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Policing Studies, Pre-Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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The FDA Policing Studies at Liverpool John Moores University is an option to progress from the Foundation Degree to a full BA.

The Foundation Policing Studies programme takes students on a critical exploration of contemporary policing issues as they develop skills and prepare for their professional practice.

Police forces are powerful institutions that routinely engage with diverse communities and social groups. It is this very public aspect of policing that provides the ongoing context for study and makes for heated and lively debate. The course moves beyond taken for granted definitions and ideas, and critically evaluates claims to knowledge.

Career prospects

Choosing to progress onto Level 6 to complete the full BA (Hons) Policing Studies degree will further widen your career options. Alternatively you may consider pursuing a postgraduate degree in Criminal Justice or Law, or a career that is not directly concerned with policing e.g. roles within the armed services, prison service, social work or criminal justice-related roles within the Civil Service.

Successful completion of the Foundation Degree does not in itself provide any guarantee of recruitment as a trainee Police Constable. Each police force within England and Wales sets out its own recruitment process and selection policy and entry requirements vary from force to force. You are therefore strongly advised to check the specific requirements of your chosen force prior to undertaking study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Exploring Policing Studies - Skills for Success
  • Introduction to Policing
  • Practice, Procedure and the Criminal Law 
  • Technology and Policing
  • Introducing Criminology for Policing
  • Responding to Incidents   
  • Policing Communities
  • Professional Skills for Policing
  • Investigation Skills
  • Community Engagement Project

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.

General Requirements

Entry requirements

  • Applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or 
  • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths 
  • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading 
  • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
  • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English 
  • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English Prior to starting the programme
  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications

Tuition Fee

  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Liverpool

  • 556 - 1040 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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