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Overview

We offer a specific pre-join degree into policing through the Centre of Professional Policing (CoPP).

* The University of East London is licensed by the College of Policing to offer this Pre-join Degree in Professional Policing.

The BSc (Hons) Professional Policing degree is a 3-year full-degree (with a part-time option) being offered at UEL and is designed to meet the role and challenges for policing. It is for those wishing to join the police* or enter into a similar career.

*NOTE: This degree does not guarantee entry into the police service. Students will need to apply to the respective police service/force and meet the selection criteria and requirements for entry. (This degree has a currency of 5-years after completion for this purpose.)

This degree recognises that, at an entry level into policing, amongst other tasks, the police constable is required to:

  • Protect life and property
  • Deter crime
  • Provide a reassuring presence to diverse communities
  • Support victims, witnesses and other vulnerable persons
  • Conduct initial investigations
  • Interview suspects


The curriculum is as prescribed by the College of Policing and features learning and development across a comprehensive range of professional policing situations. This includes: evidence-based policing; decision making and discretion; criminology and crime prevention; pro-active approaches to vulnerability, risk and public protection. It is professionally transformative, in that there is comprehensive, modern and up-to-date coverage of areas of knowledge, skills and professional approaches that have been identified as critical to the 21st century policing role of the constable. This includes cybercrime and digital policing.

Optional modules relate to Organised Crime and Contemporary Challenges; and Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring.

As policing requires a distinctive combination of applied skills and knowledge, this programme will help to develop critical thinking skills, communications and interpersonal skills, all required abilities related to policing. This includes legislation and police powers (policy and practice) structured interviewing and investigative skills, plus much more. Modules are constructed to provide 'knowledge, theory and know-how' relevant to operational policing. This includes practical, hands-on experience, with a key factor of this degree providing for 'practice and application' of skills in simulated, safe environments.

This degree will combine all of these elements together while allowing 'you' the opportunity to take part in community placements which could be within one of a variety of areas relevant to the field of policing. (This includes as a member of the Special Constabulary.) Community involvement and work placements are therefore another significant and innovative approach of this degree.

Note: whilst this degree teaches knowledge, theory and skills associated with the police constable role, these would also be applicable and transferable to other investigatory and enforcement positions.
This degree is therefore of relevance to anyone wishing to enter aligned work fields with many transferable skills, for example: this includes but not limited to:

  • The National Crime Agency
  • The intelligence sector
  • The security sector
  • Cybercrime, fraud, loss reduction and risk sector
  • Border Force
  • Investigatory positions - and Ombudsmen's roles
  • The Civil Service
  • Central/Local Government (Ministries)
  • Armed Services
  • NGOs
  • Probation Service
  • Prison Service
  • Victim support agencies
  • Working with young offenders
  • Community and charity sectors

Please contact Brian Walker (Course Lead) for further information and opportunities relating to our exciting and innovative suite of qualifications that are available - at bwalker2@uel.ac.uk.

What makes this course different

Lecture hall

Learn from the best

You'll be taught by practitioners and world-renowned experts and advisers in policing and adjoining subject areas who are regularly called upon to provide opinion, skilled analysis, comment and advice to government, the media and other bodies.

Team meeting

99% Internationally recognised research

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

Students paying attention

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 counter-terrorism.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

The curriculum is as prescribed by the College of Policing and features learning and development across a comprehensive range of professional policing situations.

This includes:

  • evidence-based policing
  • decision making and discretion
  • criminology and crime prevention
  • pro-active approaches to vulnerability
  • risk and public protection.

It is professionally transformative, in that there is comprehensive, modern and up-to-date coverage of areas of knowledge, skills and professional approaches that have been identified as critical to the 21st century policing role of the constable. This includes cybercrime and digital policing.

Optional modules relate to Organised Crime and Contemporary Challenges; and Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring.

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MODULES

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

As policing requires a distinctive combination of applied skills and knowledge, this programme will help to develop critical thinking skills, communications and interpersonal skills, all required abilities related to policing. This includes legislation and police powers (policy and practice) structured interviewing and investigative skills, plus much more. Modules are constructed to provide 'knowledge, theory and know-how' relevant to operational policing. This includes practical, hands-on experience, with a key factor of this degree providing for 'practice and application' of skills in simulated, safe environments.

This degree will combine all of these elements together while allowing 'you' the opportunity to take part in community placements which could be within one of a variety of areas relevant to the field of policing. (This includes as a member of the Special Constabulary.) Community involvement and work placements are therefore another significant and innovative approach of this degree.

Note: whilst this degree teaches knowledge, theory and skills associated with the police constable role, these would also be applicable and transferable to other investigatory and enforcement positions.

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

We'll assess you with a mixture of coursework. Coursework includes essays, reflective reports and group and seminar presentations. You'll be given plenty of feedback to help you improve.

You will also have the chance to complete a work-based/community learning module. In your final year, you'll complete a project based on your own independent research.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

University Square Stratford

University Square Stratford, University Square Stratford

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

YOUR FUTURE CAREER

This degree is of relevance to anyone wishing to enter aligned work fields with many transferable skills, for example: this includes but not limited to:

  • The National Crime Agency
  • The intelligence sector
  • The security sector
  • Cybercrime, fraud, loss reduction and risk sector
  • Border Force
  • Investigatory positions - and Ombudsmen's roles
  • The Civil Service
  • Central/Local Government (Ministries)
  • Armed Services
  • NGOs
  • Probation Service
  • Prison Service
  • Victim support agencies
  • Working with young offenders
  • Community and charity sectors

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.