Police Studies with Criminal Investigation (Including Foundation Entry) at Burnley College - UCAS

Burnley College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Buckinghamshire New University

Police Studies with Criminal Investigation (Including Foundation Entry)

Course summary

During your studies you will learn about contemporary policing and criminal justice processes, with a particular focus on criminal investigation in England and Wales. You will learn about operational policing along with a wide range of areas such as the police use of firearms, the demands placed upon policing, miscarriages of justice and major crime investigations. You will gain exposure to some of the real challenges facing policing today, exploring current reforms and what they mean, and looking at the importance of accountability, citizenship and ethics. You will leave the course with a solid base of knowledge of policing and criminal justice, drawing on aspects of criminology, criminal justice and sociology. You will have an understanding of key areas of contemporary operational policing and criminal investigation, including the role of the investigator, forensic developments, the investigatory framework, historic case reviews, human rights and ethics. As an undergraduate student you will develop strong critical thinking, analysis and communication skills and gain an insight into different areas and roles within the criminal justice system, so you can see where your interests lie.


Modules include; Year 0- Inquiry Based Learning, Preparing for Success: knowledge & Creativity, Student Development & Responsibility and Ways of Learning about the Social World. Year 1- Police Crime and the Media; Introduction to Policing; Social Sciences and Policing Practice; Introduction to Cyber Crime; Criminal Law and Justice. Year 2- Criminal Investigation: Past to Present; Research Methods; Forms of Crime; Knowledge in Policing in context; Policing; Concepts, Theories and Practice; Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity. Year 3; Criminal Investigation Systems; Criminal Investigation: Scope of the State; Operational Policing; Dissertation.

Assessment method

Police Studies and Criminal Investigation tutors promote the transfer of learning between academic theory and work based learning. Teaching and learning methods are varied including individual study, lectures, group activities, speakers and on line learning. Work-based learning is encouraged, and real life examples are integral to the course aims, enabling the evaluation of skills and knowledge in practice. Assessment methods are varied and include exams, presentations, essays, interviews and case studies.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation
  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted. BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, DIstinction, Merit Appropriate Access to HE Course: 112 UCAS points including 15 level 3 credits with distinction in Chemistry or Biology GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree-level studies, are welcome and these applicants will be interviewed.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9000 Year 1
England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
Channel Islands £9000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note fees for the foundation year will be £6,000, and then £9,000 per year for the remainder of the course. *subject only to annual increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
Police Studies with Criminal Investigation (Including Foundation Entry) at Burnley College - UCAS