BSc (Hons) Police Sciences (including Foundation Year)

If you want to study on the BSc (Hons) Police Sciences Degree but don’t have the right qualifications, this one-year course will help you build the skills, knowledge and confidence to progress to higher level studies. If you pass the Foundation Year in Police Sciences, you’ll have guaranteed progression to the first year of our BSc (Hons) Police Sciences Degree.

You’ll learn about what it takes to be a Police Officer in the modern police force. The course covers a wide range of subjects to build a strong foundation for the rest of the BSc (Hons) Police Sciences course. You’ll have opportunities to take part in practical exercises, such as role plays, or simulated incidents, on an individual or small group basis including Hydra simulation.


UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
T5R4 Full-time 4 Years September Glyntaff A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
T5R4 Full-time 4 Years September Glyntaff A

Year One

  • Police Law and Crime Investigation
  • Health, Safety and Emergency Care
  • Careers in the Police Service
  • Science for Law Enforcement Officers
  • Foundation Performance and Development
  • Digital Literacy and Numeracy in Policing
  • Introduction to Critical Analysis in Police Sciences

As part of this course we will teach you to become an independent thinker and to develop your skills to match those required for a career in the Police Service. Your study across a range of modules such as crime investigation, critical analysis of policing, criminal justice processes and practical skills for police officers will give you a solid foundation to progress on to our BSc (Hons) Police Sciences.

Year Two

  • Performance and Development 1
  • Community Safety*
  • Protecting Vulnerable People*
  • Understanding Crime Criminals and Victims
  • Introduction to Criminalistics
  • Police Duties and Law 1

Year 3

  • Research in Policing and Security*
  • Management Skills for Police Officers*
  • Performance and Development 2
  • Forensic Evidence and Investigation
  • Policing or Professional Practice and Employability*
  • Police Duties and Law 2

Year 4

  • Research project*
  • Strategic Management in the Police Service
  • Operational Planning and Investigation Management
  • Performance and Development 3
  • Police Duties and Law 3
  • Police and the Media

*Available through the medium of Welsh.


A variety of teaching styles and settings will ensure that you receive the best possible learning experience. Our hands on approach to teaching means that you will learn through interactive scenario based exercises such as role play or simulated incidents, as well as more traditional lectures and tutorials. Coupled with our excellent facilities, this interactive teaching will ensure that you apply your knowledge and skills in real circumstances that you may face.

Police Studies at the University of South Wales involves much more than just studying. Our students run their own Police Sciences Society which organises a calendar of social events and visits to external organisations, ensuring that your time at the University of South Wales is highly enjoyable.


You will be assessed through a combination of approaches including:

  • Coursework
  • Interviews
  • Laboratory reports
  • Written examinations
  • Multi-choice questions
  • Interactive assessment exercises


We are the one of only a few universities, and the only one in Wales to have a Hydra Suite for training students. The Hydra system is one that is used by the Police Staff College, and many national police forces to train officers at all levels.

Our Policing and Security facilities also include our unique Crime Scene House, forensic laboratories to examine materials in a crime scene and fully equipped interview rooms-using exactly the same equipment as UK police forces. Students are able to view themselves in action in real time through a sophisticated multi-camera CCTV system, allowing objective assessment and the development of key interviewing skills -one of the foundations of police investigation.


Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

EE to exclude General Studies

Typical Welsh BACC Offer


Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Pass Pass Pass or BTEC Diploma Pass Pass

Typical IB Offer

Pass IB Diploma or two IB Certficates at Higher level.

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits all Passes

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £11900 

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

Succeed on our Foundation Year in Police Studies and you will be able to continue your studies on our BSc Police Sciences course. If you successfully complete the foundation programme you will have guaranteed entry onto the first year of the BSc (Hons) Police Sciences course.

Both our foundation year and BSc (Hons) Police Sciences are tailored for students who aspire to join the police service. Through in-depth consultation with serving police officers, we have designed these courses to equip you with the skills and knowledge that are essential for a career in the Police Service and to fully prepare you for your subsequent application for entry into the Police Force.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.