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Policing and Criminal Investigation BSc (Hons)

Policing and Criminal Investigation BSc (Hons)

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

UCAS Code

FM49

Level

Under- graduate

Campus

Preston

Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Three Years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    FM49; Short form: BSc/PCI

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

If you think you have a strong sense of justice and the ability to diffuse tension in stressful situations, then you might be considering a career in policing or similar law enforcement agencies. This course provides you with the opportunity to acquire recognised graduate and transferable skills within the field of policing by studying a range of topics, including crime scene investigation; criminal law; practical aspects of policing such as fraud, e-crime and homicide investigation; and ethical and political issues associated with policing. The course is delivered by experienced academics and former senior police officers who bring a wealth of theoretical and practical knowledge to enhance your learning. There is a strong emphasis on employability skills throughout and recent graduates have secured employment in the police, the military and with major employers in industry, retail and commerce. 

Entry Requirements 2016/17

280 points at A2, General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma : Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma : D*D*
Pass Access To HE with 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
International Baccalaureate : 28P
IELTS grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent 

Entry Requirements 2017/18

120 Points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit
Pass Access to HE with 122 Points
International Baccalaureate - 30P
IELTS grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent.

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to the Law and Police Powers
  • Offences Against the Person and Public Order
  • Investigation Skills I
  • Police Organisation and Methods
  • Study Skills for Criminal Investigation
  • Volume Crime Scene Science

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Criminalistics
  • Investigation Skills II
  • Proactive Investigation Techniques
  • Contemporary Policing Issues
  • Further Investigation into Policing
  • Offences Related to Property and Weapon

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation
  • Police Accountability and Ethics

Optional modules - choose three

  • Fraud
  • Major Crime Inquiries
  • International Criminal and Humanitarian Law
  • International Crime Investigation
  • Counter Terrorism

Further Information


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In my second year I got a chance to visit Prague and study in the Police Academy out there, which was an excellent opportunity. I got to experience life in a different country and how the practices work over there.

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In the first year, you will learn relevant study skills and be introduced to criminal law, the English legal system, forensic science and the subject of policing and criminal investigation.

In the second year of study, you will learn further investigation skills, criminalistics, contemporary policing issues and the law relating to property and weapons. You will also have the opportunity to study overseas for one semester in The Police Academies in either Prague or Budapest.

In your final year, you will have a number of options for studying high level crime investigation and ethics. You will also produce a dissertation on a relevant subject.

The latest National Student Survey (NSS) results show 94% of students were satisfied with this course.


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I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in a career in the police or anywhere else in the criminal justice system as you get a wide range of teachings.

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Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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Applications are now welcome for September 2016 places.

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Learning Environment and Assessment

To complete the BSc(Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation, you must pass 18 modules over the three years of the course. A full module is the equivalent of 200 hours work over the academic year. These hours are made up of lectures, tutorials, practical classes and private study.

Lectures are held in the large lecture theatres whilst tutorials are in much smaller rooms, usually in the Maudland Building. Our laboratories are also situated within this building. There is some outdoor work during the examination of crime scenes. Role-play is an essential part of the learning process, and situations and problem-solving are made as life-like as possible.

Each module is assessed by examination, coursework, role play, practicals, presentations or a combination of these options. 

Facilities

The policing team is well resourced and facilities include a new Hydra Minerva suite, as well as three interconnected scenes of crime houses and a garage vehicle examination bay. Our dedicated criminalistics laboratory is equipped with cutting edge microscopy and analysis equipment. Your modules in crime scene investigation will include fingerprint recovery and identification, crime scene photography, and the recovery and analysis of trace evidence, such as hairs, fibres and body fluids.

Forensic Investigation Laboratory

“HYDRA” immersive learning suite

Opportunities

You may apply to be appointed as a special constable, a role you would undertake in your own time as a volunteer with Lancashire Constabulary.

You will have the opportunity to study overseas for one semester (four months) in the Police Academies in Prague, Budapest or Szczytno, Poland giving you an international perspective, as well as enhancing your CV and giving you crucial life-skills. Opportunities exist to study abroad in countries other than those mentioned, such as the U.S.A and Australia.

In the final year you can customise your degree by choosing specialist modules eg fraud investigation, major crime inquiries and counter terrorism.

We enjoy strong links with many law enforcement agencies and have regular visits with several high-profile speakers from these agencies.

We have graduates in numerous different UK police services as well as other UK and international law enforcement agencies. Not all our students wish to pursue careers in the police and we have graduates in employment in many fields. There are also opportunities for students to progress to postgraduate and even PhD study in the subject at UCLan.

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