The course is delivered at the University’s Warrington Campus by retired experienced police officers who possess a wealth of knowledge and subject expertise in specialist areas to enhance your learning experience.
Successful completion of this course will not only equip you with knowledge, understanding, skills, attitude and behaviour necessary to conduct impartial, fair and objective investigations, but also provide you with the College of Policing’s (CoP) Certificate of Knowledge in Policing (CKP), for which the University of Chester is an approved provider.
Studying a course full-time traditionally takes three years to complete.
Why Study Community Policing and Criminal Investigation with us?
Our course will develop your ability to utilise research skills, evaluate existing bodies of knowledge, critically evaluate new information and ideas, and accept accountability for your actions and conclusions, all key requirements for a career in law enforcement.
|Typical Entry||104 UCAS points|
|GCE A Level||
104 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent. Typical offer - CCC/BCC
BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM
Access to HE Diploma, to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit
OCR National Extended Diploma - Merit 2
Please note that we accept a maximum of 8 UCAS points from GCE AS Levels and that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A Level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A Levels and BTECs/OCRs.
Students from countries outside the UK are expected to have entry qualifications roughly equivalent to UK A Level for undergraduate study and British Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) for postgraduate study. To help you to interpret these equivalents, please click on your country of residence to see the corresponding entry qualifications, along with information about your local representatives, events, information and contacts.
We accept a wide range of qualifications and consider all applications individually on merit. We may also take into account appropriate work experience.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS Academic: Undergraduate: 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any band)
- Postgraduate: 6.5 (no less than 5.5 in any band)
This section aims to provide you with a course overview, as well as information on how you will be taught and assessed.
What will I learn?
Year 1 (Level 4) comprises six 20-credit modules to introduce you to the theoretical knowledge aligned with CoP’s CKP curriculum, including: intelligence, legal procedure and evidence, managing and investigating crime and crime scenes, as well as managing investigations in relation to missing persons and effective policing and management of road safety.
What will I learn?
In Year 2 (Level 5), learning becomes more focused on community engagement and partnership working, the effective reduction and prevention of crime and disorder as well as policing accountability, values and ethics. During this year you will undertake a work placement with one of our subject-relevant placement providers.
What will I learn?
Year 3 (Level 6) will extend your skills and understanding in more specialist areas of policing and investigation, including analysis of digital crime, counter terrorism, protection of vulnerable children and adults, drugs and alcohol in society as well as delivering quality services within the criminal justice system. Culminating with a dissertation module researching an area of policing that interests you.
" The BSc Community Policing and Criminal Investigation programme will provide you with recognised transferable graduate skills within the areas of policing and investigation that will be sought after by many law enforcement agencies. These skills include the relevant knowledge, understanding, attitude and behaviour necessary to conduct impartial, fair and objective investigations."
How will I be taught?
You will be taught by experienced practitioners (retired police officers) who have a diverse range of knowledge and skills together with subject specialists from law enforcement agencies.
The Warrington Campus boasts a range of public sector professionals who also teach on the course. Their knowledge and professionalism enrich the student’s learning experience.
Teaching methods comprise lectures, role-play activities, field trips, subject specialist speakers, in-class tests, self-directed study and the use of immersive learning in our state-of-the art Hydra facility. Role-plays are essential activities to consolidate the learning process by enabling you to apply knowledge attained from your classroom learning to life-like scenarios.
In Year 1 (Level 4), you will have 15 hours per week of contact time. Year 2 (Level 5) will also have up to 15 hours per week contact time, until the Work Based Learning module commences, unless otherwise stated. In Year 3 (Level 6), you will have two hours per week, per module, across Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
How will I be assessed?
Methods of assessment are varied and stimulating, and are explicitly linked to each module learning outcome. The assessment methods are designed to provide a broad platform for you to demonstrate achievement of the intended module outcomes.
Examples of summative methods of assessment include examinations, personal and group presentations, role-play activities, recorded interviews and assignments.
Work Based Learning
As part of your studies you may take our Work Based Learning module, where you will be fully supported in securing a work placement of at least 150 hours, which you may be able to use in trying out a future career.
Fees and Funding
UK/EU Fees 2018
It is not currently possible to state what our exact fees will be for students starting an undergraduate degree in 2018.
Our full-time undergraduate tuition fees for UK and EU students entering University in 2017/18 are £9,250 a year, or £1,540 per module for part-time study. The University may increase these fees at the start of each subsequent year of your course in line with inflation at that time, as measured by increases in the Retail Price Index. These fee levels and increases are subject to any necessary government, and other regulatory, approvals.
The level of fees that students starting their studies in 2018 will pay is expected to be determined by outcomes of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF has been introduced by the Government to encourage universities to focus on the quality of the teaching that they offer and to help prospective students find clear information about where teaching quality is high, and where students have achieved the best outcomes.
The TEF outcomes are not currently known. The TEF process has been designed to help students applying for university places for 2018 and the outcomes will be announced at the end of May 2017 in time for prospective students for 2018 entry to apply from September 2017. Following the announcement of the TEF outcomes, fees for University of Chester students starting in 2018 will be published here.
