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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 13450 per year

All study options

About Policing at Nottingham Trent University

The exciting new BA (Hons) Policing degree provides you with a strong understanding of policing through a combination of theory and real-world policing practice experience as a Special Constable.

Throughout the course, you'll gain a unique and innovative insight into the world of policing while ensuring you develop your own significant body of knowledge and practice during your studies. The course will also allow you to consider crime and society from wider perspectives and analyse these within a national and international criminological and legal contexts.

Why choose this course?

  • Gain the essential skills, knowledge and values required for the College of Policing's (CoP) 'Policing Education Qualification Framework' (PEQF). This serves as the benchmark for contemporary professional policing and thus determines pre/post join standards for policing.
  • A team of practice-based policing and criminology academics will deepen your understanding of the sector; keeping you up-to-date with contemporary policing issues and debates.
  • Strong links with Nottinghamshire Police.
  • Ideal starting point if you want a career in Poling or law enforcement.

How you're taught

To provide you with a first-class learning experience and to guarantee you have an opportunity to make the most of your time at university, you'll receive contact time through a diverse range of delivery methods. Structured teaching will be delivered through a combination of traditional lectures, seminars, workshops and police-delivered training sessions. The smaller group seminars and workshops provide opportunities to develop your problem-solving skills, group working and your analysis, debating and presentation skills. They also give you the chance to get involved in discussions about a wide range of views.

Tutorials with staff

As the relationship between students and tutors is an important one you can expect to have lots of direct contact and support through seminars and one-to-one tutorials. At these sessions, you'll have the opportunity to discuss and gain feedback about your work, ask questions about the projects you're working on and raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your university experience.

Virtual learning environment

You'll use our virtual learning environment, NOW, which is a flexible web-based system that allows you to have 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and other students, and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.

How will I be assessed?

During the course, you'll be assessed in a variety of ways, such as: in class mock exams, draft report plans, role-play or practice scenario simulations, individual / group presentations and individual / group case study or practice-based exercise. In your final year, you'll combine this with a dissertation / independent study project. In response to student feedback the University have introduced a policy ensuring marked work is returned to you electronically within three weeks of submission.
Learning from expert staffYou'll be taught by enthusiastic, engaged and expert staff. The course team have experience in police training, practice and research, providing you with a unique and innovative insight into the world of policing.

Careers and employability

Excellent work experience opportunities

If you choose to complete the BA (Hons) Policing course, you'll study the Professional Practice modules. During which you'll complete a set number of duty hours as a Special Constable. Special Constables are volunteer officers who have the same powers as a regular officer and undertake a variety of tasks such as serving warrants, vehicle checks, town centre patrols and neighbourhood policing. Providing you with a taste of what it's like to work in the police force and develop the skills needed to deal with a diverse range of people and situations.

In your second year, you'll also be expected to complete the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing. In your second and third years, you'll be expected to complete the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP), gaining you full independent patrol status. There will also be the opportunity to complete a focused piece of research in your final year.

Your career development

When you graduate, you'll be in the best position to embark on a successful career in the police, prison, probation services or in law enforcement. You'll have developed the essential skills and knowledge to commence a career in policing immediately upon graduation.

You'll have gained a range of knowledge specific and transferable skills including communication, presentation and problem solving skills. You'll be able to use a selection of forms of information technology to gather, analyse and present policing data.

Our Employability Team

We have a dedicated Employability Team located on the City site. The team are well placed to give you specialist guidance and practical help that will really make a difference to your prospects once you do graduate.


As a Social Sciences student you will have easy access to the fantastic facilities in the Chaucer and Taylor buildings including:

  • Lecture theatres and teaching classrooms
  • Open access PCs and secure wireless points
  • Study areas and social spaces
  • Chaucer cafe serving drinks and light snacks
  • Our brand new School of Social Sciences reception, providing you with easy access to our helpful and friendly support staff.

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

The tuition fee for UK home students joining NTU in 2018/19 on a full-time undergraduate/foundation degree programme, will be £9,250.

The fee for those who have a year-long placement as part of a sandwich course, or spend a year studying or working abroad will be published here once confirmed.

The University reviews its tuition fees each year. The fees for Home (UK / EU) undergraduate students for 2018-19 are £9250. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances the current expectation is that the University’s current fee of £9250 per annum may increase for subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.

Entry requirements

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

For September 2018 entry you will need:

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

You'll also need:

There are restrictions on who can apply to be a Special Constable. Applications can only be accepted if you are a national of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) or, if not, have leave to enter or remain in the UK for an indefinite period free of restrictions.

Countries included in the EEA are:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

Interview dates

Interview dates may be subject to change and will be confirmed to successful applicants when they are invited to interview.

Becoming a Special Constable

You must also complete and pass the National Police Recruitment process, in conjunction with the Nottinghamshire Police. This will include criminal record and police checks as well as fitness/health checks. This will be undertaken at the beginning of the first term. Following this you will be required to attend a police assessment centre and upon successful completion you will be able to register as a special constable.

If you are unsuccessful in the special constable process you may continue your studies on the BA (Hons) Criminology course.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you're already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

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