BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Justice

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Prepare for an exciting and rewarding career in criminal justice by studying for our hands-on Policing and Criminal Justice degree in Chelmsford.

Experience Policing and Criminal Justice at ARU

Policing and Criminal Justice at ARU

An introduction to ARU's Policing and Criminal Justice BSc (Hons) from Emma Brett (Course Leader) and Jen Housego (Head of Digital Kent and Essex Police).

Whether you want to work for the police, prison service, security industry, local government or elsewhere in the criminal justice sector, our course will give you a deep understanding of the issues and policies involved in modern policing and rehabilitation.

You’ll have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in your service of interest on our work-based learning module, giving you an insight into working cultures and practices as well as a head start in your chosen career.

Study in Chelmsford – the home of our Policing Institute for the Eastern Region (PIER) – and take your first step to a rewarding career in the criminal justice sector.

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Hands-on learning

All our BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Justice students have the opportunity to:

  • go on field trips in the UK and overseas
  • take part in enhanced training sessions in our new Crime Scene rooms
  • take part in workshops, research projects and other events with regional police forces and other professionals
  • choose from a range of optional modules and pursue their own areas of interest.

Outstanding student support

Join our student community in Chelmsford and:

  • benefit from award-wining learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources
  • learn from expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.


Our graduates go on to work in the police force, probation, prisons and youth justice, as well as the Border Force, the military, security, charities and NGOs, local government, and the public sector more generally. Others are using their skills in areas such as policy, PR, communication and the media.

If you’re already working in the criminal justice sector, you could follow in the footsteps of former students who have progressed their careers to graduate level.

You could also develop a specialism or start a career in research by taking part in our academic shadowing scheme or Cambridgeshire County Council’s violence prevention analysis programmes.

Or you could choose to continue your studies on one of our Master’s degrees, such as MA Contemporary Policing or MA Criminology. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Whichever path you choose, you can be sure you’re graduating with the knowledge, skills and abilities that employers need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.

Colleen Moore

"We study the impact of crime through as many lenses as we need to try and help us understand a problem or social issue."

Colleen Moore

Principal Lecturer, Criminology

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Foundation year available

This course offers a foundation year – an extra year of study to help you prepare for university, and build your knowledge and skills.

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