Annual Tuition Fee
Full Fee Payment Award (per academic year)
International Foundation Programmes
Bachelor's degree including Foundation
Your course will involve additional costs not covered by your tuition fees. This may include books, printing, photocopying, educational stationery and related materials, specialist clothing, travel to placements, optional field trips and software. Compulsory field trips are covered by your tuition fees.
If you are living away from home during your time at University, you will need to cover costs such as accommodation, food, travel and bills.
Bursaries are a form of financial help in addition to student loans and grants that do not have to be paid back. The bursaries we are offering for 2017 entrants are listed below.
Application Process for University Bursaries
There is no application process (except for the part-time bursary); but do remember to give consent to share your household income with the University of Chester when you apply for student funding.
We will automatically review your eligibility and notify you if you are eligible; normally by letter to your home address.
If you are not sure whether you have consented to share your information with the University, you can contact the Consent to Share Helpline on 0845 603 4016 and agree to share your information over the telephone. Please note that your parents or sponsor will also have to contact the helpline.
Please email email@example.com if you have specific questions.
Available to new full-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of over £6,000) who have a means tested household income of £25,000 or less.
Cash payment and ‘in-kind’ beneﬁts of £500 per year of study.
Chester Bursary for Part-Time Students
Available to new part-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of at least £7,000), enrolled for a minimum of 40 credits at the start of Level 4, and with a declared residual household income of £25,000 or less.
Bursary: up to £1,500
Cash payments made on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of credits studied each academic year.
Care Leavers Bursary
Available to new full-time Level 4 undergraduate home students under the age of 25, paying a tuition fee of over £6,000, who have evidence of their care leaver status.
Bursary: up to £7,000
Mixture of cash, 'in-kind’ beneﬁts and fee waiver.
Contact Martina Ferrari at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the Care Leavers Bursary.
Young Adult Carers Bursary
Working in partnership with Young Carers organisations locally, this bursary is available for eligible young carers.
Bursary Package totalling: £4,500
Contact Martina Ferrari at email@example.com for more information about the Young Adult Carers Bursary.
The Warrington Campus combines the best of long-established university traditions with up-to-the-minute modern developments.
Warrington: a Community Campus
The Warrington Campus provides a close-knit community, innovative courses, and a strong focus on employability and transferable skills. The thirty-acre site provides excellent academic and social facilities for both residential and commuting undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Warrington: a diverse Campus
At Warrington, we offer a number of different courses facilitating a wide range of future careers. The courses available can be broadly separated into three main subject areas: the Creative Industries, Warrington School of Management, and Public Sector.
With a number of creative industries based in the North West of England, now is a great time to gain the skills you need to pursue a career in this evolving industry. Our Warrington Campus provides students with a wide variety of courses, 24-hour studio access, and industry active academics. We aim to provide you with the skills and experience you need to excel in your future career.
Business and Management
The Warrington School of Management prides itself on its varied and innovative approach to teaching, exploring a range of general areas as well as more specialised subjects. You may have the opportunity to undertake a work-based learning placement in Year 2, or a year’s paid placement, ensuring you have the vocational experience to back up your academic achievement.
The Public Sector
We have a wide range of courses available for students looking to develop a career in the public sector. From practically orientated Sport and Community courses (with built-in coaching opportunities), professionally linked Nursing, Social Work and PGCE courses, to uniform Policing courses; we’ve got a selection of courses for you to choose from. Our excellent support network, wide-ranging placements, and our dedication to interdisciplinary work makes Warrington a fantastic place to start your career.
Our Careers and Employability Service
The University has an award winning Careers and Employability service which provides a variety of employability-enhancing experiences; through the curriculum; through employer contact and through tailored group sessions and individual information, advice and guidance.
Careers and Employability aims to deliver a service which is inclusive, impartial, welcoming, informed and tailored to your personal goals and aspirations, to enable you to develop as an individual and contribute to the business and community in which you will live and work.
We are here to help you plan your future and to enhance your employability. We provide access to part-time jobs and work shadowing. We offer practical one-to-one help with career planning including help with CVs, applications and mock interviews. We deliver group sessions on career planning within each taught programme. We have extensive information on graduate jobs and postgraduate study.
Students and graduates of the University of Chester can use our services free of charge for up to three years after graduating. Graduates of other UK universities within three years of graduation are also welcome to use our services during vacations. A charging policy applies to other clients - please contact us for more details.
The town of Warrington is becoming increasingly well-known for its innovative and diverse schedule of events and performance, including live concerts, theatre, variety shows, cabaret and comedy. Parr Hall is the town's premier venue for live music, while Pyramid is a leading centre for the arts.
The town centre is host to a wide selection of clubs, pubs and bars to suit all tastes, ranging from the hip and trendy to the traditional tavern. Whether you're into house, hip hop, indie, rock or jazz, you'll always find somewhere you'll love.
Warrington is well-known for the Warrington Wolves rugby league club, one of the premier teams in Europe and were recent winners of the Challenge Cup for two years running.
Warrington is particularly well-placed for students who enjoy a trip to the city, situated half an hour from the cities of Liverpool, Manchester and Chester.
Open Days 2017
Visit us at an undergraduate Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.