Undergraduate study

L400 BSc/Pol (L408 BSc/PolFY for Year 0 entry)


Course overview

This BSc (Hons) Policing degree programme develops the broad themes of contemporary policing including the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP), investigative procedures, criminal law and criminal justice with options to focus on counter terrorism, international concepts of policing or fingerprint analysis.

With applications to study from across the UK, the programme is taught by staff with professional policing experience and expertise, the programme equips you with the knowledge and understanding you need to apply to join the police service in the role of police officer, either as a new police officer or as a future leader of policing through direct entry or fast track schemes. At a broader level, you will gain the required knowledge and understanding to make an application to work as police staff across the UK (such as civilian investigators, detention officers, fingerprint trainees), within the broader intelligence community (such as analysts or with the intelligence services) or within the military police.

Although successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Policing and the employability focused Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) cannot guarantee your recruitment by the police service, it will equip you with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to make you a competitive applicant for the service. It will also provide evidence and experience to support both your initial application and future career development. It should be noted that all candidates wishing to join the police service will also need to pass medical and fitness tests as well as background and security checks and undertake a series of assessments, tests and interviews appropriate to the role.

Professional accreditation

college_of_policing.jpg This quality mark demonstrates achievement of the College of Policing Pre-Join Approved Provider status for the module ‘Introduction to Policing: The Certificate in Knowledge of Policing’.


Course details

Course structure

Year 0 (foundation year) core modules

Academic Study Skills Toolkit

This module will assist you in developing the personal and academic skills that you will need for undergraduate study. It focusses on developing skills such as information retrieval, evaluation, critical thinking, note taking, presentation skills and group work.

Contemporary Issues in Social Sciences

This module will introduce you to the historical and contemporary development of social science disciplines and will provide examples of theoretical challenges and the ways in which research is applied in society. You will gain an understanding of the critical differences between disciplines and how interdisciplinary research is fostered through collaboration. You will also be introduced to academic standards, ethical guidelines and research protocols, personal development planning and to a range of study and transferable skills relevant to your degree course and beyond.

Fake News: Propaganda and Polemics, Past and Present

This module provides you with the opportunity to develop your skills in thinking critically about the information and analysis presented in an array of media in today’s digital world, drawing on the methodologies of a range of disciplines within the social sciences, humanities and law. You will explore examples of the debates over fake news in both the past and present, and look at how fake news can be used to both support and undermine the status quo, enabling you in the process to become more savvy and engaged citizens.

Historical and Popular Crime, Justice and Criminal Law

This module introduces you to the history of crime and justice, using media representations and crime fiction as a way of exploring crime over time, including aspects such as changes in society, law and education in this context.


This module allows students to identify an area of interest related to their undergraduate degree and to explore this through a small scale research project where students will be required to produce an analysis of an area of focus.

Teesside: History, Literature, Culture, and Society

This module provides you with an opportunity to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to the Teesside region. You will learn about Teesside’s history, culture and society through the examination of various topics which will give you a deeper understanding of the region, both past and present.


Year 1 core modules

Foundations of Law

This module is the foundation of the programme. It introduces the English legal system and equips you with the methods and skills you need to study law at undergraduate level. You cover legal research and writing - essential skills for success throughout the degree. You also develop your key skills and begin to critically reflect on your own performance. In this module you are introduced to the University’s replica courtroom where you begin to develop law-specific and general presentation skills.

Information, Security and Cybercrime

This module covers a range of issues relating to information and computer security. It includes systematic approaches to managing security risks, as well as elementary cryptography. How computers are used in crime is examined, along with how such crimes can be investigated.

Introduction to Policing and Investigation

The module begins by examining investigative methods that were used historically by the community and semi-professional law enforcement personnel to gather evidence and to detect and prosecute criminals.

You then move on to analyse and document the formal development of these strategies into the professionally regulated and accountable systems and techniques that are utilised today by a wide range of investigative bodies, including the Police, Probation and the Coroner.

Particular attention focuses upon the historical development and contemporary role and function of policing, forensic investigation, criminal investigation, the role of victims and witnesses, and the importance of ethics in the investigative process.

Policing, Criminal Justice and Society

This module provides you with foundation knowledge to study the criminological foundations that underpin the Criminal Justice System. It examines some of the processes, procedures, power and politics that shape and influence the way that institutions operate within the Criminal Justice System.

Particular emphasis is placed on the various theoretical and sociological approaches that assume that the Criminal Justice System is the product of many cultural, social and mental processes.

You are also introduced to a range of study skills and transferable skills relevant to your degree and future career.

Underpinning Forensic Psychology

This module is designed to introduce students to the key concepts involved in understanding forensic psychology, such as crime and victim interaction, criminal thinking patterns, explanations of criminal behaviour, testimony and courtroom psychology, and crime prevention.

