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Policing and Criminal Investigation BSc (Hons) - Top-up

Policing is a complex, dynamic, discipline. Further academic study in this exciting and challenging field will build on the skills and knowledge you have acquired through study for your Foundation degree and will equip you with the skills necessary for a range of professional responsibilities within the field of policing. Delivered by experienced academics and former senior police officers who bring a wealth of theoretical and practical knowledge to enhance your learning, this top-up programme is delivered over two years’ part-time study in recognition of the fact that you may be in full-time employment. Three modules are studied each year. In year two a double module dissertation by way of literature review allows you to pursue an area of policing or crime investigation which is of particular interest to you.

As part of our pioneering collaboration with Lancashire Constabulary, all students on the Policing and Criminal Investigation degree will have the opportunity to shadow a crime scene investigator as they conduct their work.

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Two Years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons) - Top-up

  • UCAS Code:

    N/A

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: N/A
    Part-time: £1,060 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

  • View 2017/18 Fees

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Entry Requirements

Pass Foundation Degree in Policing. Pass HND in relevant subject area (Public Services, Policing).Bridging module not necessary.

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Course Overview

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Major Crime Inquiries
  • Fraud
  • Investigation Skills

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Police Ethics and Accountability
  • Police and Criminal Investigation Dissertation (double module)

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Learning Environment

You will be assessed via essays, reports, projects , formal written examinations, partially seen examinations, assessed online discussions, online presentations and dissertation.

All modules within this programme are a year long and at Level 6.


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Important Information

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

* Tuition Fees

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.