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BSc single honours Policing (Criminal Investigation) 2019/20

Year of entry

Policing is becoming ever more specialist and undergoing many changes. This is one of a dynamic suite of courses which has been designed with your future in mind, giving you a strong grounding in the theory and practice of policing. You will gain a broad understanding of crime and the criminal justice system, as well as the diversity of the police role and will gain practical experience through volunteering within the criminal justice system, giving you the a great start to your career.

You will explore areas including:

  • cybercrime
  • international and/or borderless crime
  • evidence-based policing
  • crime science
  • police governance
  • police-related law and procedures
  • police ethics and decision-making.

BSc (Hons) Policing (Criminal Investigation) is one of the named policing awards that form part of the Policing Suite of programmes. The aims of the BSc (Hons) Policing (Criminal Investigation) are to provide you with the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of:

  • police investigations in the UK and the law underpinning these investigations;
  • the current law in relation to police investigative powers, safeguards for suspects, and selected criminal offences;
  • the philosophy and practice of criminal investigation;
  • current trends in criminal investigation including, for example, the value of biometric, evidential and intelligence information, the use of databases and the value of profiling, and inter­force and international communications.

To provide practical experience, students are encouraged to become volunteers within the criminal justice system as part of their studies. For example, opportunities include volunteering in local police organisations as special constables, victim support and the rehabilitation of offenders within the community.

Your studies in year one will provide a broad and general introduction to the police and policing. Crucially, these modules will also introduce you to key themes and ideas to be explored in all the named awards that follow at years two and three. After completion of your first year which is common to all Policing Suite students, you will maintain some ‘Core Police/Policing’ input. However, in your second and third years you will focus upon modules relating to BSc (Hons) Policing (Criminal Investigation). This will normally mean that you can take 2 or 3 designated modules to study in years two and three.

Flexibility is a key aspect of the Policing Suite. You will have the ability to move to a different named award at various key ‘review points’ throughout your studies.

Possible directions through the Policing Suite:

  • Having registered on BSc (Hons) Policing (Criminal Investigation) in the Policing Suite and completed the common first year, you will have the opportunity to:
  • Continue on BSc (Hons) Policing (Criminal Investigation) for the next 2 years until the end of your studies; OR
  • Choose a different named award before starting year two and continue on your new choice until the end of your studies; OR
  • Within the bounds of what modules you have successfully completed in year two, choose a different named award before starting year three, and continue on the new choice until the end of your studies.

"The course is ideal for anyone aiming for a career within the police service as well as those looking to go into other roles within the law enforcement and security sector. The course material provides students with all the necessary knowledge as well as the necessary skills for the practical application of it within a working environment. The staff themselves have a vast knowledge from their own careers within policing, allowing them to provide invaluable guidance to the students.”

Alex Davies, Policing student

The University is experienced in developing partnerships and bespoke policing degrees with international police educators.

Policing continues to grow as an important, attractive, relevant and vibrant domain for study at undergraduate and postgraduate level in British universities. As evidence of this, we have been involved in the provision of policing degree programmes for over twenty years.

BSc (Hons) Policing (Criminal Investigation) will provide you with an academic and vocational understanding of policing and also serve as an introduction to a career with the police. BSc (Hons) Policing (Criminal Investigation) draws upon a number of disciplinary strands ranging from criminology, law, politics, psychology, forensics, sociology and philosophy. A key feature is to provide you with flexibility and choice in deciding the detail of your programme of study, with opportunities to change from your original programme of choice to a different named award within the Policing Suite.

BSc (Hons) Policing (Criminal Investigation) will appeal to you if you are interested in joining the police as a warranted officer, but also if you are keen on other policing careers. Increasingly policing is performed by many organisations, and police services likewise employ a significant number of non­warranted employees (this will typically amount to 30­-40% of a police service’s overall workforce).

Similarly, if you wish to develop specialist knowledge in closely related/interdependent fields to policing – crime and policing research, criminal psychology, police governance (Police and Crime Commissioners), civil emergencies/contingencies – then this will be on offer too and will equip you for pursuing careers in wider fields particularly in the criminal justice sector.

“The School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing at Canterbury Christ Church University is a truly outstanding academic institution that combines a theoretical examination of the policing environment with practical experience to provide students with a unique insight into this ever-changing field.”

Policing graduate

The programme will emphasise the diversity of the police role by drawing upon a variety of contexts in which policing is discussed. This will include debates concerning moves to foster a commitment to interagency work, the legal and ethical parameters and duties involved, criminological theories, the application of rational and scientific methods and the development of policing skills.

