Policing Studies - Liverpool John Moores University

2017 entry

Foundation (FDA)FDA Policing Studies

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £11,630 per annum

*Subject to yearly increases

Course type

Foundation (FDA)

FDA

UCAS info

Points required: 96

UCAS code: L231

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Two years full time

About your course

The FDA Policing Studies at Liverpool John Moores University is an accredited foundation programme designed and developed with Merseyside Police, the College of Policing and Skills for Justice.

  • Option to progress from the Foundation Degree to a full BA
  • Innovative and thought-provoking modules both reflect and challenge current policing practices and debates
  • You will be taught in the Liverpool Centre of Advanced Policing Studies lecturers with academic and professional backgrounds in policing
  • Regular career workshops and symposiums delivered by police officers and police career specialists to prepare you for a career in policing or criminal justice
  • Opportunities to gain real-life experience of policing as a Special Police Constable or police volunteer in one of the UK’s biggest and diverse police forces

See the full range of Policing courses available at LJMU

I enjoy the challenge. It’s a whole new skill to write an academic essay instead of a work based report. I enjoyed the research side of the course… it’s made me consider the wider perspective.

Sergeant Nick Kealey, Merseyside Police, graduate and Practitioner Fellow

I have been responsible for interpreting and implementing national strategies at force and local level. The critical analysis element to the course heightens my understanding of these issues. I have learnt that there is more to policing than the police and policing.

Sean Bell, graduate

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 also be strongly encouraged to become a Special Police Constable or police volunteer with Merseyside Police for the duration of your studies so that you can gain practical insight into police 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

The Foundation Policing Studies programme takes students on a critical exploration of contemporary policing issues as they develop skills and prepare for their professional practice.

Police forces are powerful institutions that routinely engage with diverse communities and social groups. It is this very public aspect of policing which provides the ongoing context for study and makes for a heated and lively debate.

It is this very public aspect of policing that provides the ongoing context for study and makes for heated and lively debate. The course moves beyond taken for granted definitions and ideas, and critically evaluates claims to knowledge.

You are strongly encouraged to become a Special Constable for the duration of your studies on the Policing Studies degree programme.

We will assist you in making an application to a Special Constabulary and in particular we have a close relationship with Merseyside Police. However, there is nothing to stop you applying to become a Special Constable prior to commencing your studies. More information will be sent out to you regarding this process once you have been offered and accepted your place at LJMU.

What you will study on this degree

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

Level 4     

  • Exploring Policing Studies - Skills for Success
  • Introduction to Policing
  • Practice, Procedure and the Criminal Law 1
  • Technology and Policing
  • Introducing Criminology for Policing
  • Responding to Incidents   
Level 5     
  • Policing Communities
  • Professional Skills for Policing
  • Practice, Procedure and the Criminal Law 2
  • Investigation Skills
  • Community Engagement Project
  • Police, Practice and Evidence base
  • The Psychology of Investigation

Level 6FDA students top-up year to BA (Hons) Policing Studies
  • Research Project
  • Advanced Social Research Skills
  • Contemporary Issues
  • International Fieldwork for Policing
  • Policing, Security and Risk
  • Geographic Information Science and Geo-computation for Public Safety
  • Terrorism and Counter Terrorism
  • Investigative Skills 2
  • Application of Intelligence to Policing
  • Multi Agency and Partnership Working in the Statutory and Voluntary Sector

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

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops and seminars. Plus you will be expected to complete independent study and group work and participate in online activities and discussions using our virtual learning environment, Blackboard.
 

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

Your tutors have a wide range of practical and academic policing-related experiences and are actively engaged in research exploring innovative topics in policing, criminal justice and HE pedagogy. This feeds directly into original and thought-provoking material for the FDA and BA Policing Studies programmes.

The team is also committed to ensuring you get the most out of your learning experience. They will meet you for weekly one-to-one consultations to discuss course-related issues, but you will also be allocated a personal tutor who will guide and support you throughout your time at LJMU.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

We understand that all students have different strengths and preferences when it comes to assessments, so we use a variety of methods to assess your work structured across the academic year. These include essays, exams, fieldwork projects, reports, case studies, portfolios, online blogs and wikis, workplace practice, posters, presentations (individual and group), debates, reviews and group work.

You will normally receive extensive written 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

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Minimum points required from qualifications

96

Application and selection

​Prior to application you should be mindful that you will be required to become a Special Police Constable or police volunteer for the duration of your studies at LJMU.
As such, you must fulfil the minimum requirements set by the police (in terms of integrity and health) and are therefore advised to consult Merseyside Police’s policies on recruitment to ensure that you are eligible:Special ConstabularyPolice Volunteerssee linkhttp://www.policecouldyou.co.uk/special-constables/index.html

GCSE and equivalents

  • Applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English Prior to starting the programme

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: CCC
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: DD if no other level 3 qualifications are taken, or to the total of 96 UCAS tariff points when combined with other qualifcations
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: MMM if no other Level 3 qualification taken, or to the total of 96 UCAS tariff points when combined with other qualifcations

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: At least 45 Merits, or any other combination that equates to 96 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 96 UCAS Tariff points with a maximum 20 UCAS Tariff points from Ordinary Level

Additional entry requirement information

​Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to submit an essay and/or attend an interview, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.
We welcome applications from International applicants who will be considered in line with normal entry requirements and will be interviewed via Skype.

Will I be interviewed?

Mature and non-standard applicants may be invited to attend interview

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

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 FDA, you will have the knowledge, skills and qualification that makes you an attractive candidate to enter a career in the police force, or boost your prospects if you are already involved in police work.

Choosing to progress onto Level 6 to complete the full BA (Hons) Policing Studies degree will further widen your career options. Alternatively you may consider pursuing a postgraduate degree in Criminal Justice or Law, or a career that is not directly concerned with policing e.g. roles within the armed services, prison service, social work or criminal justice-related roles within the Civil Service.

Successful completion of the Foundation Degree which includes achievement of the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing does not in itself provide any guarantee of recruitment as a trainee Police Constable. Each police force within England and Wales sets out its own recruitment process and selection policy and entry requirements vary from force to force. You are therefore strongly advised to check the specific requirements of your chosen force prior to undertaking 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 Policing Studies could 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.

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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