BSc (Hons) Professional Policing

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Prepare for an exciting and rewarding career in the police service by studying for our College of Policing-licensed Professional Policing degree.

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Introducing PIER

Find out how ARU's Policing Institute for the Eastern Region (PIER) works closely with local forces to deliver professional development, knowledge exchange and cutting-edge research.

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Study in Cambridge or Chelmsford and gain the knowledge and skills you need to become a police constable.*

You’ll get hands-on experience in our crime scene rooms and mock court rooms, as well as through practical role-playing, case study scenarios, workshops and study trips.

All our BSc (Hons) Professional Policing students follow the College of Policing’s National Policing Curriculum, learning to think like a police officer and developing problem-solving, communication, negotiation, leadership and research skills. These skills will help you rise up the ranks when you join the force, potentially doubling your salary in just seven years.

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Hands-on learning

All our BSc (Hons) Professional Policing students have the opportunity to:

  • practise their policing skills in our mock court rooms
  • go on field trips in the UK and overseas
  • take part in workshops, research projects and other events with regional police forces and other professionals.

Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • benefit from award-winning 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.

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College of Policing

Our Professional Policing BSc (Hons) is licensed by the College of Policing and covers their National Policing Curriculum, so you can be confident you're developing the most relevant, up-to-date policing skills and knowledge.


Your BSc Professional Policing degree will have a currency of five years from your graduation date for entry as a Police Constable.

Studying our BSc Professional Policing will put you in an excellent position to apply to be a police constable, demonstrating your ability to contribute to the policing profession through being a capable problem solver, communicator, negotiator and leader, as well as being socially and emotionally intelligent in the performance of a professional policing role. The skills and knowledge you gain on this course will also prepare you for work within the wider criminal justice sector, including the prison service, local government or the security industry.

However, successfully completing the degree does not guarantee your entry to any police force: you must also meet the eligibility criteria of the force you intend to apply to and follow their specific recruitment processes. You will need to pass medical and fitness tests, background and security checks, and a series of assessments including National Recruitment processes and Force vetting. If you complete the course and are subsequently employed by a force, you will be subject to a two-year probationary period post-join, as specified in Police Regulations.

While recruitment processes and eligibility criteria are broadly similar for entry as a police constable, each police force in England and Wales sets its own recruitment process and selection policy, and entry requirements can vary from force to force. You are advised to check your eligibility against the information on the website of the force that you are interested in applying to. More detailed eligibility criteria are available on the College of Policing website, and the websites of individual police forces.

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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