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Police Studies with Criminal Investigation with Foundation Year

Buckinghamshire New University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Uxbridge

Program description

Police Studies with Criminal Investigation with Foundation Year

Are you interested in working in policing or the wider criminal justice system? This degree is for anyone with an interest in policing, who wants to explore the wide-ranging career opportunities on offer within and beyond the criminal justice field. If you’re good at problem solving and want to make a difference, there are lots of options open to you, both within and outside policing.

This degree allows you to study policing in depth, get tangible experience in the areas you are interested in, and see where your talents and interests lie.

Critically study policing

Throughout the course, you’ll learn about contemporary policing and criminal justice processes, with a particular focus on criminal investigation in England and Wales.

Alongside operational policing, we’ll cover a wide range of areas such as the police use of firearms, the wide demands placed upon policing, miscarriages of justice, and major crime investigations.

You’ll gain exposure to some of the real challenges facing policing today, exploring current reforms and what they mean, and looking at the importance of accountability, citizenship and ethics.

Get hands-on experience

Building on our strong links with Thames Valley Police and support from The College of Policing, you can apply to be a volunteer special constable while studying for your degree. Selection to perform this voluntary Special Constable role is subject to a selection process and criteria owned by Thames Valley Police.

You could also volunteer in another area of policing or the wider criminal justice system, whether that’s probation, prisons, youth offending or another field. Getting tangible work experience brings the theory to life and will enhance your employability in the sector.

Excellent facilities

You’ll get to hone your professional skills in our Police Code of Practice Suite. This regularly-updated facility includes a mock bedsit, custody desk and suspect interview room, as well as adjoining seminar rooms with a live audio and video feed.

You’ll observe and understand theory by practising core policing processes such as arrest and interview of suspects, and searching premises, in a safe, controlled environment.

Admission requirements

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate Program, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year Program including a Foundation Year.

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Program content

Foundation Year Modules

  • Ways of Learning about the Social World
  • Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity
  • Preparing for Success Selfdevelopment and Responsibility
  • Inquiry Based Learning

Year One Modules

  • Social Sciences & Policing Practice
  • Introduction to Policing
  • Criminal Law and Justice
  • Police Crime and the Media
  • Introduction to Cyber Crime

Year Two Modules

  • Research Methods
  • Criminal Investigation - Past to Present
  • Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity (optional)
  • Policing: Concepts, Theories and Practice (optional)
  • Crime Prevention and Reduction (optional)
  • Forms of Crime: Crimes of the Powerful (optional)
  • Knowledge in Policing in context (optional)
  • Rural Policing (optional)
  • Police Community Support Officer (optional)
  • Forms of Crime: Crime in Late Modernity (optional)
  • Special Constabulary (optional)

Year Three Modules

  • Operational Policing
  • Criminal Investigation Systems
  • Criminal Investigations: Scope of the State
  • Dissertation

Tuition fees

Academic Year 2020-2021 Full-time Fees

  • Home and EU: £9,250 per year
  • International: £12,500 per year

Continuing studies

You could go on to postgraduate studies in policing, criminology, or other related subjects.

Career opportunities

What are my career prospects?

Policing is changing rapidly, and many new police officer and non-police officer opportunities are opening up, which this degree allows you to explore and prepare for.

By the end of the Program, you may be qualified to work in large number of roles in the criminal justice system. This includes roles in the police service, the prison service, the probation service, youth offending teams, drug action teams, community partnerships, the Home Office and crime analysis.

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Buckinghamshire New University

“Shortlisted in the International category of WhatUni Students’ Choice Awards 2019’’ With a rich 125-year history, Buckinghamshire New University offers high quality, employment-focused degree programmes in a wide range of subject areas, from pilot training to business, and nursing and...

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Buckinghamshire New University

Queen Alexandra Road
HP11 2JZ High Wycombe Buckinghamshire
United Kingdom

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