Prepare for an exciting and rewarding career in the police service by studying for our College of Policing-licensed Professional Policing degree.
Study in Cambridge or Chelmsford and gain the knowledge and skills you need to become a police constable.*
You'll get hands-on experience in our crime scene rooms and mock court rooms, as well as through practical role-playing, case study scenarios, workshops and study trips.
All our BSc (Hons) Professional Policing students follow the College of Policing's National Policing Curriculum, learning to think like a police officer and developing problem-solving, communication, negotiation, leadership and research skills. These skills will help you rise up the ranks when you join the force, potentially doubling your salary in just seven years.
Policing is growing as a profession. The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and National Police Chiefs Council recently set out a ten-year plan for transforming the police, in order to deal with rapidly changing demands in England and Wales.
As of 2020, taking a pre-join degree will be one of three possible routes into policing as a Police Constable. This route, licensed by the College of Policing, will allow you to follow their curriculum, as well as gaining a wider understanding of law enforcement and the justice sector.
You'll learn how to tackle the latest challenges facing the police force, work with our Policing Institute for the Eastern Region on cutting-edge research projects, and attend guest lectures by serving officers. Our team of expert lecturers will guide and support you throughout the course.
In Essex alone, the number of police officers grew by 5% from March 2017 to March 2018. Our course will help you stand out as a potential police constable, so you can become fully qualified, and gain Independent Patrol Status, soon after you graduate.*
The future of the police will increasingly feature multi-agency collaboration, or 'inter-operability', driven by new forms of technology, evidence-based policing and innovation. Our course will prepare you for these developments, as well as training you to reflect critically and constructively on their implications.
* Successfully completing the BSc Professional Policing does not guarantee entry to any police force and graduates must meet the eligibility criteria of the force they intend to apply to and follow their specific recruitment processes, including a two-year probationary period. Your BSc Professional Policing degree will have a currency of five years from your graduation date for entry as a Police Constable.