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Degrees

Mode: Full/Part-time

Time: 3 - 6 years

The Centre for Policing Research and Learning have identified a number of online Structured Honours Degrees (BSc or BA) that can be studied part-time or full-time, aimed at specific police-related subjects. Alternatively, police officers and staff can select specific modules of interest, that when combined can form an Open Degree Qualification that is unique for their interests. Obtaining a Degree can enhance CDP and enable the learner to progress to higher levels of study, thus creating further career opportunities within the Police.

OU Degrees for Policing

There are number of degree-level qualifications that are of direct professional relevance to policing. These qualifications are designed for police officers and staff, including managers working in policing in a variety of capacities.

A degree-level qualification is equivalent to Level 6 in the Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF), as recommended by The College of Policing.

If you cannot find a suitable degree from the list below, here is a wider range of OU Honours Degree Qualifications.

Structured Honours Degrees (BSc or BA)

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  • BA (Honours) Business Management

    How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s involved in functions such as marketing, accounting and finance? This innovative degree is firmly rooted in your own experience. You’ll investigate how organisations think and work, how they’re managed, and the external world in which they operate. You can focus entirely on business management, or choose to specialise within the subject areas of accounting, economics, leadership practice, innovation and enterprise or marketing.
    Duration: 
    6 years (Part time)
    Course code: 
    Q91
  • BA (Honours) Business Management (Innovation and Enterprise)

    What roles do innovators and entrepreneurs play? How do you negotiate creative solutions to ‘real world’ problems? What makes for a convincing new venture proposal? In this specialist route available in our BA (Honours) Business Management degree, you will develop an interdisciplinary perspective on the management of business organisations and a distinctive combination of skills, knowledge and understanding around innovation, enterprise and related fields such as creativity and design. On completion, you will be able to apply your learning to tackle economic, social and environmental challenges and pursue varied career opportunities in tech start-ups, social enterprises, corporations and public sector organisations.
    Duration: 
    6 years (Part time)
    Course code: 
    Q91
  • BA (Honours) Business Management (Leadership Practice)

    What makes good leadership? What are the issues you might face in leading organisations, and how can you practice leadership in an ethical and responsible manner? In this specialist route available in our BA (Honours) Business Management degree, you will develop an interdisciplinary perspective on the management of business organisations and build specialised knowledge and skills in leadership and change management. On completion of your degree, you will be equipped with the necessary skills to use and apply leadership practices and concepts in the workplace, and will acquire a wide range of transferable management skills.
    Duration: 
    6 years (Part time)
    Course code: 
    Q91

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  • BSc (Honours) Computing & IT and Applied Psychology

    This is one of several subject combinations available in our BSc (Honours) Computing & IT and a second subject degree. By exploring the different ways in which psychologists investigate the human mind and behaviour, you will learn how psychological research addresses real-life issues – such as designing computing and mobile systems in ways that promote their acceptance and effective use. You can choose the focus for your studies in computing and IT, selecting from computer science, digital technologies, networking, software development or web development.
    Duration: 
    6 years (Part time)
    Course code: 
    Q67
  • BSc (Honours) Computing & IT and Business

    This is one of several subject combinations available in our BSc (Honours) Computing & IT and a second subject degree. Computing and business have become closely intertwined throughout the world of work. You will gain insight into all facets of the world of business: markets, organisations, processes, strategies, policies and decision-making. You can choose the focus for your studies in computing and IT, selecting from computer science, digital technologies, networking, software development or web development. On completion of this degree, you will have the knowledge and skills to take part in the management and execution of computer-related projects in a business setting.
    Duration: 
    6 years (Part time)
    Course code: 
    Q67
  • BSc (Honours) Computing & IT and Statistics

    This is one of several subject combinations available in our BSc (Honours) Computing & IT and a second subject degree. You will develop a grasp of probability and the most common methods of statistical data analysis, and the ability to manipulate abstract concepts and use them to find solutions to practical problems. In computing and IT, you can focus your studies on computer science, digital technologies, networking, software development or web development. With basic competence in statistics and computing skills, you will be equipped to work in organisations that base decisions on statistical analysis or seek to interpret “big data”.
    Duration: 
    6 years (Part time)
    Course code: 
    Q67
  • BSc (Honours) Computing and IT

