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Professional Policing (with Foundation Year)

Professional Policing (with Foundation Year) BSc (Hons)

We are licensed by the College of Policing to offer the pre-join degree in professional policing, a professional academic knowledge-based degree, based on the National Policing Curriculum for the police constable role.



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Course overview

You gain 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. You gain knowledge and understanding of 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. The degree has a currency of five years following graduation for recruitment into policing.

You explore the five policing practice themes of: response policing, policing communities, policing the roads, information and intelligence, and conducting investigations and gain the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare you for applications for the police service.

The teaching team have professional policing experience and relevant academic expertise. You focus on 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.

Our well-established links and network of contacts with criminal justice organisations and practitioners, locally and nationally, our Policing Clinic, strong links with Her Majesty’s Prison, probation service, and Cleveland Police ensures your course is relevant and adds additional depth and breadth to your studies.

We have first-class facilities that enable you to develop and hone important professional and practical skills including our simulated police station equipped with an interview room, examination room, custody office and front desk. Our crime scene house presents over 30 crime scene areas where you can put theory into practice. You benefit from an immersive learning experience and expand your understanding of practical procedures. In addition, our replica court room has the features of a modern court and offers invaluable courtroom experience.

We have a proven track record of working effectively with policing and criminal justice partners which provide unique employability opportunities. Our exceptionally talented crime and investigation team are from a variety of backgrounds including policing professionals and academia giving you an authentic and current learning experience. Your teaching team draw upon local case studies to enrich your learning experience in class and by sending you out into the community.

Successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Professional Policing cannot guarantee your recruitment to the police service. Each force has its own requirements so please refer to the College of Policing website which outlines the official police recruitment processes, ie the Police SEARCH® or Day One Recruit Assessment Centre.

This course includes a foundation year - ideal if you need additional preparation or if you don't have sufficient grades to join Year 1 of a degree.

Top reasons to study this course

  • This is a professional, knowledge-based degree which centres around the National Policing Curriculum for the police constable role.
  • Your final year research project is based on a real issue in the locality.
  • Teaching includes practical exercises in initial crime scene investigation and investigative interviewing.
  • You are encouraged to appreciate alternative views and beliefs.
  • You gain problem-solving and analytic skills to explore and identify solutions to community issues.

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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

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, Law and Psychology

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.

Introduction to Digital Investigation

You explore digital data, devices in modern society, and digital investigation principles and guidelines.

Introduction to Professional Policing

This module examines collaborative partnership working and a range of contemporary issues in policing. In addition you will be introduced to a range of underpinning legal and practical occupational skills.

Policing and the Community

Explores the role of the police within the community and the diverse nature of community issues, and partnership working.

Thinking about Crime

Introduces criminology and criminological theory, including crime trends, causes of crime and responses to crime.

Understanding the Policing Environment

Examines the historical development of policing developing understanding of specialist units and external organisations and agencies.


Year 2 core modules

Counter-Terrorism in Context

Explores the use of the roads network for criminal activities, using counter-terrorism as a framework for exploration. Includes the principles of joint-agency working in terms of major incidents.

Investigation in Practice

Explores the investigation of an offence, the gathering of other forms of evidence and develops knowledge of victim and witness care and support. Introduces use of the PEACE interviewing process in relation to victims of crime.

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.

Physical Evidence and Investigation

Provides understanding of the role of the investigator arriving at a scene of crime and how to locate, record, recover and assess the value of evidence to an investigation.

Professional Policing in Practice

On this module you further develop understanding of vulnerability and victimisation and fair use of police powers, and intelligence-gathering.

Research Skills for Police Practitioners

Prepares you for the final year research project by introducing research methodologies, in particular, evidence-based policing.


Final-year 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.

Ethics, Integrity and Contemporary Issues

Expands knowledge of ethical issues, use of integrity, investigation and record-making.

From Report to Court

Consolidates learning gained across the course and gives opportunity to demonstrate understanding.

Policing Research Project

Enables the demonstration of research skills, group working, leadership skills, and presentation skills, within a group research project based on the principles of evidence-based policing.

Themes in Professional Policing

Examines motivation for offending, analysis of vulnerability, legislation and public protection together with other specialist areas


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

Modules are taught using a broad range of learning opportunities including: lectures, seminars, 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. During your final year you have opportunity to work on a research project linked to the work of the Teesside Policing Clinic, assisting you to play a pivotal role in the co-production of research which can be of value to the local community.

Formal work experience opportunities are not offered as part of this course, however valuable work experience can be gained by volunteering during your time at University. There are a range of volunteering opportunities available to you, supported by Volun-tees, the University’s online resource for volunteers.

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
• Reflective analysis
• Multiple choice questions
• Practical tasks
• Presentations
• Negotiated research and conference-style dissemination of findings

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

A typical offer is 32-64 tariff points from at least two A levels, T level or equivalent, and GCSE grade 4 (grade C) or equivalent in English.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

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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, detention officers), 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.

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.


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Entry to 2023/24 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£15,000 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: L404 BSc/PPFY
  • Start date: September
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  • Typical offer: 32-64 tariff points from at least 2 A levels (or equivalent)

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