Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Policing and Criminal Investigation

3 years
5,500 GBP/year
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
United Kingdom
Arden University

Program description

The course will immerse you in real-life investigations utilizing cutting-edge technology.

The course begins with an interactive trip through the investigative process, showcasing the natural progression of criminal investigations and policing and forensics. You'll learn how investigators work together to reach a goal. The course is taught by academics with years of expertise in the industry, and guest lectures and webinars provide a thorough basis in current policing and criminal investigations.

Our rich virtual criminal world, which enables you to position yourself in real-life events, is only one way that this course differs from others. This environment will be smoothly linked with your modules as an additional teaching tool, enabling you to apply the material you learn in classes, seminars, and workshops. As you move through several settings, including crime scenes, the police custody suite, the major incident room, police cells, the courtroom, and the forensics lab, you'll have the chance to assume a variety of investigation positions. This will help you develop knowledge of key procedures and positions within civilian and operational policing as well as criminal investigations as a whole, preparing you for upcoming fieldwork.

Our BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation will provide you with the foundations you need to continue on with further study and for future work in the field of policing and criminal investigation.

Program structure


Level 4

  • Introduction to Forensic Investigation 
  • Introduction to Criminal Investigation 
  • Police Custody 
  • Witnesses: An Introduction 
  • Criminal Investigation: Procedures and Practices 
  • Introduction to the Analysis and Application of Forensics

Level 5

  • Core Modules:
    • Leadership in Policing and Law Enforcement (20 credits)
    • Police Procedures and Evidence (20 credits)
    • Policing and Human Rights (20 credits)
    • Policing Concepts and Theories (20 credits)
  • Elective modules:
    • The Intelligence Services (20 credits)
    • Community Policing (20 credits)
    • Organised Crime (20 credits)

Level 6

  • Police Ethics and Professional Standards (20 credits)
  • Law Enforcement: Vulnerability and Risk (20 credits) 
  • Investigative Interviewing (20 credits)
  • Special Investigations (60 credit portfolio)


Studying online

  • Fee per level - 5,500 GBP

Requirements for applicants

  • Two subjects at GCE A level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent.
  • Alternative level 3 qualifications will also be considered, including Access to HE, a BTEC Extended Diploma, or internationally equivalent.

We’re also happy to consider your application if you can demonstrate your ability to study the course via previous work experience, references, and a personal statement.

English proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 90; or equivalent.
  • Alternatively, evidence you have previously studied in English, such as a letter to show that the medium of instruction was in English can be accepted.

About the university

Arden University provides flexible and accessible higher education. From our beginnings in 1990 as the online learning partner for British institutions, we've developed to provide both online and blended learning degree programmes that match the needs of modern living. We offer more than 90 career-focused degrees, many of which are recognised by the British Psychological Society, the Chartered Management Institute, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation, the Association for Project Management, and others.

Our mission is to shape business. You choose the self-development course and learning style, and we'll provide you the skills and insight to succeed.

Many of our students work, have families, and other commitments while studying, yet they require a Degree, Master's, or MBA to maximize their career. We love offering students the flexibility to study and attain their goals, even when they're too busy to visit a study center or be on a schedule. We hope you'll join.

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