    Computing and IT skills have become fundamental to the way we live, work, socialise and play. This degree course opens up the world of technology and an array of exciting career opportunities. It will help you to become a confident user and manager of information technologies; to administer and manage network or database systems; and to develop new software solutions to meet specific market or organisational needs.
    Duration: 
    6 years (Part time)
    Course code: 
    Q62

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  • BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences (Criminology)

    This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences degree. Half of your studies will be in interdisciplinary social sciences. For the other half, you’ll learn how criminology helps us make sense of a range of issues related to crime, social conflict, criminal justice and criminalisation. On completion of your degree, you’ll be able to apply criminological and social theories, analyse a variety of evidence including statistical data, present arguments, write clearly and conduct your own research – opening up employment opportunities in private, public and voluntary sector organisations.
    Duration: 
    6 years (Part time)
    Course code: 
    Q69
  • BA (Honours) Criminology and Law

    Crime, justice and the workings of the law are matters that affect us all and often dominate the news. This degree takes a critical and analytical view of the role and functions of the legal system, and examines its relationship with criminal behaviour. You’ll explore issues such as anti-social behaviour, poverty, discrimination, hate crimes, child labour, as well as global threats from cyber-crime, terrorism and human rights violations, and their implications for justice.
    Duration: 
    6 years (Part time)
    Course code: 
    Q92
  • BA (Honours) Criminology and Psychology

    How and why do different societies define specific acts as ‘crimes’ and certain people as ‘criminals’? Why do some people develop addictions, not others? Why do less equal societies have more crime? What is happening when a person tells a lie? Is crime best understood as the product of individual choices or social conditions? This qualification explores questions like these about how people behave and examines how governments determine what they will and won’t tolerate, and why.
    Duration: 
    6 years (Part time)
    Course code: 
    Q98
  • BA (Honours) Youth Justice Studies (England and Wales)

    How can we improve the lives of children and young people who are in trouble? Within a criminal justice framework where the focus is on stopping young people causing trouble, this is an extremely challenging issue. If you work with young people in the youth justice system, or want to do so in the future, this degree course will have a real impact on your practice, helping you become more knowledgeable, versatile and self-aware.
    Duration: 
    6 years (Part time)
    Course code: 
    Q63

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  • BA (Honours) Criminology and Law

    Crime, justice and the workings of the law are matters that affect us all and often dominate the news. This degree takes a critical and analytical view of the role and functions of the legal system, and examines its relationship with criminal behaviour. You’ll explore issues such as anti-social behaviour, poverty, discrimination, hate crimes, child labour, as well as global threats from cyber-crime, terrorism and human rights violations, and their implications for justice.
    Duration: 
    6 years (Part time)
    Course code: 
    Q92
  • BA (Honours) Youth Justice Studies (England and Wales)

    How can we improve the lives of children and young people who are in trouble? Within a criminal justice framework where the focus is on stopping young people causing trouble, this is an extremely challenging issue. If you work with young people in the youth justice system, or want to do so in the future, this degree course will have a real impact on your practice, helping you become more knowledgeable, versatile and self-aware.
    Duration: 
    6 years (Part time)
    Course code: 
    Q63
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

    Studying law is stimulating in its own right, and a great asset for many other careers. The OU’s Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LLB) is the most popular qualification of its kind in the UK. By the end of your studies, you’ll have the legal awareness needed to understand and apply the law, together with skills of legal analysis and methods; and you’ll be well prepared for further study or career development.
    Duration: 
    6 years (Part time)
    Course code: 
    Q79
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (graduate entry)

    The Graduate Entry is the same course as the OU Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LLB). However, this version of the qualification allows you to enter the course directly at Stage 2, provided that you meet the entry requirements. To study this qualification you need a bachelors degree (ordinary or honours) or a masters degree in any subject from a recognized UK or overseas university.
    Duration: 
    4 years (Part time)
    Course code: 
    Q80
  • BSc (Honours) Psychology and Law

