Developed with policing at its core, this programme is designed for holders of foundation degrees in policing seeking to build on existing qualifications. This BSc (Hons) top up course will help your development, building on your foundation degree learning. Students may undertake the programme during one full year's study or as a part time student over two years, a model particularly suitable for people in employment. Opportunities exist to use police duties as a regular or Special Constabulary officer within your learning or extend your research ability within the criminal justice field.
We offer a range of modules looking at ethics in policing, diversity, human rights, community engagement and partnerships. You will have the opportunity to undertake a dissertation or work-based research.
- Ethics and policing
- Partnerships and community
- Dissertation/work-based research
Optional Modules (Subject to availability and demand)
- Policing major crime
- Human rights
- Engagement safeguarding communities
- Independent study
For a detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.
Successful completion of a related foundation degree or HND.
Applicants from courses based at institutions other than University of Cumbria will be assessed on their suitability depending upon the modules they have studied.
Making your application
Apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS); they will send your application on to us. Applications submitted after this date will be considered late and the course you have applied for might be full by this time; however, we will consider you for alternative suitable courses.
Their website www.ucas.com provides all the information you need about universities, courses, locations, entry requirements and financial support. You are allowed to select up to five course choices. You need to use the correct UCAS campus and course codes as not all courses are offered at every campus. You will be asked for the following information when you apply online:
Institution code name: UoC
Institution code: C99
- A Ambleside
- B Brampton Road, Carlisle
- E University of Cumbria at Energus, Workington
- F Fusehill Street, Carlisle
- L Lancaster
- T University of Cumbria in London
- Y University of Cumbria at Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness
Applications should be made online directly to the university; visit our website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.
What makes a good application?
We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential-evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.
Make sure you include:
- Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
- A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
- A good personal statement.
- Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.
When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.
And if I accept?
The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.
We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.
Applications for full-time undergraduate study are made through UCAS. Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.
From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa. UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.
See the following websites for further details: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk
Your current career in the police will be enhanced by learning specialist knowledge that will help gain promotions. You can also progress to our MSc Strategic Policing.
Resources and facilities
Our teaching staff have extensive experience in the Criminal Justice Service, offering a wealth of knowledge and experience that will improve your own expertise. We present roleplay scenarios that will prepare you for situations you'll encounter on placements and in your future career.
You'll gain extra knowledge through talks from guest speakers, including a Magistrate, a specialist drugs support worker and a member of the Youth Offending Team. Thanks to our wide network of contacts, we can arrange for specialist speakers to meet student demands, so if there's a particular area of policing you want to know more about, we can help find an expert.