BA (Hons) Professional Policing (Pre-join)
Why study Professional Policing (Pre-join) at Liverpool John Moores University?
- The College of Policing, the professional Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) for policing, has licensed LJMU to offer the Degree in Professional Policing
- From 2020 there will be three entry routes into policing - this degree in Professional Policing is the requisite qualification for one of those routes
- The programme covers a 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
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
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.
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.
"The skills and knowledge that I now have is going to be very valuable when getting into a career after my degree, it's a fantastic course and will only get better and better."
The College of Policing, the professional Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) for policing, has licensed LJMU to run this degree as an entry level professional degree
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.
On completion of this three-year 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)
Introduction to Policing
Within this module, you will examine the history and development of the British policing model and the underpinning features and philosophy. You will examine the modern policing and wider law enforcement landscape, the organisations and bodies that comprise it, what each does and how they interact. You will also develop an understanding of the role and position of the police in contemporary society and the nature of the relationship with the community they serve.
Academic and Policing Studies Skills
This module aims to provide you with the necessary knowledge needed to enable you to demonstrate a structured approach to studying, writing essays and referencing content. This module will emphasise the importance of communication within policing and determining, the key influences on the decision-making process, and the importance of team-working and leadership skills within a policing context.
Criminal Law, Practice and Procedure 1
This module will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of legislation and police powers in relation to a range of typical policing incidents. It will enable you to apply such knowledge to a range of specified circumstances and incidents.
Crime, Vulnerability and Risk 1
This module will define what is meant by vulnerability and familiarise you with the complex nature of vulnerability, whilst providing an understanding of how situational and environmental factors, combined with personal vulnerabilities, may result in a person becoming a victim and/or perpetrator. You will explore how the effective use of training, knowledge and skills can assist in supporting those who are vulnerable and why it is necessary to use a safeguarding approach to those who are vulnerable.
Professional Standards, Governance and Accountability
The aim of the module is to understand the meaning of ethics and their relevance in policing. You will consider both the theory and application of ethics to consider what is meant by professional standards and how the apply to police officers and the police service. You will examine the role of each of the various bodies involved in the governance and accountability of police officers and the police service.
Evidence Based Policing and Policing Strategies 1
The module will provide you with an appreciation of the concept of evidence-based policing. You will discuss a range of key concepts relating to criminology, exploring the relationship between community engagement, crime prevention, and the local policing strategies. You will also be able to identify the importance of information and intelligence to all areas of policing, differentiating between them.
Leadership and Professional Development
This module will critically review the key principles and theories of leadership and apply these to the policing role. This will include identification of the appropriate leadership skills needed by police officers. You will assess leadership models in a variety of settings and consider leadership in comparable organisations (public and private), identifying the advantages and disadvantages of each model of leadership.
Academic and Policing Study Skills 2
This module will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of research methodologies and approaches, demonstrating effective referencing, applied to a range of theories and practices and associated with communication. You will also gain knowledge and understanding of quantitative and qualitative research techniques and their appropriate use.
Criminal Law, Practice and Procedure 2
The aim of this module is to learn about the components of the criminal justice system, how they operate and how the relate to each other. You will learn about the specific roles of the various agencies and institutions within the criminal justice system and you will explore the process of getting people to custody and the routine processes around detention.
Crime, Vulnerabilty and Risk 2
The aim of this module is to understand the nature of the relationship between police and vulnerable people. You will examine theory relating to offending and offending patterns and the impact of differing approaches and intervention strategies. You will also gain knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues around vulnerability and criminal exploitation of certain groups.
Criminal Law, Practice and Procedure 3
This module will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of legislation and police powers in relation to terrorism and counterterrorism measures. It will enable you to apply such knowledge to a range of specified circumstances and incidents.
Evidence Based Policing and Policing Strategies 2
This module will discuss and identify the potential constraints associated with an evidence-based policing approach. You will identify the specialist roles and procedures that can assist in gathering information and intelligence and evaluate the benefits that a greater understanding of sociology and criminology can have.
Evidence Based Practice Research Project
The module will ensure that you have the knowledge, understanding and skills to conduct research into more complex issues within the context of a policing related topic. It will provide the opportunity to develop an ethically sound research question and to develop appropriate research methods to justify your choice.
Applying Forensics to Investigations
The aim of this module is to develop knowledge and understanding of the investigative process in a range of operational contexts. You will develop practical solutions to provide effective policing methods in this area whilst furthering your own competence within the pathway.
Information and Intelligence
This module will develop knowledge and understanding of the theory, legislation, policy and practice relating to information and intelligence in policing.
The aim of the module is to develop a knowledge and an understanding of policing in a Community Policing context.
This module will develop your knowledge and understanding relating to a Response Policing context and of the social issues and pressures relating to response policing demand.
Policing the Roads
This module will develop your knowledge relating to Roads Policing and understanding to conduct investigations in a Roads Policing context.
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.
In addition to lectures, workshops, online activities and seminars there will be realistic simulated exercises and role- plays. The programme is delivered by academic staff and ‘practitioner’ academics. These practitioner academics are academically qualified, former serving officers of all ranks and roles, from Constable to Chief Constable. All staff are experienced in a wide range of subject areas and specialisms. Throughout the programme there is a mentoring scheme that supports students in their academic, professional and personal development.
Work-related LearningThis 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.
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.
Generally, this will be by way of written assignments, presentations and exams, both seen and unseen. There is also a requirement for students to undertake self-reflection. Some assessment is based on reports of this reflective process. The assessment process will be supported by university staff.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
I am an experienced former Merseyside Police Detective Superintendent having joined the service in 1987. After a short period in uniform policing roles, I embarked on an investigative career which involved front line operational investigations and those of a more specialist nature, particularly with regards to homicide and gun and gang related criminality. In 2009 I was awarded the Merseyside Police Investigator of the Year and in 2010, I was accredited as a Home Office Senior Investigating Officer and in 2014, I was accredited in the Strategic Management of Complex Cases. In 2012, I was promoted to the rank of Detective Superintendent and held the roles of Lead Responsible Officer for crime and covert intelligence, major crime, kidnap and extortion, gun and gang related criminality, human trafficking, modern slavery and cybercrime, which included the online sexual abuse of children and police corruption.
“Policing is a really exciting industry to be involved with and the undergraduate policing programmes at Liverpool John Moores University are an outstanding introduction to this field and provide you with the skills you need to be successful in pursuing your ambitions.”
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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