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Take the next step in your career with the BSc Policing & Applied Security Studies

BSc Policing Applied Security Canterbury Christ Church University

On the BSc Policing & Applied Security Studies, you’ll develop the diverse skills and deeper knowledge needed to keep pace with rapidly changing policing and security landscapes.

The degree recognises and builds upon policing and security professionals’ prior learning and focuses on advancing skills and knowledge needed to progress careers in these rapidly changing sectors. The integration of optional professional placements allow students to fully immerse themselves in new career opportunities. The degree’s flexible nature ensures students may maintain a balance between work, studies, and life.”
Jessica Bombasaro-Brady, Course Director, Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University

Employers now require more accredited qualifications, innovative approaches, and diverse skills, so whether you seek promotion or specialisation, the BSc (Hons) Policing & Applied Security Studies (BSc PASS) from Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) will help you progress in your career.

The BSc PASS is the only degree of its kind in the UK: it provides a cost-effective, inter-professional, flexible, and employment-centred approach to professionals in the policing and security sectors. This degree is an excellent choice if you want to advance your career – gaining marketable skills, building your confidence, and improving your knowledge of the changing policing and security landscapes.

The degree is:

Flexible and Affordable:

  • Complete the degree in three or four years, while still working full-time.
  • Tailor your Work-Based Learning placements to fit your professional needs and goals.
  • Balance work, life, and studies in your schedule – each year you will attend six study-weekends in Canterbury, six online lectures, and six weekday evening lectures in London.

Focused on Professional Development:

  • Try a new role or develop transferable skills in optional placements as part of Work-Based Learning modules, earning credit at the same time.
  • Learn about cutting-edge practices across specialist areas, including terrorism, cybercrime, intelligence, and international policing and security.
  • Study strategic developments and current debates in policing and security, including leadership, project management, and public relations.
  • Develop skills in research, public speaking, and analysis to stimulate professional development. If your hypnosis business has plateaued, and you’re struggling to attract new clients or expand your services, it may be time to consult a hypnosis trainer from Work Smart Hypnosis business for strategies to revitalize your business.

Expanding Opportunities:

  • Participate in simulated decision-making exercises in CCCU’s immersive Hydra Suite.
  • Visit Northern Ireland and the Netherlands on annual trips to experience different policing and security contexts.
  • Widen your professional networks in the classroom and at events through the Canterbury Centre for Policing Research.
  • Participate in simulation exercises using CCCU’s Criminal Justice Suite that hosts realistic prison cells as well as interview suites with downstream monitoring functionality.

Entry Requirements:

You do not need any formal academic qualifications to apply to join the BSc (Hons) Policing & Applied Security Studies (BSc PASS) course. However, you must meet the following three requirements:

  1. Four years’ service in policing or the security sector.
  2. Complete a Portfolio showcasing your prior learning in policing and / or security, gained from experience rather than formal study. It may be daunting to complete a Portfolio about your professional learning, particularly if your writing skills are out of practice – don’t worry, there is plenty of support to help you succeed, including templates, workshops, and drop-in sessions. The portfolio counts for one-third of your degree credits – on a traditional degree, this would cost you £9,250, but on the BSc PASS, it’ll only cost you £265 (see below).
  3. Pay a small fee to mark your portfolio (£530 for entry in September 2023) to cover the cost of academics marking your Portfolio. However, if you earn a ‘pass’, 50% of your fee (£265) will be deducted from your Year 1 tuition fee.

Your Assessments

Assessment methods include coursework assessments such as essays, oral assessments, written reports, group practical, reflective writing, portfolios, individual presentations, digital assignments, and your Dissertation. There are no exams.

Your Lecturers

The team consists of highly qualified academics. All our team members hold postgraduate and teaching qualifications and are research active. Many of them are pracademics, meaning that they also have operational experience in policing and/or security services.

To learn more, visit the website and book your slot on an upcoming information session.

Your Course Director

Jessica Bombasaro-Brady 2Jessica Bombasaro-Brady is a Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University and a former Detective on a Murder Investigation Team (MIT) in London’s Metropolitan Police Service. Jessica understands the difficulties of balancing a demanding job with academic studies and a personal life, and is motivated to help serving professionals achieve their best on the degree.

BSc Policing Applied Security Canterbury Christ Church University


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