What will I learn?

If you are considering a career as a police officer, the ways which you can get into any of the 43 Police Forces in England and Wales is changing and by 2020 you will need a professional educational qualification to be confirmed in post as a police constable. **One recognised pathway*** into the police service will be the successful completion of a Degree in Professional Policing from a University that is licensed by the Policing Professional Body the College of Policing, like ours at the University of Chester which is due to commence in September 2019.The Institute of Policing is located on our multi-agency campus in Warrington where our teaching staff are co-located with police officers from Cheshire Constabulary and we share facilities, professional knowledge and resources to enhance your experience .**Why Choose University of Chester**- Studying our programme, you will cover all the learning content of the College of Policing’s Degree in Professional Policing as well as getting additional value of covering specialist subjects in more detail such as Counter Terrorism and Digital Crime. In essence you will get a grounded knowledge of the key aspects of policing for example legislation and police powers, investigative interviewing skills, our excellent facilities for role play scenarios will allow you to put your knowledge in practice in a safe learning environment. Our facilities comprise an immersive learning suite, interview rooms , crime scene houses, road policing warehouse, a custody office and mock court room all of which add your learning experience. Our small class sizes mean we get to know you well and the pastoral care afforded by the teaching team is excellent, recognised in our National Student Survey results.Our teaching team consists of ex-police officers with hundreds of years of professional knowledge and experience in a wide variety of policing disciplines, supported by a host of subject matter experts from the world of law enforcement and the criminal justice system. They will devote their time to maximizing your potential all we ask in return is that you support them in their role by demonstrating a similar level of dedication and commitment. Through our relationships with police colleagues we can help you obtain an opportunity to apply to be a special constable, allowing you to put your newly gained knowledge and skills into practice with on the job experience, additionally providing evidence to support your CV.Your unique learning experience and our nurturing of you to become a police officer is our ultimate goal and everything you do will support your ambition. If part way through the course you decide policing is not for you then don not worry you will have attained a lot of transferable skills which are likely to be sought after in many other professions. The Warrington campus is strategically located off the main North West motorway network allowing commuting from anywhere in the North West reasonably accessible, within 40 minutes you can visit the vibrant cities of Chester, Liverpool or Manchester, the campus is small very community based and a great way to make new friends and obtain a high quality degree.* Successful attainment of the Degree in Professional Policing does not in itself provide any guarantee of recruitment as a trainee Police Constable. Each police force within England and Wales sets out its own recruitment process and selection policy and entry requirements vary from force to force. Prospective students are therefore strongly advised to check the specific requirements of their chosen force prior to undertaking study

Which department am I in?

Social and Political Science

Study options

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees
Information not available

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Start date

September 2022


Warrington Campus

Crab Lane,


WA2 0DB, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have High School diploma (or equivalent) with a GPA of 2.8 and one of the following: SAT (Prior to March 2016) with an overall grade of 1500; SAT (Taken after March 2016) with an overall grade of 1100; ACT overall score of 22; 2 Aps in relevant subjects with grades 3 or above; Some courses may require additional criteria, please contact the International Centre for clarification. IELTS: 6.0 (Min. 5.5 in each-sub-skill).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Chester

The University of Chester is home to students from 130 countries and is the #2 University in the UK for international students (WhatUni? 2020).

  • Ranked #2 the UK for international students (WhatUni? 2020)
  • 200+ courses available with a focus on practical learning
  • Diverse international student body
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