BSc (Hons) Crime and Investigative Studies

Are you interested in crime, forensic science, policing and the law, but unsure which subject to study? If so, you will cover them all on our course. We combine the crime scene examination part of forensic science with other crime-related subjects, such as policing, criminology, intelligence and the law. This means that, when you graduate, you will have a wide range of criminal justice career options to choose from.

We will help you to understand the practical aspects of crime and investigation, and how they affect everyday life. We will look at the impact of crime on victims, offenders and wider society.

In the classroom, you will investigate criminology and how law and punishment are applied, and explore the investigative techniques used by police services. You will look at different types of crime, such as sexual offending, as well as issues including youth justice and the role that professionals can play in community safety and mass disasters.

Learning about the UK legal systems and criminal law, you will find out how they affect the investigation of different crimes and how to present professional reports of your investigative findings.

Our lecturers have first-hand experience of crime scene analysis, policing and criminal justice. As well as benefiting from their knowledge, you will have guest lectures from visiting professionals and get an understanding of the workplace through visits to places such as the Crown Court, and other field trips.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.

  • Provides an opportunity to begin a career in the Criminal Justice System as you will acquire the latest knowledge of the systems and procedures.
  • You will be taught by lecturers with first-hand experience of crime scene analysis, policing and criminal justice.
  • Each year we organise field trips to visit the Crown Court, The Old Bailey and Forensics Europe Expo.
  • In your final year you will have the opportunity to specialise in a chosen field within the wider area of crime and investigative studies.

96 UCAS points:

  • A-levels
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
  • Cambridge Technical Level 3
  • IB Diploma
  • Access to HE

Students who do not qualify by any of these qualifications should call 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

You must have GCSEs English, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above.

We accept A-level General Studies and AS-levels when combined with other full qualifications.

If English is not your first language you will require IELTS score of 6.0 (with 5.5 minimum in each skill) or an equivalent English Language qualification.

ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APCL) FOR ENTRY

APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.

EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR LEARNING (APL)

UCP offers students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning processes ensure that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you should identify any relevant prior learning when you apply.  If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.

EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR EXPERIENTIAL CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APEL)

It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, in which their claim is justified in detail and is supported by relevant evidence. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.

If you have any questions about entry requirements contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk.

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • Introduction to Forensic Methodologies (30 credits)
  • Perceptions of Crime (15 credits)
  • United Kingdom Legal Systems and Law for Forensic Scientist (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Police and Forensic Photography (15 credits)
  • Identification Techniques (15 credits)
  • Physical Criminalistics (30 credits)
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • Scene and Laboratory Investigation (15 credits)
  • Evidence Based Policing (15 credits)
  • Mass Disasters (30 credits)
  • Project Preparation (15 credits)
  • Digital Forensics (15 credits)
  • Police and Forensic Investigations (30 credits)
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • Undergraduate Major Project (30 credits)
  • Forensic Pathology (15 credits)
  • Forensic Anthropology (15 credits)
  • Crime Scene Analysis (30 credits)
  • Specialised Topics in Investigative Science (15 credits)
  • Major Investigations (15 credits)

Click here for more information about each of the core modules.

A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study.  A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study.  A full-time student should expect to undertake 38 additional hours per week during term-time.

When studying this course at University Centre Peterborough, we will timetable your lectures as two full days a week over two semesters per year.

Each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes 12 teaching weeks and 3 assessment weeks. If studying full-time you will be in classes, seminars and tutorials for approximately 15 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in independent study and extra-curricular activities.

We recommend that full-time students allow up to an additional 40 hours per week for additional study. The campus is open Monday to Friday throughout the whole year and open late until 9.00pm from Monday to Thursday during term time. You also have 24/7 access to online resources from Anglia Ruskin University.

Timetables are available at least one month before enrolment and you can refer to the academic calendar for examination weeks and resit periods. Note that the days of the week you study may change each year and in some circumstances one of the full days might have to be split into two half days, but we aim to keep these as full days where possible.

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:

  • Coursework
  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Portfolio
  • Reflective log book
  • Seminar
  • Presentation/oral assessment
  • Practical assessment
  • Written assessment
  • Written examination
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Dissertation (final year)

We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.

A formative assessment workshop is written into all module plans and usually take place in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester.  Each course includes a summative feedback session where marked work is returned.

Your final degree classification is calculated as an average of your highest 60 credits at Level 5 and all credits at Level 6.

70%+         First
60-69%     2:1
50-59%     2:2
40-49%     Third

You will graduate from our course with the skills you need to work in the criminal justice system. Many of our graduates choose careers in law enforcement. This might include policing, scene examination, customs and excise, probation, intelligence, prisons and security. The legal and criminology elements of the course open up career possibilities in social and youth work, crime analysis, victim support and legal work.

When you have chosen a course to study at University Centre Peterborough, your next step is to make an application.

All full-time applications for UK and EU students must be made to UCAS via a web-based tracker system – www.ucas.com (the institution code for University Centre Peterborough is P56).

All part-time and postgraduate applications can be directly to University Centre Peterborough. Contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk to start your application.

If you only wish to apply to University Centre Peterborough and already have the entry requirements, you can also apply directly to us by downloading and completing the following form.

Before you apply, please check that you meet the entry requirement which is listed on the course information pages.

WHEN TO APPLY

For full-time undergraduate and HNC/D applications, we advise you to make an application for your chosen course as soon as possible to secure your place. We will process your application within 1 to 5 working days so you know if you have a successfully received an unconditional or conditional offer. We are available to help you through every step of the way.

First UCAS deadline
Applications for the majority of undergraduate courses will be made by 6.00pm on Monday 15th January 2018.

UCAS Extra
If you missed the first UCAS deadline, you can still apply through UCAS Extra from Sunday 25th February to Wednesday 4th July 2018. This also gives you the opportunity to add UCP as an additional choice if you have used all five choices and are not holding any offers.

Clearing
From Thursday 5th July 2018 you can apply via UCAS through Clearing.

This is open to those who have not yet applied or students who have waited until they have received their grades. However, you do not need to wait until you receive your grades before applying through Clearing.

If you have applied and been accepted at another university, you still have the opportunity to change to study at University Centre Peterborough.

WHAT IF I DON’T GET THE GRADES I EXPECTED?

Don’t panic. If you have done better or worse than you expected, contact University Centre Peterborough during Clearing and we will let you know very quickly. During this time of year we have additional staff so you can speak to admissions and academic staff who can advise if you can be accepted on a degree. We are used to helping hundreds of students at this time of year so you can feel assured that you receive the best advice and support.

If you have any questions about making an application contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk.

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