University of Chester

Degree level: Undergraduate

Community Policing and Criminal Investigation (including a Foundation Year)

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Course summary

Play your part in the fight against crime as you discover the skills, attitude and behaviour necessary for a career in policing and investigation, taught by experienced practitioners and subject matter experts. The course team delivering this degree have a wealth of professional and subject expertise in specialist areas to enhance your learning experience. Completion of this course will equip you with the knowledge, skills, attitude and behaviour required for a career in policing and other law enforcement agencies. Our excellent facilities for role play scenarios will allow you to put your knowledge into practice in a safe learning environment. Our Policing Skills Labs comprise an immersive learning suite, interview rooms, crime scene houses, road policing scenarios, a custody suite and mock court room, all of which add to your learning experience. This course develops your ability to utilise research skills, evaluate existing bodies of knowledge, critically evaluate new information and ideas, and accept accountability for your actions and decisions. Methods of teaching and learning are varied and include practical exercises, role play activities, immersive learning, interview suites and field trips. There is a strong emphasis on employability skills throughout this course affording graduates potential employment within areas of law enforcement such as the Police, Border Agency, Local Authority, National Crime Agency and Independent Police Complaints Commission. Foundation Year courses have been designed for students who do not have the necessary academic qualifications needed to enter directly into the first year of a degree but who have the ability and commitment to do so. Once the Foundation Year has been completed successfully, you can then go on to complete your degree.


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Assessment method

Methods of assessment are varied and stimulating, and are explicitly linked to each module learning outcome. The assessment methods are designed to provide a broad platform for you to demonstrate achievement of the intended module outcomes. Examples of summative methods of assessment include examinations, personal and group presentations, role-play activities, recorded interviews and assignments.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

A Level General Studies accepted; Welsh Baccalaureate accepted alongside A Levels/BTEC/OCRs

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

All students (except Internationals) on this programme will be eligible for a £500 cash bursary – only at level 3/Foundation Year. The tuition fee for the subsequent years of study on the full-time undergraduate degree will be charged at the undergraduate degree fee level. This fee is currently £9,250 a year for students starting in 2019 but this is subject to annual inflationary rises in line with inflation at that time, as measured by the Retail Price Index.
Community Policing and Criminal Investigation (including a Foundation Year) at University of Chester - UCAS