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BA (Hons) Policing

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Course summary

This degree offers an in-depth study of policing for those seeking a career in the policing or investigation sector. It aims to develop awareness of policing demands in the 21st century, current investigative issues and new crime types such as cyber crime and human trafficking. 

The course is ideal for those seeking to improve their research skills and analytical capabilities. The modules will focus on analysing how police investigate and the governance and accountability arrangements that they operate within.

You will examine the policing response to organised crime, murder, rape and cyber crime. You will also gain an understanding of the legal constraints that the modern investigator operates within. Students will learn about the history of investigations and study how serious cases are solved. The module will discuss the police’s role within the wider criminal justice system.

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of research is internationally recognised

Our Criminology department's research was rated as 99%  internationally recognised in 2014's Research Excellence Framework.

Study 21st century policing

We work closely with law enforcement agencies, including the Metropolitan Police, to ensure our courses address current issues in crime. Our academics are experts in areas including gang crime, cybercrime and counterterorrism.

Learn from the best

You’ll be taught by world-renowned experts in criminology who are regularly called upon by governments and the media to provide skilled analysis, comment and advice.

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What you'll study and when

Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice (core)

Contemporary Issues of Youth Justice and Criminology (core)

The Legal System and Legal Reasoning (core)

General Policing (core)

Research Methods in Criminology (core)

Applied Criminology & Professional Practice (core)

Crime Investigation (core)

Organised Crime & Cyber Crime (core)

Project (core)

Global Illicit Drug Trafficking (optional)

Mentally-disordered Defendants & Suspects (optional)

Preventing and Correcting Offending Behaviour (optional)

Prison Studies (optional)

Terrorism Studies (optional)

Psychological Criminology (optional)

Race, Ethnicity, Crime and Justice (optional)

Youth Crime and Sub-culture (optional)

Work-based learning (optional)

Football Hooliganism (optional)

How you'll be assessed

The assessment methods for this course are still being confirmed. 

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Entry requirements


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A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
Extended Diploma (QCF) or Diploma (QCF)
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and maths (See below for accepted equivalences)


(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.


Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider the UEL Introduction to Law and Criminology short course 

Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

Your future career

You will benefit from enhanced employer engagement with police forces and policing agencies across the UK. Our University aims to develop research areas that would appeal to national and international students as British policing is still seen as the gold standard for the rest of the world. 

Your degree will teach you about data collection and analysis, communication skills, report writing, IT skills and interpersonal awareness. We know that finding a job or a postgraduate programme is a competitive business and our aim is to give you the best possible start.

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Our international team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London.

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