Policing is one of the word's oldest professions, and an occupation that changes from country to country, town to town, and even street to street!
It is also one of the most rewarding career paths to follow, both professionally and personally. But what it takes to become a member of the police force is changing, which is why the university-level study of policing is becoming more and more important for those looking to forge a career in the sector.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled four key reasons why you should consider studying Professional Policing at University if you have aspirations to join this fascinating line of work.
The College of Policing announced in 2016 that all new police officers will be required to hold degree-level qualifications by 2020. This means that you won’t be able to apply unless you have a degree of some nature from a university or similar establishment.
With that being the case, it makes a lot of sense to make your degree something focussed on policing itself. This will give you an immediate leg up on those with unrelated degrees, and may allow you to get ahead faster once you are employed as a police officer. It would also represent an ideal degree qualification to enter a police force as police staff- working in intelligence, HR and forensics, or even with other law enforcement agencies and statutory bodies, including the National Crime Agency, Local Authorities, Trading Standards and community safety teams.
What makes the Professional Policing course from Birmingham City University’s School of Social Sciences stand out even further is that it is actually accredited by the College of Policing, the policing standard qualification for entry as a constable.
Start making a difference right away
Why wait until you’re a police officer to start making a difference? Start right away with a policing degree!
Policing degrees can allow students to be trained as special constables, as is the case with our BSc (Hons) Professional Policing degree, thanks to our collaboration with West Midlands Police. This means that you will receive 'on the job training' alongside your academic studies. The role presents a significant opportunity to protect our communities from harm and to understand policing from the inside, long before you graduate.
Skills for life
Whilst policing degrees teach you a lot of bespoke skills the policing sector finds desirable, they also provide students with a wealth of other transferable skills that can be applied to a variety of other sectors.
You’ll learn leadership and team building skills, which are ideal no matter where your career path takes you after graduation. Management roles are always looking for those with the personal tools to get people motivated and productive. The same can be said for the report writing and analytical skills you’ll learn during the course too.
Policing is one subject that benefits greatly from the experiences of ex-professionals. Police officers, both active and retired, come with a wealth of knowledge that they want to pass on to the next generation.
Students on our Professional Policing degree will benefit from a teaching team comprised of both Criminology academics, who will explore the theoretical and psychological underpinnings of policing, and former policing professionals. This will give you an excellent balance of both the theoretical and practical skills modern police officers need to excel in their careers.
This will be complemented by field trips to give you further hands-on experience. Field trips are being planned to courts, police public order training and prisons, to give students real insight they wouldn’t get on other degrees.
Interested in finding out more about what our Professional Policing degree could offer you? Visit our course page to get more in-depth information.