BSc Policing and Criminal Investigation

Are you considering a fulfilling career in law enforcement in general, criminal investigation, or policing specifically? You could be a good fit for the BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation. Using cutting-edge technology, the course will totally immerse you in the investigative process and provide you with insightful practical knowledge of actual investigations.

From the crime scene to the courtroom, your course modules start by walking you through the whole criminal investigative process. Each module will establish connections between offences, offenders, police enforcement, forensic experts, laws, and legislation, assisting in bringing the evidence to life. You will also have the chance to play the parts of a crime scene investigator and detective using our distinctive virtual environment, assisting you in applying theoretical concepts to the real-world events you might encounter in your future profession.

University Arden University
Degree BSc Policing and Criminal Investigation
Level of study First Year (Y1)
Start date September, October, November, February, May
Duration 3 years
Location ONLINE
Delivery Weekends, Weekdays or Evenings
Hours per week 9-12h
Fees £6935
Finances Eligible for the Tuition Fee Loan and the Maintenance Loan

Course Overview

The first part of the course immerses you in the full investigative process, showing how criminal investigations advance naturally and how policing and forensics are related fields. You will learn how the many individuals participating in an inquiry cooperate to accomplish a common objective through this. Along with being taught by knowledgeable instructors with years of experience in the industry, the course also makes use of guest lecturers and webinars to provide you a solid foundation in current practices in criminal investigations and police.

Our rich virtual criminal world, which enables you to position yourself in real-life events, is only one way that this course differs from others. This environment will be smoothly linked with your modules as an additional teaching tool, enabling you to apply the material you learn in classes, seminars, and workshops. As you move through several settings, including crime scenes, the police custody suite, the major incident room, police cells, the courtroom, and the forensics lab, you'll have the chance to assume a variety of investigation positions. This will help you develop knowledge of key procedures and positions within civilian and operational policing as well as criminal investigations as a whole, preparing you for upcoming fieldwork.

Entry Requirements
Funding & Fees

Level 4

● Introduction to Forensic Investigation(20 credits)
● Introduction to Criminal Investigation(20 credits)
● Police Custody (20 credits)
● Witnesses: An Introduction (20 credits)
● Criminal Investigation: Procedures and Practices (20 credits)
● Analysis and Application of Forensics (20 credits)

Level 5

● Core Modules
● Leadership in Policing and Law Enforcement (20 credits)
● Police Procedures and Evidence (20 credits)
● Policing and Human Rights (20 credits)
● Policing Concepts and Theories (20 credits)
● Elective Modules
● The Intelligence Services (20 credits)
● Community Policing (20 credits)
● Organised Crime (20 credits)

Level 6

● Police Ethics and Professional Standards (20 credits)
● Law Enforcement: Vulnerability and Risk (20 credits)
● The Professionalisation of the Investigative Interview (20 credits)
● Special Investigations: (60 credit portfolio)

Standard entry:

● Two subjects at GCE A level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent.
● Alternative level 3 qualifications will also be considered, including Access to HE, a BTEC Extended Diploma, or internationally equivalent
● High School diploma from your native country

Non-standard entry:

● All applicants can apply based on their work experience - 12 months of work experience is required. Consequently, academic qualifications/diploma is not required.
● To sum up, you don’t need any qualifications to be accepted at the university or college. You just need to pass English Test - Duolingo.

English language requirements

● All applicants must pass Duolingo English Test. You don’t need to pay for English Test - we provide you with a free voucher.
● All applicants must score an overall of 105 points on the Duolingo English Test to be accepted.
● All applicants cannot achieve lower scores per each component as per the below table.

Duolingo Minimum Required Score
Overall Band 105
Comprehension 105
Literacy 95
Conversation 85
Production 75

Unlike on more traditional degree programmes, you won’t be sitting any exams on this BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation. Instead, the course utilises authentic, real-world assessments that replicate the observations, interviews, and reports that would be conducted in the field as part of a real policing and criminal investigation.

Funding for your studies

All of the students will receive Student Finance which means that you don't need to pay anything.

Tuition Fee Loans

Your tuition fees are paid using a tuition fee loan. This is given to your University or College directly. Only once you have completed your study and are making at least £26,575 per year do loan repayments begin. Students who study full- or part-time may apply

Maintenance Loan is NOT eligible for studying ONLINE.

Enrolling for July & September 2023

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