education, the police, marketing and human resources and recruitment are popular — along with local government, although there are fewer of those jobs around than in the past. This degree is a bit less reliant on London for jobs than other similar subjects, so if you'd like to work outside the capital, it might be worth considering - although the jobs still tend to be in big cities.

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
41%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

36%
Protective service occupations
8%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
8%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

Just over 1,600 students graduated in social policy in 2015, which makes it one of the smaller social studies subjects. This is a popular subject at Masters level — 750 Masters in social policy were awarded last year - and so a lot of the more sought-after jobs in management and research tend to go to social policy graduates with postgraduate degrees. For those who leave university after their first degree, then jobs in social care (especially community and youth work) and education, the police, marketing and human resources and recruitment are popular — along with local government, although there are fewer of those jobs around than in the past. This degree is a bit less reliant on London for jobs than other similar subjects, so if you'd like to work outside the capital, it might be worth considering - although the jobs still tend to be in big cities.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

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

£17k

£17k

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

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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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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