About This Course
Bangor University in partnership with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai is offering an undergraduate degree in Professional Policing, licensed by the College of Policing. The programme equips students 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. This degree builds on experience from the highly successful Police Foundation Degree offered by Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and Bangor’s long standing Criminology and Criminal Justice degree programme. This courses is taught at different locations and draws on expertise in criminology and police procedure from both institutions.
Throughout the course students are provided with insight into current police practice as well as an understanding of research and theory in relation to the causes of crime and crime control. With this combination of knowledge on police procedure and academic insight into policing, graduates are able to pursue careers in the police as well as other parts of the security sector and other government agencies involved in policing.
Please note that this course is delivered jointly by Bangor University and Grŵp Llandrillo Menai. Please see the Course Content Tab for details of where you'll be studying each year.
Why choose Bangor University for this course?
- The programme capitalise on close links to North Wales Police and other criminal justice agencies in the area in terms of assisting students with career options.
- Learning from both research active criminologists and experienced former police officers.
- The degree programme is designed to provide students with effective engagement with the College of Policing curriculum blending practical and academic learning throughout the 3 years.
- A range of visiting speakers adds to the learning experience.
- We offer pastoral support and guidance through a dedicated team of personal tutors and year co-ordinators who monitor student performance and provide guidance throughout the 3 years of the degree programme.
Modules on this course utilise a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions at both Coleg Llandrillo and Bangor University*. During the first and second year of the degree students will also participate in role play scenarios in order to learn about various aspects of a police constables duties.
Students will be encouraged to discuss and debate various aspects of policing including effective strategies in policing communities, conducing investigations and dealing complex crime. Students will be directed over the course of the degree to academic studies and reports on crime and crime control using our online learning platform ‘Blackboard’ and Bangor University Library which provides access to a range of resources.
Throughout the degree we include sessions from guest speakers such as representatives from the criminal justice system and visiting academics, to provide students with a dynamic learning experience.
We use a mixture of different assessment strategies during the degree from presentation tasks to essays and reports.
*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.
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Professional Policing BSc (Hons) Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
General University Facilities
Library and Archive Services
Our four libraries provide a range of attractive study environments including collaborative work areas, meeting rooms and silent study spaces.
We have an extensive collection of books and journals and many of the journals are available online in full-text format.
We house one of the largest university-based archives not only in Wales, but also the UK. Allied to the Archives is the Special Collections of rare printed books.
There is a range of learning resources available, supported by experienced staff, to help you in your studies.
The University’s IT Services provides computing, media and reprographics facilities and services including:
- Over 1,150 computers for students, with some PC rooms open 24 hours a day
- Blackboard, a commercial Virtual Learning Environment, that makes learning materials available on-line.
General University Costs
Home (UK) students
- The cost of a full-time undergraduate course is £9,000 per year (2021/22 entry and 2022/23 entry).
- The fee for all placement, international, and sandwich years is £1,350 (2021/22 and 2022/23).
- More information on fees and finance for Home (UK) students.
International (including EU) students
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you choose to study abroad or take the International Experience Year as part of your course.
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for additional guest tickets (c.£12 each).
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Maths and English/Welsh GCSE at Grade C or equivalent required.
Typical offer is based on 96-112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.
- A Levels: General Studies and Key Skills not normally accepted
- BTEC National/Extended Diploma: MMM - DMM
- Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: MMM - DMM
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical / Extended Diploma: Merit
- International Baccalaureate Diploma
- Access: Pass
- NCFE CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma: Grade C
- Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted
- T-levels: considered on a case-by-case basis.
We also welcome applications from mature applicants.
*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com
International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements). More information here.
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.
General University Requirements
To study for a degree, you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com.
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy, we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more information about studying as a mature student, see our Studying at Bangor section of the website.
EU and International Students' Entry Requirements
For detailed guidance on the entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor University International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.
Primarily the degree allows students to pursue a career working for any police force in England and Wales. Graduates with this degree can also pursue careers in a variety of roles within the criminal justice system including civilian roles in the police, work in the prison service and the probation service. During time on the degree students will gain an understanding of evidence based policing and the use of social science research methods which provides them with several transferrable skills useful in a variety of careers. Being able to design and manage research projects as well as highly developed communication skills and skills in critical analysis mean this degree has a great deal of versatility. Graduates can also look for work in local and national government and within the private security sector where their knowledge of policing and criminal justice are useful. Students can also go on to study at postgraduate level on one of our many MA courses.
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)
The BEA is a comprehensive online course that you can work through at your own pace, taking you through all the steps you need to take to explore, prepare and apply for your dream career.
Bangor University runs a paid internship scheme within the university’s academic and service departments.
Volunteering widens your experience and improves your employability. Find out more about volunteering on the Students’ Union’s website.