The main aim of the module is to introduce students to the basic concepts within Forensic Psychology. It will attempt to answer the question 'what is crime?', and will discuss the range of theoretical approaches that have been used to explain it. The module will also introduce students to a range of study and transferable skills relevant to their degree programme and future career.


Year 2 core modules

Contemporary Policing and Investigation

This module explores contemporary policing and investigation. It develops your knowledge and understanding of the emergence of current legislation, policies, practices and procedures. Your learning will be aided by encouraging critical examination and analysis, supported by use of case studies and practical examples.

Introduction to Policing: The Certificate in Knowledge of Policing

This module covers the knowledge and understanding required for the College of Policing's Certificate in Knowledge of Policing. Your employability as a police officer is developed by covering the compulsory subject areas of:
- providing initial support to victims
- survivors and witnesses
- gathering and submitting information that has the potential to support policing objectives
- providing an initial police response to incidents
- arresting
- detaining or reporting individuals
- the conduct of priority and volume investigations
- knowing how to interview victims
- witnesses and suspects
- carrying out systematic searches
- managing conflict.

There are two pathways for the assessment.
Pathway one: if you want to obtain the Certificate of Policing Knowledge (CPK), the ICA comprises of scenario-based assessments and Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ).
Scenario based assessment takes place at weeks 7, 10, 15, 20 and 24 and the MCQ assessment takes place at week 26. You are required to pass both components of the ICA to achieve the CPK, the University minimum pass mark for this module is 40%.
The ECA is a 1,500-word assignment which takes place at week 26

Pathway two: if you do NOT want to obtain the Certificate of Policing Knowledge (CPK), the ICA (30%) is completion of a reflective journal, submitted at week 24. The ECA (70%) is a 2,500 word written assignment which is submitted at week 26, the University minimum pass mark for this module is 40%.

Successful completion of the module does not guarantee employment by any police service.

Successful completion of the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing does not in itself provide any guarantee of recruitment as a trainee Police Constable. Each police force within England and Wales sets out its own recruitment process and selection policy, and entry requirements vary from force to force. Prospective students are therefore strongly advised to check the specific requirements of their chosen force prior to undertaking study.

It should be noted that all candidates will need to pass medical and fitness tests as well as background and security checks and undertake a series of assessments, tests and an interview at a Police SEARCH® assessment centre.

Investigating Research Methods

This module introduces you to the range of research methodologies used by social scientists. You acquire an understanding of how research informs your academic discipline: why researchers use particular research methods to investigate specific issues and how to evaluate methodological decisions. The module also introduces you to key research design, data collection and analysis techniques through practical activities and engaging with existing research. Ethics and practical issues will form a central theme of the module.

Law and Procedure

In this module you are provided with an opportunity to develop a critical knowledge and understanding of the nature and purpose of the criminal law, the basic elements of a crime, and a variety of specific criminal offences and defences. You will also develop a detailed and critical understanding of the rules and regulations which impact on the modern investigation of crime, with a particular focus on human rights.


and one optional module

Fingerprints and their Uses in the Investigative Process

This module allows you to demonstrate a comprehensive and detailed knowledge of fingerprints and their use in the investigative process. It lets you synthesise, appraise and evaluate data and evidence from relevant and reliable sources to make independent judgements on the analysis, comparison, verification and evaluation of fingerprints.

This module will be assessed by the completion of practical sessions classifying and verifying fingerprints and the writing of a 2,000-word critical discussion.'

Introduction to Concepts of Terrorism

You are introduced to a range of theoretical concepts relating to terrorism, and explore a number of key issues including definitions of terrorism; ideologies; typology; traditional and contemporary group structures; strategies and tactics; methods of operation; target selection; use of technologies; funding; and media impact.

You study a number of influential terrorist groups, which provide you with the opportunity to relate theoretical concepts to terrorist motivations and organizational structures. These groups will include Irish nationalist/republican groups; Islamic; political and domestic extremist terrorist organizations.


You gain an understanding of the different ways volunteering is conceptualised in contemporary society. and critically examine the voluntary and community sector and the landscape of volunteering through policy, practice and research.

You have the opportunity to enhance your employability and gain academic credit by volunteering and you develop and strengthen your personal, professional and transferable skills. By contributing to the development of a chosen organisation you develop knowledge and understanding of volunteering in various sectors.


Year 3 core modules

Defendants and Witnesses in the Criminal Justice System

This module focuses on the law concerned with the obtaining and admissibility of evidence at trial. It challenges you to explore the relevance of evidence in the investigatory process and during the criminal trial. Whilst the module is suited for those who wish to continue their studies and join various legal or investigative professions, it is an academic module and examines the law of evidence from an academic viewpoint.


This module begins with six weeks of formal lectures and seminars to cover issues relating to how to conduct a dissertation or work-based project.