    Why do people harm others? What role does the law play in regulating justice within a society? In this stimulating combination of psychology and law, you will tackle fascinating questions like these, and gain an understanding of how we think, behave and interact with each other, as well as the legal awareness needed to understand and apply the law.
    Duration: 
    6 years (Part time)
    Course code: 
    Q93

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  • BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences (Psychology)

    This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences degree. Half of your studies will be in interdisciplinary social sciences. For the other half, you’ll first explore psychology through a range of real-world issues including love, sexuality and artificial intelligence before opting to study either social psychology or counselling and forensic psychology. On completion of this degree, you’ll be able to apply knowledge of classic and contemporary theories and research in psychology and social theory to a broad range of practical and theoretical issues, using data analysis and analytical techniques to understand a wide range of topics that affect individuals and society.
    Duration: 
    6 years (Part time)
    Course code: 
    Q69
  • BA (Honours) Criminology and Psychology

    How and why do different societies define specific acts as ‘crimes’ and certain people as ‘criminals’? Why do some people develop addictions, not others? Why do less equal societies have more crime? What is happening when a person tells a lie? Is crime best understood as the product of individual choices or social conditions? This qualification explores questions like these about how people behave and examines how governments determine what they will and won’t tolerate, and why.
    Duration: 
    6 years (Part time)
    Course code: 
    Q98
  • BSc (Honours) Forensic Psychology

    What makes people do harm to others? What is a psychopath? How do you conduct an intervention with someone convicted of a violent crime, or help someone who has been the victim of crime? This degree explores these and many other important questions to do with psychology, crime and justice. You’ll also cover the field of psychology more broadly, gaining a window into the workings of the mind and insights into why people behave the way they do.
    Duration: 
    6 years (Part time)
    Course code: 
    Q82
  • BSc (Honours) Psychology

    Psychology is all around us and touches upon every aspect of our lives. This fascinating degree investigates why we do the things we do; how we interact with others; how psychologists use research evidence to explore and debate issues such as ageing, crime, education, employment, forensic science, mental health, and relationships; and much more.
    Duration: 
    6 years (Part time)
    Course code: 
    Q07
  • BSc (Honours) Psychology and Law

    Why do people harm others? What role does the law play in regulating justice within a society? In this stimulating combination of psychology and law, you will tackle fascinating questions like these, and gain an understanding of how we think, behave and interact with each other, as well as the legal awareness needed to understand and apply the law.
    Duration: 
    6 years (Part time)
    Course code: 
    Q93
  • BSc (Honours) Psychology with Counselling

    The value of counselling to improve wellbeing and quality of life is increasingly recognised. From everyday worries to serious mental health issues like chronic anxiety and depression, counselling and psychological therapy can help us cope. Psychological therapies are rooted in psychological understanding, so this degree provides a strong foundation in psychology with a specific focus on how counselling works and how it can help people change.
    Duration: 
    6 years (Part time)
    Course code: 
    Q84
  • BSc (Honours) Social Psychology

    In this qualification you will consider how social psychology can be applied to contemporary life. You’ll also explore psychology more broadly, gaining insights into people's behaviour. Why do people go to war against their neighbours, or take part in protests? Has globalisation made people across the world more similar, or do old differences persist? How have gender identities changed? What does it mean to be a good citizen?
    Duration: 
    6 years (Part time)
    Course code: 
    Q83

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  • BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences

    What causes riots? Is commercialisation eroding childhood? Does poverty lead to crime? Social science explores such questions and helps a range of professionals – such as police officers, civil servants, business executives and social workers – who want to base their decisions on the best evidence. This qualification is designed to be very flexible, enabling you to develop a variety of knowledge and skills from a combination of subjects including psychology, sociology, criminology, geography, politics and economics.
    Duration: 
    6 years (Part time)
    Course code: 
    Q69
  • BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences (Criminology)

