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Policing and Criminal Investigation (Foundation Entry)

Entry requirements


64 UCAS points at A2

64 UCAS points

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.

64 UCAS points at Higher Level subjects

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

MM

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MPP

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MM

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MPP

64 UCAS points

64 UCAS points

UCAS Tariff

64

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Policing

**Course overview**
- Do you have a strong sense of justice and the ability to diffuse tension in stressful situations? The Policing and Criminal Investigation Foundation Entry Degree could be the course for you.

- Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to directly enter their chosen Honours degree programme.

- If you’re considering a career in policing or similar law enforcement agencies, this course covers topics including crime scene investigation, criminal law, more practical aspects of policing such as fraud, e-crime and homicide investigation, as well as ethical and political issues associated with policing.

- You’ll learn relevant study skills and be introduced to criminal law, the English legal system, forensic science and the subject of policing and criminal investigation, as well as further investigation skills, criminalistics, contemporary policing issues and the law relating to property and weapons.

**Why study with us**
- CSI modules include fingerprint recovery and identification, crime scene photography, and recovery and analysis of trace evidence such as hairs, fibres and body fluids.

- Our School has outstanding facilities including a new Hydra Minerva Suite, as well as three interconnected scenes of crime houses and a garage vehicle examination bay.

- You’ll have a number of options for studying high-level crime investigation and ethics, and you’ll produce a dissertation on a relevant subject.

**Further information**
- Placement years are an invaluable opportunity to help consolidate your first two years learning, gain experience, and radically enhance your employability.

- Experience gained during a study placement often improves final year performance and gives you an advantage when competing for graduate jobs. We support you in preparation for this via the University Careers Team, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and hold practice interviews.

Modules

Year 1: Essential Study Skills for Higher Education, Developing Academic Knowledge, Introduction to Forensic Science, Introduction to Current Legal Issues, Introduction to Geography and Environmental Management, Investigation Project, Archaeology Project, Key Themes in Archaeology, Professional Policing, Introduction to Engineering Analysis, Introduction to History

Year 2: Compulsory modules; Introduction to the Law and Police Powers, Offences Against the Person and Public Order, Investigation Skills I, Police Organisation and Methods, Study Skills for Criminal Investigation, Volume Crime Scene Science

Year 3: Compulsory modules; Criminalistics, Investigation Skills II, Proactive Investigation Techniques, Contemporary Policing Issues, Further Investigation into Policing, Offences Related to Property and Weapon

Year 4: Compulsory modules; Dissertation, Police Accountability and Ethics. Optional modules - choose three; Fraud, Major Crime Inquiries, International Criminal and Humanitarian Law, Cybercrime, Counter Terrorism

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£5,500
per year
England
£5,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£5,500
per year
Scotland
£5,500
per year
Wales
£5,500
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Central Lancashire

Department:

School of Justice

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

77%
low
Policing

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Law

Teaching and learning

72%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

78%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
55%
Male students
45%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
15%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Law

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,500
med
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
53%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

26%
Legal associate professionals
11%
Protective service occupations
8%
Legal professionals

Law graduates tend to go into the legal industry, and they usually take similar routes. Jobs are competitive — often very competitive - but starting salaries are good and high fliers can earn serious money - starting on over £24k in London on average. Be aware though - some careers, especially as barristers, can take a while to get into, and the industry is changing as the Internet, automation and economic change all have an effect, If you want to qualify to practise law, you need to take a professional qualification — many law graduates then go on to law school. If you want to go into work, then a lot of law graduates take trainee or paralegal roles and some do leave the law altogether, often for jobs in management, finance and the police force. A small proportion of law graduates also move into another field for further study. Management, accountancy and teaching are all popular for these career changers, so if you do take a law degree and decide it’s not for you, there are options.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Law

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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Higher entry requirements
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