BA (Hons) Policing Studies (Distance Learning)
Why study Policing Studies (Distance Learning) at Liverpool John Moores University?
- 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
Minimum UCAS points required: To be confirmed
Limited places available. Apply now or register your interest using our online Clearing form (link will open in a new tab).
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.
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.
"“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."
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.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students
The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.
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.
Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
We are committed to ensuring all 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 during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities.
Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools, resources and jobs board. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU’s in-house recruitment service, ensuring students can build experience whilst they study.
One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones to accelerate your job search and applications, CV and interview technique. Themed careers and employability workshops, a programme of employer events and recruitment fairs run throughout the year and students have the opportunity to hear from a range of alumni who openly share their own onward experience.
Student Futures work with businesses to create opportunities for fully funded internships which help students increase their network within the Liverpool City Region and beyond. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU’s Careers, Employability and Enterprise Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.
LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.
Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?
Find out more about the opportunities we have available via our Instagram @ljmuglobalopps or email us at: email@example.com.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Further guidance on modules
Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.
Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:Programme specification document (PDF)
This module provides the opportunity for you to explore a topic within a field of your choice that is connected to policing or criminal justice.
Advanced Social Research Skills
This module seeks to provide training across a range of technical and practical social research skills and to equip you with a good understanding of the contribution that mixed-methodological approaches make to the collection, analysis and interpretation of data.
This module aims to develop your understanding by looking at issues that are current and relevant in policing today. It will specifically cover public order and protest, human trafficking and intelligence, and security. You will be provided with an opportunity to consider the nature of policing challenges and responses together with the latest research and policy implications.
Policing, Security and Risk
This module aims to provide you with critical theoretical, empirical, policy and practical understanding of policing and the security industry. You will gain qualitative skills, writing skills and presentation skills to support your understanding of policing, security and risk realities.
Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
This module will enable you to examine the key concepts in relation to terrorism and will explore a number of key issues including definitions of terrorism, ideologies, typology, group structures, tactics, methods of operation, target selection, state response, use of technologies, funding and media impact. You will also explore the concept of and delivery of counter terrorism initiatives with a focus on the measures being adopted within the United Kingdom, drawing on comparative counter-terrorism strategies from the US and Canada.
Investigating Serious and Complex Cases 2
The module aims to develop your understanding of the legislative and policy framework which sets out the parameters for the investigation of criminal offences. You will be provided with the opportunity to demonstrate and explain investigative procedures through the use of case studies and crime scene practicals.
Application of Intelligence to Policing
This programme will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the role, uses and application of intelligence within contemporary policing and partner agencies. You will also develop an understanding of how intelligence can be ethically collected, collated, evaluated, managed and analysed. This will also include the impact of the National Intelligence Model within policing and the wider criminal justice arena.
Approaches to Protecting Vulnerable People and the Management of Offenders
The module aims to develop your understanding of the legislative and policy framework which sets out the parameters of multi-agency working arrangements across the sector. There will be an opportunity for you to work across disciplinary boundaries and gain experience through work related learning using 'real life' case studies.
Teaching and work-related learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.
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.
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.
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.
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.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
I am a Senior Lecturer within the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies and the programme leader for the BA (Hons) in Policing via on-line distance learning. I am an author in the area of policing/criminal justice/terrorism and a regular contributor to live media on the subject of policing.
The programme is designed to allow students who are already committed with employment and family matters to study flexibly and completely on-line and has been designed to reflect the changing nature of policing in the 21st century.There is also an opportunity for students to apply critical academic skills via the research and submission of a dissertation into a specific area of selected study.
What you can expect from your School
Based within the John Foster Building, in the Mount Pleasant Campus, the School of Justice Studies is a leading provider of education in Policing Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice. We provide specific training for policing students wishing to enter the service as a graduate recruit. The John Foster Building has many outstanding facilities, including well-equipped IT Suites, a light-filled Student Common Room and dedicated study areas. At the back of the John Foster Building is the Aldham Robarts Library, which gives 24 hour access to an exceptional range of materials to support your studies.
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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