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Undergraduate course

Professional Policing BA (Hons)

Interested in joining the police service? We’ll give you the knowledge, skills and behaviours required when applying to become a police officer.

Students with a police officer

From 2020, as a police officer you will be required to hold a professional qualification in policing to be confirmed as a police constable in England and Wales. Our Degree in Professional Policing delivered under licence from the College of Policing, will satisfy the academic requirements of the pre-join programme.

98% of Graduates from the School of Psychological & Social Sciences were in employment or further study within six months. DLHE 2017

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  • UCAS Code – L4L9
  • Duration – 3 years full-time
  • Start date – September 2020, September 2021
  • School – Psychological & Social Sciences

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

The York St John Experience

Course overview

This programme's modules follow the National Policing Curriculum covering the following areas; response policing, information and intelligence, policing communities, policing the roads, conducting investigations, understanding the police constable role, valuing difference and inclusion, maintaining professional standards, evidence-based policing, problem solving, research methods and skills, decision-making and discretion and communication skills.


Students will be encouraged to gain experience through working with vulnerable people across a diverse range of groups in preparation for an application to the police service. You will have the chance to focus your studies on an area of policing you are particularly interested in as part of your final year through the Evidence-based Policing project. The delivery and assessment of the programme will be based around developing skills that are directly related to the role of a police officer.

Our Degree in Professional Policing programme is specifically designed for people wishing to join the police service in England and Wales. Before applying we advise that you check your eligibility to become a police constable. If you are unlikely to meet the required criteria to apply to the Police Service then this course will not be appropriate for you, visit the College of Policing website to find out more about entry requirements. 

Successful completion of the programme does not guarantee a position as a police constable. All persons wishing to join the police service will have to go through the application process, the College of Policing’s national assessment centre and meet any other requirements set by individual police forces. 

Course structure

Level 1


  • The Role of the Police (20 credits)
  • Valuing Difference and Inclusion (20 credits)
  • Study and Employability Skills (20 credits)
  • Criminal Justice (20 credits)
  • Policing Communities & Problem Solving (20 credits)
  • Criminology & Crime Prevention (20 credits)

All modules are compulsory.

Level 2



  • Designing Evidenced-Based Policing Research (20 credits)
  • Response Policing (20 credits)
  • Vulnerability & Risk (20 credits)
  • Policing the roads (20 credits)
  • Intelligence & Information (20 credits)
  • Investigation (20 credits)

All modules are compulsory.

Level 3


  • Evidenced-Based Policing Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Public Protection (20 credits)
  • Decision Making & Discretion (20 credits)
  • Counter Terrorism (20 credits)
  • Digital Policing (20 credits)

All modules are compulsory.

Entry Requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

This course is only open to students who can apply for the police service in England and Wales. This course is not open to international students.

Personal statement

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for the ability to demonstrate commitment to the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, for example, through previous study, wider reading and a personal interest in the field of Policing.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:

  • Completing volunteer work
  • Subscribing/reading relevant journals/magazines
  • Doing further relevant study
  • Discussion of future career plans
  • Evidencing transferrable skills e.g. team work, independence, initiative

Candidates should use the personal statement to talk about what they have learnt from their experiences and how this will support their studies. Tell us why you have chosen to study a Degree in Professional Policing what you want to get from taking this course. Use it to reveal what interests you.


Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK and EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

UK and EU 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 entry onto this course is £9,250 per year for full time UK, EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

For UK, EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students studying part time, the tuition fee for 2020 entry to this course is £4,265 per year.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Find out more about funding for Foundation or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.

International (non-EU) 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 entry onto this course is £12,750 per year for international (non-EU) students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Due to immigration laws, international students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Funding your course

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.


Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.


For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.


View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.


Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

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