801–1000 th
World University Rankings 2020
201–250 th
Young University Rankings 2019
151-200 th
European Teaching Rankings 2019
Adelphi Building, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom


Thinking of a career as a police officer? This challenging yet rewarding two-year Foundation Degree will give you a real-life introduction to operational policing. Developed in partnership with Lancashire Constabulary, the programme is also supported by the British Transport Police North West and North East regions. You’ll gain all the necessary knowledge, practical experience, vocational and key skills to meet the operational requirements of the police service. Containing the equivalent of the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme which all new police recruits have to complete, you’ll finalise your degree with a 10-week work placement in a police division. Here you’ll undertake full operational police duties alongside regular officers who assess your ability to perform the duties of a police officer and whether you are ‘fit for independent patrol’ at the standard of a regular constable. PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT confuse this Foundation Degree in Policing with the Foundation Entry for Police & Criminal Investigation Degree. They are two quite distinct and separate courses. The Foundation Degree in Policing is intended for those who wish to study policing with a view to pursuing a career with the Police either as a uniformed officer or as a member of police staff. Foundation degrees have been developed to address the demands of employers for Higher Education to place even greater emphasis on the key skills necessary to be effective in work; skills such as communication, teamwork, and problem-solving. UCLan’s Foundation Degree in Policing will be highly valued, having been developed in partnership with Lancashire Constabulary to equip you with the necessary knowledge, practical, vocational and key skills to pursue a career in the policing sector. It is designed to be delivered on a full-time basis. The course, essentially, provides the equivalent of the current Initial Police Learning and Development Programme that all new Police recruits have to complete. Those who successfully complete the Foundation Degree will, when recruitment opportunities arise, be suitably skilled to be considered for employment by Lancashire Constabulary, British Transport Police and by other police forces subject to the successful completion of the national police selection process. The course is designed to deliver the National Curriculum for Police Recruits. During the first year you will study five compulsory modules covering quality policing, personal development, ethics and diversity in policing, evidence and procedure in policing, and police powers and the Police and Criminal Evidence Act. Students will undertake a Pathway module that explores how the police engage with communities to provide a high quality service. The second year comprises another five compulsory modules covering issues such as signal crimes and disorders, investigative skills and criminal justice and road policing. Students will study a module which with the support of Lancashire Constabulary addresses operational police performance, the management of resources and police engagement with other agencies when keeping communities safe.

  • Qualification
    Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc
  • Study mode
  • Duration
    2 years
  • Start date
  • Location
    Main Site,PrestonUnited Kingdom
  • Fees & Finances
  • EU Year 1 £9,250
  • England Year 1 £9,250
  • Northern Ireland Year 1 £9,250
  • Scotland Year 1 £9,250
  • Wales Year 1 £9,250
  • Channel Islands Year 1 £9,250