    This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences degree. Half of your studies will be in interdisciplinary social sciences. For the other half, you’ll learn how criminology helps us make sense of a range of issues related to crime, social conflict, criminal justice and criminalisation. On completion of your degree, you’ll be able to apply criminological and social theories, analyse a variety of evidence including statistical data, present arguments, write clearly and conduct your own research – opening up employment opportunities in private, public and voluntary sector organisations.
    Duration: 
    6 years (Part time)
    Course code: 
    Q69
  • BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences (Politics)

    This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences degree. Half of your studies will be in interdisciplinary social sciences. For the other half, you’ll explore the fundamentals of political theory, examining the debates and conflicts inherent in a modern democracy. You’ll have an opportunity to focus on either international politics or contemporary political ideas. On completion of your degree, you’ll be able to apply political and social theories and analytical techniques to a variety of applied topics that affect individuals and society, and you’ll acquire a wide range of transferable skills – opening up employment opportunities in private, public and voluntary sector organisations.
    Duration: 
    6 years (Part time)
    Course code: 
    Q69
  • BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences (Sociology)

    This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences degree. Alongside study of interdisciplinary social sciences, you’ll have the opportunity to explore how social sociologists make sense of social worlds, investigating topical issues such as immigration, family relationships, sex surveys and social networking. On completion of this degree, you’ll be able to apply social theories and analytical techniques to a variety of topics that affect individuals and society. You’ll acquire transferable skills highly valued by employers, including working collaboratively, writing reports and presentations and use of IT to evaluate data.
    Duration: 
    6 years (Part time)
    Course code: 
    Q69
  • BA (Honours) Health and Social Care

    In today's fast-changing care sector, professionals at all levels need to be proactive and flexible to succeed. This degree provides a sound and critical understanding of health and social care policy, theory and practice, and the skills you need for effective practice in a diverse, multidisciplinary environment. You’ll also understand how ethical, legal, social, economic and political factors influence the provision and development of services; and gain the critical and analytical skills that underpin evidence-based practice.
    Duration: 
    6 years (Part time)
    Course code: 
    Q18

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  • BA (Honours) Youth Justice Studies (England and Wales)

    How can we improve the lives of children and young people who are in trouble? Within a criminal justice framework where the focus is on stopping young people causing trouble, this is an extremely challenging issue. If you work with young people in the youth justice system, or want to do so in the future, this degree course will have a real impact on your practice, helping you become more knowledgeable, versatile and self-aware.
    Duration: 
    6 years (Part time)
    Course code: 
    Q63

Open Degree Qualification

If you are looking for a more flexible qualification unique to you, then an OU Open Degree provides the opportunity to build a qualification to suit your personal interest and professional needs.

Alternative OU Qualifications

If you are not ready to commit to a degree, than there is a range of alternative OU Qualifications, such as an OU Certificate, OU Diploma, or OU Foundation Degree.

If you are looking for flexibility where you can study any subject you like in combination, you can choose between and OU Open Diploma or an OU Open Certificate.

Mode: Part-time

Time: 2 years

Time limit: 7 years

Credits: 120

The OU Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) is a widely-recognised qualification, equivalent to the first third of an honours degree. An OU CertHE comprises of 120 Credits, equivalent to one year’s full-time university study and typically takes two years part-time studying 60 credits a year.

If you are interested in a particular subject or wish to develop your career within the police, an OUCert HE demonstrates that you can study successfully at university level. It also counts towards further qualifications such as a Foundation Degree, Diploma or Honours Degree.

Find out about the different subjects see Full List of OU Certificates of Higher Education.

If you do not want to commit to 2 years of study, then there are a selection of OU Certificates that typically take one year part-time studying for 60 credits. See a Full List of OU Certificates.

Mode: Part-time

Time: 4 years

Time limit: 12 years

Credits: 240

The OU Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) is a highly respected professional qualification, equivalent to the first two thirds of an honours degree, which can be topped up to a full honours degree in just two years.

Find out about the different subjects see Full List of OU Diplomas of Higher Education.

Mode: Part-time

Time: 4 years

Time limit: 12 years

Credits: 240

An OU Foundation Degree combines work-based learning with academic study, so an ideal qualification to incorporate your police practice with your studies. You can choose between different subject disciplines such as Combined Professional Studies, Computing and IT Practice or Counselling.