Issues such as time-tabling and reflective diary as well as undertaking the research process, supervision, structure and guidelines will be covered.

Following from this, your supervisor will support and guide you through the dissertation process.

Every Contact Leaves a Trace

Every contact leaves a trace is a phrase used to sum up Locard's Exchange Principle, which is the foundation of forensic science.

This module develops your knowledge, skills and understanding of the use of scientific evidence within the criminal justice system, and requires you to learn how to locate, record and recover forensic evidence. It also develops your knowledge, skills and understanding of the uses of forensic, fingerprint and witness evidence in the investigation of crime.

As a result the module also explores potential investigative career opportunities for graduates.

Professionalising the Investigative Process

This module expands upon your understanding of the investigative process. It examines the development of the concept of investigation, from its early roots in policing through to current investigative processes employed within the UK. You gain an insight into processes observed by police investigators and the regulations applied to the growing body of private investigators.

Specific elements of the module include the interviewing of witnesses, victims and suspects, guidelines and roles relevant to the investigative process, and the management of the incident room.


and one optional module

Concepts and Principles of International Management

This module develops your awareness and understanding of some of the key paradigms, principles, models, theories, concepts, techniques and practices of management and international management. You will then be able to appropriately explain, evaluate and apply the concepts, models and techniques.

International Policing

The module examines the policing systems in the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, Africa and Asia, along with the law enforcement agencies in place to assist the investigation of transnational crime.

The module charts the respective police services development and you explore the structural variations that exist between them. Attention is given to the function and role of the wider police family in different societies, the different tasks and responsibilities undertaken by policing personnel, and the relationship between the police and the wider society of their native country.

Introduction to Concepts of Terrorism and Counter-terrorism Strategy

You explore a range of concepts relating to terrorism, including definitions of terrorism, ideologies, typology, group structures, tactics, methods of operation, target selection, state response, use of technologies, funding and media impact.

You consider the concept of and delivery of counter-terrorism initiatives with a focus on the measures being adopted within the United Kingdom.

You also analyse the effectiveness of these approaches through considering the role of the police during pre-emptive operations and major terrorist incidents.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

All modules are taught through a combination of lectures and seminars, which are interspersed with a broad range of learning opportunities including: workshops, case studies, peer group discussions, independent study, e-learning and online materials, individual and group tutorials, guest speakers and practical sessions within the crime scene house, vehicle examination laboratory, mock police station, interview rooms and the mock courtroom.

On a broader level, we also encourage opportunities for volunteering within the criminal justice sector.

Try an online forensic evidence awareness taster session

How you are assessed

The programme is assessed through a range of formative and summative methods in oral, written and alternative formats. These comprise traditional assessment methods including:
• Essays
• Reports
• Reflections
• Multiple choice questions
• Practical tasks
• Presentations
• Negotiated research and dissertation

Timetabling information
As a full-time student your timetabled hours are between Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 6.00pm. On Wednesdays the latest you will be timetabled is until 1.00pm. Hours of attendance vary between 12 hours and 20 hours per week. Part-time undergraduate students are required to attend during the same days and times as full-time students but for only a proportion of the time, dependant on the modules being taken. Module choices are discussed with course tutors during the enrolment and induction period. Further details are automatically sent to applicants due to enrol this year.

Your full teaching timetable for Semester 1 of the 2018/19 academic year should be available from 1 September 2018. Standard University term dates can be found here.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Call us on 0800 952 0226 about our entry requirements

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

Police officer, either as a new police officer or at a more senior level via the Direct Entry Scheme.
At a broader level, you will have the required knowledge and understanding to apply to be employed as police staff (such as civilian investigators, fingerprint officers, detention officers), within the broader intelligence community (such as analysts or with the intelligence services), or within the military police.

All programmes are designed to incorporate employability skills development alongside your degree course. Our staff utilise their extensive connections to provide many and varied opportunities to engage with potential employers through fairs, guest lecture sessions, live projects and site visits. In addition we offer a series of workshops and events in the first, second and third year that ensure all students are equipped with both degree level subject knowledge PLUS the practical skills that employers are looking for in new graduate recruits. We also offer extensive support for students to find and secure sandwich year placements which have been shown to make have significant positive impact on a student’s career prospects on graduation.

Our award winning careers service works with regional and national employers to advertise graduate positions, in addition to providing post-graduation support for all Teesside University alumni.



Entry to 2018/19 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for non UK/EU applicants
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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years or 4 years including foundation year
  • UCAS code: L400 BSc/Pol
    L408 BSc/PolFY for Year 0 entry
  • Call us on 0800 952 0226 about our entry requirements

Apply online (full-time) through UCAS



From Sept 2018 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants:
£4,500 (120 credits)
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  • Length: Typically five years
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342308

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