Policing and Investigation (Distance Learning) BSc (Hons)

Overview

Ready to join the frontline of policing and investigation? Fast-track your career with a professional qualification that gives you the knowledge, skills and experience you need to get ahead.

This BSc (Hons) Policing and Investigation degree course is a part-time, distance learning course. You’ll explore the challenges and issues confronting the policing and investigation sector, and develop your critical and analytical skills.

By completing this course, you'll boost your career and promotions prospects and be able to work in many areas of policing and investigation.

What you'll experience

On this Policing and Investigation course you’ll:

  • Develop academic and professional expertise in policing and criminal investigation
  • Be taught by leading academics from the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Work at your own pace, in your own time and in your own location, with interactive online learning materials
  • Join virtual study days with live seminars, interviews and question and answer sessions
  • Have optional opportunities to attend the University
  • Get the same support and similar benefits to students based on campus
  • Tailor your studies, by choosing modules that match your interests and career ambitions
  • Have the chance to complete the course more quickly if you have relevant prior learning or work experience

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities to complement your studies and enhance your CV. We can also help you plan the next steps in your career.

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Policing and Investigation degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Stage 1

Core modules currently include:

  • Introduction to Research Skills
  • Social Context of Policing
  • Studying Criminology
  • Understanding Criminology

There are no optional modules in this stage.

Stage 2

Core modules currently include:

  • Frameworks of Investigation
  • Introduction to Criminal Law and Legal Studies
  • Introduction to Investigation
  • Investigation: Psychology and Law
  • Police Operations and Policing Processes
  • Research Methods

Options to choose from in this stage currently include:

  • Anti-Fraud Strategies
  • Aviation Security
  • Business Continuity and Crisis Management
  • Crime, Media and Culture
  • Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation
  • Global, State and Corporate Security
  • Hate Crime, Discrimination and Criminal Justice
  • Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Issues in Criminology
  • Penology
  • The Fraud Problem
  • Youth Crime, Youth Justice

Stage 3

Core modules currently include:

  • Critical Issues in Public Protection Policing
  • Major Crime Investigation - Success and Failure
  • Dissertation

Options to choose from in this stage currently include:

  • Business Administration in the Security and Justice Sectors
  • Contemporary International Policing Systems
  • Counter Terrorism and UK National Security
  • Dangerousness and Dangerous Offenders
  • Internet Risk and Security
  • Interviewing and Evidence
  • Organised Crime
  • Private Policing
  • Victimology – Victimisation and the Criminal Justice System

Teaching

This course is delivered by supported distance learning. You will receive high-quality course materials via Moodle, our online learning environment.

You'll get to chat with fellow students, discuss and present your work and keep in touch with tutors. You'll get plenty of support throughout your studies, including help on writing and structuring essays, and how to undertake research.

You'll need access to a computer and a Web connection. You may be able to access some of the resources through a tablet or smartphone, with limited functionality. You don't need to be especially computer literate, although typing skills are useful.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through essays and reports, with essay titles provided at the beginning of the academic year. You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you're assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Stage 1 students: 100% by coursework
  • Stage 2 students: 100% by coursework
  • Stage 3 students: 100% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you prepare for a promotion or find a job that puts your skills to work in the field.

What can you do with a Policing and Investigation (Distance Learning) degree?

You’ll be ready to take on roles in areas such as:

  • the police
  • the civil service
  • local government

What jobs can you do with a Policing and Investigation (Distance Learning) degree?

Graduates have also pursued roles in public and private sector organisations in roles such as:

  • criminal investigator
  • police staff
  • analyst and researcher

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Distance Study Mode
4 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Access to this course is open to all individuals subject to the approval of the course leader.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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