Degree in Professional Policing BA (Hons)

This degree is licensed by the College of Policing. This degree allows successful candidates to apply to the Police Service in England and Wales in the role of Police Constable post 2020. This course will prepare you to become a professional practitioner in the policing and investigations sector.  

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The course provides you with a broad understanding of policing while examining the causes, legal framework and responses to crime. We are licenced by the College of Policing to offer the pre-join Degree in Professional Policing.

Designed to help prepare you for work in the public or private policing sector this course is taught by former police staff who know the requirements of the role well. Teaching is centred on the National Policing Curriculum to make sure it is relevant to developments in the sector.

Key features

  • DMU has a number of years of experience in teaching police officers and police staff who go on to enter the service.
  • Students are encouraged to volunteer as a Special Police Constable to develop their practice-based understanding of taught material and preparing them for a range of employment opportunities within the police service. (This is subject to meeting the requirements of Leicestershire Police and those set out by the Home Office).
  • Gain international experience related to your studies through our DMU Global programme. Policing students have investigated state crime at the Auschwitz concentration camp and the multi-agency critical incidents perspectives of policing in New York.
  • This programme caters for a range of career aspirations within the Police Service and investigatory sector.
  • Join the Society of Evidenced Based Policing and engage with the East Midlands Police and Academic Consortium to provide you an insight and context to real life policing
  • Take part in the inter-professional Education events during the degree programme; providing you with the opportunity to collaborate with other practitioners on a range of applied degree programmes at DMU (including mental health nurses for example) to enhance your employability
  • Join DMU’s student Policing and Criminology Societies enhancing your university experience through intellectually stimulating seminars and social events

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study.

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Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: 5N23

Duration: Three years full-time. 360 credits are required to complete the course

Start date: September 2021

Location: De Montfort University, Leicester UK

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Our dedicated DMU Global High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a DMU Global opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

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Key facts for international students

This programme is not currently available to international students

Entry criteria


  • Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English Language or English Literature

Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • A minimum of at least 104 points from two A levels


  • BTEC National Diploma - Distinction/Merit/Merit
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - Distinction/Merit/Merit

International Baccalaureate

  • 24+ points

Access Course 

  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE with at least 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. English GCSE required as separate qualification. Equivalency not accepted within the Access qualification. 

Interview required: No

Work experience required: No

  • Applications from mature students for this programme are welcome and candidates with relevant work experience and other qualifications, which do not necessarily amount to the minimum entry requirements for the programme will be considered on a case by case basis. Requirements for these students would include an interview and the consideration of the candidate’s CVs by the programme leader. Alongside this, the student would also be required to submit a piece of work to indicate the their abilities to write and engage at an appropriate level. A diagnostic test would be given with regards to Level 2 Functional Skills.
  • Candidates need to understand that successful completion of the `Degree in Profession of Policing` BA (Hons) programme does not guarantee entry to any Police Service in England and Wales
  • Regarding the currency of this degree qualification: It is important to be aware that where students are awarded the `Degree in Professional Policing` BA (Hons) under this programme: the degree qualification will only remain current, for the purposes of it being a relevant Policing Degree in order for eligibility to apply and enter the police service, for a maximum of no longer than 5 years from the award date. This is a stipulation required by the College of Policing.


UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2019 will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

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First Year

  • Profession of Policing
  • Problem based Policing
  • Legislation and Policy
  • Research and Study Skills

Second Year

  • Research and Practice
  • Critical Incident Management & Leadership (I)
  • Leadership and Management of Contemporary Issues in Policing (I)
  • Elective Modules -
    • Religion, Faith and Crime
    • Mental Health and Crime
    • Families, Crime and Justice
    • Restorative Justice and Rehabilitation
    • Drugs and Substance Misuse
    • Crime, Deviance and Subcultures
    • Domestic Abuse
    • Media and Crime

Third Year

  • Multi-Agency
  • Critical Incident Management & Leadership (II)
  • Leadership and Management of Contemporary Issues in Policing (II)
  • Dissertation


A variety of teaching methods, include:

  • Lectures
  • Case studies
  • Seminars
  • Desk-top exercises
  • Workshops
  • E-learning
  • Specialist guest lectures from practitioners
  • Visits to practitioners in action

Assessment methods include:

  • Essays
  • Examinations
  • Phase Tests
  • Presentations
  • Posters
  • Case-study critiques
  • Desk-top, simulated exercises
  • Policy books
  • Research Proposal
  • Dissertation

All of which will be developed as you progress through the course.

Your precise timetable will depend on your modules; however, typical teaching time is approximately 15 hours each week. In addition, you will also be expected to achieve approximately 20 hours of self-directed study.

Teaching contact hours

Contact hours in a typical week will depend to some extent on the optional modules you choose to study. However, typically you will have up to 15 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Medium group teaching: approx. 1 hour of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week

Large group teaching: approx. 14 hours of lectures each week

Personal study: approx. 20 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities, etc.

In addition, you will attend in the region of 8 hours of inter-professional education (IPE) each academic year.


Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences facilities

Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

The programme is practice-related and students will experience desk top exercises and visits to the crime scene house to enhance their real-world learning.

The DMU library is well-stocked with a range of books, journals, e-journals, videos and DVDs and is available for independent and group study.


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.

During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.

We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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During your studies you will have the opportunity to apply for placements which will enhance your employability.

Students have the opportunity of an international experience via DMUglobal (subject to availability)

These learning experiences will enhance your real-world insight and understanding informing your dissertation in your final year.

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Graduate Careers

Graduates from the Policing Studies programme will be ideally equipped to apply for vacancies in the police service across the country.

Other opportunities also include roles in the private policing environment.

Opportunities also exist within a number of other agencies and related fields including;

  • Youth justice
  • Community safety and crime prevention
  • Domestic violence and victim support
  • Prisons and probation
  • Drug and alcohol services

Graduates can also choose to continue their professional development by enrolling on one of our postgraduate courses.



International experiences can help you differentiate yourself in an increasingly competitive graduate jobs market. We offer fantastic opportunities throughout Europe and further afield which will help you gain invaluable educational, work-related and cultural experiences through our #DMUglobal and Erasmus schemes.

Recent global experiences have included summer schools in Turkey, Japan and South Korea, giving students the opportunity to learn alongside students from around the world, study unique modules and explore the cities of Istanbul, Fukuoka and Seoul.


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