Name of Programme
Postgraduate Certificate Law Enforcement, Security and Intelligence Studies
Final Award
PGCert
Location
Online
Awarding Institution/Body
University Of Buckingham
Teaching Institution
University Of Buckingham
School of Study
School of Humanities and Social Sciences [Economics and International Studies]
Programme Code(s)
PCTD1PLI / Full Time / 6 Months
Professional Body Accreditation
Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement (SBS)
See QAA’s Masters Degree characteristics. (Note: no subject specific Masters benchmark statement exists for this programme at the present time.)
Admission Criteria
Bachelor’s Degree in related subject from an accredited institution; or relevant professional experience
Applicable Cohort(s)
September
FHEQ Level
7
UCAS Code
Summary of Programme
This programme aims to deliver a deep, nuanced and research-led understanding of the contemporary security and intelligence environment in western democracies, focusing particularly on the Law Enforcement environment in the UK. This Certificate recognises that security and intelligence concerns represent one of the key policy areas for government currently, and for the foreseeable future. In so doing, it recognises the national and international need for graduates from many disciplines, and from an international background, to acquire the skills to analyse security and intelligence matters and, where a professional career in this field is sought, practise this subject to high standards of quality.

This Certificate is to be seen as a specialist programme but aimed at both those seeking professional skills and those requiring a more general grounding in this subject, placing it within a context that is focused on the field under examination but has some historical and international depth whilst seeking strongly to develop analytical skills within a framework of integrated study. Graduates will be able to demonstrate deep knowledge and understanding of security and intelligence issues within the context provided. For the Law Enforcement intelligence community in particular, this programme offers one component of “professionalisation” within the growing and increasingly significant career pathway of intelligence within the overall arena of policing in the contemporary UK.


The two taught modules on this Certificate fit together to deliver a strong contemporary security and intelligence focus for students by exploring the context in which security and intelligence agencies and the law enforcement intelligence sector are required to operate. Drawing on the extensive practitioner experience of some of the fellows of the Buckingham University Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies, it examines carefully and in detail the security and intelligence tradecraft and machinery which interface with these threats, paying due attention to a number of plans for reform both in the UK and beyond.
Educational Aims of the Programme
The programme is delivered in a way that will allow students to develop a range of important skills, which are useful for prospective candidates to the security and intelligence world and to existing practitioners alike. Specifically, the programme allows the development of the following skills:

• Critical analysis and assessment of multiple sources
• Academic research
• Debating and teamworking skills to evaluate options and policy recommendations
• Presentation skills across a range of techniques.

From a policy and practice points of view, emphasis is placed on the very skills that the intelligence community itself has been urged to develop in the wake of the Butler Review on Intelligence on WMD (2004), and as a result of the need to offer a greater degree of depth in education and development of the law enforcement intelligence community. Such drivers constitute the need for a greater degree of ‘professionalisation’ in intelligence analysis skills, including critical thinking and analysis (developed in part through an element of exercising and collaborative working on challenge problems), and a better ability to evaluate and assess disparate sources of sometimes conflicting information. In this way, the programme prepares those students aspiring to work in security and intelligence policy, and assists the career development of those already doing so.
Programme Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

An in-depth understanding of the principal issues revolving around the security and intelligence debate in the UK, including theoretical ones and theory more generally, with a particular emphasis on the law enforcement environment

A macro-level understanding of the key domestic and global threats both internal and external to the UK in the contemporary world

An awareness of the ethical, legal and policy issues central to security and intelligence in the UK, and an ability to formulate sensible policy recommendations

Teaching/Learning Strategy

Course modules will provide in-depth teaching on the key issues of significance to the contemporary security and intelligence debate in the UK, with a particular emphasis on the law enforcement environment
There is a strong emphasis throughout on policy and political issues, the simulation of ‘real practice’ environments and on presentation and analysis

Assessment Strategy

A formal seminar paper, delivered to fellow students, marked with written feedback, constituting 30 per cent of the final mark in each taught module

