Policing, Law and Investigation

Foundation Degree

The FdSc Policing, Law and Investigation programme (with an option to top up to a BSc) seeks to equip you with the necessary knowledge, practical and vocational skills required for a career in policing.

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Campus Warrington Campus
Course Foundation Degree
Length 2 Years (with an option to top up to a BSc) Full-time
Start date September 2015

Our programme will provide you with knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice system and the ethical and procedural framework for conducting investigations in a range of situations. You will also develop a set of cognitive, social and practical skills that many other employers will find attractive.

Both experienced serving and retired police officers deliver our course, and the course will enable you to achieve both the equivalent of the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme – a mandatory requirement for all new police recruits – and our College of Policing (CoP) Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP Equivalent). You will be expected to pass all the elements of the Special Constable police selection process to gain access to the programme.

Although the majority of teaching will take place at the Warrington Campus, a small percentage of teaching may also take place at Thornton Science Park and Cheshire Constabulary - across Cheshire.

Why study Policing, Law and Investigation at Warrington?

This Foundation Degree in Policing, Law and Investigation is an exciting new development that has been established by the University of Chester and Cheshire Constabulary and it offers a number of options in relation to full-time study, in the first instance to meet the needs of all potential students who are contemplating a career in Policing.

The University course in Policing, Law and Investigation will prepare you for a career in the Police Service by enabling you to achieve the skills, and knowledge and vocational competence required to become a police officer. Through our partnership with Cheshire Constabulary you will be required to conduct duties as a Special Constable and evidence your fitness to practice. The programme comprises two work placements in a police division, during which you will undertake full shifts in company with regular officers.

Upon conclusion of the programme, as well as achieving a nationally recognised Higher Education Foundation Degree qualification you will have met the standards of the CoP Initial Police Learning and Development Programme Policing Diploma and our Knowledge of Policing (CKP Equivalent), for which we are a CoP-approved provider.

This qualification may be attractive to other Police Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies who are seeking to recruit qualified investigators. Even if you decide that a career in Policing is not for you, you will obtain a set of transferable skills that many other employers will find attractive.

Although the majority of teaching will take place at the Warrington Campus, a small percentage of teaching may also take place at Thornton Science Park and Cheshire Constabulary - across Cheshire.

Level 4

Criminal Law and Society (20 Credits)

This module will initially allow students to identify and distinguish between key concepts of criminal legal theory. Having obtained a clear understanding of the criminal law and the nature of crime itself, the student will then complete the module by looking at specific aspects of crime prevention, the criminal law and procedure. This will not only allow students to put the legal theory surrounding the construction of criminal law into a practical context. It will also match the relevant learning outcomes of the College of Policing, Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) Policing Diploma and our Knowledge of Policing (CKP equivalence).

 

History of Policing, Ethics, Culture and the Development of Law (20 Credits)

The student will study the history of Policing and Investigation starting from a historical perspective looking at how the police were formed and how the institution has evolved to the present day and linked into partnership working with other law enforcement agencies. It will address such issues as culture, ethics, values and policing, legitimacy and discretion. Students will analyse the role of the police, both in a social context and within the wider criminal justice system, enabling the student to consider the wider implications that policing action, or indeed the lack of it, may have upon various communities and individuals. It will also match the relevant learning outcomes of the College of Policing, Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) and our Knowledge of Policing (CKP Equivalent).

 

Intelligence Legal Procedure and Evidence (20 Credits)

The aim of this module is for the student to understand how intelligence plays an integral link in implementing effective law enforcement tactical and strategic decision-making and problem solving. The student will gain understanding and knowledge of the National Intelligence Model (NIM) and how its products, drive effective investigation. The student will examine current criminal trends and understand how to legitimise evidence and present it in a format acceptable to the court. The student will understand and be able to demonstrate a Police Officers’ actions when affecting an arrest and the legislative requirements of that arrest. It will also match the relevant learning outcomes of the College of Policing, Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) and our Knowledge of Policing (CKP equivalence).  

 

The Management of Road Safety Legislation and Procedure (20 Credits)

The aims of this module are to provide student officers with an introduction to the law relating to driving and traffic offences. Introduce student officers to the specific skills needed to manage the scene of a road traffic collision effectively with partner agencies. It will also match the relevant learning outcomes of the College of Policing, Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) and our Knowledge of Policing (CKP equivalence). 

