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Law, Policing & Investigation

Introduction to Policing and Investigation


Course overview

You will explore the development of policing, crime and investigation. The rise in popularity of crime fiction and TV dramas and fly-on-the-wall documentariesdemonstrates an ever-growing interest in policing, crime and investigation. You look at the development of the modern police service, and the growth of investigativeroles, both policing-related and private, to assist in the appreciation of the realities of policing and investigation. The use of a range of both historical and more recentcases will explain the impact of lessons learned upon today’s policing and investigation methods. You also explore the significance of the casual witness and their observational skills.

This course is now full.

This course will be delivered online. Please check the entry requirements tab before making your application to ensure you meet the entry criteria and have all the minimum equipment necessary to take part.

Tuesday 7 July, Tuesdays & Thursdays for four weeks, 6.00pm-9.00pm.

This course is delivered through a combination of live elements and pre-recorded material. Tutor support will be available throughout the specified weekly times.

You can study up to 30 credits at Summer University and you can select up to three modules on the same application form. If you would like to add a module later, or change one of your choices, then please let us know by emailing

Where you study

This course is delivered online.

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Course details

What you study

Topics include:
- The development of the modern police service
- The development of investigative roles (both policing and private)
- Observational skills and the role of the witness
- Introduction to the PEQF entry routes and relevant professional qualifications
- The Police Code of Ethics and also academic misconduct.
- How behaviour impacts on outcomes of cases
valuing difference
- Exploring lessons learned from previous cases.

How you are assessed

1) a short written exercise (500 words) (50%),
2) 20 questions mid-course questionnaire based on course content (50%)


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

As this is an online course it is necessary that you have access to a computer and that you are comfortable learning via an online platform.

International applicants must have an IELTS overall score of 5.5 or equivalent.



2020/21 entry

  • Length: Credits: 10, Level: 4, Fees: £50.00
  • Online
  • Enrolment date: Tuesday 7 July, Tuesdays & Thursdays for four weeks, 6.00pm-9.00pm