Policing

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.

Applicants should be aware that from 2020 onwards graduates who complete this degree and successfully apply to become Police Constables will have to undertake a graduate conversion programme during their initial police officer training. This graduate conversion programme is currently being developed by The College of Policing and we are supporting the College of Policing in this work.

Courses in development

PCDA

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.

DHEP

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.

We are also developing our BSc (Hons) Degree in Professional Policing Practice which is planned for delivery from September 2020. This is a College of Policing licensed pre-join programme and is recognised by the police service nationally as a professional academic degree based upon the national curriculum for the police constable role.