University of Northampton

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The University of Northampton

Criminal and Corporate Investigation (with Foundation Year)

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Course summary

The Integrated Foundation Year programme offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance, no matter what their educational background. If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements for BA (Hons) Criminal & Corporate Investigation, The University of Northampton can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year BA (Hons) Criminal & Corporate Investigation programme which includes the Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the confidence and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award. The Integrated Foundation Year provides a practical and group-based approach to learning that supports your development and your transition to Higher Education, whilst introducing you to key ideas and skills used by Investigators. We are also committed to engaging you with specialist Investigative Practice modules from the outset. By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:

  • If you join us, you will experience student life at the University’s new £330 million Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day and find out more.
  • Students enrolling on this course at Northampton will be provided with their own brand new laptop* to keep at no additional cost. All sports clubs and societies are free to join at Northampton and every essential course text book is available via the library, meaning you won’t have to purchase copies. For more information on this visit our website (
  • Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd.
The Northampton Employment Promise
  • In fact, we’re so confident in our careers and employability support that If you achieve at least a 2:2 degree and complete either our Employability Plus Gold programme or achieve a Changemaker Gold Certificate during your time studying with us, but still haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating, we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you or support you into postgraduate study.
✱ eligibility criteria and terms and conditions apply. See for more information


INTEGRATED FOUNDATION YEAR: Stage One A • Transition to University – Learning to Learn (Compulsory) • Investigating Your Subject (Compulsory) • Foundation in Crime and Law (Compulsory) • Negotiated Learning Project (Compulsory)• Stage One B • Law and The Criminal Justice System (Compulsory) • Introduction to Evidence and Procedure (Compulsory) • Crime and Criminality (Compulsory) • Legislation for Policing and Investigators (Compulsory) • Introduction to Investigative Interviewing (Compulsory) • Theoretical Concepts in Crime Scene Investigations (Compulsory) • Introduction to Academic Methods and Research (Compulsory) STAGE 2: • Crime and Criminal Investigation (Compulsory) • Investigation and Investigating Interviewing 2 (Compulsory) • Academic Development (Compulsory) • The Management of Major Investigations (Compulsory) • Investigating Serious and Organised Crime (Designated) • Covert Investigations (Designated) • Criminal and Analytical Profiling (Designated) • Contemporary Criminal Justice (Designated) STAGE 3: • Independent Study (Compulsory) • Cyber Crime (Compulsory) • Advanced Evidence and Procedure (Compulsory) • The Victims Voice (Designated) • Effective Resource Management and Logistics (Designated) • Employment Investigations (Designated) • Miscarriage of Justice (Designated). Module information is quoted for 23/24 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly. 24/25 entry modules will be updated in June 2024.

Assessment method

Assessment are varied and consist of: • presentations • essays • assignments • skills labs • practical exercises • reports • reflective accounts and video presentations • exams and multiple choice tests. Paper based assignments are submitted electronically and are returned within 3 weeks.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation
  • Year 1

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Criminal and Corporate Investigation (with Foundation Year) at University of Northampton - UCAS