The attributes and qualities associated with policing are highly valued and sought after in many areas of professional life. Many other possible career opportunities follow from graduating with BSc (Hons) Policing (Criminal Investigation). These include the civil service, local government, the courts, the Prison Service, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, charitable and voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice sector, community safety organisations, National Crime Agency, the security service, Border Force and the private sector security industry.

We also believe BSc (Hons) Policing (Criminal Investigation) will arm you as a graduate with learning in new and emerging crime and policing trends such as cybersecurity, international (borderless) crime, evidence­based policing, and crime science and so on. Such knowledge will undoubtedly become increasingly valuable in financial, commercial and technological employment environments.

A key feature of the Policing Suite in general is to provide you a level of flexibility and choice in deciding the detail of your programme of study with opportunities to change from your original programme of choice to a different named award within the Policing Suite.

"The Policing Suite at Christ Church has allowed me to pick and create my own degree with the different speciality pathways. I’m able to study modules that I’m interested in, and specialise in key areas according to what I want my future to be. Despite being called ‘Policing’ many students find their interest turning to other law and criminal justice bodies throughout the course, so in no way is this course a straight pathway to just joining the police force."

Emilia Clarke, Policing student

Work experience

To provide practical experience, you will be encouraged to become a volunteer within the criminal justice system as part of your studies. For instance, you may decide to volunteer in a local police organisation as a special constable, in victim support or with the rehabilitation of offenders within the community.

The writing team behind Blackstone’s Handbook for Policing Students, , led by Professor Robin Bryant, are all from the School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing. The book has been used by the majority of police services in England and Wales as the core text for new recruits into the police service and it is a key reading for students on pre­service policing programmes in universities across the country. Contributors from the School include several members of staff who also teach on the Policing Suite. The Handbook reflects the multitude of avenues into policing now open to future police officers, from pre­join courses to progression from serving as a special constable or working as a Police Community Support Officer.

Other information

Previously, the School has offered study visits for policing students. These trips have included riot training with Kent Police, study visits to the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Police Service of The Netherlands. These trips are aimed at providing students with a professional insight into different policing organisations within the UK and in Europe and are subject to availability.

The external examiner system is the principal external means, on a continuous basis, for assuring the maintenance of quality, academic standards and comparability across the higher education sector. The contribution of the external examiners is integral to procedures for monitoring and maintaining academic standards. The Policing Suite is proud to have the Chief Constable of Sussex, Giles York QPM, as one of its external examiners.

Core modules

Year 1

Police, Policing and Security (20 credits)

The aim of the module is to illustrate the basic concepts and principles of police accountability, performance measurement and legitimacy. It will explore the challenges of policing transnational organised crime as well as those more locally associated with maintaining the careful balance between the need to keep order during public protest and retaining basic rights of freedom of speech and assembly. The module will examine the use of criminal intelligence methods and intelligence databases to support the prevention and detection of crime as well as considering management strategies, leadership and human resource management. The module will illustrate the disparaging effects of police corruption and the need for strategies to maintain the highest ethical standards in police work.

Crime Science (20 credits)

The aim of the module is to provide you with the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts and principles of existing scientific approaches and broader techniques in the prevention, investigation and detection of crime. The module will explore ways in which the nature of crime can be informed by science and police investigative approaches. It will investigate how science can support detection and contribute towards crime prevention and it will also consider how scientific methods are applied to crime reduction.

The Law and Politics of Policing (20 credits)

The aim of the module is to provide you with the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts and principles relating to the police role, within legal, political and social contexts. It also aims to present you with an understanding of the various organisational forms that policing takes within the extended police family, different functions and models of policing, and the legitimacy of police use of powers in different policing contexts.

The Criminal Justice System and How to Tell What Works (20 credits)

 The aim of the module is to provide you with the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts and principles relative to policing and the criminal justice system in England and Wales. The module is designed to enable you to gain an understanding of the position and role of the police in the wider context of criminal investigation and offender management and to explore the organisations which form the criminal justice system in the United Kingdom.

Police Practice, Policy and Procedures 1 (20 credits)

The aim of the module is to provide you with the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of basic police practices, policies and procedures in England and Wales. It is the first of three modules which embed within them components enabling the student to attain the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP). The module will focus on legislation and those aspects of the law that are more commonly used by the police, such as the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) and more generally explore legal procedures. The module will consider the classification of some offences within law and the defences attached to particular offences. Fundamental aspects of a police officer’s duty will be introduced, such as evidence gathering, search, arrest and detention.