 

Operational Investigation Placement (20 Credits)

The aim of this module is to develop students to critically review their work, utilise their research skills, develop their technical expertise and exercise a degree of professional judgement relevant to making their career in 'Policing and Investigation’.

This will include:

  • Formulating appropriate responses and exercise appropriate judgment in the planning and conducting of relevant investigations.
  • Analysing and understanding the key principles contained within the Core Investigation Doctrine.
  • Accepting accountability in related decision-making and record rationale considering policy, procedure and national guidance and communicate results demonstrating expertise and professional skills when giving oral evidence.
  • Utilising technical skills, including those of data collection, analysis and reflection in the context of investigating relevant cases.
  • Recognising the role of both the local community and effective partnership working in reducing crime and disorder

This will ensure that the student officer can be deployed on independent patrol. The placement module provides an opportunity for the student to continue their development by applying the knowledge and skills they have developed to date in an operational context and in relation to the National Occupational Standards as specified by Skills@Justice.  Student officers are encourage and given the opportunity to identify links between theory and practice in their work.

The student will be deployed in an Operational environment for duration of 10 weeks in total with a dedicated tutor during this module.

 

Investigative Interviewing (20 Credits)

This module will aim at providing the student with the knowledge and understanding to use the concepts and methodology associated with investigative interviewing and to recognise the complexity of so doing so when conducting an investigative interview with a witness, victim or a suspect. A student will analyse the contents of such interviews, be able to communicate the conclusions of such a process and be able to defend their conclusions under examination within a legal and ethical context.

The student will also study relevant legislation applicable to investigation in an Operational environment including describing the stages of the PEACE model of interviewing as a framework for conducting interviews.

The student will aim to reflectively assess their ability to evaluate their own strengths and weaknesses as an investigative interviewer and work appropriately with others as members of the group and also as representatives of other agencies involved in professional decision-making.

It will also match the relevant learning outcomes of the College of Policing, Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) and our Knowledge of Policing (CKP equivalence).


Level 5


During Lelve 5 of the programme you will enhance your knowledge and understanidng in each module by building upon relevant learning outcomes of the College of Policing, Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) and our Knowledge of Policing (CKP equivalence) at the appropriate HE level of education.

Community Engagement and Partnership Working (20 Credits)

The overall aim is to provide students with the knowledge and understanding about alcohol related crime and disorder, and how to deal with specific alcohol related powers and procedures. To provide students with an understanding of the media and how to conduct productive media interviews and produce appropriate print media articles. To provide students with an understanding of how the police can engage in effective partnership working and community engagement in identifying root cause, prevention, intelligence gathering, investigation, processing and disposal of offenders. To provide students with an understanding of how evidence based research can influence effective policing.

 

Developing Investigatory Skills (20 Credits)

The aims of this module is to provide students with enhanced professional skills which will enable them to:

  • Analyse and understand the key principles contained within the Core Investigative Professional Doctrine.
  • Formulate appropriate responses and exercise appropriate judgement in the planning and conducting of investigations.
  • Accept accountability in relation to decisions they have made. Record rationale; consider policy, procedure and national guidance when making decisions.
  • Provide oral evidence showing the ability to explain their decision making process.
  • Analyse and understand the safeguarding principles in line with the 13 strands of Public Protection and how this is incorporated into operational policing and investigations
  • Analyse and understand the investigative principles within the area of Cyber Crime and Open Source Research linking this to investigative strategies and how social media is utilised as an investigative tool.
  • Provide the students with an opportunity to critically analyse their own performance in a safe environment.
  • Understand their responsibilities in relation to the Disclosure of Information in line with guidance contained with CPIA 1996


Developing Interviewing Techniques (20 Credits)

The aims of this module are:

  • To provide investigators with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills to correctly identify witness categorisation, carry out an effective needs assessment and conduct an interview with the victim/witness in line with national best practice and policy
  • To provide investigators with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills to effectively plan and prepare for a suspect interview incorporation the introduction of exhibits to the interview and the use of special measures and bad character evidence.
  • To give the students the opportunity to develop their interview skills.


Leading and Managing People Module (20 Credits)

The aim of this module is to provide students with an introduction to responsible and ethical leadership and the values that impact on producing effective teams. To examine the differences between leadership and management and understand a range of theories, styles themes and activities that underpin organisational behaviour and the significance of ethical and social responsibility. It will provide the maximum potential for study in management and leadership while providing a rigorous and structured framework for work related learning. To give students the opportunity to develop and apply subject specific skills and knowledge required for their individual development.

