BA (Hons)

Policing

Policing pathway students
  • UCAS code(s): L435
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

The exciting new BA (Hons) Policing degree provides you with a strong understanding of policing through a combination of theory and real-world policing practice experience as a Special Constable.

Throughout the course, you'll gain a unique and innovative insight into the world of policing while ensuring you develop your own significant body of knowledge and practice during your studies. The course will also allow you to consider crime and society from wider perspectives and analyse these within a national and international criminological and legal contexts.

Why choose this course?

  • Gain the essential skills, knowledge and values required for the College of Policing’s (CoP) ‘Policing Education Qualification Framework’ (PEQF). This serves as the benchmark for contemporary professional policing and thus determines pre/post join standards for policing.
  • A team of practice-based policing and criminology academics will deepen your understanding of the sector; keeping you up-to-date with contemporary policing issues and debates.
  • Strong links with Nottinghamshire Police.
  • Ideal starting point if you want a career in Policing or law enforcement.

What you'll study

*We are currently reviewing the content of our courses to ensure that they remain relevant and current to our students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course webpage for the latest developments.

This course will provide you with the opportunity to train as Special Constable, undertake specialist modules in a wide range of contemporary policing issues, and build your practical policing experience throughout the degree.

A key feature of this course is practical development; therefore, you’ll undertake Professional Practice modules during each year of study. Each module will focus on developing the requisite skills and qualities necessary to commence a policing role, as stipulated by the College of Policing. You’ll complete a required number of duty hours as a Special Constable under tutorship with a serving Nottinghamshire police tutor.

In your final year of study, you'll have the opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of self-directed work in a relevant emerging issue in local/national/international policing.

Please note that due to operational considerations, the number of available places on the police pathway will be capped each year. Places will be decided on condition of successful short listing by Nottinghamshire Constabulary, passing all legal police checks and completing the CKP.

Modules on this course are delivered by NTU experts alongside active serving police staff.

  • Year One

    Core modules

    Introduction to the Criminal Justice System

    This module aims to provide you with a clear introduction and overview of the UK criminal justice system (CJS), in terms of origins, structure and development, as well as examining the impact of social issues such as gender, age, ethnicity and social class upon and within the system.

    Explaining Criminal Behaviour

    This module provides you with an introduction to a range of theoretical explanations for crime and criminality, adopted by schools of thought from disciplines such as sociology, psychology, and criminology.

    Understanding Crime and Society

    This module provides you with an introduction to a range of socio-economic, neighbourhood and community contextual factors that impact upon the nature and level of crime – and which also shape how crime is responded to both by government organisations and wider society.

    Crime Investigation One

    This module introduces the two broad strands of evidence collection; securing physical evidence from crime scenes and securing evidence from people by interviewing. You'll also gain an understanding of the legislative and operational framework applicable to the interviewing of witnesses/victims.

    Professional Practice One

    During this module you'll begin to develop your portfolio of practical work experiences while under the tutorship of Nottinghamshire Police. You'll also develop a foundation of legal knowledge and IT packages such as 'Niche' and 'NCALT'.

  • Year Two

    Core modules

    Policing

    This module provides you with an appreciation of three key areas of focus: (i) the history and development of the British police; (ii) core functions and powers of police officers; (iii) key issues for/ and impacts on/, British policing.

    Crime Reduction, Community Safety and Risk

    This module provides you with an overview of the evolution of crime reduction, community safety and the notion of ‘risk’, and how such factors have developed into a central tenet of contemporary criminal justice policy.

    Diversity in Crimes of Prejudice

    This module explores the ways in which crime and legislative/policy responses to it are shaped by prejudicial attitudes towards disability, race/ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality and religion.

    Crime Investigation Two

    This module builds upon the police interviewing techniques developed in Crime Investigation One. You'll also explore emerging issues that pose a challenge for investigation, with a focus on public protection and digital policing.

    Professional Practice Two

    Following on from Professional Practice One, this module will further develop your portfolio of policing knowledge and practical experience. During this module you'll complete the 'Certificate of Knowledge in Policing' (CKP).

  • Final year

    Core modules

    Police Specialisms

    This module serves to advance your understanding of specialists areas of policing and also enable you to understand these within the context of working as a Special Constable or Police Constable.

    Professional Practice Three

    The final year of the Professional Practice module will see you deepen your knowledge and skills in policing knowledge and practical experience. You'll also complete the remaining parts of the Initial Policing Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP).

    Applied Research Project

    This module allows you to bring together the various skills developed through the course and apply this to a practical policing issue. You'll have the opportunity to select a police-related topic, and then plan, research and present a substantive independent research project on this issue.

    Optional modules

    You will also get the option to choose one of the following modules:

    International Crime

    This module develops your awareness of the problems associated with: i) transnational crime; ii) crime issues of significance to the international community; iii) the social, political, legal and policy difficulties associated with such crime types.

    Drugs, Crime and Society

    This module provides a detailed understanding of the wider social context of drug use, together with an examination of the effects of drug consumption and addiction on individual users.