Year 2

Evidence Relating to Criminal Investigation (20 credits)

The main aims of the module are to develop your knowledge and understanding of evidential issues and how these relate to police investigations in the UK. The module requires students to become acquainted with legislation and current case law. In addition you will acquire a knowledge and understanding of the legal process both pre and post­trial.

Evidence­ Based Community Policing (20 credits)

The overall aim of the module is to develop an understanding of neighbourhood and community policing. By examining the key features of each and considering arguments for and against the adoption of these models of policing. The module aims to develop your awareness of the qualities required of a professional neighbourhood police officer. The module also aims to develop your ability to identify professional and academic literature related to neighbourhood and community policing and to engage with issues related to this area of study in an independent and autonomous manner. This module embeds a volunteering element, allowing you to gain valuable experience of working within relevant criminal justice or third sector organisations.

Criminal Investigation (20 credits)

The main aims of the module are to develop your knowledge and understanding of police investigations in the UK and the law underpinning these investigations. The module requires you to become acquainted with the history, structure and function of investigative work in the UK as well as concepts and procedures and current practices relating to police investigations of volume, series and major crimes. In addition you will acquire a knowledge and understanding of the current law in relation to police investigative powers, safeguards for suspects, and selected criminal offences.

Year 3

Major Crime Investigation (20 credits)

This module critically examines the police investigation of major crimes, particularly in the form of homicide. It brings together your knowledge of policing and general crime investigation and develops your ability to critically analyse all aspects of major crime investigative practice. Drawing upon published research and high profile miscarriages of justice, as well as current and newsworthy major crime investigations, you will be required to understand the processes, procedures and rationale that sit behind such important police investigations. There will also be critical discussion of how this process can be sustained in the austerity paradigm, and the ongoing considerations regarding privatisation of certain police functions.

Investigating Rape and Domestic Abuse (20 credits)

This module critically examines the police investigation of rape (as well as other serious sexual assaults), and domestic abuse. It enhances your knowledge in relation to previous studies of criminal investigation, by developing your ability to critically analyse all aspects of the police response to rape. Similarly the same critical analysis will take place in relation to the police response to domestic abuse. It is no surprise that the police response to both of these types of crimes has attracted much criticism in the past. This module will analyse to what extent the police have improved, and discuss how they conduct their modern investigations in the wider criminal justice setting, and in partnership with other agencies. All content will be discussed against the backdrop of research relating to sexual and violent offending, case studies and case law. Some criminal justice practitioners will be invited to speak in order to add a practical element to the module.

Individual Study (40 credits)

The aim of the Individual Study module is to develop your ability to research and analyse policing in some depth, and construct a well­ reasoned argument based on your findings. In so doing the course aims to provide you with a degree of autonomy in your learning by allowing an opportunity to pursue in some depth, a study of a topic aligned to policing.

For your final core module, you are asked to choose one of the below.

Police Reform and the Future of Policing (20 credits)

This module aims to provide the rationale behind police reform in the United Kingdom. It will critically examine the recent changes that have occurred in both Northern Ireland and Scotland. The module will review calls on the UK police service to respond to the dual challenge of increasing governmental/public demands for improvements in police efficiency and effectiveness in the context of decreasing real time increases in financial resources.

Police Practice, Policy and Procedures 3 (20 credits)

 The aim of the module is to provide you with the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of police practices, policies and procedures in England and Wales. It is the third of three modules, which embed within them components enabling the student to attain the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP). This module will focus on legislation and relevant policing practices and policies relating to Personal and Public safety, Planned and Emergency police procedures and gathering and handling of police Intelligence and information, it will include an exploration of Counter Terrorism, the principles Critical Incident management and Management of Police Information (MoPI). Fundamental aspects of policing skills in relation to these aspects of Policing will be explored.

Likely optional modules

Year 1

In Year 1 you will have an option of studying a Language as part of your degree, or a module Crime and Disorder in Context (20 credits), which examines the key principles and concepts underpinning crime and its causes., as well as the central theories and methodologies encountered within the social sciences, and criminology in particular.

