• Application Deadline
  • 36 months


A career in policing demands skill, responsibility, leadership and initiative, together with a genuine desire to make a difference to society. Featuring two distinctive routes – one of which includes experience as a Special Constable – the Professional Policing (Hons) BA at University of Derby equips you to meet that challenge. 

Taking an innovative and flexible approach, the BA (Hons) Professional Policing provides the ideal preparation for one of the most challenging professions of all.

It offers two distinctive routes: one with Special Constable training and one without. Whichever pathway you choose, you will graduate with the same highly regarded and valuable qualification which will stand you in good stead for a policing career.

Throughout your studies, you will be encouraged to explore policing issues critically. You will address themes such as ethics and policing, equality and diversity, and legitimacy and discretion. You will also consider the broader implications of police action – or lack of police action – for a wide range of communities and individuals.


Because it is designed in close partnership with constabularies, this course is aimed mainly at ambitious individuals who want to pursue a career in policing. It paves the way for you to join a hugely rewarding profession which brings new challenges every day, demanding high levels of responsibility, dedication and integrity.

Although the BA (Hons) Professional Policing qualification will not guarantee you a position within the police service, it will set you apart as an attractive candidate to secure a role.

The skills you develop on the course could also prove invaluable for a career within the broader criminal justice system. You could, for instance, consider roles in areas such as civilian investigation, crime reduction partnerships, probation, security and loss prevention.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Policing
  • Policing and Legislation
  • Study Skills and Criminological Research
  • Policing and Communities
  • Information and Intelligence
  • The Investigation of Crime and Criminal Activity
  • Introduction to Policing
  • Policing and Legislation
  • Study Skills and Criminological Research
  • Policing and Communities
  • Crime, Justice and Society
  • The Investigation of Crime and Criminal Activity
  • Response Policing
  • Evidence-Based Policing
  • Social Research Methods
  • Investigation Theory and Practice
  • Real World Criminology

                                                  English Language Requirements

                                                  You need the following IELTS score:

                                                  • Minimum required score:


                                                    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                                                  Academic Requirements

                                                  Typical entry requirements:

                                                  • UCAS points - 120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
                                                  • Specific requirements at GCSE - GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification

                                                  Alternative entry qualifications:

                                                  • BTEC - DDM
                                                  • Access to HE Diploma - 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6

                                                  Tuition Fee

                                                  • International

                                                    13250 GBP/year
                                                    Tuition Fee
                                                    Based on the original amount of 13250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
                                                  • EU/EEA

                                                    9250 GBP/year
                                                    Tuition Fee
                                                    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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                                                  • We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to students from outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).
                                                  • We award scholarships based on your application to study; there is no separate form to complete. All applications from eligible students will be considered for a scholarship by our international admissions team. We will notify you of your scholarship when we make you an offer, and apply your discount to your remaining fees.
                                                  • You must be applying for a full-time degree and applications for postgraduate research, online studies, foundation and pre-sessional language programmes are not eligible for a discount or scholarship.

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