Police Studies, Procedure and Investigation (including foundation year) - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Our Police Studies, Procedure and Investigation (including foundation year) BSc is the perfect choice if want to enter an undergraduate degree in policing but don’t hold traditional qualifications or the necessary entry requirements. Completion of the course will earn you the same award and title as students who entered via the three-year route.

During the foundation year, you’ll develop academic skills that will allow you to succeed at undergraduate study and progress into a career in policing or criminal justice.

More about this course

This police studies degree with a foundation year will provide excellent preparation for academic study, as well as a career in policing or criminal justice.

Your academic tutor, mentor, lecturers and student support services will ensure that you settle into university and progress academically. Your lecturers will employ interactive teaching methods in small classes with a mix of tasks and activities to help you learn. Throughout the course you’ll engage with a wide variety of material including news articles, videos, academic texts, blogs and research. These formats are applicable to a range of work environments, so you’ll be well prepared to embark on a career within policing or criminal justice. 

Your foundation year will be shared with students from other degree specialisms, so you’ll learn alongside students with different academic interests and perspectives on the topics you study. This year will focus on building your academic study skills, including essay writing, critical thinking and research. However, you’ll also take a module that is more closely related to the field of police studies. This will help you learn more about the subsequent years of study.

On completion of the foundation year you’ll study the same content and have the same module options as students on the traditional course. To learn more about the course content on the Police Studies, Procedure and Investigation BSc visit our course page. If you find that you’d like to change your degree specialism after the foundation year, there will be some flexibility to do so.


You will be assessed in different ways, including exams and coursework such as portfolios of reflective writing, digital portfolios, essays, reports, presentations, discussion and seminar skills.

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UCAS code L439
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent)

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

If you are a mature student with significant work experience, you are invited to apply for this course on the basis of the knowledge and skills you have developed through your work.

Modular structure

Example Year 0 modules include:

  • Critical Thinking 
  • Interventions for Change 
  • Media, Crime and 'Race' 
  • Reflecting on Self and Society 
  • Researching Discrimination 
  • Researching Inequality
  • Social Issues in Context: Text to Essay

Example Year 1 modules include:

  • Criminal Law 
  • Introduction to Criminological Theory
  • Introduction to Policing
  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System

Example Year 2 modules include: 

  • Perspectives on Policing
  • Policing in Practice
  • Skills for Community Police Officers
  • Crime in Context
  • Crime, Media and Technology
  • Racism and Ethnicity
  • Youth, Crime and Violence

Example Year 3 modules include:

  • Criminology Work Experience
  • Frameworks in Investigation
  • Victims and Crime
  • Criminology Project
  • Evidence-based Policing Research Project
  • Crime Control and Penology
  • Serious and Serial Offenders
  • Social Control, Drugs and Organised Crime
  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism

After the course

Graduates from our criminology related courses enter a range of careers including police officers, special constables, investigating analysts, support workers, senior detective constables, investigating analysts and probation officers. They now work for organisations as diverse as the Metropolitan Police, Ten Intelligence, Mears, the Finnish Police and the London Community Rehabilitation Company.

There are also options for postgraduate study at London Met, which will allow you to gain more links with police forces thanks to the important research culture in units such as our John Grieve Centre.

What is a degree with a foundation year?

This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It's the perfect route into university if you don't meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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