• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe Campus
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2017

Course Overview

This course equips those interested in joining the police service with the critical knowledge needed for a successful career in policing. We are looking for applicants with strong leadership and decision-making qualities and a high regard for public service. When you finish this course and pass Thames Valley Police requirements, you'll be well placed for recruitment.

Gain real policing experience

This programme focuses on placement learning with Thames Valley Police. The placement element will require you to work as a Special Constable for two four-week periods. Following this, you’ll also have to complete 18 hours per month. Your own tutor constable will support you during your initial training and once you become ‘fit for accompanied patrol’ you’ll work alongside a range of officers and carry out a variety of police duties.

Students studying at the High Wycombe Campus are likely to carry out their policing practice in the South Buckinghamshire area. Those studying at the University Campus Aylesbury Vale (UCAV) are most likely to practice in North Buckinghamshire. You may attend classes at different university campuses, depending on the specialist lecture series.

Course Details

Building on our unique relationship with Thames Valley Police, this course has been designed to turn you into responsible, responsive and dedicated graduates ready for a career in one of the most demanding fields of employment.

Excellent facilities

You’ll learn in a safe, modern environment, making use of our Code of Practice Suite, which includes a mock bedsit, custody desk and suspect interview room. Students will also take part in a number of practical scenarios in and around our town campus.

A gateway to the police service

Successful completion of this foundation degree together with your special constable training, will lead you to be considered for employment by Thames Valley Police. You will also have access to the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) course, which is a nationally recognised pre-selection route into policing.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 96-112.

You'll also be required to pass the Thames Valley Police Special Constabulary selection criteria.

For further information please visit Thames Valley Police Jobs - Volunteer Police Officer (Special Constable).

Every application is considered on an individual basis.

Course Modules

Year 2 Modules

  • Mandatory Sessions for Policing at Level 5
  • Operational Policing Two
  • Policing Law and Ethics
  • Policing Processes
  • Social Sciences Theory for Police Practice


How much does it cost

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full Time Home and EU: £7,800 per year

Full Time International: £10,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.

For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow

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What are my career prospects

Opportunities for graduates of this course are specifically routed into policing. The Foundation in Policing may lead you into employment with the Thames Valley Police and, as the course also benefits from access to the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) course, policing jobs outside of the Thames Valley area may also be an option.

Graduates may wish to further their studies and top-up to an honours degree in policing.

How will you help me prepare for my future?

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.