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Crime and Investigation (with Foundation Year)

Crime and Investigation (with Foundation Year) BSc (Hons)

The BSc (Hons) Crime and Investigation course draws on law, crime scene science, criminology and investigation, giving you a broad, holistic and stimulating learning experience.



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Course overview

Knowledge and skills developed will be valuable across a range of careers such as the police, prison service, probation service, border force, intelligence services, forensic services, and civilian investigation.

Your teaching team have substantial professional and teaching experience, and delivery methods are varied, including practical skills and theoretical knowledge with a real-life flavour. They draw upon local case studies to enrich your learning experience in class and by sending you out into the community. Our crime scene house presents over 30 crime scene areas where you can put theory into practice.

Our well-established links and network of contacts with criminal justice organisations and practitioners, locally and nationally, our Policing Clinic, strong links with Her Majesty’s Prison, probation service, and Cleveland Police ensures your course is relevant and adds additional depth and breadth to your studies.

First-class facilities enable you to develop and hone important professional and practical skills including our simulated police station equipped with an interview room, examination room, custody office and front desk. You benefit from an immersive learning experience and expand your understanding of practical procedures. In addition, our replica court room has the features of a modern court and offers invaluable courtroom experience.

We have a proven track record of working effectively with policing and criminal justice partners which provide unique employability opportunities. Our exceptionally talented crime and investigation team are from a variety of backgrounds including policing professionals and academia giving you an authentic and current learning experience.

We support you to build your confidence as you progress through the course. We’ll teach you how to study well, write coherently and critically engage with ideas, develop professional and practical skills, experience and knowledge giving you key transferable skills, which form the foundations of a successful career.

This course includes a foundation year - ideal if you need additional preparation or if you don't have sufficient grades to join Year 1 of a degree.

Top reasons to study this course

  • It’s incredibly varied and interesting – you’ll enjoy it.
  • You develop an in-depth knowledge of crime, criminals and the criminal justice system.
  • Find out what causes crime and be part of the solutions.
  • Your career choices are varied including the police, prison, and forensics services.

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Course details

Course structure

Foundation year core modules

Academic Study Skills Toolkit

This module will assist you in developing the personal and academic skills that you will need for undergraduate study. It focusses on developing skills such as information retrieval, evaluation, critical thinking, note taking, presentation skills and group work.

Contemporary Issues in Social Sciences

This module will introduce you to the historical and contemporary development of social science disciplines and will provide examples of theoretical challenges and the ways in which research is applied in society. You will gain an understanding of the critical differences between disciplines and how interdisciplinary research is fostered through collaboration. You will also be introduced to academic standards, ethical guidelines and research protocols, personal development planning and to a range of study and transferable skills relevant to your degree course and beyond.

Fake News: Propaganda and Polemics, Past and Present

This module provides you with the opportunity to develop your skills in thinking critically about the information and analysis presented in an array of media in today’s digital world, drawing on the methodologies of a range of disciplines within the social sciences, humanities and law. You will explore examples of the debates over fake news in both the past and present, and look at how fake news can be used to both support and undermine the status quo, enabling you in the process to become more savvy and engaged citizens.

Historical and Popular Crime, Justice, Law and Psychology

This module introduces you to the history of crime and justice, using media representations and crime fiction as a way of exploring crime over time, including aspects such as changes in society, law and education in this context.


This module allows students to identify an area of interest related to their undergraduate degree and to explore this through a small scale research project where students will be required to produce an analysis of an area of focus.

Teesside: History, Literature, Culture, and Society

This module provides you with an opportunity to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to the Teesside region. You will learn about Teesside’s history, culture and society through the examination of various topics which will give you a deeper understanding of the region, both past and present.


Year 1 core modules

Crime Scene Examination

This module develops your range of oral, written and professional skills needed to work as a member of an investigative team dealing with the wide range of challenging situations you are likely to encounter in the workplace. You will be involved in simulated crime scenes and practical exercises.

You develop the knowledge and skills to work effectively as a member of a team within a criminal or civil law enforcement investigation.

A series of keynote lectures from qualified crime scene examiners, police and forensic personnel are linked to tutorials dealing with study skills, simulated crimes scenes, role-plays and practical exercises.

Typically a trial is used for this 250 word report, an example is: In 250 words describe the outcomes of a recent criminal trial and how it affected the admissibility of evidence, such as the 1993 Daubert ‘v’ Merrell Dow Pharmaceutical Incorporated (30%).

