Policing - Foundation Degree

Policing - Foundation Degree

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This course is subject to validation by Leeds City College.

Following the announcement from the College of Policing the qualifications for becoming a Police Constable have changed and from 2020. The Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) supports three entry routes for Police Constables. All three routes lead to the same outcome – a competent officer qualified to degree level (L6) at the point when confirmed in post.

There will be three options at entry level:

  • A three-year police constable degree apprenticeship paid for by the force, allowing individuals to "earn while they learn" - spending 80% of their time on the frontline, and the rest completing their degree while receiving a salary
  • A practical policing degree, as seen in other professions, where the student would complete a three-year self-funded course and apply for a job once qualified
  • For graduates, a six-month postgraduate conversion course funded by the police

The Foundation Degree in Policing is designed to ensure that you cover a broad range of modules, which will equip you for employment in the Police or related criminal agencies.

The programme offers modules, which combine a range of theoretical and practical elements designed to provide you with the skills needed in the workplace, as well as the academic rigour appropriate to a Higher Education programme. You will be introduced to a range of concepts that underpin the programme and which are essential to fulfil the role of a Police Constable. This course has been designed to meet the demand for degree qualified professionals who wish to join the police under the new recruitment criteria.

You are provided with the underpinning knowledge and expertise to progress either into the employment market or to continue your studies on the BA (Hons) Top-up degree. This will provide valuable experience, networking opportunities and a chance to apply academic study in a working environment.


Duration 2 Years
Study mode Full time
Start date 16/09/2019
Campus University Centre
Course code 72669-10
Fee £7,250 Full Time (per academic year)

What you learn

The Foundation Degree is a 2 year programme. In each year students will study 120 credits over two semesters. The course comprises of mainly 20 credit modules which cover areas such as:

Level 4

Crime in England and Wales             

Psychology and Crime       

The Roles, Responsibilities and History of the Police

Models of Policing              

Leadership and Teamwork

Professional Development


Level 5

Criminal Justice

Work Related Learning      

Police Powers and Procedure

Criminology and Crime Prevention           

Research Methods and Skills            

Youth Crime and Justice

Benefits / Skills you will develop

You will develop a range of academic skills such as presenting, referencing, research and writing, as well as many skills required by employers such as communication, use of IT, teamwork, leadership, independent work and dealing with the public. Your knowledge in regards to policing, the theory and the practicalities will be developed and consideration of how the skills taught on the course will benefit you when you become a Police Constable.

How you will be assessed

Continuous assessment ensures that your progress is monitored throughout the modules with personal tutor support.

A variety of assessment methods are used, including presentations, role-plays, professional discussions, portfolios and reports.

A detailed assessment grid can be found in the course handbook.

Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

This course will be delivered at the University Centre where students will have access to a HE-specific study zone, including computer facilities, and social area.

You will have access to a range of facilities/resources including Chromebooks to enable your studies and learning resource centres.


Entry requirements

Typical offer:

A Levels: 2xD grades one of which to be in a relevant subject

BTEC L3 Diploma or Extended Diploma: MP, MPP grade in relevant subjects

Access to HE Diploma: Overall pass with 60 credits, with 24 credits to be at a Merit grade in a relevant subject

GCSE English: English Language Grade C or above (grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards). Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

IELTS: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component.

International qualifications: International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria.

Mature applicants: Leeds City College welcomes applications from mature* applicants who may not have met the academic criteria, but who can demonstrate a wealth of experience in their chosen field. Candidates in this category and otherwise are likely to be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and may be asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.                   

*21 years and over at the start of the course

APL claims: The course structure actively supports claims for Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APL).

How to apply

If you would like to apply for any of the Leeds City College full-time Higher Education programmes for 2019 entry, (unless otherwise stated) please do so via UCAS at www.ucas.com

The UCAS code for this course is PL99 and the Leeds City College institution code is L21.

What's next

On successful completion of the Foundation Degree, you can apply to progress onto the BA (Hons) in Policing (Top-Up) at the University Centre at Leeds City College (subject to validation).

Alternatively you can progress onto a related career pathway.


Campus Locations

University Centre

Park Lane
West Yorkshire
0113 216 2406
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 0.6 MilesWebsite

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