Year 2

Psychology and the Criminal Justice System (20 credits)

This module aims to give you an introductory understanding of forensic psychology and its impact on the criminal justice system. It will explore how psychology has changed criminal justice procedures, impacted on police practice and given a better understanding of people involved in the criminal justice system such as: perpetrators, victims and witnesses. Special attention will be paid to vulnerable people with lectures on addiction and mental health. Additionally, this module will explore the psychology of the court process and the prison system utilising psychology to understand trial proceedings, the impact of psychological processes on sentencing and the application of psychology to the treatment of offenders.

Decision Making Theory and Practice in Policing (20 credits)

The module aims to develop decision making and psychological theory understandings in policing by consideration of non­technical skills which are underpinned by empirical evidence and science. Theoretical principles to be addressed in the module are decision making models, situational awareness, personal and collective decision making, leadership and team functioning, environmental constraints and stressors. The module will consider the application of critical incident understanding in different contexts practically, e.g., murder investigation, road death, arson, safeguarding children, missing persons and fire­arms use. Learning in safe place, and in the absence of practical error, is the theme of the module.

International Policing – Structures and Dynamics (20 credits)

The aim of the module is to provide you with the opportunity to develop knowledge of the structures which regulate international policing. It also aims to develop the your critical understanding of the dynamics which determine the forms and priorities of international policing. 

Year 3

Psychology of Serious and Prolific Offending (20 credits)

The module aims to explore specialist areas of research and application within criminal and forensic psychology, particularly in relation to serious and prolific offending behaviours and ways to address them. The module will critically evaluate the strengths and limitations of the featured research and literature and in doing so facilitate your development of both subject specific and transferable skills appropriate to the level of study.

Policing Terrorism and Political Violence in the UK (20 credits)

This module aims to give you an understanding of the emerging arena of critical incident management in policing, with a focus in application to the policing of terrorism in the UK. Critical incident management has a broad definition and wide application in practice. The module will consider diverse case studies which examine in practice issues of decision making processes in controversial police decision making in policing, and capture the critical instance learning points from these instances. The course will consider policing terrorism in contemporary society, history, philosophy, morals and ethics, decision making and balancing priorities and audiences. The multi­faceted dynamics surrounding, human rights, models of policing terrorism (intelligence, community etc.), CONTEST, radicalisation and the law will come together, offering a focused examination of theory and practice in policing the problem of terrorism and political violence in the UK.

Beyond Policing: Global Challenges and Human Rights (20 credits)

The main aim of this module is to provide you with a critical understanding of the relevance of international responses and the risks to Human Rights of global issues where policing is unable to provide an adequate response. Such issues include the arrest of Slobodan Milosevic and the prosecution of the War on Terror. This will include an analysis of the role of intergovernmental agencies such as the Council of Europe, the International Criminal Court and the United Nations Organisation as well as non­governmental bodies such as Amnesty International.

"Policing Suite offers engaging yet diverse courses with many options of modules to choose from. It's incredible how the course gives you the option to specialise in a specific pathway, Canterbury Christ Church being the only university in the country with this choice. The first year really gives an insight into all aspects of policing, setting you up perfectly for the next academic year. The lecturers passion for their modules makes the university experience more pleasant."

Sarah Elgezouli, Policing student

BSc (Hons) Policing (Criminal Investigation) has been designed to prepare you for a policing career which is becoming ever more specialist. Private policing is expanding and public policing is going through a dynamic professionalisation process. BSc (Hons) Policing (Criminal Investigation) offers a comprehensive response to all three developments.

New exciting careers are emerging in wider policing and security fields, as well as, the evolving specialist requirements of policing and private policing sector interests such as  tackling cybercrime, fraud. Our qualifications will be of assistance in pursuing a specialist police staff role (as opposed to be being a police officer) and also joining national police organisations such as the National Crime Agency. Importantly too, BSc (Hons) Policing (Criminal Investigation) will also prepare you for other justice­related public sector employment including the Border Force, UK Visas and Immigration, prisons, the civil service, offender rehabilitation and the armed forces.

Fees

Tuition Fees for 2019/20 have not yet been finalised. Course webpages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once these have been agreed.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

CategoryDescription
Field Trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc)

Northern Ireland Study Visit:
Approximately £100.00 covering accommodation and travel, to be paid at least six weeks before the trip.

Netherlands Study Visit
Approximately £120.00 covering accommodation, travel and some meals, to be paid at least six weeks before the trip.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Teaching

All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2020.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and online activities, while some modules may also include practical workshops. Other experiential learning opportunities come from use of Hydra Suite (some optional modules) and study trips (subject to availability).

