The recruitment process for police officers has changed significantly. From 2020, to be confirmed in post as a police constable, officers will require a qualification validated by the College of Policing. The University of Salford offers the pre-join degree in Professional Policing which is one of the three recognised routes.
This is an exciting new programme that focuses on exploring the main areas and challenges that modern police officers will face.
The course does not guarantee entry into the police service; however, it will provide you with the skills you need to progress a career in policing or the criminal justice system.
Gain First-Hand Experience
As a student, you will undertake exercises using our state-of-the-art simulation suites which can imitate real-world experiences, enabling you to develop your skills under supervision whilst preparing to confidently enter the workplace.
You will share learning experiences with students from other courses such as Nursing, Social Work and Criminology. This will enhance your learning and prepare you for working in practice with future colleagues.
In your third year you will undertake a community placement, further providing opportunity to put the skills you’ve developed into practice.
Investigate Real-World Issues
You will study modules that will look at current affairs and issues related to policing and the criminal justice system. Specific subject areas include cyber-crime, counter terrorism, investigation of serious crime and dealing with vulnerability and safe-guarding victims.
In your third year, you will undertake a module in which you will follow an investigation into a serious incident from the first report to the police to a court hearing. This will enable you to develop the practical skills that are crucial to an investigation including interviewing witnesses and preparing a court file.
Learn from Professionals
The course is delivered by a team of expert academics, based in sociology and criminology, alongside former senior police officers. You will also be taught by leading academics from criminology, sociology, social policy and social work.
We have excellent connections across Greater Manchester with law enforcement organisations, local government, social care providers, prisons, courts, charities, community development and youth organisations. We will ensure you benefit from these links, whether that be through placement opportunities, field trips, conference opportunities, surgeries, guest speakers and workshops.
Make a Real Difference
The Professional Policing degree will provide you with the knowledge required prior to joining the police service. However, this is not the only career option open to graduates. You will develop a range of interpersonal, professional and academic skills over the course of the programme. This combination alongside the fact that the degree is validated by the College of Policing will ensure that graduates are outstanding candidates for not only policing posts but also key societal roles such as civilian investigation, crime reduction, probation, security and criminal justice policy development.
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