You also submit a portfolio which may contain a range of simulated court attendance and associated statement; fibre tapings from seat; fibre tapings from window; blood swab; powdered footwear mark; powdered and lifted fingerprint from flat surface; powdered and lifted fingerprint from a curved surface; set of ten prints; hair combings from suspect; item of clothing packaged; and a presentation.

This portfolio meets a number of Skills for Justice National Occupational standards for crime scene investigators and the Crime Scene Investigation component for the Forensic Science Society.

Foundations of Investigation

This module begins by examining the historical role of the enforcement of laws, within England and Wales. Particular attention focuses upon the historical development and contemporary role and function of policing, forensic investigation, the investigation of sudden death, the process of criminal investigation and the role of victims and witnesses. The module also introduces you to a range of theoretical explanations of crime and deviance.

Fundamentals of the English Legal System

Skills for successful legal study and success in either legal practice or a non-legal career are the focus of this module. You look at the use and sourcing of legal materials, legal research and how to tackle legal questions. You learn the fundamental processes of legal reasoning beginning with the doctrine of judicial precedent, followed by an examination of judicial approaches towards interpreting statute. You learn the key skills of the lawyer in practice, enabling you to identify and practice the necessary skills for the conduct of cases including the preparation and presentation of arguments.

Introduction to Digital Investigation

You explore digital data, devices in modern society, and digital investigation principles and guidelines.

Learning the Lessons – Historical Investigations

This module begins by introducing you to historical, criminal investigations. This will then develop your awareness of some of the most important investigations in criminal history in England and Wales.

Study Skills for Professional Practice

This module develops and strengthens the skills which are essential for study within a higher education environment. These skills include the ability to work effectively and independently within the guidelines operated by the school and the University, such as; adherence to academic regulations, time management and the organisation of academic work, analytical thinking and writing skills, the use of basic research and data presentation technique(s), referencing and employability related skills such as developing a CV and building/seeking opportunities to develop work related experience through volunteering and placements.


Year 2 core modules

Exploring Investigation

This module introduces you to issues relating to contemporary investigation practices. Building on knowledge gained in level 4 modules, it will expand your existing knowledge of criminal investigations, broadening the focus to include state and political crime, and issues relating to the recording of crime and the sentencing of offenders. Assessment focuses around researching a topic, presenting it, and reflecting upon that process.

Fingerprints and their Use in the Investigative Process

This module allows you to demonstrate a comprehensive and detailed knowledge of fingerprints and their use in the investigative process. It lets you synthesise, appraise and evaluate data and evidence from relevant and reliable sources to make independent judgements on the analysis, comparison, verification and evaluation of fingerprints.

This module will be assessed by the completion of practical sessions classifying and verifying fingerprints and the writing of a 2,000-word critical discussion.'

Investigating Research Methods

This module introduces you to the range of research methodologies used by social scientists. You acquire an understanding of how research informs your academic discipline: why researchers use particular research methods to investigate specific issues and how to evaluate methodological decisions. The module also introduces you to key research design, data collection and analysis techniques through practical activities and engaging with existing research. Ethics and practical issues will form a central theme of the module.

Investigation in Context

This module will develop your existing knowledge in relation to crime and its investigation, drawing on existing cases to offer an updated context, focusing on current investigative practices, preparing you for your final year of study.

Law and Procedure

In this module you are provided with an opportunity to develop a critical knowledge and understanding of the nature and purpose of the criminal law, the basic elements of a crime, and a variety of specific criminal offences and defences. You will also develop a detailed and critical understanding of the rules and regulations which impact on the modern investigation of crime, with a particular focus on human rights.


and one optional module

Employability and Work-Related Learning

You develop your graduate skills in preparation for employment in a professional context. You have the opportunity to gain academic credit based on your participation in work experience, a short period of professional activity or work-related learning relevant to the discipline or area of professional interest. You develop an understanding of graduate employment pathways, opportunities, reflective practice and experiential learning. The core focus of the module will be helping you prepare for a graduate career, developing an understanding of professional working contexts and enabling you to identify and evidence your own graduate skills.


Introduction to Concepts of Terrorism

You are introduced to a range of theoretical concepts relating to terrorism, and explore a number of key issues including definitions of terrorism; ideologies; typology; traditional and contemporary group structures; strategies and tactics; methods of operation; target selection; use of technologies; funding; and media impact.

You study a number of influential terrorist groups, which provide you with the opportunity to relate theoretical concepts to terrorist motivations and organizational structures. These groups will include Irish nationalist/republican groups; Islamic; political and domestic extremist terrorist organizations.

