University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Security, Intelligence and Investigative Practice (with integrated foundation year)

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Course summary

The concept of security stretches from keeping assets safe to analysing how global events impact upon our lives then designing measures to address these needs. Our course provides the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience of practices previously only available within a few public sector professions. Investigative practice skills are widely sought after by a wide range of employers. Course Overview Our foundation year is designed to help you to develop confidence and essential university skills which will enable you to progress onto our degree level programme. Security and intelligence has traditionally been associated with law enforcement and the military whereas our course merges skill sets gained in these environments with all aspects of the commercial world. The ability to identify and fill gaps of knowledge is a fundamental investigative requirement from crime to any other discipline requiring questions to be answered. Whether you are engaged in analysis, protective services, any part of the public sector or private business the elements of this course will feature in your professional and private life. This course provides the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience of practices previously only available within a few public sector professions. On this course you will...

  • Gain a professional and ethical understanding of how to recognise security risks in a variety of environments.
  • Learn to recognise intelligence gathering opportunities, access material and data in a legal and ethical manner.
  • Learn to analyse threat and design solutions needed to minimise them.
  • Explore how to meet the diverse needs of employees.
  • Explore investigative techniques and develop a detective skill set.
What you will learn You will identify the three threads (security, intelligence and investigative practice) this programme is built on. These three threads are interrelated and will help to further develop your understanding of the bigger picture of security, intelligence and investigative practice. You will learn to use these threads to solve problems in a multivariable environment. The modules build from introductory, enabling you to have a firm understanding through to a strategic international perspective in line with contemporary security, intelligence and investigative demands. Year one
  • Essential University Skills One
  • Contemporary Issues and the Media
  • Introduction to Policing, Criminology and Law
  • Essential University Skills Two
  • Families, Communities & the Criminal Justice System
  • Professional Practice in the Community
Year two
  • Intelligence, Structures and Products
  • Managing Criminal Enquiries
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Operational Security
  • Cyber Security
  • Evolution of threat
Year three
  • Investigative Interviewing
  • Serious Organised Crime Investigations
  • Covert Operations
  • Security Risk Management
  • Digital Intelligence
  • Practical Action Research (optional module)
  • Forecasting Future Challenges (optional module)
Year four
  • Global Threats & Risk Principles
  • Safeguarding Society
  • Freedoms and Protections
  • Extremism
  • Dissertation/ Work Based Project


Year one - Compulsory modules: Essential University Skills 1, Contemporary Issues and the Media, Introduction to Policing, Criminology and Law, Essential University Skills 2, Families, Communities & the Criminal Justice System, Professional Practice in the Community. Year two - Compulsory modules: Intelligence, Structures and Products, Managing Criminal Enquiries, Crime Scene Investigation, Operational Security, Cyber Security, Evolution of threat. Year three - Compulsory modules: Investigative Interviewing, Serious Organised Crime Investigations, Covert Operations, Security Risk Management, Digital Intelligence. Optional modules: Practical Action Research, Forecasting Future Challenges. Year four - Compulsory modules: Global Threats & Risk Principles, Safeguarding Society, Freedoms and Protections, Extremism, Dissertation/ Work based Project.

Assessment method

Coursework - may include written tasks and assignments, reports, dissertations, portfolios, project work - Year 0 = 40% Year 1= 50% Year 2 = 60% Year 3 = 80%. Practical Exams - may include practical assessments, oral assessments or presentations - Year 0 = 40% Year 1= 40% Year 2 = 30% Year 3 = 20%. Written Exams - formal exams only - Year 0 = 20% Year 1= 100% Year 2 = 10% Year 3 = 0%.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If you are over 21 and returning to study after being in relevant employment for a minimum of 3 years and do not meet the published entry requirements for Year 1 of our degree courses, please do not assume you are not qualified to join us. Our experienced Admissions and Academic staff will review your prior qualifications and professional experience to support your application. The Integrated Foundation Year programmes support your return to education and are specifically designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree but may not have all the necessary qualifications, skills or experience to join the degree in Year 1. Contact our Course Enquiries Team for more information.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6125 Year 1
England £6125 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6125 Year 1
Scotland £6125 Year 1
Wales £6125 Year 1
International £8565 Year 1

Additional fee information

These fees are for the first year only. For years 2 - 4, the BA or BSc fee will apply. Visit for more information about student fees and finance, and for details about our alumni discount.
Security, Intelligence and Investigative Practice (with integrated foundation year) at University of Cumbria - UCAS