BSc (Hons) Police Sciences

If you want to join the police service, the BSc (Hons) Police Sciences degree will help prepare you for job opportunities in this sector. We devised our police studies course by consulting with the police service and the College of Policing, so what you learn is relevant and meets specific requirements set by police forces. Taught by former police officers, police staff, and internationally renowned academics, the Police Science degree will prepare you for the challenges of modern policing and related professions, such as the UK Border Agency, security organisations (MI5/MI6), the National Crime Agency, HM Revenue and Customs, the military police, and private organisations that provide a policing function.

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. Plus, you will immerse yourself fully in the practical aspects of learning in our Hydra Simulation Centre and fully equipped interview rooms. Follow USW Police Sciences on Twitter.

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

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

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.

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 *
  • Forensic Evidence and Investigation - 20 credits
  • Professional Practice and Employability - 20 credits *

Year Three: Police Sciences Degree

  • Research Project - 40 credits *
  • Operational Planning and Investigation 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



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.

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)


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

Advanced Specials Programme
This innovative programme between South Wales Police and the University of South Wales 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.


Facilities for students on the police science courses are outstanding. They will boost your learning experience and help you put your knowledge into practice in realistic settings. We are one of the few universities in the world to have an integrated immersive learning facility – the Hydra Simulation Centre. This technology 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 House 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.


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.

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

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £12300 

August 2019 - July 2020 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. 

Admissions statement

Graduates of our Police Science 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.