2021/22 entry

BA (Hons) Professional Policing (Accelerated Pre-Join Route)

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full-time home tuition fee: £11,100
Placement year fee (home student): Not applicable
Part-time tuition fee: Not applicable

Course type

BA (Hons)

Bachelor of Arts

UCAS info

Points required:

Limited places available. Use our Online Clearing Form to find your course or call our hotline: 08085 564 565.

UCAS code: APP2

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Two years full time

About your course

Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing, is a pioneering research centre for interdisciplinary law enforcement, and is licensed by the College of Policing to deliver degree programmes included in the Police Education Qualification Framework.

  • This is a two year accelerated degree in Professional Policing, which has been licensed by the College of Policing, the professional Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) for policing
  • There are now three entry routes into policing - this degree in Professional Policing is the requisite qualification for one of those routes
  • The programme covers wide-ranging areas of law, social science, policy and research skills essential to a policing career
  • You will be taught in the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies by lecturers with academic and professional backgrounds in policing
  • The programme will start in September with semesters in the Autumn, Spring and Summer
  • Lectures and Seminars during the Autumn and Spring semesters will be delivered on the Mount Pleasant Campus, while the summer semester will be delivered in an online, distance learning format
  • Delivered by experts in the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies

Work-related learning

The Degree in Professional Policing Practice is the defined pre-join qualification for a police career. It gives graduates a solid foundation and a head start from which to embark upon their careers when they are subsequently, appointed to a police force. 

The programme offers an accelerated route and covers all academic and theoretical elements of the College of Policing initial curriculum. Therefore, once appointed to a police force graduates require only minimal practical training and orientation in their chosen police force

Support and guidance

The programme is taught in the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies, within the School of Justice Studies.

As an LCAPS student, you will receive learning guidance, tutor support and online support from our excellent staff. You will also receive access to LJMU's student support services, libraries and online resources.​

Course details

This new two-year accelerated undergraduate degree in Professional Policing licensed by the College of Policing renders students eligible to apply to police forces for appointment as a police constable.

The degree aims to make you an attractive recruitment option for UK police constabularies. The degree in Professional Policing is the defined pre-join qualification for a police career. It gives graduates a solid foundation and a head start from which to embark upon their careers when they are subsequently appointed to a police force.

The programme covers all academic and theoretical elements of the College of Policing initial curriculum. Therefore, once appointed to a police force graduates require only minimal practical training and orientation in their chosen police force.

Many of our Policing Studies students receive specialist training and experiential events, such as 

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You will have the opportunity to combine your studies with service as a Special Constable, which enables you to achieve many of the practical initial operational requirements. This can further minimise the time spent training once appointed to a police force. This is an opportunity afforded to you as a Professional Policing student, and entry onto the programme is not dependent upon taking up this opportunity, nor does it affect your ability to successfully complete the programme.

Each student is allocated a personal tutor whose role is to offer general advice, guidance and support regarding the broader aspects of your studies and university life in general.

What you will study on this degree

Subject areas within the programme you will study.

The programme subject areas range across law, psychology, social science and research methodology. All modules are core in accordance with the College of Policing Curriculum and include:

  • Introduction to Policing
  • Academic and Policing Studies Skills
  • Professional Standards, Governance and Accountability
  • Evidence Based Policing
  • Criminal Law, Practice and Procedure
  • Crime, Vulnerability and Risk
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Criminal Justice
  • Conducting Investigations
  • Information and Intelligence
  • Policing Communities
  • Response Policing
  • Roads Policing
  • Evidence Based Research Project.

Teaching and work-related learning

Your lecturers are academics or former practitioners who have become academic practitioners upon leaving their respective services.

The LCAPS teaching team includes three former Chief Constables, Detective Inspectors, criminal investigators, criminologists and criminal justice specialists who will provide you with the very latest learning, insights and expertise across a wide cross-section of policing and law enforcement matters.

