Professional Policing (pre-join) BSc (Hons)

* New course, subject to validation

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.

*New for September 2019*

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.

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.

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

Year 3 will be delivered by Bangor University.

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.

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.

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

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

Applications for this course should be made through the Direct Application system rather than UCAS. Please follow this link in order to create an account and complete the application. Please refer to the Guidance Notes for help filling the form.

Should you require any further guidance please contact

Further Information

Contact us

Dr Tim Holmes, Programme Lead or the Admissions Team:

Tel: 01248 382085

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