BSc (Hons) Police Sciences (including Foundation Year)

If you want to study on the BSc (Hons) 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 in Police Sciences, you’ll have guaranteed progression to the first year of our BSc (Hons) Police Sciences degree.

USW's Police Sciences 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.

On our Police Sciences degree, 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. 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
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 *
  • 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.


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.

Thanks to our links with South Wales Police, Gwent Police, the College of Policing and Skills for Justice, we also 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.


Our facilities 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.

The Hydra Simulation 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.


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.

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

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

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 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.