Policing Studies - Foundation Certificate

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Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU)
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Are you interested in a role in policing, security, risk management or criminal justice? Do you have a mind that looks to be fair and honest, do you like the idea of justice? Then this degree might be just what you need!

Discover the roles of police, law, justice, and various aspects of crime with a degree in Policing Studies. During the Policing Studies Foundation Certificate programme you will undertake an exploration of contemporary policing issues as you develop skills and prepare for your professional practice. It moves beyond taken for granted definitions and ideas in policing, and critically evaluates claims to knowledge in this area.

Studying policing gives you an insight into a variety of subjects which include, but are not limited to; policing, investigations, research, forensics, law, and social aspects of crime. Completion of this course will develop your knowledge and skills and enable you to progress to the Foundation Degree in Policing.   

This course will enable you to a gain an understanding of Policing studies and will prepare you for the Foundation Degree in Policing Studies. This course is an ideal avenue for those that wish to study the FdA but do not have the entry requirements.

The course will be delivered through a mixture of theory and practical sessions this allows students to explore the theory of policing and the practical aspects, including health and fitness and practical issues in policing Liverpool. The blend of modules allows teaching methods to include group activities, project work, lectures, and guest speakers.

You will study a range of core modules, including:

  • Preparing for Success
  • Contemporary Issues in Law
  • Understanding Contemporary Social Issues
  • Investigating Liverpool
  • Contemporary Issues in Security and Policing
  • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice


For full entry criteria, please see the Programme Specification.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University Centre offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates, you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the Hugh Baird University Centre.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check proves to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

One year, full time or two years, part time.

Once you complete this course, you will have the knowledge, skills and qualification that makes you an attractive candidate for recruitment by the police service or other employers in related fields, such as security and risk management.

Completion of this course will develop your knowledge and skills and enable you to progress to the Liverpool John Moores University-accredited Foundation Degree in Policing at Hugh Baird University Centre. Completion of the Foundation Degree will then enable you to continue to study for the full BA (Hons) Degree at Liverpool John Moores University.  

On successful completion of this qualification, potential career paths may include:

  • Police roles
  • Criminal Justice system
  • Prison service
  • Probation

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It’s never too late to learn

We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 years or above). Even if you don't have the entry requirements, you may have gained knowledge and skills from relevant work or life experience, so we would consider your application on an individual basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

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We want to make your university education as flexible and affordable as possible. We offer a number of financial support options to help you go further by staying local. You don’t need to pay for your tuition fees up front - Tuition Fee Loans cover university or college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university or college, by Student Finance England.

They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn. You may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan to help support your living costs. For more information, visit www.gov.uk/student-finance

Yes. We have a dedicated team of staff on hand to help guide you through the admissions process, from selecting the right course, to completing your UCAS application and applying for financial support.

If you have any questions, or need help at any stage, call the Retention and Progression Team on 0151 353 4444, or email careers@hughbaird.ac.uk.

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