University of Derby

Degree level: Undergraduate

Policing and Investigations

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Course summary

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BA (Hons) Policing and Investigations Combining expertise in investigations with rigorous academic knowledge, this distinctive degree opens the way to challenging careers within the criminal justice system. It gives you a thorough grasp of how policing and investigations work. Why choose this course? Drawing on criminology, forensics and sociology, you’ll become familiar with all aspects of the criminal investigation process. This includes skills in evidence gathering and investigative interviewing, inspired by a teaching team made up of former police officers, detectives and criminal investigators. This course received 92% for the teaching on my course in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2020. Is this course for you? BA (Hons) Policing and Investigations is all about your employability. You’ll gain investigative work experience and explore real-world case studies to help you take theories and policies from the classroom into practice. How you will learn We offer a stimulating mix of lectures, tutorials and role play, using the University’s first-rate crime scene house and courtroom facilities. There are visits to settings such as police custody suites, victim support facilities and courts, plus a fascinating guest lecture programme. Opportunities and experiences Thanks to our links with organisations like NEXT PLC, Derbyshire Constabulary and the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, you’ll gain insights into areas ranging from retail to human trafficking investigations. Ours is among the few degrees where you can also achieve the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing. Careers and employability The transferable skills you’ll develop in areas like loss prevention and investigative interviewing are essential in policing and the wider arenas of civilian investigation and crime reduction. As this degree has been devised in close partnership with constabularies, it can act as a stepping stone to a policing career too.

Course details


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeL440
Institution code D39
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 points Your offer will be based on your predicted grades from your core A2s (full A levels), BTEC Diploma etc. We will accept up to 16 points towards the total from level 3 qualifications such as AS (where those AS levels are not taken on to A2 level), the Extended Project, or Music qualifications.  We usually consider an A Level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria / offer.
A level BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma D: 15 credits M: 24 credits P: 6 credits Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits with 45 at Level 3
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification

The University of Derby in collaboration with Nottinghamshire Police and Derbyshire Constabulary run the police cadet scheme resulting in the Foundation in Policing qualification. On successful completion of the Foundation in Policing, applicants applying for this course will qualify for entry.


English language requirements

IELTS overall score at a minimum of 6.0; with at least IELTS 5.5 in each band (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) or another Secure English Language Test(SELT)at CEFR level B2 or above


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
International £14045 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Policing and Investigations at University of Derby - UCAS