The exciting new BA (Hons) Policing degree provides you with a strong understanding of policing through a combination of theory and real-world policing practice experience as a Special Constable.
Throughout the course, you'll gain a unique and innovative insight into the world of policing while ensuring you develop your own significant body of knowledge and practice during your studies. The course will also allow you to consider crime and society from wider perspectives and analyse these within a national and international criminological and legal contexts.
Why choose this course?
- Gain the essential skills, knowledge and values required for the College of Policing's (CoP) 'Policing Education Qualification Framework' (PEQF). This serves as the benchmark for contemporary professional policing and thus determines pre/post join standards for policing.
- A team of practice-based policing and criminology academics will deepen your understanding of the sector; keeping you up-to-date with contemporary policing issues and debates.
- Strong links with Nottinghamshire Police.
- Ideal starting point if you want a career in Poling or law enforcement.
How you're taught
To provide you with a first-class learning experience and to guarantee you have an opportunity to make the most of your time at university, you'll receive contact time through a diverse range of delivery methods. Structured teaching will be delivered through a combination of traditional lectures, seminars, workshops and police-delivered training sessions. The smaller group seminars and workshops provide opportunities to develop your problem-solving skills, group working and your analysis, debating and presentation skills. They also give you the chance to get involved in discussions about a wide range of views.
Tutorials with staff
As the relationship between students and tutors is an important one you can expect to have lots of direct contact and support through seminars and one-to-one tutorials. At these sessions, you'll have the opportunity to discuss and gain feedback about your work, ask questions about the projects you're working on and raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your university experience.
Virtual learning environment
You'll use our virtual learning environment, NOW, which is a flexible web-based system that allows you to have 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and other students, and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.
How will I be assessed?
During the course, you'll be assessed in a variety of ways, such as: in class mock exams, draft report plans, role-play or practice scenario simulations, individual / group presentations and individual / group case study or practice-based exercise. In your final year, you'll combine this with a dissertation / independent study project. In response to student feedback the University have introduced a policy ensuring marked work is returned to you electronically within three weeks of submission.Learning from expert staff
You'll be taught by enthusiastic, engaged and expert staff. The course team have experience in police training, practice and research, providing you with a unique and innovative insight into the world of policing.
Careers and employability
Excellent work experience opportunities
If you choose to complete the BA (Hons) Policing course, you'll study the Professional Practice modules. During which you'll complete a set number of duty hours as a Special Constable. Special Constables are volunteer officers who have the same powers as a regular officer and undertake a variety of tasks such as serving warrants, vehicle checks, town centre patrols and neighbourhood policing. Providing you with a taste of what it's like to work in the police force and develop the skills needed to deal with a diverse range of people and situations.
In your second year, you'll also be expected to complete the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing. In your second and third years, you'll be expected to complete the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP), gaining you full independent patrol status. There will also be the opportunity to complete a focused piece of research in your final year.
Your career development
When you graduate, you'll be in the best position to embark on a successful career in the police, prison, probation services or in law enforcement. You'll have developed the essential skills and knowledge to commence a career in policing immediately upon graduation.
You'll have gained a range of knowledge specific and transferable skills including communication, presentation and problem solving skills. You'll be able to use a selection of forms of information technology to gather, analyse and present policing data.
Our Employability Team
We have a dedicated Employability Team located on the City site. The team are well placed to give you specialist guidance and practical help that will really make a difference to your prospects once you do graduate.
As a Social Sciences student you will have easy access to the fantastic facilities in the Chaucer and Taylor buildings including:
- Lecture theatres and teaching classrooms
- Open access PCs and secure wireless points
- Study areas and social spaces
- Chaucer cafe serving drinks and light snacks
- Our brand new School of Social Sciences reception, providing you with easy access to our helpful and friendly support staff.