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London Metropolitan University

Police Studies, Procedure and Investigation (including foundation year)

UCAS Code: L439

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent)

UCAS Tariff

32

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

8.0 years | Part-time | 2020

Subject

Security policy

**Why study this course?**

Our Police Studies, Procedure and Investigation (including foundation year) BSc is the perfect choice if want to enter an undergraduate degree in policing but don’t hold traditional qualifications or the necessary entry requirements. Completion of the course will earn you the same award and title as students who entered via the three-year route.

During the foundation year, you’ll develop academic skills that will allow you to succeed at undergraduate study and progress into a career in policing or criminal justice.

**More about this course**

This police studies degree with a foundation year will provide excellent preparation for academic study, as well as a career in policing or criminal justice.

Your academic tutor, mentor, lecturers and student support services will ensure that you settle into university and progress academically. Your lecturers will employ interactive teaching methods in small classes with a mix of tasks and activities to help you learn. Throughout the course you’ll engage with a wide variety of material including news articles, videos, academic texts, blogs and research. These formats are applicable to a range of work environments, so you’ll be well prepared to embark on a career within policing or criminal justice.

Your foundation year will be shared with students from other degree specialisms, so you’ll learn alongside students with different academic interests and perspectives on the topics you study. This year will focus on building your academic study skills, including essay writing, critical thinking and research. However, you’ll also take a module that is more closely related to the field of police studies. This will help you learn more about the subsequent years of study.

On completion of the foundation year you’ll study the same content and have the same module options as students on the traditional course. To learn more about the course content on the Police Studies, Procedure and Investigation BSc visit our course page. If you find that you’d like to change your degree specialism after the foundation year, there will be some flexibility to do so.

Modules

Example Year 0 modules include:

Critical Thinking
Interventions for Change
Media, Crime and 'Race'
Reflecting on Self and Society
Researching Discrimination
Researching Inequality
Social Issues in Context: Text to Essay

Example Year 1 modules include:

Criminal Law
Introduction to Criminological Theory
Introduction to Policing
Introduction to the Criminal Justice System

Example Year 2 modules include:

Perspectives on Policing
Policing in Practice
Skills for Community Police Officers
Crime in Context
Crime, Media and Technology
Racism and Ethnicity
Youth, Crime and Violence

Example Year 3 modules include:

Criminology Work Experience
Frameworks in Investigation
Victims and Crime
Criminology Project
Evidence-based Policing Research Project
Crime Control and Penology
Serious and Serial Offenders
Social Control, Drugs and Organised Crime
Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism

Assessment methods

You will be assessed in different ways, including exams and coursework such as portfolios of reflective writing, digital portfolios, essays, reports, presentations, discussion and seminar skills.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,700
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Holloway

Department:

School of Social Professions

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

67%
low
Security policy

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social policy

Teaching and learning

74%
Staff make the subject interesting
79%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

76%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
76%
Course specific equipment and facilities
53%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
30%
2:1 or above
18%
Drop out rate

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social policy

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
80%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Just over 1,600 students graduated in social policy in 2015, which makes it one of the smaller social studies subjects. This is a popular subject at Masters level — 750 Masters in social policy were awarded last year - and so a lot of the more sought-after jobs in management and research tend to go to social policy graduates with postgraduate degrees. For those who leave university after their first degree, then jobs in social care (especially community and youth work) and education, the police, marketing and human resources and recruitment are popular — along with local government, although there are fewer of those jobs around than in the past. This degree is a bit less reliant on London for jobs than other similar subjects, so if you'd like to work outside the capital, it might be worth considering - although the jobs still tend to be in big cities.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Security policy

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£23k

£23k

£19k

£19k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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