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Professional Policing (pre-join) BSc (Hons)

UCAS CodeL436
QualificationBSc (Hons)
Study modeFull-time
Typical offer104 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

This course is offered as a 3 year full-time course or a 6 year part time course.

Police training is changing across England and Wales as a result of a comprehensive workforce transformation programme set out by the College of Policing and the National Police Chiefs’ Council. This transformation is achieved in part through the introduction of the Policing Education Qualifications Framework, which equips new police recruits with the right skills to adapt to the professional complexity of modern day policing including the changing nature of crime and demands on police services.

Bangor University in partnership with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai is offering an undergraduate degree in Professional Policing, licensed by the College of Policing. This will introduce students to the skills required to work as a police officer and builds on the highly successful Police Foundation Degree offered by Grŵp Llandrillo Menai. This courses is taught at different locations - please see course content below for more information.

Please note:Completion of this degree does not guarantee the opportunity for recruitment into the police service. Those planning a career in the police are advised to check eligibility criteria as set out by individual police services.

Course Content

This is a partnership provision jointly developed and delivered between Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and Bangor University and licensed by the College of Policing.

Year 1 will be delivered by Grŵp Llandrillo Menai. Students will be based in the Grŵp Llandrillo Menai campus, Rhos-on-Sea.

Year 2 will be delivered jointly between Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and Bangor University

  • In Semester 1 -  40 credits will be delivered in the Grŵp Llandrillo Menai campus, Rhos-on-Sea and 20 credits in Bangor
  • In Semester 2 -  40 credits will be delivered in Bangor and 20 credits in the Grŵp Llandrillo Menai campus, Rhos-on-Sea.

Year 3 will be delivered by Bangor University. Students will be based at the main Bangor University campus, Bangor. 

This course will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops and seeks to provide students with a through grounding in a range of key issues and themes required to work as a police officer, including:

  • The context of contemporary policing, police culture, models of policing (including community policing and evidence-based policing).
  • The development, role, organisation and governance of efforts to reduce and prevent crime and harm, and to ensure personal and public safety and security in different locations.
  • Crime prevention measures and their effectiveness.
  • Trends in crime and victimisation; different forms of crime and their social organisation (including organized crime; e-crime, and terrorism).
  • Different theoretical approaches to the study, analysis and explanation of crime, deviance and victimisation.

Supervisors and researchers here are supportive and knowledgeable, lectures are passionate and articulate. They love to help you with your research ideas and study.

Yaxian Qiu
PhD in Criminology

What will you study on this course?

Year 1 modules:

  • Understanding the Police Constable Role
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to the Legal Framework for Policing
  • Introduction to Criminology

Year 2 and 3 modules include:

  • Applying Theory to Practice
  • Crime and Justice in Modern Britain
  • Evidence-Based Policing and Research
  • Community Policing: Values and Principles
  • Specialist Policing - E Crime & Digital Policing and Policing the Roads
  • Investigating Organised Criminality
  • Understanding the Police Constable Role
  • Strategic Thinking in Policing
  • Policing and Society
  • Perspectives on Youth Crime

In Year 3 students will also complete a dissertation (a research project on a topic of your choosing and of particular interest to you) and Practice portfolio (for Special Constables only).

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Careers and Employability

The BSc in Professional Policing is a professional academic knowledge-based degree based on the national curriculum for the police constable role. It is of interest to those planning a career in policing (police constable or other police functions, those with an interest in law enforcement as well as wider criminal justice.

The BSc in Professional Policing has a currency of 5 years following graduation, for recruitment in to policing.

Please note: Completion of this degree does not guarantee the opportunity for recruitment into the police service. Recruitment process, selection policy, and entry requirements vary from force to force. Those planning a career in the police are advised to check eligibility criteria as set out by individual police services.

Opportunities at Bangor

The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA) and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The HEAR is a final graduation report that all undergraduates receive. The report itemises all academic achievements and additional extra and co-curricular achievements. Academic achievements appear on the report automatically and students are able to note their eligible activities by using the online platform ‘My Employability Hub’. This ensures that future employers are made aware of the additional skills the student has gained outside of the curriculum.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.


Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

Internships offer valuable experience in a professional workplace and there are a range of internships you can get involved in.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

TARGETconnect - Working while you StudyThe Skills and Employability Service offers support to students searching for employment during and after their studies.

TARGETconnect advertises the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities

Entry Requirements

For 2019 & 2020 entry:

Maths and English/Welsh GCSE at Grade C or equivalent required.

Typical offer is based on a minimum 104 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.

  • A Levels
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma:
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical / Extended Diploma: Merit
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma:
  • Access: Pass
  • NCFE CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma: Grade C
  • Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.

We also welcome applications from mature applicants.

*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to

International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements). More information here

Important information for EU and International applicants

Completion of this degree does not guarantee the opportunity for recruitment into the police service. Those planning a career in the police are advised to check eligibility criteria as set out by individual police services. There are currently limitations in terms of the eligibility of international students joining police forces in England and Wales - only applicants from the UK, EEA* or Switzerland are eligible to apply for the police in England and Wales (unless proof of legal right of residence in UK free of any restriction can be provided). *please note this may be subject to change following BREXIT.

Course Costs

When coming to University, you will have two main costs, Tuition Fees and Living Costs.

 There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:

Course-specific additional costs

Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:

  1. Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
  2. Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
  3. Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.

Mandatory Costs:

There are no mandatory costs, but if a student spends £50 on books per module then it would cost £300 pa.

Necessarily Incurred Costs:

Travel to placements: Some basic travel costs might be incurred depending on the location of the placement. An average example would be 2 weeks, public transport, £40. Please note: this course will be delivered across two campuses, which may lead to additional travel costs.

Optional Costs:

Extra costs might be incurred if students decide to purchase more books, but this optional and entirely down to the individual.

How to Apply

How to apply through UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can:

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University’s International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Further Information

Contact us

Dr Tim Holmes, Programme Lead or the Admissions Team:

Tel: 01248 382085

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