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FdSc Policing


About the course

UCAS Code: N225 | UCAS Institution Code: C65

Do you want a career in the Police Force?

Benefit from a course delivered in partnership with the Police to gain the skills you need to succeed. Get a real-life introduction to operational policing and the opportunity to become a Special Constable.

The Foundation Degree in Policing is a popular pre-join qualification, 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.

British Transport Police Special Constabulary officers who successfully complete the Foundation Degree will be able to join the British Transport Police when recruitment opportunities arise without the need to attend the assessment centre interview process. 95% of recent graduates of the FdSc have joined the British Transport Police as full time officers.

The programme aims to equip students with the necessary knowledge, practical, vocational and key skills to pursue a career in the policing sector. It is also combined with membership of the Special Constabulary to offer operational policing experience. (Candidates must pass the special constable assessment centre).

The course involves work placements and role plays to give students the practical knowledge needed to develop a career in policing. This course is awarded by The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and delivered at City and Islington College at the London Angel campus.


  • 80 points at A2; General Studies accepted
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
  • BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
  • International Baccalaureate: 24P
  • Access Course: Pass
  • 5 GCSE's including Maths and English grade C or equivalent
  • IELTS grade 6 (with no component below 5.5)


Year 1 - Compulsory modules

  • Professional Policing
  • Employability and Study Skills
  • Ethics, Diversity and Social Issues
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Investigation and Evidence
  • Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE), Detention and Disposal
  • Pathway Module
  • Public Engagement

Year 2 - Compulsory modules

  • Signal Crimes
  • General Police Duties
  • Investigative Skills and Criminal Justice
  • Road Policing
  • Operational Policing (work placement double module)
  • Police Performance and Planning (pathway double module)


Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.


You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practicals. With small class sizes, you’ll enjoy quality contact time with lecturers, and the attention and support when you need it. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. Contact time varies between modules, but typically comprises of around 2-3 hours contact per week for each module.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library and HE hubs.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning hours, and assessment activity plus field trips (where relevant), with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours. Your actual contact hours may depend on the course you study. An indication of how much time allocated to different activities is included within course specification.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes academics, professional practitioners with industry experience and technical officers.

Standard Additional Course Costs

Please see here for examples of extra costs that may be incurred. Please read this PDF for examples of extra costs that may be incurred. 


The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Some modules may contain at least one piece of practice or 'formative' assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Method of assessment

The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the modules that form part of your course. The majority of the courses offered at the College use coursework as the main method of assessment. Further information regarding the methods of assessment for your course can be obtained from the Course Manager.


You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. We normally aim to provide you with feedback on your assessment within 10 working days of hand-in.  


After completing the Foundation Degree you will be able to progress onto the BSC (Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation.

British Transport Police Special Constabulary officers who successfully complete the Foundation Degree will be able to join BTP when recruitment opportunities arise without the need to attend the assessment centre interview process. 95% of recent graduates of the FdSc Policing have joined the British Transport Police as full time officers.

Course information

Start date
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01 January 1970

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Awarding body, UCLan
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