A written 3,000 word essay on a topic approved by the teaching team, marked with written feedback, submitted by a given date, constituting 70 per cent of the final mark in each taught module
Programme Outcomes

Cognitive Skills

Academic research techniques
Critical analysis and assessment skills
Debating and developing viewpoints
Policy formulation

Teaching/Learning Strategy

Essays and projects enable students to hone their research techniques and skills
Seminars and group exercises involving complex or controversial issues will foster debating skills and allow students to develop abilities to evolve and adapt their viewpoints
Essays, exercises and project work will require judgements and recommendations to be pulled from the available information, emulating real situations in policy roles

Assessment Strategy

A formal seminar paper, delivered to fellow students, marked with written feedback, constituting 30 per cent of the final mark in each taught module

A written 3,000 word essay on a topic approved by the teaching team, marked with written feedback, submitted by a given date, constituting 70 per cent of the final mark in each taught module
Programme Outcomes

Practical/Transferable Skills

Key skills:

1) Teamworking
2) Advanced presentation skills
3) Advanced critical thinking and analysis skills
4) Capacity of independent thought and judgement, including appreciation of alternative perspectives
5) Ability to work under pressure, and to form judgements and assessments from complex and partial information

Practical skills:

1) Research skills, including advanced information retrieval and assessment appropriate to the internet age
2) Drafting, editing and presentational skills
3) Policy formulation and effective communication
4) Ability to plan and manage time, and sometimes meet challenging deadlines
5) IT skills

Teaching/Learning Strategy

Key skills:

1) Exercises and project work will usually be conducted in teams, allowing students to develop skills in hearing and assessing different views on a problem
2) Individual and team project work will be presented to the group as a whole in various situations, using various teaching and communications mechanisms
3) Project work and exercises will pose complex challenge problems, requiring the development of advanced cognitive awareness, techniques and skills
adapting and altering views to accommodate other perspectives


Practical skills:

1) General guidance and team-support mechanisms on how best to retrieve information from library and other sources, and how to evaluate multiple sources available through the internet and elsewhere
2) Essays, team projects and presentations in various situations
3) Seminars and exercises in which students are encouraged to settle on policy decisions and communicate these effectively to the

Assessment Strategy

A formal seminar paper, delivered to fellow students, marked with written feedback, constituting 30 per cent of the final mark;
A written 3,000 word essay on a topic approved by the teaching team, marked with written feedback, submitted by a given date, constituting 70 per cent of the final mark;
External Reference Points
• Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (Link);
• Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement(s) (Link);
• Other (list)
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each course unit/module can be found in the departmental or programme handbook. The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by the University of Buckingham and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.
Date of Production
Date approved by School Learning and Teaching Committee
Date approved by School Board of Study
Date approved by University Learning and Teaching Committee
Date of Annual Review

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURES

Postgraduate Certificate Law Enforcement, Security and Intelligence Studies

PCTD1PLI / Full Time / April Entry
Term 1
Spring
Law Enforcement Intelligence Practice and Policy (Distance Learning) [L7/30U] (HPFLEID)
Term 2
Summer
Security Threats and Challenges in the Law Enforcement Environment (Distance Learning) [L7/30U] (HPFSTCD)

 

Postgraduate Certificate Law Enforcement, Security and Intelligence Studies

PCTD1PLI / Full Time / January Entry
Term 1
Winter
Security Threats and Challenges in the Law Enforcement Environment (Distance Learning) [L7/30U] (HPFSTCD)
Term 2
Spring
Law Enforcement Intelligence Practice and Policy (Distance Learning) [L7/30U] (HPFLEID)

 

Postgraduate Certificate Law Enforcement, Security and Intelligence Studies

PCTD1PLI / Full Time / September Entry
Term 1
Autumn
Law Enforcement Intelligence Practice and Policy (Distance Learning) [L7/30U] (HPFLEID)
Term 2
Winter
Security Threats and Challenges in the Law Enforcement Environment (Distance Learning) [L7/30U] (HPFSTCD)
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