BSc (Hons) Police Sciences (including Foundation Year)

94% of our BSc (Hons) Police Sciences graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduating Graduate Destination Survey 2016

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

Taught by former police staff and internationally renowned academics, this highly respected Police Sciences degree - taught here for more than 15 years - will prepare you for the challenges of modern policing and related professions. You will gain a detailed understanding of policing as you learn what it takes to be an efficient police officer who is ready for the challenges of the 21st century. From cybercrime and digital forensics to community safety and protecting the vulnerable in society, your learning experiences will make use of the latest technology.

We are one of the few universities in the world and the only one in Wales to have a Hydra Simulation Centre, which is used to train police officers at all levels – from Constable to Chief Constable. This means that our students use exactly the same system that the police use to train their staff to be better officers.

You’ll develop knowledge and practical applications of criminal law, scenes of crime, criminology, police management, and the latest aspects of criminal investigation. You’ll also gain policing and management skills for use at all levels, from managing yourself to planning large policing operations.

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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

Foundation Year: Police Sciences Degree

  • Science for Law Enforcement Officers - 20 credits
  • Introduction to Critical Analysis in Police Sciences - 20 credits
  • Careers in the Police Service - 20 credits
  • Foundation Performance and Development - 20 credits
  • Police Law and Crime Investigation - 20 credits
  • Digital Literacy and Numeracy in Policing - 20 credits

As part of this foundation policing 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 One: Police Sciences Degree

  • Practical Forensics for Policing - 20 credits
  • Police Duties and Law 1 - 20 credits
  • Performance and Development 1 - 20 credits
  • Performance and Development 1 - 20 credits
  • Community Safety - 20 credits *
  • Contemporary Issues in Modern Policing - 20 credits
  • Protecting Vulnerable People (PVP)- 20 credits *

Year Two: Police Sciences Degree

  • Management Skills for Police Officers - 20 credits 
  • Police Duties and Law II Running - 20 credits
  • Performance and Development II - 20 credits
  • Research in Policing and Security - 20 credits *
  • Digital Forensic Investigation - 20 credits
  • Professional Practice and Employability - 20 credits *

Year Three: Police Sciences Degree

  • Research Project - 40 credits *
  • Digital Policing and Security Management - 20 credits
  • Police Duties and Law III - 20 credits
  • Performance and Development III - 20 credits
  • Strategic Engagement and External Communications in Policing - 20 credits

*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


As part of the police sciences course, students complete 70 hours of relevant work experience. You can do this after joining local police Special Constabularies, for example, through paid work placements or other volunteering work.



Our facilities for Police Sciences are outstanding. We are one of the few universities in the world to have a Hydra Simulation Centre, which is used to train police officers at all levels – from Constable to Chief Constable. This means that our students use exactly the same system that the police use to train their staff to be better officers.

Our Hydra Simulation Centre, the only one in Wales, helps you practise dealing with realistic scenarios such as major crime enquiries, so you will be able to develop your interview skills for critical incidents. The simulation suite allows you to experience these incidents in a safe learning environment, where you can test your ability to make decisions, take action and see the consequences.

Our Crime Scene Training Facility is where you can practise your crime scene investigation techniques on campus. We also have forensic facilities where you can explore and analyse forensic evidence. We also have interview rooms with CCTV systems so you can observe and assess your interview skills.


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 3 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.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

Find out how to pay your tuition fees in full or by payment plan.

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

International Scholarships are available for self-funding international students.

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £12600 

August 2020 - July 2021 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.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Assessment submission (Compulsory) * £10
Some assessments may need to be printed (e.g. academic posters) and this will incur a cost to be shared amongst a work group.
Books (Optional)
Students may wish to purchase their own copies of Police related text, however, reference copies are available in the Library.
Field Trips (Compulsory) *
During the course students will be required to travel to venues in the South Wales area in order to take part in learning activities.
Printing (Optional)
Students' material is generally available online and in digital format. Some students may wish to produce hard copies for their personal use.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one 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. 

Admissions statement

Graduates of our Police Sciences degree can be found serving in police and armed forces throughout the UK and overseas, putting the skills they learned at the University to good effect. Many graduates have found employment as police officers, while some are police staff and community support officers. Graduates have also found employment in the prison service and other criminal justice agencies, as well as management positions in private industry and commerce. You will also develop skills that are essential to a range of jobs in many different areas – like data analysis, problem solving, people management, communication, and dealing with difficult situations.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW police sciences 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.