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Policing and Investigation

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

112 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications including a Higher Level at grade 6

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

DMM

UCAS Tariff

112

from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a Grade B at A Level or a Distinction in BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or National Extended Certificate.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Policing

We’ve ranked Top 15 in the UK for Criminology (The Guardian University Guide 2022).

Why Policing and Investigation?
The growth in policing and investigation as an area of criminal justice work is now broader than just the police service. This course offers you the opportunity to critically explore and assess the nature and use of policing and investigatory work in a variety of social contexts. You’ll be supported to gain the knowledge and skills you’ll need to prepare for a future career working in organisations who engage with and in policing activities, including but not limited to local, national and international policing organisations, local councils, private and voluntary sector organisations. Please note, some of these careers will require further education or training).*

*This course is not accredited through the College of Policing and is not a ‘pre-join degree’ programme allowing direct entry into the police. It does prepare you well for one of the level 6 ‘top-up’ direct entry degrees that can be undertaken if you have already been awarded a degree and meet police entry requirements. If you're interested in one of the entry routes into policing, please visit the College of Policing website (https://www.college.police.uk/What-we-do/Learning/Policing-Education-Qualifications-Framework/Entry-routes-for-police-constables/Pages/Entry-routes-for-police-constables.aspx).

This course will enable you to:

* Critically study the range of formal and informal responses to the prevention, detection and investigation of criminal and anti-social behaviours.

* Explore the different ways of understanding the work of the police and other policing and investigative agencies nationally, cross-nationally and internationally, as well as comparatively with other models of policing.

* Consider the nature and function of policing, crime prevention and investigative work within the context of social control and order, and the relationship of such work to the state and to the general public.

* Understand theories of criminal behaviour, strategies and theories of policing, preventing and investigating crime, accountability and legitimacy, evidence-based research and crime data analysis that can inform policing and the conduct of investigations.

* Investigate key areas of particular challenge such as risk, security and terrorism, serious crime, international and borderless crime.

* Explore methods of research crime and policing issues, and the application of research evidence to policing and investigation strategies, policy and practice.

How will you learn?
You’ll be taught by tutors who have a wide range of research specialisms and knowledge of the issues involved in policing and investigation today. They’ll give you an insight into key contemporary debates and concerns, as well as what it’s like working in policing and investigation sectors.

You’ll benefit from guest lecturers and tutors who have worked in positions such as police officers, crime analysts, crime scene investigators, fraud investigators, as well as in the office of the police crime commissioner, Local Authority and many more. They’ll use their expertise to give you practical examples of the work you could end up doing.

Key to the learning strategy on the course is active and engaging debate around policing and investigation work, the historical and social context within which that work takes place, and its effectiveness in responding to contemporary crime challenges.

In your second year you may also have the opportunity to study abroad for a term.

Modules

Year 1
Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
Exploring the Social Sciences
Myths and Realities of Crime
Introduction to Policing and Investigation

Year 2
Reducing Crime
Exploring Work and Careers
Doing Research in Crime, Policing and Justice
Approaches to Policing
Evidence-based Policing and Crime Analysis

Option modules. Choose one from a list which may include:
Violent Crime
Organised and International Crime

Year 3
Final Year Project for the Social Sciences
Contemporary and Comparative Criminology
Contemporary Policing Challenges
Serious Crime Investigation

Option modules. Choose one from a list which may include:
Substance Misuse and Crime
Race; Ethnicity and Difference
Terrorism and Conflict Resolution

Assessment methods

Assessment will include coursework, presentations, research, work-based learning and examinations. The nature of the assessment varies from module to module, and mirrors the modes of communication expected of graduates in this field, for example, report writing, presentations and essays. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£15,000
per year
International
£15,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Please see our website for more information - http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/undergraduate-scholarships/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Huddersfield

Department:

Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences (HDBSS)

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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.

61%
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

62%
Staff make the subject interesting
71%
Staff are good at explaining things
62%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
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

68%
Library resources
68%
IT resources
65%
Course specific equipment and facilities
46%
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
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
50%
2:1 or above
9%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
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.

£17,000
low
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
59%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

36%
Legal professionals
26%
Legal associate professionals
8%
Functional managers and directors

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.

£18k

£18k

£20k

£20k

£24k

£24k

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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