Policing BSc, 3 years

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Course information

Typical offer ABB

UK/EU fee £9,250

UCAS code N225

Institute code L34

Taught by School of Criminology

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On this course you will gain critical insight into policing, and policing practice, through research-inspired teaching, practical experience and placement opportunities.

Course description

Course description

Policing occurs in a highly complex, contested and changeable world. The role of the police in responding to crime and disorder has fundamental consequences for individuals, communities and populations. Yet much of the activity of the police is hidden from public view. Through research-led teaching, you will uncover the realities of police work, explore the tensions and complexities of policing, and challenge conventional assumptions of the role of the police.

We have strong links with local constabularies and our BSc Policing includes opportunities in each year for practical experience and insight into policing. You will experience our Policing Insight days and field trips, learn in our crime scene room and interview room, and enjoy lectures from leading police professionals, alongside mentoring and placement opportunities.

The BSc Policing is delivered within the School of Criminology, ensuring that you benefit from a broad and interdisciplinary degree delivered by leading experts in criminology and specialists in policing. Research conducted by the School of Criminology has real impact in wider society, and it influences policy and practice on matters relating to policing, crime and victimisation. Our research expertise feeds directly into our teaching programme, providing engaging and innovative content, as well as keeping you up to date with current debates on policing.

This course is designed to enable a smooth transition to higher education, providing you with full study skills support and a comprehensive research methods programme which will enable you to complete a research project of your own in your final year. The degree offers flexibility and choice with a range of option modules for you to choose from. The curriculum includes a three-year careers and employability programme, giving you the opportunity to develop the skills you'll need for graduate jobs.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB. All subjects accepted. Two AS-levels may be considered in place of one A-level.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B.
  • GCSE: English at grade C (4).
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points overall.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma at DDM.

Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year – Society and Culture run by the Global Study Centre. The GSC provides academic support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the School.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2021

The University of Leicester has made the decision to keep fees for EU students at the same level as UK student fees for this year, despite this no longer being a UK Government requirement.

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2021

Tuition fees for 2021/22 are yet to be confirmed. As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2020/21 were:

  • £17,450 per year

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

We aim to provide you with a range of transferable skills that will give you a head-start in today’s competitive job market. Your capacity for imaginative, rigorous and critical thinking will be developed throughout the degree. Subject specific skills, such as knowledge of the social processes of crime and the criminal justice system, will be complemented by the type of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers in the graduate job market, including:

  • the ability to present and develop a cohesive argument
  • IT skills
  • research and problem-solving skills
  • written and oral communication skills
  • working as part of a team

The Careers Development Service and Criminology work together to ensure you improve your employability, as well as recognising the skills you have acquired throughout your degree. All students have the opportunity to participate in the Criminal Justice Insights, which will enable you to gain volunteering experience, enhance your CV and develop transferable skills. There is an optional placement module in the third year which gives you a further range of transferable skills and practical experiences.

Graduate destinations

Graduates from our Criminology and Policing degrees have gone on to work for a wide range of employers including:

  • Metropolitan Police
  • Prison Service
  • London Probation
  • Leicestershire Police
  • Serjants' Inn-Chambers

The experience Nikola gained has encouraged her to delve into a career as a senior policy officer.

Career Development Service

Get career-ready at Leicester with guidance from our award-winning Career Development Service. We're here to give you a lifetime offer of support, even after graduation. Our team of specialist careers advisers and mentors will help you every step of the way. From supporting you with CVs and interviews, to volunteering opportunities and placements, we're here to help you reach your professional goals.

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Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

We are committed to providing skills and knowledge to help prepare you tackle global challenges. We have mapped our undergraduate degrees for learning which aligns to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

This degree includes learning which relates to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Find out more about the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

In Year 1 you will learn about the foundations of policing and criminology. This will equip you with the knowledge and understanding required to progress to years two and three. You will learn about common perceptions of policing, crime prevention and the history of policing; you will also learn about the key explanations of criminal behaviour, and the central pillars of the criminal justice system; finally, you will learn about the key issues relating to victimisation, and the experiences of victims of crime.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

In Year 2 you will develop your skills as an independent researcher through our core teaching on research methods. You will also critically explore the key contemporary issues and debates relevant to policing and you will analyse the role of the police in responding effectively to contemporary demand. You will learn about the key challenges facing police leaders and the complexities of police culture, and how these relate to the ways in which the police respond to contemporary issues. In year two you will also be able to tailor your degree by choosing an option module.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 3

Year 3

In Year 3 you will gain an advanced understanding of policing and policing-related issues, as well as having the opportunity to undertake a policing research project. You will learn about policing in a global context, exploring key debates in policing in an international and trans-national environment. You will learn about the complexities of how policing is performed in practice. You will also learn about evidence-based policing and how the police work with other criminal justice agencies. You will be able to tailor the final year of your degree by choosing option modules that suit your interests and/or career preferences.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

Plus your Policing Dissertation

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester

You won't just be sitting in lecture theatres and seminar rooms. Our brand new Crime Scene Room and Police Interview Room bring a practical aspect to the course.

Our award-winning Centre for Hate Studies is the leading research body into hate crime and conducted the largest ever study of hate crime victimisation.

The Scarman Series of criminology lectures is a chance to hear from major names in law, policing and politics. Previous speakers have included Keir Starmer and Shami Chakrabarti.

You will definitely want to join the Students' Union's Criminology Society. There's a great mix of academic support and social events, including joint events with the Sociology Society.

Criminology at Leicester

Guest lectures by experienced professionals gave Beth an insight into career opportunities.

Teaching and learning

The modules you take are taught using a combination of lectures and workshops, as well as more contemporary virtual learning environments. Lectures provide you with the foundational knowledge needed to study the subject area, while the workshops give you the opportunity to discuss key ideas with your peers and your workshop leader. The virtual learning environments, which include podcasts, webinars, online discussion forums and audio/visual learning aids, give you the opportunity to explore the subject area at your own pace and offer an alternative approach to learning and teaching. Your learning experience is enhanced by the combination of these teaching methods and this ensures that you have the opportunity to study in a variety of ways. In addition to this you will be given a personal tutor who can provide one-to-one support on a range of academic and personal issues, and all the teaching staff in the School have regular ‘drop in’ sessions where you are able to discuss any problems you may have.


Our assessment strategy allows you to develop a range of academic and transferable skills throughout your degree. You will be assessed through exams, essays, reports and presentations. You will also have the opportunity to produce factsheets, blogs, briefing papers and a range of other creative forms of assessment. In your third year you will also produce a dissertation focusing on an area of policing that particularly interests you. The dissertation is the culmination of your academic studies and it allows you to demonstrate all of the skills and knowledge you have acquired throughout your studies. It is also a fantastic opportunity to study a particular topic area in depth and to conduct your own research. You will also receive dedicated one-to-one dissertation supervision from one of the academics in the School.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an award-winning teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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