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Easter Closure and return to study

The College will be closed from Saturday 4th April to Tuesday 14th April (inclusive), there will be no work set for classroom based courses over this normal 2 week holiday period, however we will be returning to remote working on Wednesday 15th April for staff to continue to prepare online learning and resources.

UCC students and Apprentices will return to their online remote learning on Monday 20th April.

Further Education students will return to online remote learning on Wednesday 22nd April. This delay is to allow teaching staff to prepare materials for the next few weeks of online learning on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st April.

BA (Hons) Policing Practice

Are you thinking of joining the police or working in the wider criminal justice sector, such as the prison service, security industry or local government?

It was announced in December 2016 by the governing body of the Police Service, The College of Policing, that by 2020 all new police officers would require a relevant degree.

This new BA (Hons) in Policing Practice programme* offers students an opportunity to gain a critical understanding policing and its historical, social, economic and political contexts. The skills and knowledge you gain on this course will prepare you for work with many criminal justice organisations.

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Taught by industry qualified lecturers with policing experience you will develop the knowledge and practical skills required for a career in policing and related professions such as;

• Police Officer
• Police Staff
• Border Force Officer
• Work in the court system or in prisons
• Roles with local authorities or third sector organisations

This programme is designed to be vocationally based in order to develop both practical as well as theoretical skills via a variety of methods in order create a truly employable graduate for these professions.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Each module is worth a specified number of credits, with most modules counting for 40 or 20 academic credits, with each credit taken equating to a total amount of study time which includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.

Most full-time students will take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. A total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits are needed for an honours degree as a whole. Overall grades for the course and degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.

Year One (Level 4) Year Two (Level 5) Year Three (Level 6)

UCAS Tariff
64 points

A level: C D D
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016): MPP

All applicants will be required to have achieved GCSEs in English Language and Maths at grades 9-4 or A-C. Other level two maths and english qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis.

*UCAS Tariff points where shown, are for entry on to higher education programmes starting from September 2020.

International applicants

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.

Additional requirements for International Students:

  • You must provide evidence of having been in general education for at least 10 years and of having studied within the last five years
  • a face-to-face interview is required before an offer is made.

The skills and knowledge you gain on this course will prepare you for work with many criminal justice organisations. You will develop the knowledge and practical skills required for a career in policing and related professions such as;

• Police Officer
• Police Staff
• Border Force Officer
• Work in the court system or in prisons
• Roles with local authorities or third sector organisations

Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.

Teaching and Learning: You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical’s. Seminars enable smaller group discussions to develop understanding of topics covered in lectures. You will use and have access to industry-standard software and facilities throughout your course.

When not attending lectures, seminars and laboratory or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, learning zone or technical learning resources, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations

Assessment: The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

 Feedback: You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

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BA (Hons) Policing Practice (Full-time)
LevelLevel 6
Duration3 Years
UCAS CodeP100
Academic Year2020-2021
Study ModeFull-Time
Start DateSeptember 2020
Fee(s)2019-20: £8,250 per yearLower Tuition Fees
Awarding/Validation BodyUniversity of East Anglia
Year One (Level 4)

Title: Research and Study Skills

Referencing, study skills, social science research theories, digital literacy skills.

Title: Victims of crime and its effects on society

Crime prevention, impact of crimes on victims, support agencies, impact of crimes on communities.

Title: The Role of the Police Service in society and their powers

History of the police service, Police powers, policing by consent, position in the community.

Title: Law (1)

General law and sentences relating to assault, criminal damage, burglary, public order, anti-social behaviour and other ‘low level’ crimes.

Title: Health and Wellbeing in the public sector

Work life balance, nutrition, healthy life style, shift work, stress management, fitness.

Year Two (Level 5)

Title: Controlling and intimidation crimes

Hate, religious, domestic abuse and non-visible group based crimes and their effects.

Title: Human rights and the criminal justice system

Criminal justice system, types of courts, human rights, court files and related documentation.

Title: Law (2)

General law and sentences relating to Sexual offences, fraud, drugs, youth crimes.

Optional Modules

Title: Work based learning

Life in the police family, professional standards and police duties.

Title:  Equality, Diversity and professional standards

Standards of a police officer, importance of equality and diversity, cultural awareness, management training, etc.

Year Three (Level 6)

Title: Law (3)

General Law and sentences relating to road traffic law, firearms offences, murder

Title: Final Major Dissertation

Research methodology and social science research into a field of policing of the students choosing.

Title: Handling investigations and interviews

PEACE interviews, PACE, custody rules and regulations, criminal investigations, multi-agency working.

Plus one optional module from the following:

Title: Organised crime and cyber crimes

Serious and organised crime, gang culture and international criminal networks.

Title: Policing in an international context

How other developed and developing countries polices, International Police Task Force, Interpol, benefits of cross-border policing, drug trafficking, human trafficking

Title: Terrorist and extremist groups

National and international extremist groups, terrorist organisations and their modus operandi



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