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London Metropolitan University

Police Studies, Procedure and Investigation

UCAS Code: L438

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Typical offer BBC (112 UCAS points from two or more A levels.

Access to HE Diploma

D:6,M:24,P:15

Access to Higher Education Diploma in a relevant subject is acceptable for entry. You will need 60 credits overall with 6 credits with Distinction and 24 at Merit, and Level 2 passes in Communication units. QAA accredited course required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

A minimum of 15 points at the higher level and a minimum of 4 points in English at standard level.

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

DMM

Scottish Higher

C,C,C,C,D,D

A minimum of 114 UCAS points to include four passes at Higher level.

UCAS Tariff

112

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 | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Part-time | 2021

Subject

Security policy

**Why study this course?**

Our Police Studies, Procedure and Investigation BSc course will provide you with a thorough understanding of the role of the modern police service. It will enable you to gain a wide range of knowledge about police investigation techniques and the skills that are required to become a police officer. The course offers the opportunity to train as a special constable and gain valuable work experience in the policing sector.

**More about this course**

Policing in the UK is undergoing some of the most radical changes since Sir Robert Peel first launched the Metropolitan Police in 1829. The challenges that the modern day policing practitioner faces are often high risk and fast moving in a context of increasing accountability. There’s now a strong professional commitment at a senior level, which openly encourages policing practitioners to develop to a degree level.

This unique course in our criminology subject cluster is focused on preparing you to become a senior member of the police force. Building upon both practical and theoretical insights, the course will develop your knowledge across a wide range of policing contexts. It’ll also encourage critical and analytical thinking, whilst preparing you for a role in twenty-first century policing.

This course is connected with our John Grieve Centre for Policing and Community Safety, which promotes expertise, understanding and good practice amongst policing practitioners. We often hold academic events and conferences that influence debate into policing practice, such as our recent symposium where Dr Neville Lawrence was joined by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick to discuss hate crime, community policing and knife crime. When you join London Met to study policing, you’ll learn in an academic environment that works closely with the local community and influences policy making.

Lecturers on this degree have significant experience of working in the police service and are distinguished academics engaged in important links into police practice. We have strong links with the City of London Police, the Metropolitan Police Service, British Transport Police and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime.

Modules

Year 1 modules include:

Criminal Law (core, 30 credits)
Introduction to Criminological Theory (core, 30 credits)
Introduction to Policing (core, 30 credits)
Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (core, 30 credits)

Year 2 modules include:

Policing in Practice (core, 30 credits)
Perspectives on Policing (core, 30 credits)
Crime in Context (option, 30 credits)
Crime, Media and Technology (option, 15 credits)
Racism and Ethnicity (option, 30 credits)
Youth, Crime and Violence (option, 15 credits)
Extension of Knowledge Module (option, 15 credits)

Year 3 modules include:

Criminology Project (core, 30 credits)
Evidence-Based Policing Research Project (core, 30 credits)
Frameworks for Investigation (core, 30 credits)
Criminology Work Experience (option, 15 credits)
Victims and Crime (core, 15 credits)
Social Control, Drugs and Organised Crime (option, 30 credits)
Crime Control and Penology (option, 30 credits)
Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (option, 15 credits)
Serious and Serial Offenders (option, 15 credits)

Assessment methods

You're assessed through a combination of essays, module-specific research projects, seen and unseen examinations and an individual largely self-directed project which includes an assessed oral presentation. In Year 1, assessments seek to encourage you to specify and describe theories and institutions. In Year 2, assessments require you to extend and critically evaluate the knowledge you have encountered.

Students at this level are also required to produce reports including data analysis and interpretation. In Year 3, assessments test your critical knowledge of applied areas of police studies and criminology and your ability to think and research independently.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£13,200
per year
International
£13,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Holloway

Department:

Criminology and Sociology

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.

67%
low
Security policy

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

74%
Staff make the subject interesting
79%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
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

76%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
76%
Course specific equipment and facilities
53%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
53%
Male students
47%
Female students
33%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
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.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
47%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

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.

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.

£15k

£15k

£23k

£23k

£19k

£19k

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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