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Investigative Practice BA (Hons)

This course has been developed with input from leading investigation, intelligence, security and financial specialists. As a result, you will develop the necessary industry standard skills and experience to carry out professional investigations to the highest level within commercial, public or criminal justice settings.

It is essential that all investigations are carried out professionally, and with our commitment to your training we will ensure all of our investigators gain essential legal knowledge and the ability to conduct professional investigations whilst securing admissible evidence. The combination of practical role-play based activities and classroom teaching means that you are confident, ready and fully equipped to be a valuable asset to any organisation.

If you are interested in a career in professional investigation, or are an investigator seeking an academic qualification to enhance your skills, then this course provides a comprehensive introduction to key theoretical and practical issues, providing you with the knowledge and skills to confidently undertake professionally conducted investigations.

The course, which has a wider focus than the Police Service, is underpinned by national policing practices and initiatives, such as the nationally recognised, ‘Professionalising the Investigation Programme’. Throughout the course we look in depth at a variety of investigation methods, such as interview technique, the law surrounding investigations and Cyber Crime. The real strength of the programme is that it has a strong practical element that allows you to demonstrate your skills in scenario-based investigations.





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L438 or L430 with Foundation Year
BA/InvPra or BA/InvPrFY with Foundation Year
Waterside Campus
Three years full-time or four years full-time with Foundation Framework.

A typical offer would be BCC at A level, DMM at BTEC or 112 UCAS points. However, we welcome international applications and applications from those with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications. Mature students with relevant experience as practitioners will be considered without normal entry requirements, subject to interview. There are opportunities for current practitioners to gain accreditation for prior certificated or experiential learning. These will be on a case-by-case basis.

Foundation Study Framework requirements: Admission to the foundation programme is normally DEE at A level, MPP at BTEC or 64 UCAS points. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.

If you are considering a change in career or if you are returning to education after time away, then we suggest you contact Admissions to book an advisory interview with the course leader so we can explore how best to support your study ambitions.

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