BSc (Hons) Police Sciences

Would you like a varied, exciting and dynamic career with opportunities to make a real difference to your community? The BSc (Hons) Police Sciences degree will give you the specialist knowledge and skills required to enhance a rewarding career in the police service or related professions. The Police Sciences course has been devised through consultation with serving police officers of all ranks, to ensure content is relevant and meets police force requirements.

To gain practical experience alongside your studies, we recommend you apply to join the Special Constabulary of your chosen force. As part of the Police Sciences course, you can also gain the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing, which is currently required as a pre-join qualification for a number of UK police forces. 

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
F410 Full-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
F410 Full-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A

Year 1

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

Year 2

  • 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 3

  • 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


Mae modiwlau cyfrwng Cymraeg yn cynnwys | Modules available in Welsh

Modiwlau Blwyddyn 1 

  • Diogelu Pobl Agored i Niwed
  • Diogelu’r Gymuned

Modiwlau Blwyddyn 2 

  • Ymchwil yn Plismona
  • Sgiliau Rheoli
  • Arfer Proffesiynol a Chyflogadwyedd 

Modiwl Blwyddyn 3 

  • Prosiect Ymchwil


The Police Sciences degree is designed to develop your personal skills, as well as impart academic knowledge and practical applications of criminal law, scenes of crime, criminology, police management, operational planning and the latest aspects of criminal investigation. Operational policing is the “why and how” of police practice and management. You will gain management skills that are required at all levels, from planning minor and major operations through to budgeting. You also will be introduced to legislation to prepare you for your progression to the police service.

Community Safety and criminology examine many areas surrounding policing, including the causes and prevention of crime, policing styles and community involvement. The preservation of the crime scene is a vital skill for police officers, so you will gain key forensic science skills in our new laboratories and practical sessions. Personal development will give you key skills for file preparation, conflict management and interview, plus some knowledge of first aid.


Our Police Sciences degree is taught through lectures and tutorials, as well as scenario-based exercises that include role-play, interviews and simulated incidents. To develop your communication skills even further, you will complete a final year project where you can research an area of policing that interests you most.

Did you know?

The University provides opportunities for Welsh-speaking students to develop their skills and confidence through the medium of Welsh. More information about Welsh-language provision is available here

Darperir cyfleoedd gan y Brifysgol i fyfyrwyr cyfrwng Cymraeg sydd yn dymuno datblygu eu sgiliau a’u hyder drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg. Am fwy o wybodaeth cliciwch yma


You will be assessed through a combination of approaches including:

  • Coursework
  • Interviews
  • Laboratory reports
  • Written examinations
  • Multi-choice questions
  • Interactive assessment exercises
  • Physical fitness assessments (first year only)


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.


The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes (106 UCAS Tariff Points)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes (80 UCAS Tariff Points)

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

Thanks to our links with South Wales Police, Gwent Police, the College of Policing and Skills for Justice, we offer three initiatives aimed at enhancing and propelling your career.

Certificate in Knowledge of Policing
This certificate is an essential entry requirement for employment in most police services including The Metropolitan Police and South Wales Police and we are the only University that is an approved provider by the College of Policing and Skills for Justice. This certificate is integrated into the final year of your course and upon passing the associated assessment you will gain your certificate. This is included in your course at no extra cost.

For students who want to gain employment within the South Wales Police you will have the additional benefit of knowing that by obtaining your certificate from the University of South Wales you will meet the additional entry requirements set by these police services.

Advanced Specials Programme
This is an innovative programme between South Wales Police and the University of South Wales which provides you with unique support, advice and guidance in becoming a special constable and developing the occupational competencies needed by a police constable. In your first year of study, South Wales Police Officers will come to the university to recruit our students. If successful, you will maintain this role throughout your studies gaining valuable work experience. Over the remaining two year period you will be supported by a police officer to become a fully operational officer. After graduating and satisfying the national recruitment process you will be able to join South Wales Police as a fully operational police constable.

Please note: Availability of the Advanced Specials Programme scheme is subject to police operational service requirements and student numbers.

Prepared Candidate Status
This training is provided by South Wales and Gwent Police Officers. This training combined with the certificate means that when you graduate you will be in a position to enter employment with South Wales or Gwent Police and start working on patrol after only one week without the need for further training. This also means that you will be able to join some police services including South Wales on a higher starting salary.

Please note that you need to pass the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing, be successful in the vetting process and successfully graduate from your degree to gain preferred candidate status.

Availability of the Prepared Candidate Status scheme is subject to police operational service requirements and student numbers.

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.