Important Entry Requirement & Application Update

Once you've applied, you will be invited to attend a virtual information event at the beginning of 2021. At this event, you will have the opportunity to find out more about your course, meet the staff and ask any questions that you may have.

Is this course right for me?

Policing is a complex and dynamic discipline.

If you have already completed the Foundation Degree in Policing (or equivalent), then this course gives you the opportunity to progress onto Level 6 and gain a full honours degree.

This course provides you with the opportunity to acquire recognised graduate and transferable skills within the field of policing by studying a range of topics, including fraud and homicide investigation; and ethical and political issues associated with policing. Delivered by experienced academics and former senior police officers who bring a wealth of theoretical and practical knowledge to enhance your learning.


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More detailed information on other costs associated with your course and work placements/work experience (if applicable) will be outlined in the programme validation document and explained to you at your interview.

Start date

September 2020

Entry requirements:

Language requirements:

  • English or Welsh, as first language, GCSE at Grade C or equivalent
  • Any degrees, diplomas or certificates eligible should have been taught and assessed in Welsh or English, or
  • For overseas applicants, for entry onto Level 6, English fluency to IELTS 6.0 or higher (with no element less than 5.5)

Academic requirements:

  • Pass Foundation Degree in Policing.
  • For individuals who do not meet the above academic requirements, we will consider a wide range of non-standard or professional qualifications and experience, through the submission of a portfolio for accreditation of prior learning (APL/APEL/RPEL) in accordance with GLLM regulations and policies.

All places are subject to satisfactory interview.


  • Classroom
  • Self-study

Depending on the campus, (Caernarfon may be an option), students may be able to access elements of the programme in both English and Welsh through some limited programme learning materials being made available bilingually. Details will be provided for you at interview.


Full time, 1 year: typically 3 days per week between 9-5


Michelle McBreeze (Programme Leader):

Sian Backhouse (Administration):


The course is assessed through a blended approach, for example:

  • Assessed role-play
  • Group presentations
  • Oral presentation
  • Written assignments
  • Examinations


Where relevant, assessments will be marked and returned to students with constructive and developmental feedback. Effective feedback combines information which enables students to understand the strengths and limitations of their past performance, and information which enables them to recognise how future performance can be improved. Students will be provided with feedback in a timely manner and this feedback will justify how the grade has been awarded. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on the feedback given and identify their strengths, things they found challenging and areas for development that they will feed forward to their next assessment. Feedback will include linking evidence to assessment criteria to demonstrate how the student will have met the learning outcomes.


MA courses at other HE Institutions

Additional campus/course information:

  • Rhos-on-Sea

    BSc Policing and Criminal Investigation

    There will be four modules and a dissertation to complete during this level 6 course. The module content will be delivered in the classroom by tutors as well as guest speakers. Pre-reading of module content is required as well as self-study to understand the module subject matter. Group work and presentations will also be required. For every 10 credits, students should engage with around 100 notional hours of learning. This will be approximately 30% direct learning contact, 70% independent student learning.

    Major Crime Enquiries (Level 6, 20 credits, compulsory) The module will build on previous learning to expose students to criminal investigations at the highest level. At the end of the module, they will be familiar with law, practice and procedure on homicide, and with the complex processes used to bring such inquiries to a successful conclusion. In addition they will have examined the roles and responsibilities of the first officer attending a major crime scene and various other functions up to and including that of the Senior Investigating Officer. (Essay 50%, Examination 50%)

    Fraud (Level 6, 20 credits, compulsory) To develop skills in statutory interpretation and to render students able to apply the law of fraud offences contained within the Fraud Act, Theft Acts (plus common law conspiracy to defraud) and Forgery and Counterfeiting Act to practical problems. Students will be aware of, and understand, the existence of other related legislation and academic research within the field of Fraud and will be introduced to the world of banking, commerce and advertising. (Essay 50%, Examination 50%)

    Investigating Exploitation (Level 6, 20 credits, compulsory) This module is designed to expose students to the complexities of investigating criminal offences committed against vulnerable people, how police and other agencies work closely together and the challenges of securing convictions against offenders. (Essay 100%)

    Counter-Terrorism (Level 6, 20 credits, compulsory) Develop within students an understanding of police approaches and a critical appreciation of the historical roots of terrorism and counter-terrorism strategies within a UK setting. Students will develop critical understandings of the UK’s Counter Terrorism Strategy and legislative framework together with practical issues concerned with countering terrorism. Students will explore understandings of policing partnership arrangements and organisational structures directed at countering terrorism in the UK and address the complex challenges of multi-agency approaches. (Essay 100%)

    Dissertation (Level 6, 40 credits, compulsory) This module provides a valuable opportunity for students to carry out an in-depth study of a topic or issue based in, or closely allied to, the syllabuses of Policing and Criminal Investigation modules by independent study. This module will allow for students to develop their ability to understand and define clearly a problem or area for further study; develop the ability to extract relevant material from a literature survey and to design and undertake an original investigation using acceptable research methodologies. It will allow students to develop the ability to present, analyse and interpret results; and the ability to present a coherent, critical account of the work and how it relates to that of others; develop time management skills; achieve a measure of independence; integrate different aspects of the course. Students will undertake an in-depth review of the literature on the approved topic, examining and evaluating literature from primary and secondary sources. (Essay - 10,000 words, 100%)