A career in policing demands skill, responsibility, leadership, initiative and a genuine desire to make a difference to society.
The BA (Hons) Professional Policing degree programme gives students the opportunity to meet that challenge. This programme is designed to prepare students for the fast-moving world of policing by following a curriculum written and licensed by the College of Policing.
Studying on our BA (Hons) Professional Policing programme allows learners the opportunity to study a wide range of theoretical and legislative subjects and gain the knowledge required for a rewarding career in the police service.
Please note that completion of this degree does not guarantee employment as a police officer or police staff.
Typical Course Structure
- Understanding The Police Constable Role
- Policing Communities
- Research Methods and Academic Skills for Policing
- Police Procedure and Evidence
- Criminal Justice
- Criminology and Crime Prevention
- Criminal Investigation
- Information and Intelligence
- Policing the Roads
- Police Response and Major Incidents
- Police Accountability, Decision-making and Discretion
- Police Problem-solving Models and Theories
- Serious and Organised Crime
- Policing Mental Health, Vulnerability and Risk
- Policing Abuse and Public Protection
- Research Project (Dissertation)
- *Plus one optional specialism module from
- *Domestic Abuse
- *Murder: Dynamics, Pathologies and Investigation
- * Populism, Extremism & Violence.
Students will study on the Lincoln College Campus for the full duration of the course. Full-time, three years.
Whilst the sessions delivered at College will typically fall between Monday and Friday from 9am – 5pm, it is expected that students will complete online study, in addition to the independent study, outside of these times.
Students should also make themselves available to complete work experience hours outside of these times. Many of the opportunities offered through the college will require commitment during evenings and weekends.
View the HE Student Handbook
What Our Students Say
“A lot of what I’ve done on the course has been about looking at crime in depth, the causes of crime and crime prevention, so this all goes hand in hand and I’m able to put into practice what I’m learning on the course.”
Jakob, Special Constiable 2022
How to Apply
This course is approved by the University of Derby. The University is responsible for awarding the qualification at the end of the course. Students on this course are OfS registered, funded and taught at Lincoln College and it is the responsibility of the College to manage all aspects of this provision. The University maintains an oversight of the course throughout the academic year and must be satisfied that students are being taught in line with its required academic standards. As a partner student, you will be granted access to the University’s online learning environment “University of Derby Online (UDo)” where you will be able to access course resources, the University’s library and your grades. For full details and information of the responsibilities and conditions of study of both Lincoln College and our partners please see the Policies section.
A minimum of 120 UCAS Tariff points from:
- GCE A and AS Levels with at least one subject at A Level (up to 16 from AS Levels)
- BTEC National (Diploma or Extended Diploma) in a relevant subject
- Access to HE Diploma
- T Levels
- Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher with at least one subject at Advanced Higher
- GCSE English – Grade C/4 or above
- GCSE Maths – Grade C/4 or above
However, if you do not have these qualifications you will need to commit to undertaking Maths and English at Level 2 whilst enrolled on your course, as this is a basic entry requirement for roles within the Police.
*For mature applicants, some experience may be taken in lieu of A Levels/BTECs
EU and International Applicants
ENIC confirmed equivalent of 120 UCAS points
IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 and a minimum of 5.5 in each component. Equivalent English language qualifications are acceptable for applicants not requiring a Tier 4 student visa
Other Entry Requirements
Applicants will need to undertake a DBS criminal record check to study on this programme. This can be paid for using the Career Degree Bursary. Learn more about the DBS Check.
The assessment methods typically used throughout the programme include:
- Written Essays
- Group presentations
- Group and individual case study work sessions
- Observational Role-plays
- Written knowledge checks
- Written exams
- Group work assignments and presentations
The programme aims for graduates to be equipped with an in-depth understanding of the role of a police officer today, including a thorough grasp of criminal justice systems and the powers and laws used by the police throughout England and Wales. Graduates with a highly regarded and valuable qualification may progress to careers in policing. Please note that completion of this degree does not guarantee employment as a police officer or police staff.
Per Academic Year
- Home and EU Students - £9,250
- International Students - £9,500
Tuition fees will remain unchanged for the duration of a student’s continuous enrolment.
Additional Course Costs
Please see the full ‘HE Terms and Conditions’ for details of additional library and printing costs associated with this programme.
Additional compulsory course costs can be paid for using the Career Degree Bursary. The scheme allows students to access the bursary (up to a maximum value of £500 for full-time or £250 part-time students) for additional optional courses, workshops, professional memberships and resources. There is no cash alternative. Students who wish to access opportunities in excess of the Career Degree Bursary may do so at full cost to themselves.
Start Date:September 2023
UCAS Course Code:P100
UCAS Institution Code:L42