Policing and Criminal Justice -BSc (Hons)

You’ll have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of the police or another service of interest on our work-based learning module. It gives you an insight into working cultures and practices as well as a head start in your chosen career.

Course details

Whether you want to work for the police, prison service, security industry, local government or elsewhere in the criminal justice sector, our course will give you a deep understanding of the issues and policies involved in modern policing and rehabilitation.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin Univesity, ARU

Course overview

As a BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Justice student at ARU, you’ll develop your knowledge and skills by studying real-life cases and academic research, and taking part in interactive learning.

You’ll debate the most pressing issues facing police forces today, including sexual offences, fraud investigation, counter-terrorism initiatives and cultural diversity. You can also examine the trial process, and practice presenting evidence in front of a judge and jury, in our own on-campus mock courtroom.


Entry requirements

96 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

You may also be accepted to this course with an IELTS 5.5 (Academic level- with no individual score being lower than 5.5) or equivalent English Language qualification as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University, but will then be required to undertake additional compulsory free English language modules in your first year.


Our graduates go on to work in the police force, probation, prisons and youth justice, as well as the Border Force, the military, security, charities and NGOs, local government, and the public sector more generally. Others are using their skills in areas such as policy, PR, communication and the media.

If you’re already working in the criminal justice sector, you could follow in the footsteps of former students who have progressed their careers to graduate level.

You could also develop a specialism or start a career in research by taking part in our academic shadowing scheme or Cambridgeshire County Council’s violence prevention analysis programmes.


You’ll show your progress through a range of methods, including essays, presentations, case study reports, group work, research, and a major research project.

  • Introduction to Policing
  • Crime News and Criminology
  • Criminal Justice in England and Wales
  • Policing Practice
  • Making A Difference
  • Ruskin Module (15 credits)
  • Evidence-Based Policing

Optional modules

  • Working in Criminal Justice
  • Policing Vulnerability
  • Cybercrime and Policing
  • Violence, Masculinity and Confrontation
  • Anglia Language Programme
  • Policing Ethics
  • Violence, Gender and Victimisation
  • Dark Web Policing and Control
  • Youth, Crime and Aggression
  • Criminology and Policing in Policy and Practice

Optional modules

  • Undergraduate Major Project – Criminology
  • Undergraduate Major Project – Policing
  • Exploitation, Trafficking and Sexual Violence
  • Investigative Psychology
  • Neighbourhood Policing and Community Safety
  • Anglia Language Programme
  • Police and Counter-terrorism
  • Organised Crime