|Tuition fee type||Cost (per annum)|
|Full time home/EU tuition fee:||£9,250 per annum*|
|Full time international tuition fee:||£15,600 per annum|
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
About your course
The exciting BSc (Hons) Policing Studies and Cybercrime degree at Liverpool John Moores University examines how criminals have used opportunities presented by the growth of the internet to commit new crimes against individuals, organisations and governments.
- Innovative and thought-provoking modules that reflect and challenge current policing practices and debates
- You will be taught by lecturers with academic and professional backgrounds in policing and computing
- Be part of the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies, the UK's first research centre devoted to supporting the needs of 21st century policing
- Regular career workshops and symposiums delivered by police officers, police career and computing forensic specialists will help 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
- Start month: September
- Campus location: Mount Pleasant Campus
I couldn't recommend this course enough to anyone interested in policing either in the public or private sector. Over the past three years I have had some great opportunities and experiences to develop my knowledge on the subjects that interest me.
This degree incorporates specific and specialist work-related topics into every level of learning, as well as equipping you with a versatile 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.
Organised criminal groups are turning to the internet to commit new crimes which target individuals and businesses on a transnational scale, creating new challenges for police forces and national crime agencies.
This programme will provide you with valuable insights and skills that will allow you to carry out computer crime investigations, understand contemporary issues in policing, and study the complexities of digital criminal networks, including the development of security software and systems.
As part of the suite of Policing Studies programmes, taught within the 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.
You are strongly encouraged to become a Special Police Constable, a police volunteer or to volunteer in some other way within the criminal justice field for the duration of your studies on the Policing Studies degree programmes. We will assist and support you to identify such opportunities and in making applications for such roles.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
- Practice, Procedure and the Criminal Law
- Introduction to Programming
- Introduction to Policing
- Exploring Policing Studies - Skills for Success
- Introduction to Computer Forensics and Security
- Problem-solving for Computer Security
- Professional Skills for Policing
- Practice, Procedure and the Criminal Law
- The Psychology of Investigation
- Computer Operating Systems
- Secure Software Development
- Computer Information Assurance
- Policing Communities
- Computing Project
- Advanced Social Research Skills
- Network Forensics
The following options are typically offered:
- Contemporary Issues in Policing
- International Fieldwork for Policing
- Policing, Security and Risk
- Terrorism and Counter-terrorism
- Investigative Skills
- 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 all of which you are expected to attend. In addition you will be supported to develop your skills relating to independent study and group work. You will need to participate in online activities and discussions using our virtual learning environment, Canvas.
You'll be able to pursue your subject of interest using the Department of Computer Science's impressive collection of high-spec facilities. Our forensics lab contains specialist software and hardware, such as Forensic Tool Kit (FTK) and Encase software. This equipment is used within many police forces.
Expert tuition and support.
Your tutors have a wide range of practical and academic policing-related and /or computing experiences and are actively engaged in research exploring innovative topics in policing, criminal justice, computing and HE pedagogy. This feeds directly into original and thought-provoking material for all Policing Studies programmes including the FDA, BA (Hons) and BSc (Hons) programmes.
The team is also committed to ensuring you get the most out of your learning experience. They are available at set office times to meet you for one-to-one consultations to discuss course-related issues, but in addition you will 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, usually 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.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
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:
see link http://www.policecouldyou.co.uk/special-constables
GCSE and equivalents
- Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below: • 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 • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- 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: BCC
- 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: D*D if no other level 3 qualifications are taken, or to the total of 104 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: DMM if no other Level 3 qualification taken, or to the total of 104 UCAS tariff points when combined with other qualifcations
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Further information: At least 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits, or any other combination that equates to 104 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: 104 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.
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
Finance and fees
For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to:
- 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
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
Paying back your student loans
* Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.
Once you completed the BSc (Hons) Policing Studies and Cybercrime programme, you will have the knowledge, skills and qualification that makes you an attractive candidate for a career in the police service.
Alternatively you may wish to pursue a career in other 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.
Successful completion of the BSc (Hons) programmes does not in itself provide any guarantee of recruitment as a trainee Police Constable.
Previous graduates have pursued an academic career through postgraduate study.
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.
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)|
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
As an international student, unless you are exempt, you will need to pay a tuition fee deposit. See further information on deposits and additional payments needed prior to enrolment.
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:
- 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
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.