Our policing courses

Our BSc (Hons) Police Studies with Criminal Investigation programme is aimed at those who are considering a career as either a Police Officer, or Police Staff or a career in the broader Criminal Justice and Security environment. This degree will help you to take an informed decision about your future career destination and takes a broader examination of policing and related activities rather than a specific focus on preparing you for a career as a Police Officer.  This course can also be studied with a Foundation Year.

Our teaching staff include professionally qualified former police officers and police staff who have extensive experience of operational, strategic, and support roles within policing, and multi-agency working with the wider criminal justice system.  We have been working with the College of Policing to develop our courses in line with the changing policing landscape, and continue to do so.

Courses in development


We are currently working with Thames Valley Police to deliver the new Police Degree Apprenticeship programme (PCDA) and the new Degree-holder Entry Programme. The Degree Apprenticeship is available for new entrants into Thames Valley Police as constables, who do not have a degree. Not only does the PCDA pathway provide unrivalled training and job security, you will earn whilst you learn, with no student fees to repay. You will undertake training in areas critical to effective 21st century policing, such as evidence-based policing, decision-making and discretion, risk and public protection and criminality and crime prevention.


If you already hold a degree, you will be eligible to follow the Degree-holder Entry programme (DHEP).  The DHEP is a two-year-work based programme, supported by off-the-job learning and on successful completion of your probation, you will achieve a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice.

Details of these programmes and how to apply to join Thames Valley Police can be found on the Thames Valley Police careers website.

Further information on the new entry routes into a career in Policing can be found on the College of Policing website.