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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
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.
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.
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
- 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
- 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.
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.
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Minimum points required from qualifications
Application and selection
Prior to application you should be mindful that you will be required to become a Special Police Constable, a volunteer in policing, criminal justice or a related field for the duration of your studies at LJMU.
If you do wish to volunteer for the Police, you must fulfil the minimum requirements set by the police (in terms of integrity and health) and are therefore advised to consult Merseyside Police constabulary's policies on recruitment to ensure that you are eligible:
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
- 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 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: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- 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.
Mature and non-standard applicants may be invited to attend interviewIELTS
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)Can this course be deferred?
YesIs a DBS check required?
NoIs RPL accepted on this programme? 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 that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.
Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).
LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.
The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.
LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.
In 2018 LJMU will charge Home and EU students a tuition fee of £9,250* for the majority of its full time undergraduate programmes and £6,935* per year for part time courses. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).
*Subject to parliamentary approval.
The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.
You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.
You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £21,000.** Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000. This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is confirmed.
For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to:
LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:
- safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
- uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
- UK field trips and other educational visits
- student exchanges
- DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
- Professional sector regulatory body membership
** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.
Living expenses (maintenance) loan
In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.
The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.
The government has stated that it intends to introduce a pro rata maintenance loan for part time students from England from the 2018/19 academic year.
For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/studentfinance
Paying back your student loans
You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £21,000* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £21,000).* Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000. This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is released.
*Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.
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 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.
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