Policing and Criminal Investigation

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:


  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons) - Top-up

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2018/19

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

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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)

Clearing 2018

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.

Forensic Laboratory

Crime Scene Houses

UCLan Policing Magazine

Investigating News

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences
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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 Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.