Build your career in policing or investigation with a professional qualification that explores the challenges faced by the sector.
This BSc (Hons) Policing and Investigation degree course is a part-time, distance learning course, which you can study around your other commitments.
You might want to take this course because of your interest in policing; you'll study the latest academic work in policing, and learn about investigation as a global topic. If you're thinking of a career in this field, you'll develop the practical skills you need to work in policing and related areas (such as private security, police oversight bodies, or financial investigation in banking).
If you want a career in the police in England or Wales, this degree qualifies you for one of the College of Policing’s entry routes to the police service.
If you’re already a serving police officer, it’s a perfect in-service degree to boost your career prospects, and you may be able to gain academic credits for your on-the-job experience, reducing the amount of study you need to complete to gain your degree.
What you'll experience
On this Policing and Investigation course you’ll:
- Develop academic and professional expertise in policing and criminal investigation
- Be taught by leading academics from the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
- Work at your own pace, in your own time and in your own location, with interactive online learning materials
- Join virtual study days with live seminars, interviews and question and answer sessions
- Have optional opportunities to attend the University
- Get the same support and similar benefits to students based on campus
- Tailor your studies, by choosing modules that match your interests and career ambitions
Have the chance to complete the course more quickly if you have relevant prior learning or work experience
This course is delivered by supported distance learning. You will receive high-quality course materials via Moodle, our online learning environment.
You'll get to chat with fellow students, discuss and present your work and keep in touch with tutors. You'll get plenty of support throughout your studies, including help on writing and structuring essays, and how to undertake research.
You'll need access to a computer and a Web connection. You may be able to access some of the resources through a tablet or smartphone, with limited functionality. You don't need to be especially computer literate, although typing skills are useful.
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through essays and reports, with essay titles provided at the beginning of the academic year. You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The way you're assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
- Stage 1 students: 100% by coursework
- Stage 2 students: 100% by coursework
- Stage 3 students: 100% by coursework
Careers and opportunities
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you prepare for a promotion or find a job that puts your skills to work in the field. We'll also be available to help, advise and support you for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.
What can you do with a Policing and Investigation (Distance Learning) degree?
You’ll be ready to take on roles in areas such as:
- the police
- the civil service
- local government
What jobs can you do with a Policing and Investigation (Distance Learning) degree?
Graduates have also pursued roles in public and private sector organisations in roles such as:
- criminal investigator
- police staff
- analyst and researcher
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.
We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities to complement your studies and enhance your CV. We can also help you plan the next steps in your career.