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Policing and Criminal Investigation

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UCAS code:
FM4X
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
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Duration:
3 Years
Start date:
16 September 2019
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This course will prepare you for a wide variety of roles within the public and private sectors.

Our BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation degree will equip you with a high level of investigative expertise and policing knowledge.

This will prepare you for a career with the Police, Armed Forces, HMRC, Post Office Investigation, insurance investigators and private organisations, as well as other areas.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSci Policing and Criminal Investigation

Course content

In your first year, you will develop both policing and forensic skills. In particular, you’ll take a closer look at police powers including: the power of arrest and searching individuals and property, the importance of evaluating and assessing a crime scene, how recovered evidence can drive an investigation, and the science involved in the analysis of evidential samples.

In Year 2, we put a greater emphasis on improving your investigative skills and case file preparation techniques. You will deal with persons in custody and will have the opportunity to interview potential suspects, witnesses and victims.

If you are a BSc (Hons) student, your final year will cover planned operations to combat major crime involving serious incidents. In addition, you will study intelligence issues and covert policing.

In your first year, you will develop both policing and forensic skills. In particular, you’ll take a closer look at police powers including: the power of arrest and searching individuals and property, the importance of evaluating and assessing a crime scene, how recovered evidence can drive an investigation, and the science involved in the analysis of evidential samples.

In Year 2, we put a greater emphasis on improving your investigative skills and case file preparation techniques. You will deal with persons in custody and will have the opportunity to interview potential suspects, witnesses and victims.

If you are a BSc (Hons) student, your final year will cover planned operations to combat major crime involving serious incidents. In addition, you will study intelligence issues and covert policing.

In your first year, you will develop both policing and forensic skills. In particular, you’ll take a closer look at police powers including: the power of arrest and searching individuals and property, the importance of evaluating and assessing a crime scene, how recovered evidence can drive an investigation, and the science involved in the analysis of evidential samples.

In Year 2, we put a greater emphasis on improving your investigative skills and case file preparation techniques. You will deal with persons in custody and will have the opportunity to interview potential suspects, witnesses and victims.

If you are a BSc (Hons) student, your final year will cover planned operations to combat major crime involving serious incidents. In addition, you will study intelligence issues and covert policing.

In your first year, you will develop both policing and forensic skills. In particular, you’ll take a closer look at police powers including: the power of arrest and searching individuals and property, the importance of evaluating and assessing a crime scene, how recovered evidence can drive an investigation, and the science involved in the analysis of evidential samples.

In Year 2, we put a greater emphasis on improving your investigative skills and case file preparation techniques. You will deal with persons in custody and will have the opportunity to interview potential suspects, witnesses and victims.

If you are a BSc (Hons) student, your final year will cover planned operations to combat major crime involving serious incidents. In addition, you will study intelligence issues and covert policing.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Standard route

Year 1 compulsory modules
Introduction To Forensic Science 30 credits
Introduction To Policing 30 credits
Policing Science 15 credits
Recording The Crime Scene 15 credits
Science For Justice 15 credits
Show 3 optional modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Contemporary Policing 30 credits
Crime And Dishonesty 30 credits
Investigative Skills 30 credits
Research And Professional Skills For Policing Students 15 credits
Show 7 optional modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Case File To Court 15 credits
Independent Project In Policing And Criminal Investigation 45 credits
Intelligence Led Policing And Major Crime Investigation 30 credits
Show 10 optional modules

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points

  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points

  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points

  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM

Typical UCAS Offer: 120 points

  • A levels: ABC
  • BTEC: DDM

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Careers

Graduates typically pursue work in areas such as the police, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, the Federation against Copyright Theft, the Surveillance Commission, as well as other organisations with investigative requirements. Although the integrated MSci is a new undergraduate course, graduates can expect to obtain similar career pathways as BSc (Hons) graduates, including teaching and progression to PhD level study.

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.

Ian Ackerley
Ian AckerleyCourse Leader – Policing and Criminal Investigation

I am a former police officer and served for over 34 years as an officer both in Staffordshire Police and Nottinghamshire Police. I reached the rank of Assistant Chief Constable and served at this level with both forces as well as the Home Office. The bulk of my service was spent serving the communities of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

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For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Part-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£4,620 per year of study

For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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Jay Franklin
Policing and Criminal Investigation graduate

The course was so interesting; superbly combining theory and practice to ensure a solid foundation of knowledge regarding contemporary policing. One of the most memorable aspects of studying policing at Staffordshire University was the amazing support and dedication maintained by every single staff member.

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BSc (Hons)
Full-time
16 September 2019

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