Throughout the course, you’ll learn about contemporary policing and criminal justice processes, with a particular focus on criminal investigation in England and Wales.
Alongside operational policing, we’ll cover a wide range of areas such as the police use of firearms, the wide demands placed upon policing, miscarriages of justice, and major crime investigations.
You’ll gain exposure to some of the real challenges facing policing today, exploring current reforms and what they mean, and looking at the importance of accountability, citizenship and ethics.
Building on our strong links with Thames Valley Police and The College of Policing, you can apply to be a volunteer special constable while studying for your degree.
You could also volunteer in another area of policing or the wider criminal justice system, whether that’s probation, prisons, youth offending or another field. Getting tangible work experience brings the theory to life and will enhance your employability in the sector.
You’ll get to hone your professional skills in our Police Code of Practice Suite. This regularly-updated facility includes a mock bedsit, custody desk and suspect interview room, as well as adjoining seminar rooms with a live audio and video feed.
You’ll observe and understand theory by practising core policing processes such as arrest and interview of suspects, and searching premises, in a safe, controlled environment.
This degree is for anyone with an interest in policing, who wants to explore the wide-ranging career opportunities on offer within and beyond the criminal justice field.
Bucks has a strong reputation in this area and good links with the police force. Some members of staff have come to Bucks from senior professional posts, so they can offer you practical insights and first-hand knowledge. You’ll also hear from experienced practitioners as guest speakers who’ll cover contemporary policing topics and share their experiences with you.
You’ll leave the course with:
- a solid base of knowledge of policing and criminal justice, drawing on aspects of criminology, criminal justice and sociology
- an understanding of key areas of contemporary operational policing and criminal investigation, including the role of the investigator, forensic developments, the investigatory framework, historic case reviews, human rights and ethics
- strong critical thinking, analysis and communication skills
- an insight into different areas and roles within the criminal justice system, so you can see where your interests lie.
Policing is changing rapidly, and many new police officer and non-police officer opportunities are opening up, which this degree allows you to explore and prepare for.
By the end of the programme, you will be qualified to work in large number of roles in the criminal justice system. This includes roles in the police service, the prison service, the probation service, youth offending teams, drug action teams, community partnerships, the Home Office and crime analysis.
You could go on to postgraduate studies in policing, criminology, or other related subjects.