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2017 entry

BA (Hons) Policing Studies (Distance Learning)

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Part-time tuition fee: £1800 per annum

*Subject to yearly increases

Course type

BA (Hons)

UCAS info

Points required: N/A

UCAS code:

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Two years part time (Distance Learning)

About your course

The BA (Hons) Policing Studies Distance Learning degree at Liverpool John Moores University will take you on a critical exploration of policing, encouraging you to reflect on the contemporary challenges within policing and investigation.

  • Flexible start dates are available
  • Taught entirely online, the course will allow you to study flexibly for a level 6 qualification
  • Allows existing Foundation degree students to progress to a BA (Hons) Policing Studies in two years
  • Innovative and thought-provoking modules both reflect and challenge current policing practices and debates
  • Be part of the new Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies, the UK's first research centre devoted to supporting the needs of 21st century policing

See the full range of Policing courses available at LJMU

I have developed a firm understanding of academic theories and have been able to apply these greatly to my role as a Special Constable. 

Ben Griffin, current level 6 Policing Studies student

“The course has been extremely interesting, giving me an insight into the policing world while developing my understanding that the term policing can be incorporated in to many different career aspects. I have developed a firm understanding of academic theories and have been able to apply these greatly to my role as a Special Constable. The course incorporates a great mix of academia, practical teaching and an overall student experience which I have felt that I have grown a lot as a person in confidence and knowledge.

Ben Griffin, current level 6 Policing Studies student

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience

​Work-related learning is incorporated into every level of this programme so that once you graduate you will be equipped with a range of transferable skills and knowledge in analysis and interpretation, presentation, teamwork, initiative and research.

You will be strongly encouraged to become a Special Police Constable, a police volunteer or to volunteer within the criminal justice field throughout your studies so that you can gain practical insight into operational practices, build professional relationships and enhance your employability skills for police and related criminal justice professions after graduation.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support

​It is often useful to discuss course-related issues on a one-to-one basis and for this reason we will assign you a personal tutor for the duration of your studies at LJMU. Your tutor will also help you put together your personal development plan so that you can monitor progress and set your own targets.

Module tutors also provide support in the form of online learning materials, course guides and one-to-one consultations if you need them, and there will be study skills sessions to help you prepare for assessments.

Course details

Policing Studies taught by distance learning offers you all the benefits of a contemporary and thought provoking degree designed by practitioners and leading academics, combined with the flexibility of studying 100% online

​As part of the suite of Policing Studies programmes, taught within the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies, this degree will take you on a critical exploration of contemporary policing issues enabling you to develop specialist skills and prepare you for a rewarding career. It also addresses opportunities for continuing professional development, by focussing on key academic material from specialist areas of policing, such as intelligence-led policing, terrorism and counter-terrorism studies and criminal investigation. The programme primarily focusses on policing in the United Kingdom, but the content can be applied to contemporary policing globally.

​You will receive online support from experienced and dedicated distance-learning lecturers, plus the administrative and library support enjoyed by every LJMU student. Regular synchronous and asynchronous forums will be offered in addition to individual tutorials conducted via Skype or similar technology.

Extra sessions and materials will be available in respect of study skills, in addition to the Learning Hub and Community Site on Blackboard.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

​Level 6 (For FDA Policing Studies students this is a top-up year to achieve a BA (Hons) Policing Studies)

  • Research Project
  • Advanced Social Research Skills
  • Contemporary Issues in Policing

The following options are typically offered:

  • Policing, Security and Risk
  • Geographic Information
  • Science and Geo-computation for Public Safety
  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
  • Investigation Skills
  • Application of Intelligence to Policing
  • Multi-Agency and Partnership Working


Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered via the Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard.

​A range of learning strategies and a variety of modes of interactive delivery will be utilised throughout the programme including an introductory lecture and a range of online activities. For example, presentations with/without tutor voice-over; workbooks; podcasts; wikis; blogs; forums both tutor-led synchronous (which can be recorded) and asynchronous; Skype tutorials in addition to utilising suitable OER (open educational resources), such as YouTube videos and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), supported by digital key readings.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

​The programme will be taught by staff with professional expertise and experience in policing. All staff are actively engaged in research exploring innovative topics in policing, criminal justice and teaching within higher education. 

The team also has wide-ranging experience in delivering distance-learning policing programmes, delivered on-line via the VLE Blackboard.

Assessment and feedback

You will be assessed via a range of different methods.

​Your marks and feedback will be available within 15 working days of submitting a piece of work. That’s because we believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to develop further.
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include an essay and coursework.

​You will normally receive extensive feedback on your assessments, and occasional verbal feedback. All feedback is designed to help you achieve your full potential and get the most out of your studies, so staff will be available to discuss it with you and direct you to further support if you feel you need it.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

N/A

Application and selection

Applicants will be considered on an individual basis and may be accepted with the following:

240 credits from a degree or FD(A) in Policing Studies

OR

Combination of certificated learning and relevant work experience

OR

Relevant experiential learning

Mature entry

Non-standard entry applicants without any of these required qualifications may also be offered a place after interview and submission of evidence of equivalent levels of attainment and aptitude. The programme welcomes potential applicants who wish to discuss its appropriateness for them and their level of qualification in this broad based category that is not aged defined.

GCSE and equivalents

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required:

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
Will I be interviewed?

Interview not always necessary

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities.

Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may be different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.

LJMU bursary

LJMU bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding.

The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.

Tuition fees

In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.

If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.

Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.

As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.

For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
  • UK field trips
  • Educational visits
  • Student exchanges
  • Criminal Records Bureau checks
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership
  • Governing body awards

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student.

The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.

Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.

For more information on student loans, go to:www.gov.uk/student-finance

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Paying back your student loans

Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.

The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.

Career prospects

Once you complete the BA (Hons) programmes, you will have the knowledge, skills and qualification that makes you an attractive candidate for a wide range of careers.

​As a graduate you will be suitable for entry in to the police service or for careers in many areas particularly connected to investigation, security or criminal justice e.g. roles within the armed services, prison service, social work or criminal justice-related roles within the Civil Service.

Additionally, by studying the additional modules it can open up development opportunities within the police service, such as specialist roles in respect of intelligence and security. Alternatively you may consider pursuing an academic career through postgraduate study.

New for 2017 – CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

Professional accreditation / links

​All of our qualifications conform to the professional and regulatory guidelines established by The College of Policing and have been developed to reflect changes in the way that police constabularies are recruiting new constables nationally. Students who complete the FDA, BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons) could (subject to the proviso above) receive accreditation/exemption from core aspects of the Initial Police Learning and Development Program through which student police officers in England and Wales are trained in the role of Constable.

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.

Scholarships

LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

English for Postgraduate courses bursary

A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.

This bursary take the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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