    Sexual and Violent Crime

    The module is essentially divided into two parts; the first part explores sexual and violent offending within a theoretical context, while the second part of the module focuses on responses to sexual and violent offending.

    Hi-tech Crime

    This module examines the evolution and dynamics of offending and the implications for wider society of the main forms of crime and deviance taking place on the Internet.

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

To provide you with a first-class learning experience and to guarantee you have an opportunity to make the most of your time at university, you'll receive contact time through a diverse range of delivery methods. Structured teaching will be delivered through a combination of traditional lectures, seminars, workshops and police-delivered training sessions. The smaller group seminars and workshops provide opportunities to develop your problem-solving skills, group working and your analysis, debating and presentation skills. They also give you the chance to get involved in discussions about a wide range of views.

Tutorials with staff

As the relationship between students and tutors is an important one you can expect to have lots of direct contact and support through seminars and one-to-one tutorials. At these sessions, you'll have the opportunity to discuss and gain feedback about your work, ask questions about the projects you're working on and raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your university experience.

Virtual learning environment

You'll use our virtual learning environment, NOW, which is a flexible web-based system that allows you to have 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and other students, and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.

Learning from experts

You'll be taught by enthusiastic, engaged and expert staff. The course team have experience in police training, practice and research, providing you with a unique and innovative insight into the world of policing.

How will I be assessed?

During the course, you'll be assessed in a variety of ways, such as: in class mock exams, draft report plans, role-play or practice scenario simulations, individual / group presentations and individual / group case study or practice-based exercise. In your final year, you'll combine this with a dissertation / independent study project. In response to student feedback the University have introduced a policy ensuring marked work is returned to you electronically within three weeks of submission.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (42%), written exams (33%), practical exams (25%)
  • Year 2 coursework (83%), written exams (0%), practical (17%)
  • Year 3 coursework (83%), written exams (0%), practical (17%)

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (31%), independent study (69%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%), independent study (74%)
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (21.5%), independent study (78.5%)

Careers and employability

Excellent work experience opportunities

If you choose to complete the BA (Hons) Policing course you'll study the Professional Practice modules, during which you'll complete a set number of duty hours as a Special Constable. Special Constables are volunteer officers who have the same powers as a regular officer and undertake a variety of tasks such as serving warrants, vehicle checks, town centre patrols and neighbourhood policing. This will provide you with a taste of what it's like to work in the police force and develop the skills needed to deal with a diverse range of people and situations.

In your second year, you'll also be expected to complete the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing. In your second and third years, you'll be expected to complete the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP), gaining you full independent patrol status. There will also be the opportunity to complete a focused piece of research in your final year.

Your career development

When you graduate, you'll be in the best position to embark on a successful career in the police, prison, probation services or in law enforcement. You'll have developed the essential skills and knowledge to commence a career in policing immediately upon graduation.

You'll have gained a range of knowledge specific and transferable skills including communication, presentation and problem solving skills. You'll be able to use a selection of forms of information technology to gather, analyse and present policing data.

Our Employability Team

We have a dedicated Employability Team located on the City Campus. The team are well placed to give you specialist guidance and practical help that will really make a difference to your prospects once you do graduate.

Entry requirements

For September 2019 entry you will need:

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths or Science grade C / 4.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

You'll also:

  • Undertake an interview, a written exercise, and group exercise.

Applications can only be accepted from nationals of certain countries. Click on International for details.

Interview dates

Will be confirmed for Autumn 2018.

Becoming a Special Constable

You must also complete and pass the National Police Recruitment process, in conjunction with the Nottinghamshire Police. This will include criminal record and police checks as well as fitness/health checks. This will be undertaken at the beginning of the first term. Following this you will be required to attend a police assessment centre and upon successful completion you will be able to register as a special constable.

If you are unsuccessful in the special constable process you may continue your studies on the BA (Hons) Criminology course.

The UCAS Tariff

The UCAS Tariff has changed for 2019 entry. In the new tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don’t worry. We’ve created this calculator to help you work it out.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

For September 2019 entry you will need:

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths or Science grade C / 4.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

You'll also:

  • undertake an interview, a written exercise, and group exercise.

There are restrictions on who can apply to be a Special Constable. Applications can only be accepted if you are a national of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) or, if not, have leave to enter or remain in the UK for an indefinite period free of restrictions.

Countries included in the EEA are:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

Interview dates

Will be confirmed for Autumn 2018.

Becoming a Special Constable

You must also complete and pass the National Police Recruitment process, in conjunction with the Nottinghamshire Police. This will include criminal record and police checks as well as fitness/health checks. This will be undertaken at the beginning of the first term. Following this you will be required to attend a police assessment centre and upon successful completion you will be able to register as a special constable.

If you are unsuccessful in the special constable process you may continue your studies on the BA (Hons) Criminology course.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to NTU for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.


Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

International fees and scholarships

For international and EU fees for all courses, together with advice on how to pay, please visit our international fees information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to our international students holding offers to study here. For details and an application form please visit our international scholarships information.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Still need help?

School of Social Sciences Enquiries
+44 (0)115 848 4460