Vulnerabilities Crime

Postgraduate Certificate in Investigation of Vulnerabilities Crime

Overview
Duration: 12-13 weeks (full time)
Course code: LAWT170 (FT)

The Postgraduate Certificate in Investigation of Vulnerabilities Crime is a full-time University course which has been developed with the College of Policing to provide initial training, at a postgraduate level, for civilian investigators (sometimes called investigating officers, or police staff investigators) operating in the diverse area of vulnerability.

The course combines legal and criminological knowledge with practical skills, underpinned by the relevant evidence base and offers students a unique opportunity to study the varying dynamics of vulnerability crime investigation within a stimulating learning environment. This is the only University programme of its kind which has been specifically designed with a bespoke curriculum for police investigators operating in the complex area of vulnerability crime.

The course aims to enable participants to:

  • understand and be able to apply the legislation relating to criminal law and evidence for vulnerabilities offences
  • understand and appreciate the role of the police and specifically of investigators in the criminal justice system of England and Wales, including the measures available to support victims of vulnerabilities offences
  • understand the impact of vulnerabilities offences upon victims and those close to them, the risks involved for them and available support and protection measures
  • develop the knowledge and skills and apply relevant research evidence appropriate to the investigation of offences, including vulnerabilities offences, in relation to investigation, public protection, protection of those who are vulnerable, evidence in criminal cases, and interviewing of victims, witnesses and suspects
  • achieve an understanding of the roles of different agencies impinging on the investigation of vulnerabilities offences, including those in the statutory and voluntary sectors.

Teaching will be provided jointly by staff from the University of Sheffield and the police forces.

The programme is only open to employees of police forces in the UK. Enquiries from police forces should be made to law@sheffield.ac.uk.

Course structure

Course structure

The course is a taught postgraduate level programme which is studied on a full time basis over 12-13 weeks. 

The links below provide you with further information on the course modules. Students will take the following units to the value of 60 credits:



Module Title Module Code Credit Value
Effects and Risk in Relation to Vulnerabilities Offences LAW6174 15
Investigating Vulnerabilities and Supporting Victims LAW6175 15
Investigative Skills LAW6176 15
Law, Evidence and Practice in Investigating Vulnerabilities Offences LAW6177 15



Students are required to complete all 60 credits to be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate. 

Each 15 credit module is taught using a mixture of teaching and learning methods including lecture presentations and discussion, small and whole group work, practical skills training, observation of practice, mentoring and independent learning. Teaching will be provided jointly by staff from the University of Sheffield and the police forces. All teaching sessions will be delivered at the University of Sheffield.

Student performance on each 15 credit module will be assessed using a mixture of assessment formats including examination, coursework and practical exercises.


We continually review our courses and reserve the right to discontinue or amend programmes/entry requirements. Course structures may be subject to change in future years. Content of our courses is reviewed annually to ensure it’s up-to-date. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

All applications are considered on an individual basis based on academic ability, taking into account your academic record and experience.

This programme is available to students with a minimum 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent, and/or who possess equivalent relevant work experience. Other qualifications will be considered.

The programme is only open to employees of police forces in the UK. Enquiries from police forces should be made to law@sheffield.ac.uk. 


We continually review our courses and reserve the right to discontinue or amend programmes/entry requirements. Course structures may be subject to change in future years. Content of our courses is reviewed annually to ensure it’s up-to-date. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.