As an LCAPS student, you will have access to a wide range of learning events, including Masterclasses with key law enforcement experts and annual chief constable lectures.

Your lecturers

There are a range of academics and practitioner academics across the team. Their research interests are many and varied and include Evidence Based Practice, Serious and Organised Crime, Intelligence, Diversity in Policing and much more.

Members of the team are actively involved in research into aspects of crime and criminal justice, such as offender management and domestic violence, with published work in these and other areas.  Current research includes guns and gangs, scrambler bikes and anti-social behaviour, gender and policing, policing and mental health, terrorism, intelligence management, major crime, people trafficking and modern slavery.

Assessment and feedback

Academic assessment will be undertaken to the University's rigorous standards.

Academic assessment will be undertaken in accordance with University standards. Generally, this will be by way of written assignments, presentations and exams, both seen and unseen. The range or diversity of assessments are designed to cater for all student needs and allow students to develop and demonstrate a variety of skills much in demand by the police service.

There is also a requirement for students to undertake self-reflection. Some assessment are based on reports of this reflective process. The assessment process will be supported by university staff and there is a recognition that some students will need additional support in line with any particular learning needs.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

Limited places available. Use our Online Clearing Form to find your course or call our hotline: 08085 564 565.

Application and selection

​Applicants who do not meet the standard academic entry requirements may be considered for admission onto the programme. In such cases, and where applicants indicate other factors which could be taken into consideration, the university will consider these factors in making a determination and support the applicant where possible. 

GCSE and equivalents

•Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 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

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

  • National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma subjects / grades required: DD if studied on its own or to the total of 96 UCAS Tariff points when combined with other Level 3 qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: MMM if studied on its own or to the total of 96 UCAS Tariff points when combined with other Level 3 qualifications

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: At least 6 Distinctions and 33 Merits and 6 Passes, or any other combination that equates to 96 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Yes
  • Additional information: 96 UCAS Tariff points accepted from composite parts and/or in combinaition with other Level 3 qualifications

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 96 UCAS Taiff points with maximum of 20 points at Ordinary Level
Will I be interviewed?

Mature or non-standard applicants may be invited to interview

IELTS

6.0 (minimum 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.

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).

The information below relates to the 2021/22 academic year unless otherwise specified.

LJMU scholarships

Applications for all LJMU's scholarships are open to new full-time, Home undergraduate students that are liable to pay the full tuition fee. 

Scholarships are not income assessed; they are awarded to applicants who are academically outstanding or to applicants who have excelled in other ways or supported work in your local community. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. In 2021/22 scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £5,000 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. In 2021/22 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

The information below relates to both UK students studying in 2021/22.

If you are interested in studying with us in 2021/22, please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.

In 2021/22 the annual tuition fee for full time, undergraduate, home students is £9,250. 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 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.

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 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.

For more information on student finance, eligibility and loan repayments go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance if you normally live in England
www.studentfinancewales.co.uk if you normally live in Wales
www.studentfinanceni.co.uk if you normally live in Northern Ireland
www.SAAS.gov.uk if you normally live in Scotland

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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 £26,575* 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 £26,575).*

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

Career prospects

On completion of this two-year accelerated degree programme, you will be eligible to apply within five years to police constabularies for appointment as police constables.

Achieving this degree is a requirement but does not guarantee appointment to a police force. Recruitment and appointment is subject to the relevant regulations and requirements of police recruitment and selection processes. This includes medical and fitness testing along with background and security checks. Recruitment and selection processes are rigorous and may vary between forces.

Candidates applying to join a police constabulary must also undertake a series of assessments including National Recruitment processes and Force vetting. Guidance on recruitment can be found on the College of Policing website

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

Professional accreditation / links

This is a two year accelerated degree in Professional Policing, which has been licensed by the College of Policing, the professional Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) for policing.

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

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. 

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 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS to apply for a Student visa. 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 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.
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