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2020/21 entry

BA (Hons) Policing Studies (Distance Learning)

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time international tuition fee: To be confirmed
Part-time tuition fee: To be confirmed

All figures are subject to yearly increases.


*The Department for Education (DfE) have recently announced that they will be freezing tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year.

Course type

BA (Hons)

Bachelor of Arts

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.

  • This is a Level 6 honours top-up course, which can be completed within 2 years for students holding a relevant qualification such as a foundation degree, HNC/D or relevant work experience
  • 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
  • Start month: Varies
  • Campus location: Not applicable

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

​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.

Go abroad

LJMU aims to make an international opportunity available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree, either in Europe or the US. You could take part in a work placement in Europe under the ERASMUS+ scheme or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. There are also opportunities to attend a two-week summer school with one of our worldwide partners.

Our Go Global Fund can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?

Find out more about studying or working abroad or email us at: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

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 Level 6 top-up 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 Canvas.

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
  • 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

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience

​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 Canvas.

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

Entry to this programme is only available at level six and offers suitably qualified students the opportunity to “top up” to degree level.

Applicants will therefore 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 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 scholarships

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.

LJMU bursary

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.

Tuition fees

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).

The Department for Education (DfE) have recently announced that they will be freezing tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year.

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 £25,000**.

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance

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.

Part time students starting in 2018 or later can also apply for a maintenance loan.

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

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £25,000* 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 £25,000).*

* Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

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.

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 Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international students – visit the International Study Centre.

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country, please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Tuition fee deposits

International students are liable to pay a minimum deposit of 50% of their tuition fees before their CAS can be issued. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of the given enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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