BSc (Hons) Applied Policing Studies (In-Service)

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Further your career as a serving police officer by developing your academic knowledge and practical skills to make a full contribution to 21st-century policing. Study part-time while you work.

As a serving police officer, we know you work a demanding job with variable shift patterns. This new degree recognises your prior on-the-job learning, allowing you to develop transferable academic and practical skills in line with new entrants to the force, taking your career to the next level.

Our blended-learning delivery is flexible, helping you to develop your career alongside your day-to-day job.

You'll study part-time by distance learning, supported by regular, optional face-to-face study days in Cambridge, Chelmsford or London Docklands.

This course is based around our existing suite of policing qualifications, but with all-new and adapted modules designed specifically for you as a serving officer. All our policing courses are developed with reference to, and in consultation with, officers from Essex and Cambridgeshire constabularies and the Metropolitan Police.

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Hands-on learning

As a BSc (Hons) Applied Policing Studies student you'll have the opportunity to:

  • take part in workshops, research projects and events with regional police forces and other professionals
  • choose from a range of optional modules and pursue your own areas of interest.

Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • benefit from a Personal Development Tutor from day one, who's there to support you throughout your time at university
  • make full use of facilities including extensive library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.

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As a serving police officer, by completing our BSc (Hons) Applied Policing Studies, you’ll not only benefit from professional progression in the police service, bringing you in line with new entrants to the force, but you’ll also gain a transferable qualification if you later decide to pursue a career in related employment, for example in the criminal justice system.

The design and development of our course has relied on input from policing professionals and employers, ensuring that its successful completion, and the key skills you develop on it, will be recognised as particularly relevant to your professional progression.

It will also give you a qualification that you’ll need to pursue Masters-level study, such as our MA Contemporary Policing, and beyond.

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