Our degree in Professional Policing will provide you with professional knowledge of the ethics, skills and attitudes that are critical to twenty-first century policing.
The course has been designed to meet the requirements of the College of Policing National Curriculum for the role of a Police Constable under the National Policing Education Qualifications Framework. We are licensed by the College of Policing to offer the Pre-join Degree in Professional Policing – a qualification recognised by police services that are achieved prior to recruitment.
You will study a range of key topics in the area of crime, criminology, law, terrorism, associated psychology, sociology and criminal investigation. You will also learn through realistic scenarios and the use of a crime suite. Optional modules will provide an opportunity to look deeper into issues such as Forensic and Criminal Psychology, Zemiology (the study of social harms), Cybercrime and Youth & Crime.
The degree will provide you with all of the knowledge required prior to joining the police force and will also be of interest if you are looking to study at Masters level or work in the wider security and criminal justice sector.
Please note the degree has a currency of 5 years following graduation for recruitment into policing and you must still apply to the police force and satisfy their eligibility criteria. Please contact the Police Service for more information.
As the University of Newcastle specialises in teaching, with a focus on problem-solving and weighing up arguments, you’ll develop a formidable range of essential skills that can make all the difference when starting your career. We were found to deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and consistently exceed rigorous national quality requirements for US higher education.
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BSc (Hons) Professional Policing
How long it takes:
Three Years, Four Years Sandwich
Distance learning/ Campus
Find out more about
Newcastle Law School
- Course Structure
- Entry Requirements
- Fees and funding
- Other related Programs
- Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment
- Credit transfer
The full-time course is structured into two teaching blocks and covers the seven foundations of legal knowledge, as identified by the professional legal bodies. An independent research project then enables you to cover another area of legal study in depth.
All modules studied during the GDL are compulsory and represent the aspects of the law that are most relevant in legal practice. These modules are divided between the teaching blocks, as follows:
- English Legal System – provides you with a basic understanding of the legal system in England and Wales and covers the legal terminology, reasoning and methods that you will practise and develop throughout the course.
Teaching block one (September-January):
- Public Law – introduces you to the constitution of England and Wales and the theoretical principles that underlie it, as well as the judicial review process and how we use the law to protect human rights.
- Obligations I (Contract Law) – takes you through the area of contract law and what is involved in forming and enforcing contracts.
- Obligations II (Law of Tort) – introduces you to tortious liability, in other words how we can enforce obligations to avoid harm being caused to our neighbours.
- Criminal Law – provides an introduction to criminal law, particularly the underlying policy issues and the difference between theory and practice.
Teaching block two (January-June):
- Equity and Trusts – introduces you to equity and trust law, including defining what a trust is and looking at the relevance of trusts today.
- Property Law – explores the land as an area of law, the rights and obligations associated with it, and how to transfer land from one party to another.
- European Union Law – provides you with an understanding of what constitutes European Union law, how it works and how we take account of EU law within domestic law in England and Wales.
- Independent Research Project – you will also study a research topic of your choice in depth (out of a range of subjects of current topical interest) and write a 4,000-5,000 word mini dissertation.
The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.
Each year is made up of two semesters consisting of 12 teaching weeks and one-week consolidation/revision and two weeks to complete assessments. You will study a total of 18 modules over the three years of the course.
- Year 1: 31 study weeks including a one-week induction
- Year 2: 30 study weeks plus one week optional International Leadership Summer School in Berlin
- Year 3: 30 study weeks
|Optional Foundation Year||Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
Introduction to Legal Personnel and Principles
Academic and Report Writing
Introduction to Marketing
Citizenship and the Law
Understanding the Police Constable Role and Professional Standards
The Criminal Justice System, Key legislation, Offences & Civil Matters
Foundation for Operational Policing Skills: Decision Making, Discretion & Problem Solving
Core Principles of Evidence-Based Policing, Information & Intelligence
Introduction to Vulnerability & Risk
Introduction to Criminology, Crime Prevention & Key Psychological Concepts
Public Protection: Understanding Abuse & Impact
Community Policing, Antisocial Behaviour & Introduction to Road Policing
Information, Intelligence & Digital Policing
Response Policing & Police Investigations
Custody, Interview & Criminal Justice
Counter-Terrorism & Advanced Road Policing
Investigating Serious Crime, Understanding Terrorism and Transnational Organised Crime
Research Methods/Dissertation (double module)
Responding to Major & Critical Incidents
Understanding Offending Aetiology & Supporting those at Risk of Harm
Choose one option:
Forensic & Criminal Psychology
Youth & Crime
Zemiology (the study of social harms)
In addition to your option you also have the opportunity to attend our International Leadership Summer School, Berlin (5 days)
*All options are indicative and are available subject to course numbers. Not all modules may be available at each campus.
Applicants should normally have one of the following:
- A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a UK university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
- A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
- An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level
If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.
If you intend to become a Solicitor
The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements, see the SRA website. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. If you think you may have a character or suitability issue, you may wish to clarify with the SRA before proceeding with the GDL.
See further details of our English Language requirement
|Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee||9250|
|Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1156|
|International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee||13000|
|International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1625|
Careers / Further study
Studying for the GDL is a stepping stone in achieving a successful career as a solicitor or barrister. Many students who complete the GDL go on to study the LLM in Advanced Legal Practice (LPC LLM) or Bar Professional Training Studies (BPTS) to achieve these career ambitions.
Watch Sarah’s story and find out how studying the GDL and LPC have helped her land her training contract with leading law firm TLT.
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Assessments are spread out throughout the duration of the course, rather than having lots of exams at the end of the year. This means at the end of each semester, you have a revision/consolidation week followed by two weeks for assessment in each module.
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
A wide range of assessment methods will be used across all modules to ensure that all programme outcomes can be demonstrated by students. These include unseen essay type exams, Knowledge and Reasoning Exams, Mock Scenarios, Reflective & Critical Essays, Posters, Case Studies.
This variety of approach reflects more closely the practical focus of the programme, and the assessment instruments test more accurately and with greater realism the knowledge, skills and attributes required of students. It also helps to remove barriers to some students who might perform better in different types of assessments.
In each module, students will have the benefit of a formative assessment aligned to the methodology of the particular summative assessment. Additional formative assessment of knowledge and understanding will take place through the regular activities within workshops.