Undergraduate study
Law, Policing & Investigation

L402 BSc/PP (L404 BSc/PPFY for Year 0 entry)


Course overview

This course is a professional academic knowledge-based degree, based on the National Policing Curriculum for the police constable role, and taught under licence awarded by the College of Policing. It will provide you with a comprehensive education, based upon the professional responsibility of the police service and all who work within it, to serve and protect the public in the most effective ways possible. In particular it will develop the five policing practice themes of response policing. policing communities, policing the roads, information and intelligence, and conducting investigations.

Taught by staff with professional policing experience or relevant academic expertise, you will be able to understand how to engage in lawful, safe and effective front-line policing, and to research, develop, implement and review evidence-based initiatives to improve policing performance. At a broader level, you will gain the knowledge and understanding of other roles within the policing family to make an application to work as a member of police staff across the UK or within the military police. This degree will equip you with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare you as a competitive applicant for the police service.

Successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Degree in Professional Policing cannot guarantee your recruitment to the police service. As each force has its own requirements you are advised to refer to the policecouldyou site which outlines the official police recruitment processes you would be required to undertake at the time of your application, ie the Police SEARCH® or Day One Recruit Assessment Centre. You will also be required to meet common police eligibility requirements, also outlined on this site.

* Subject to University approval


Course details

The course encompasses the national curriculum for professional policing developed by the College of Policing.

You explore evidence-based policing; decision making and discretion; criminology and crime prevention; pro-active approaches to vulnerability, risk and public protection, and digital policing.

Course structure

Modules for this course will appear here soon.

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.

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 conference dissemination of findings

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.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

For Level 3 entry: a typical offer is 32-64 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent). GCSE English at grade 4 (grade C) or equivalent.

For Level 4 entry: a typical offer is 80-104 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent). GCSE English at grade 4 (grade C) or equivalent.

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

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.
Find out more about RPL



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, 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 2019/20 academic year

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

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: L402 BSc/PP
    L404 BSc/PPFY for Year 0 entry
  • Semester dates

Apply online (full-time) through UCAS



  • Not available part-time


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