Foundation Degree in Policing Studies – A Mythbuster

At The Sheffield College we offer a number of university level courses; including Foundation Degrees, HNC/Ds, BA Hons, Top-up courses and professional qualifications. What a lot of people aren’t sure about is the difference between studying here or at a university. We clear it up below for our Policing Studies course…

You have to go to university to get a university level qualification in Policing, don’t you?

No. The Sheffield College offers the following:

  • FdA Policing Studies

But a degree at a college isn’t a ‘proper degree’ is it?

Of course it is. Our Policing Studies Foundation Degree is validated by Sheffield Hallam University meaning that it meets the exact same standards that have to be adhered to by all universities – it’s just less debt for you!

Ok, well surely employers prefer degrees from universities?

Not true. Employers rank work experience, an impressive CV and the actual qualification over prestige. The Policing Studies Foundation Degree focuses heavily on employability and involves intensive and consistent work-based learning with employers.

How are your links to industry?

As mentioned above, this course is heavily employability focussed. We will help you to apply to the Police Specials or work within an actual criminal justice work placement. Placements could be with a number of local organisations including South Yorkshire Police Special Constabulary, Sheffield Youth Offending Service or Victim Support.

Aside from visits and talks from the police and the criminal justice system, our lecturers are also former police officers who have inside knowledge and advice to pass on from when they were in the industry. Previous students who have gone directly into employment have found this has made the course and the transition into work easier.

What if I want to top-up to a full honours degree?

Our course enables learners to internally progress on to a full Honours Degree in Criminal Justice Practice at Sheffield Hallam University.

What facilities does the college have?

Our well-stocked library has just been stocked with a vast new range of criminal justice books ready for next academic year. We also dedicated university level area within college with a common room you to spend time in.

If necessary, you will also have access to Sheffield Hallam University as an associate student. This will grant you access to their library, including books and journals, as well as a quiet study area you can book.

What do you study on a policing degree?

  • Police Procedure
  • Introducing Criminology
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Psychology and Crime
  • Knowledge of offender management
  • Contemporary Police and Policing
  • Criminological Theory
  • Work-based Learning in Policing and Criminal Justice
  • Policing and Legal Frameworks
  • High risk and serious offenders

Will a policing degree actually get me in the police service?

Unfortunately, as with any degree, nothing is guaranteed.

However, you will learn much more about the role, it will show determination and focus on your CV and allow you to mature whilst learning relevant information for your chosen career – all whilst getting a degree at a reduced cost!!

If you are interested in our Foundation Degree in Policing Studies, please click here for more…


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