BSc (Hons) Criminology with Policing and Investigation (with integrated foundation year)


Course code LM40

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Course code LM40

Key course details

Location Carlisle - Fusehill Street
Duration Full-time, 4 Years
Start date September 2019
Entry Requirements Programme Specification

With an increase in the demand for graduates within statutory criminal justice agencies such as the police, the National Crime Agency, the probation and prison services – there’s never been a better time to kick-start a career in the wider criminal justice sector.

Our unique course has been designed so you can fuse these two elements together, learning not just how and why crime is committed, but the policing and investigation of crime. 

Practical learning sessions are fundamental to our course, whether you’re learning about the nature and causes of crime, policing in society, criminal law and evidence, or police investigations, you’ll be doing it hands-on to apply your knowledge to real-life scenarios. Plus, we’ve got simulation facilities including a mock ‘crime house’ and realistically staged major incidents, so you get a firm grasp of the skills that employers require.

Our foundation course will enable you to acquire the core skills needed to progress onto the full degree programme.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

  • We'll help you develop all the academic, research, analytical and problem-solving skills needed for modern investigations
  • Flexible modules so you carve the course to suit your future career path
  • Taught by academic tutors, some who are former or current practising professionals, including crime scene investigators, forensic psychologists and police officers
  • Our tutors are involved in national and international research projects
  • Our close links with the Police, Solicitors Regulator Authority, the British Psychological Society, Law Society and a number of voluntary and commercial organisations provides you with great placement and job prospects
  • Volunteering opportunities, from the Special Constabulary to Youth Offending, to boost your CV and stand you out from the crowd
  • Small class sizes will see you get personal guidance and tutor support
  • Possibility of part time study to fit in with other commitments or professional responsibilities
  • 9/10 of our students are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating (DLHE 2017)

From your base in Carlisle, you’ll be within 20 minutes of Scotland in one direction and the stunning Lake District National Park – now a UNESCO World Heritage site ­-  in the other, so you’ll never be stuck for something to do.

So, if you’re looking for a modern course that will enable you to grasp the skills employers are looking for, then this course is for you.

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Study Options

We also offer this course without an integrated foundation year - follow the link for more information.

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Graduate destinations

You'll have a strong academic base for meeting the increasing demand for graduates within statutory criminal justice agencies, including the police, HM Revenue and Customs, the Serious Organised Crime Agency, the probation and prison services. You'll also have the skills to take on work with charities involved with crime prevention and offender management, as well as investigative careers in the financial sector.

Everything you learn will be transferable into many areas of business, increasing your chances when it comes to applying and interviewing for jobs. You'll also have everything you need to go on to a range of postgraduate or vocational courses to increase your qualifications and improve your career prospects.