Police and Policing

The module will help students explore the development, organisation and practice of policing in modern society. Students will be introduced to key concepts, theories and debates in the sociology of the police. The module situates policing within the wider institutional configuration of security and social control and facilitates an understanding of how economic, political and ideological factors shape these institutions. It examines a range of historical and comparative issues in police organisation, deployment and practice from a British and comparative perspective. The module also encourages students to reflect on the implications of these dimensions of policing for democratic government, civil liberties and human rights.


Final-year core modules

Applied Investigation

You will explore a number of key issues in this module including new police products such as the core investigative doctrine, the impact of the growth in serious and organised criminal activity upon national and transnational investigations, the increasing use of technology within investigation and the role of other professionals in investigation.


This module allows you to demonstrate a comprehensive and detailed knowledge of fingerprints and their use in the Investigative Process. It will allow you to synthesise, appraise and evaluate data and evidence from relevant and reliable sources to make independent judgements on the assessment, comparison, evaluation and verification of fingerprints.

Defendants and Witnesses in the Criminal Justice System

This module focuses on the law concerned with the obtaining and admissibility of evidence at trial. It challenges you to explore the relevance of evidence in the investigatory process and during the criminal trial. Whilst the module is suited for those who wish to continue their studies and join various legal or investigative professions, it is an academic module and examines the law of evidence from an academic viewpoint.


You conduct an in-depth, self-directed and self-managed research project on a selected substantive area of law. You develop comprehensive knowledge and understanding of your chosen topic and develop your academic and transferable skills to a high level.


and one optional module

Employability and Work-Related Learning

You develop your graduate skills in preparation for employment in a professional context. You have the opportunity to gain academic credit based on your participation in work experience, a short period of professional activity or work-related learning relevant to the discipline or area of professional interest. You develop an understanding of graduate employment pathways, opportunities, reflective practice and experiential learning. The core focus of the module will be helping you prepare for a graduate career, developing an understanding of professional working contexts and enabling you to identify and evidence your own graduate skills.


Violence and Society

This level 6 module adopts a comprehensive approach to the study of violence, exploring violent behaviour on a number of levels. The module will interrogate definitions of violence, explanations of violence and differing forms and manifestations of violence. For instance, the module will address violence as subjective and interpersonal, analysing a range of explanations and the social and situational characteristics of violence from the perspective of both perpetrators and victims. With this in mind, the module will explore different forms of subjective violence such as violence against women, football violence, violence and the night-time economy. The module will also take a wider approach to address structural and symbolic violence in the form of state violence and the harms which derive from political and economic systems. The module also aims to assess the place of violence within culture and the consequences for the individual and society of profligate cultural violence. Taken as whole, the module aims to offer students a clear sense of how violence links to a range of contemporary cultural and structural conditions.

Youth and Violence


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

All modules are taught through a combination of lectures and seminars, and the forensic modules also include practical sessions. In lectures, specific information is delivered to larger groups while, in the smaller seminar groups, you can explore these issues in more depth supported by independent study. Forensic sessions provide the in-depth study and application of skills within the crime scene house laboratory, vehicle examination laboratory, mock police station, interview rooms and the mock courtroom.

How you are assessed

Assessment is varied and includes essays, portfolios, presentations, projects, case studies, evidence gathering, examinations and a dissertation. Some modules have several pieces of assessed work to help you to develop your skills throughout the academic year. Also, some assessed sessions will be undertaken within the crime scene house laboratory.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 32-64 tariff points from at least two A levels T level or equivalent, and GCSE grade 4 (grade C) or equivalent in English.

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

You can enter a broad range of careers including the police service as a police officer or member of police staff (for example, crime scene investigator, intelligence analyst, fingerprint examiner), other law enforcement or criminal justice agencies, voluntary organisations, the public sector or the law sector, and postgraduate training or study.

All programmes are designed to incorporate employability skills development alongside your degree course. Our staff utilise their extensive connections to provide many and varied opportunities to engage with potential employers through fairs, guest lecture sessions, live projects and site visits. In addition we offer a series of workshops and events in the first, second and third year that ensure you are equipped with both degree level subject knowledge PLUS the practical skills that employers are looking for in new graduate recruits.

Our award-winning careers service works with regional and national employers to advertise graduate positions, in addition to providing post-graduation support for all Teesside University alumni.


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Entry to 2023/24 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£15,000 a year

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  • Length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: FM48 BSc/CIFY
  • Start date: September
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  • Typical offer: 32-64 tariff points from at least 2 A levels (or equivalent)

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