Policing HNC/HND/BA (Hons) Degree (-)


Coventry University

Policing HNC/HND/BA (Hons) Degree

Requirements / Wymagania

Minimum 2 przedmioty na poziomie rozszerzonym (j. ang. się wlicza) - minimum 55%
J. angielski - minimum 75%
Średnia z matury 40% 40%
Certyfikat językowy IELTS opcjonalnie jeśli nie spełnisz powyższych wymagań z matury 6.0, żaden z komponentów nie może być niższy niż 5.5 -
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If you want to do something worthwhile, like give something back to your community, then a career in the police service could be for you. There are many different ways you can contribute in the police service; police officer, police community support officer or a special constable.

This policing degree provides you with an academic understanding of policing and also serves as an introduction to a career in the police. The programme emphasises the diversity of the policing role and draws upon a variety of contexts in which policing is discussed and analysed. This degree is an employment-related higher qualification targeted at those seeking to establish a career in the police service.

Why choose this course? 

Policing HNC

The HNC programme is year one of the degree course. It focuses on the positioning of the Police Service of England and Wales within the current Criminal Justice System, examining how the service has developed and how it has been determined by legal and political influences and the impact of major events.

You will also be introduced to the concepts of measuring and assessing volumes of crime, crime surveys and the use of statistics and the measures and mechanisms used within crime and anti-social behaviour prevention initiatives.

You will have the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of the development of the way young offenders are managed within the current Criminal Justice System, whilst examining methodologies to prevent youth crime and the powers of police and youth courts in tackling young offenders. Successful completion of the HNC programme means that you can progress on to year two of the degree (HND) in Policing within in CU London.

Policing HND

You can apply to this course directly or it can be a progression from successful completion of the HNC programme. The HND is year two of the degree course. This course introduces you to the developments since the inception of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and the use of problem solving methodologies and partnerships to deliver effective crime and disorder reduction strategies. You will also study the historical concepts of mental illness and how the mechanisms of the Criminal Justice System have dealt with offenders described as mentally incapable. The origins and definitions of restorative justice, its benefits, use and acceptance within the Criminal Justice System will be looked at and you will explore how restorative justice can be used in early interventions, within the you referral process and as an alternative disposal method by the Courts.

You will also be introduced to the historical concepts and levels of acceptance of domestic violence, the judgemental treatment of victims and failures of the Criminal Justice System to prosecute offenders when merited. Successful completion of the HND programme will guarantee you access to the final year of study; the BA (Hons) Degree in Policing.

Policing BA (Hons) Degree

This course introduces you to the origins and definitions of all types of offences against the person and sexual offences and the ways they have been approached by prosecuting bodies, sentencing tribunals and enforcement agencies. You will explore how the law has developed in relation to defences and mitigation and political pressures towards extending the tests of ‘reasonableness’ within self-defence.

You will also be introduced to conceptual aspects of our understanding of what terrorism actually is and some of the strategies employed to combat it. The impact of preventative, legal and proactive strategies will also be investigated, along with the role of the media and internet in radicalisation and recruitment. The historical concepts and levels of acceptance of drug use and the way addiction and treatment are managed and at what cost to the community will also be explored alongside the impact of preventative strategies with concepts of sentencing, mandatory drugs testing and the associated legal and social issues.


What will I learn? 

Policing HNC (year 1)

On successful completion of the programme you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Development of modern policing – this module introduces you to how the police service has been influenced and evolved through developments within the criminal justice system through a historical review of the major political and legal milestones along with changes caused by national events;
  • Crime and society – this module aims to explore how society recognises and is affected by crime and social behaviour, and the use of crime statistics;
  • Youth crime – you will examine how society compart mentalises crime to establish selective responses as exemplified through the way in which youth crime is addressed;
  • Social responses to crime – this module aims to provide you with some of the ways in which members of society react to crime and why multiagency strategies aid the police to reduce it.

Policing HND (year 2)

On successful completion of the programme you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Community policing – you will explore the key concepts of community or neighbourhood policing, styles and structures including the governance arrangements;
  • Mental health – you will look at the definitions created by the Mental Health Act 2007, their impact, their historical roots and the ability to apply these in practical situations;
  • Restorative justice – you will examine the concepts of restorative justices consent, provocation, accident, recklessness, self-defense and other possible defenses and their appropriate application;
  • Domestic violence – you will study the current policies and organisational structure that manage domestic violence within the criminal justice system and past and current perspectives which have formulated current practice.

Policing BA (Hons) Degree (year 3)

On successful completion of the programme you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Violence and sexual crimes – you will examine the differences between drug treatment and sentencing strategies and the law, process and procedures associated with violent and sexual offences;
  • Terrorism – you will explore the concepts and debate over definitions of terrorism, the role of intelligence gathering and counter terrorist strategies;
  • Research projects – you will look at the principles of academic research skills to apply critical and detailed thinking and the principles of independent and self-managed learning.

How will this course be taught? 

This course will be taught through a variety of methods – lectures, tutorials, self-directed learning, textbooks, module webs, scenario-based learning sets, professional libraries and resources, journals and case studies, seminars, discussion forums and peer-to-peer learning.

How will I be assessed? 

Assessments will take the form of individual and group coursework, which is vocationally relevant. The wide range of assessment techniques used at CU London will ensure that you have every opportunity to demonstrate your skills and knowledge in full.

There are no traditional final examinations to worry about. Instead, we willassess your learning through course work and phase tests. Assessmentstake place during and at the end of each six-week block.

Teaching contact hours 

As a full-time student a normal learning block will mean that you get 18 hours of teaching each week in groups of approximately 25-50 students. Depending on the course you have chosen, you will attend morning (9.00-13.00) or afternoon (14.00-18.00) sessions. You will also need to attend one two-hour tutorial each week.

Part-time students will study on Saturdays 9.00 - 18.00. 

How will this course enhance my career prospects? 

Policing HNC/HND

Successfully completing either the HNC or HND course will give you choices. You can progress onto the next academic step (HND or BA (Hons) Degree) at CU London. Alternatively you can start to look for employment. You could go on to work in different community support roles including the police force, counselling, mediation or law.

For serving police officers, this course may help to improve your promotion prospects and for those looking to access the police force for the first time as a chosen career, this degree course could improve your chances in what is a very competitive field.

Policing BA (Hons) Degree

With BA (Hons) degree behind you, your chances of employment should be improved and the level at which you enter the jobs market could mean a higher salary. The skills and knowledge you acquire during your studies may increase the options available to you, both within and outside the police force. For serving police officers, this course may help to improve your promotion prospects and for those looking to access the police force for the first time as a chosen career, this degree course could improve your chances in what is a very competitive field.


How much does it cost?

Full-time course is: £5,846 per year

For the academic year 2016/17, each six week block will cost £1,461.50. A full academic year is made up of four of these blocks, so this means that a normal full-time year is £5,846. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU London Library & Learning Services, all your classes and online tutorials.

The part-time course fee is dependent on how many modules you choose to study in an academic year.

Each stage of the qualification (HNC/HND/Degree) will require you to complete four academic blocks. You can study up to four blocks in one academic year or study at a slower pace (usually three academic blocks per year). Please note if you do study at a slower pace you will need to re-enrol to complete your studies in the next academic year.

For the academic year 2016/17 each block for part-time students will cost £1,461.50. Therefore, the total fee per stage of your qualification if completed in the academic year 2016/17 is: £5,846.


As a full-time student or part-time student resident in the UK or EU, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at CU London from Student Finance England.  

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