Validated by Sheffield Hallam University, this distinctive and exciting Foundation Degree in Public Services: Policing Studies is ideal for students who are considering a career in the Police Service or other related criminal justice agencies. The programme integrates work-related experience throughout the module content, whilst also delivering the under-pinning academic knowledge and understanding needed to achieve learners’ future employability in the areas of Policing and Justice.
The programme consists of a mixture of theory and practical work-related modules which range from a thorough grounding in modules surrounding criminological theories, policing, law and criminal justice, through to a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of criminal justice policy and contemporary policing problems.
Students will be encouraged to apply to join the Special Constabulary or to establish links with a Police Service or associated voluntary organisation that works with the Police Service or criminal justice system to allow them to complete the work-based learning or industrial placement modules of the programme.
The Foundation Degree Programme in Public Services aims to:
The course is assessed by a range of assessment methods, including submission of work-based assignments which will demonstrate how learning has been applied in the work place. The course will combine practice and theory drawing upon the experiences of students. It is enhanced by the use of visiting specialist speakers and visits to a variety of public service organisations.
Applicants who are studying for SHU-validated foundation degrees will receive an offer for their designated full time honours degree progression route at Sheffield Hallam University provided that they submit an application via UCAS by the deadline. Applicants who are studying for SHU-validated foundation degrees and who wish to progress to part-time study on their designated honours degree progression route will apply directly to the University.
The offer of a place on the BA (Hons) Criminal Justice Practice (Policing Studies) degree course made by the University will be subject to:
Students can also go directly into employment. Many of the skills gained are particularly useful for careers in the Police Service, Military Police, the Criminal Justice System and private/commercial security services. Justice Sector workers are employed mostly through the public sector but with a significant number in the voluntary sector and a growing number in the private sector.
It is recognised that the majority of our Criminal Justice partners require a DBS certificate when considering candidates for work based learning (WBL). A criminal record does not necessarily preclude a student from enrolment and each case will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants should discuss their individual situation with the course leader as not having a valid DBS can affect the type of placements available within the WBL module.