Your actual contact hours will depend on the optional modules you select. However, typically this is 6-10h of timetabled sessions per week in addition to which you will have an opportunity to meet with members of staff for one-to-one tutorials.

In year 2, you will undertake a volunteering placement that allows you learn within workplace context and develop valuable skills for employment.

Your final year Individual Study project lets you research a particular policing issue in-depth.

Independent learning

Independent learning, individually and with other students, is key to your success on BSc Policing (criminal Investigation). In addition to attending timetabled sessions, you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves engaging with recommended readings, completing research tasks in preparation to sessions, interacting with other students and staff on the university's Virtual Learning Environment, keeping up with news and events relating to policing, and working on assessments.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

For the Individual Study project in year three, you will undertake independent research. You will work under the supervision of a member of the course team. You will meet with your supervisor regularly.

Overall workload

Your overall workload typically consists of 6-12 contact hours per week. You will undertake 18-24 hours of independent learning and assessment activity. In addition, there may be study trips.

For each 20-credit module, your study time is about 10 hours a week.

Academic input

A number of the staff teaching on Policing Suite are ex-police officers, bringing in wealth of professional experience in addition to their academic credentials. Rest have strong academic expertise in policing or related disciplines (e.g. criminology, psychology, forensic investigation). Most staff teaching on the course are senior lecturers, with some input also provided by university instructors, including some of our current postgraduate students. Staff are involved in active research, ensuring the programme engages with the current policing issues.

Assessments

The course provides you with opportunities to receive formative feedback on your work before submitting formal assessments that count towards your final mark.

Each module has its 'summative' assessment, the grades from which count toward your module mark. Such assignments include for example essays, presentations, reports, case studies and literature reviews. A number of modules are also assessed by examinations or tests, such as essay or multiple choice exams.

For your final year Individual Study project you will assigned a supervisor who will provide feedback on your plans, research and drafts as you progress.

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all assessments undertaken. This is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. 

Canterbury Christ Church University has ‘Approved Provider’ status from the College of Policing to deliver the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) and BSc (Hons) Policing (Criminal Investigation) will facilitate the provision of that qualification.

Achievement of the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) will help prepare those seeking recruitment to the police service as a police constable in England or Wales. The qualification is also relevant to other related roles within the criminal justice sector. The certificate is an important element of the professional entry into Policing Pre­Join Strategy, and accredits the knowledge and understanding which also forms part of the Diploma in Policing qualification.

The Diploma in Policing is the minimum mandatory qualification which regular police constables are required to achieve to be confirmed in rank and forms part of the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP). All those who achieve the CKP through a provider approved by the College of Policing will be able to submit this as evidence of the knowledge component of the Diploma.

All awarding organisations offering the Diploma in Policing recognise and accept the relationship between the CKP and Diploma in Policing. Successful achievement of the CKP does not in itself provide any guarantee of recruitment as a trainee police constable. Each police force within England and Wales sets out its own recruitment process and selection policy and entry requirements vary from force to force. Prospective students are therefore strongly advised to check the specific requirements of their chosen force prior to undertaking study. It should be noted that all candidates need to pass medical and fitness tests as well as background and security checks and undertake a series of assessments, tests and an interview at a Police SEARCH® assessment centre.

Students enrolling on BSc (Hons) Policing (Critical Incidents) with the intention of joining the police service on graduation are strongly encouraged to consider the police entry requirements (e.g. security vetting, health and fitness) before applying for entry on to the degree. Although the programme is focused on policing, the University does not assess the suitability of students to join the police service. For this reason, it is important that prospective students make the necessary enquiries with police services and/or their General Practitioner (GP) regarding entry requirements for employment and are aware of any implications for pre­existing medical conditions, criminal records or cautions. Levels of fitness are the applicant’s responsibility.

Our School has invested significantly in a Hydra suite that will allow our students to simulate policing scenarios under ‘close-to-real’ conditions. We see this as a major advantage to our students who will be able to directly experience highly realistic policing incidents, situations and scenarios as part of their integrated learning. For more information on Hydra go to: http://www.hydrafoundation.org/

To help your understanding, we have long­standing collaboration with Kent Police, as well as links with other police services including Essex, the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the Metropolitan Police and the Police Service of The Netherlands. We also have links with a wide range of community and voluntary agencies.

Fact file

UCAS code

  • L313 Policing (Criminal Investigation)

Institutional code

  • C10

Length

  • 3 years full-time

    6 years part-time

Starts

  • September 2019

Entry requirements

Location

School

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