BSc (Hons) Police Sciences

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

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, 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 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 university 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.

We devised our Police Sciences 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. Follow USW Police Sciences on Twitter.

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. You’ll also develop knowledge and practical applications of criminal law, scenes of crime, criminology, police management, and the latest aspects of criminal investigation. 

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 
  • Digital Policing and Security - 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

Mae modiwlau cyfrwng Cymraeg yn cynnwys | Welsh Module options are:

Blwyddyn Un

  • Perfformiad a Datblygiad 1
  • Diogelu Pobl Agored i Niwed
  • Dioeglu’r Gymuned

Blwyddyn Dau

  • Ymchwil yn Plismona
  • Ymarfer Proffesiynol a Chyflogadwyedd

Blwyddyn Tri

  • Traethawd Hir


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.

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.

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)


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.



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.


Police Sciences has been taught at the University for more than 15 years. Within this time, we have built up an unrivalled team that combines senior figures from the policing profession, who bring a wealth of operational knowledge, with academics at the cutting edge of research into key areas such as religion-based terrorism, international relations, and police governance and accountability.

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 a minimum score of 29 overall including 5 or above in English at standard level

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 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
DBS (Compulsory) * £57.20
A DBS check may be required, depending on your choice of work placement. This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
Field Trips (Optional) £140 - £400
Students have the opportunity to participate in an International Police Summer School. The costs for this activity will vary depending on the hosting country. This is optional.
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) (Optional) £20 - £30
Students may have the opportunity to borrow laboratory coats on site but they may wish to purchase their own.
Assessment submission (Compulsory) * £0 - £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.
Dissertation (Compulsory) * £0 - £10
One hard copy of the students' final 10,000 word Dissertation is required.
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.
Field Trips (Compulsory) *
Students will be required to travel to Cardiff to participate in an assessment at the Atrium Campus.
Books (Optional)
Students may wish to purchase their own copies of Police related text, however, reference copies are available in the Library.
Other: Travel to Placement (Optional)
In year 2 of the course, the 'Professional Practice and Employability' module requires students to complete 70 hours of recognised work experience. Some travel costs may be incurred depending on the placement chosen by the student.
Other: Work Placement (Optional)
Costs may be incurred while completing the student work placement. These costs may be associated with expected workplace attire and will vary according to the placement.
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 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.