 

Operational Work Based Module (40 Credits)

The aim of this module is for the student to continue with their operational professional development through a structured work based secondment. Mentors/tutors and line managers who will be expected to make a judgment based on professional understanding of good practice will support the student. The students will be given regular feedback by their tutor during this period, and their development will be documented against the skills for Justice within PIP National Occupational Standards.

You will be required to undertake studies at the University of Chester's Warrington Campus. You will learn all of the law and practical applications relating to Policing that current police recruits undertake which will be underpinned by academic theory in order to develop your skills of reflection and critical thinking and analysis. You will also be required to be sworn in as a Special Constable and conduct operational duties completing a structured vocational programme with dedicated police tutors. During this first year there will be a variety of both formative and summative assessment comprising assignments, refelctive journals, presentations, scenario-based role-play exercises, examinations and a work-based portfolio of evidence.

The second year of academic study and vocational practice will develop your skills and knowledge in policing and create additional employability opportunities for a career in policing or other law enforcement agencies.  The second year of the programme offers a wide varity of formative and summative assessment methods including assignments, presentations, reflective essays and scenario-based exercises.  The operational secondment which runs across the academic year wil lfurther develop your poliicng skilss, knowledge and understanding.

There is also an option for all students who have successfully completed the Foundation Degree and wish to complete an honours degree to complete a third year option which will be focused on academic study and research.

Continuing duties as a Special Constable and the further development of Policing skills would again, subject to recruitment taking place provide an opportunity for application  to join the police service.

An effective and efficient Learning and Development environment has been established at Blatchford Hall, on the Warrington Campus in a building that is solely occupied by the police. The facility has been furnished to a high standard with Investigative Interviewing facilities; classrooms with smart boards and rest room facilities and a Simulated Immersive Learning Suite (Hydra). Methods of learning and teaching will include a range of lectures, workshops, and seminars. Seminars will facilitate student learning and the development of a range of academic, professional and key skills. Formative assessment will consist of class knowledge checks, examination preparation, examination report writing and a reflective journal Tutor led feedback will be given during teaching sessions in order to inform both the student and tutor about the development of learning.

While this programme is mainly aimed at students who wish to pursue a career in policing, it will provide you with knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice system, the ethical and procedural framework for conducting investigations in a range of situations, and a set of cognitive, social and practical skills that many other employers will find attractive.

 

The University of Chester is an approved provider of the College of Policing's CKP award, therefore upon succesful completion of Level 5 of the programme, the student will be awarded both a Foundation Degree in Policing, Law and Criminal Investigation and the Knolwedge of Policing (CKP equivalent), which some police forces require as minimum entry criteria.

College of Policing Statement

Achievement of the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) will help prepare those seeking recruitment to the Police Service as a Police Constable in England or Wales. The qualification is also relevant to other related roles within the Criminal Justice Sector.

The certificate is an important element of the Professional Entry into Policing Pre-Join Strategy, and accredits the knowledge and understanding which also forms part of the Diploma in Policing qualification. The Diploma in Policing is the minimum mandatory qualification which Regular Police Constables are required to achieve to be confirmed in rank and forms part of the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP). All those who achieve the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing through a provider approved by the College of Policing will be able to submit this as evidence of the knowledge component of the Diploma. All awarding organisations offering the Diploma in Policing recognise and accept the relationship between the CKP and Diploma in Policing.

Successful achievement of the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing does not in itself provide any guarantee of recruitment as a trainee Police Constable. Each police force within England and Wales sets out its own recruitment process and selection policy and entry requirements vary from force to force. Prospective students are therefore strongly advised to check the specific requirements of their chosen force prior to undertaking study.

It should be noted that all candidates need to pass medical and fitness tests as well as background and security checks and undertake a series of assessments, tests and an interview at a Police SEARCH® assessment centre.

 

240 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent (such as BTEC/OCR Diploma)

Other:

  • Access to HE Diploma
  • Relevant, recognised Level 3 qualification

Those without such qualifications are considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account.


Additional Course Entry Requirements:

The University of Chester is currently working in partnership with Cheshire Constabulary on this programme, and is seeking collaboration with other police forces to enhance student opportunities.

You will be required to successfully complete the relevant force Special Constable Selection process which consists of an application and interview.  You will also be required to pass the National Police Fitness Test, Security Vetting and a medical.