Taking place with a launch event at its Tower Hill Centre attended by academics and special guests, Arden University has opened the doors to its new School of Policing, Cybercrime, and Security.
Embracing cutting edge technology (including virtual/ augmented reality) this new school offers the opportunity for anyone interested in starting or advancing career in policing, intelligence, investigation, cybercrime, or security to learn the required skills in real world contexts.
Available courses will include a new forensic investigation degree that will utilise state of the art immersive learning technology to expose students to the true nature of criminal investigations.
BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation looks at the technicalities, legislation and fundamentals of policing – helping individuals prepare for a career not only in the police, but also in a variety of roles which act in support of modern policing.
Meanwhile, BSc (Hons) Forensic and Criminal Investigation has been tailored to allow students to gain valuable employability skills that are highly sought after by the industry.
Using immersive online software to pair a ‘real-life’ feel with online learning, students can take themselves around a crime scene, making the same decisions they would have to make if it was a physical space – deciding what equipment is needed and identifying the correct evidence to highlight to solve the investigation.
This programme has two intakes a year via distance learning, in October and February, and can be studied either full-time or part-time.
‘We’re thrilled to be launching this new school,' said Rach Strzelecki, Head of the School of Policing, Cybercrime, and Security at Arden University.
‘Our programmes have been designed to explore and showcase the variety of roles that contribute to a criminal investigation and to illustrate to a student the different career paths that are available within the civilian side of policing, forensics, and wider law enforcement, as well as providing knowledge of the ins, outs, and demands of careers in this industry.
‘We’re especially looking forward to seeing students bring scenarios to life with the supplementary virtual reality crime world. This interactive aspect of the programme is highly exciting for us as we want to give a ‘real-life’ aspect to the academic subject to inspire and prepare our students for life after university.
‘We are also hoping this course will further diversify the policing sector and give the industry the people with the current in-demand skills.’
With regards to the virtual/ augmented technology on show across the new forensic investigation degree, Andrew Shepherd, Production/Operations Manager at Engine Creative, the tech company realising these crime-scene scenarios, said:
‘What we’ve created here is a first-of-a-kind experience for this sector.
'It’s an incredibly interesting programme and we’ve been delighted to be able to help the team at Arden bring it to life. We’re excited to see the students’ responses to the immersive scenes we have created.’
The new school will also provide students the opportunity to learn from a of guest-speakers and field practitioners across each of their modules, alongside insightful webinars relating to the area of policing, forensics, and wider law enforcement.
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