FdSc Crime and Investigative Studies

Course overview

This unique course is for students looking for a wide variety of forensic knowledge across many fields, enabling them to work in many areas within the criminal justice system. This course provides you not just with the theoretical and practical skills required of a crime-scene examiner, but also familiarises you with criminological and criminal justice theories. You will also gain an understanding of the different investigative techniques used by police and investigative services. Upon completion of the course, you will possess a range of transferable skills and techniques needed in the criminal justice system, which will place you ideally to gain employment in this sector. 

Key Facts

Science & Technology
University Centre Peterborough
2 Years
Tariff Points
Accredited By
Anglia Ruskin University

January start available

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FdSc Crime and Investigative Studies

You may also be eligible to transfer to Year 3 of our BSc (Hons) Crime and Investigative studies degree should you successfully complete this course.

The aims of this course are:

  • To demonstrate an understanding of the UK legal systems and criminal law, and the impact that these have on the investigation of different crimes.
  • To develop your understanding of the main theoretical and practical skills of a forensic practitioner.
  • To demonstrate an understanding of the main criminological and criminal justice theories in current use.
  • To demonstrate an understanding of the different investigative techniques used by police services.
  • To undertake creative, rigorous and relevant research using appropriate methodologies.
  • To prepare you to present reports in oral, written and other appropriate formats.


An integral part of the course is developing your employability skills; this is achieved by work placements in the second year and reflecting and refining your skills throughout your study time with us.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The subject.
  • The major aspects of terminology.
  • The major types of forensic science evidence.
  • The principle techniques of forensic investigation and their application to criminal cases.

Module guide

Year one core modules 

  • Introduction to Forensic Methodologies
  • Introduction to Police and  Photography
  • Identification Techniques
  • Perceptions of Crime
  • Physical Criminalistics
  • UK Law and Legal Systems

Year two core modules 

  • Community Safety
  • Mass Disasters
  • Police and Forensic Investigations
  • Project Preparation
  • Work-based Learning
  • Scene and Laboratory Investigation


You will be assessed via a variety of methods designed to embed transferable employability skills into the course. These methods will include:

  • Essays and portfolios of work
  • Practical & written examinations
  • Poster presentations
  • Role playing
  • Student presentations (oral)
  • Work produced from and as a consequence of practical classes

Associated careers

Upon completion of this course you will be able to work in a variety of areas within the criminal justice system. As well as in more obvious roles such as police officers, crime scene investigators and police community support officers, you could work within the intelligence and analytical sector or as a community safety officer, probation officer, prison service or youth and anti-social behaviour worker.

Entry Requirements

A levels required;
2 A levels not subject specific. 

BTEC/Access required;
A BTEC National or a full Access Certificate not subject specific.

GCSEs required;
3 GCSEs at grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science

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