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					             UNDERGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN CRIME SCENE EXAMINATION (F4VA47)

    (National Policing Improvement Agency, formerly CENTREX, National Training Centre for Scientific
                              Support to Crime Investigation, Harperley Hall)


                           For students entering the programme before January 2007

ADMISSION
1      Students will normally be considered for admission on the recommendation of a UK Police Force, or the
       Garda Siochana, and must be employed by such a body.
2      Students for the Diploma in Crime Scene Examination (DCSE) must have:
       either successfully completed one of the following;
       (a)    an initial nine weeks' training course (Initial Course) at the National Training Centre (NTC);
       (b)    a three-week volume crime scene examination course followed by a four-week volume crime conversion
              course at NTC;
       (c)    an approved equivalent training course delivered by a related institution;
       or
       (d)    completed a period of not less than five years employed as a practising crime scene examiner by an
              organisation associated with the National Training Centre. Such students will be required to
              provide:
              (i) a comprehensive CV detailing the breadth and depth of knowledge and involvement in the
                   field of crime scene examination over a period not exceeding the previous five years;
              (ii) a detailed Assessment Profile, completed by the Scientific Support Manager, or equivalent, of
                    the student's employing Force of the student's current performance and suitability for
                    inclusion in this programme. Students must achieve a minimum of Level 4 in the skills areas
                    detailed in the relevant handbook for the National Occupational Standards in Crime Scene
                    Examination.
ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR LEARNING (APL)
3      An exception has been granted to the University regulations for APL to allow APL to be granted in respect
       of only 45% of the double module Professional Practice II to those students who have already successfully
       completed the residential period (Development Course) of that module.
4      The award of APL is entirely at the discretion of the University by concession.
5      The student must submit his/her request in accordance with the procedure laid down by the University.
6      APL must only be applied for on the basis of successful completion of the residential period within a
       maximum of 2 years prior to registration for the Diploma course.
7      The marks for the multi-choice exam and practical assessment of the residential period credited by APL
       will be brought forward into the Professional Practice II module and used to calculate the overall mark for
       the module according to the standard weighting of marks for the module.
PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS
8     Students will be registered for a period of two years. The programme carries 120 credits at Level 2 and is
      comprised of the following modules:

        LEVEL 2                                                                    Code     Credits
        Research Methods and Theoretical Approaches                                001      20          C
        Professional Practice I                                                    002      20          C
        Professional Practice II                                                   003      40          C
        Extended Study                                                             004      40          C

ASSESSMENT
9      Each module will be individually assessed and students must achieve a minimum pass mark of 40% in
       all the assessment components of each module except that submitted during the residential period
       (Development Course) of Professional Practice II which requires a pass mark of 70% in accordance
       with the National Occupational Standards criteria.
10 Students may be permitted by the Board of Examiners to resubmit on one further occasion only,
   normally within six months of the notification of failure.

11 Students whose conduct is reported to be unsatisfactory may be required to withdraw from the programme.
12 The Diploma will be awarded on the basis of Pass / Pass with Merit / Pass with Distinction according to
   the approved marking conventions.

                         Marking Levels for Each Unit of Assessment
       % Mark
       85-100             Distinction
       70-84              Merit
       40-69              Pass
       0-39               Fail

13 A candidate who is unable, due to illness or other good cause, to submit any of the required work within
   the specified timeframe from registration, is required to inform the Academic Office at the National
   Training Centre. In exceptional circumstances the Dean of Studies may apply to the University for a
   concession on behalf of the candidate.

                   For students entering the programme from January 2007 onwards

ADMISSION
1   Students will normally be considered for admission on the recommendation of a UK Police Force, or the
    Garda Siochana, and must be employed by such a body.
2   Students for the Diploma in Crime Scene Examination (DCSE) must have:
    either successfully completed one of the following;
    (a)    an initial nine weeks' training course (Initial Course) at the National Training Centre (NTC);
    (b)    a three-week volume crime scene examination course followed by a four-week volume crime conversion
           course at NTC;
    (c)    an approved equivalent training course delivered by a related institution;
    or
    (d)    completed a period of not less than five years employed as a practising crime scene examiner by an
           organisation associated with the National Training Centre. Such students will be required to
           provide:
           (i) a comprehensive CV detailing the breadth and depth of knowledge and involvement in the
                field of crime scene examination over a period not exceeding the previous five years;
           (ii) a detailed Assessment Profile, completed by the Scientific Support Manager, or equivalent, of
                 the student's employing Force of the student's current performance and suitability for
                 inclusion in this programme. Students must achieve a minimum of Level 4 in the skills areas
                 detailed in the relevant handbook for the National Occupational Standards in Crime Scene
                 Examination.
ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR LEARNING (APL)
3   An exception has been granted to the University regulations for APL to allow APL to be granted in respect
    of only 80% of the single module Professional Practice II to those students who have already successfully
    completed the residential period (Development Course) of that module.
4   The award of APL is entirely at the discretion of the University by concession.
5   The student must submit his/her request in accordance with the procedure laid down by the University.
6   APL must only be applied for on the basis of successful completion of the residential period within a
    maximum of 2 years prior to registration for the Diploma course.
7   The marks for the multi-choice exam and practical assessment of the residential period credited by APL
    will be brought forward into the Professional Practice II module and used to calculate the overall mark for
    the module according to the standard weighting of marks for the module.
PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS
8   Students will be registered for a period of two years. The programme carries 120 credits at Level 2 and is
    comprised of the following modules:

     LEVEL 2                                                                    Code     Credits
     Research Methods and Theoretical Approaches                                001      20          C
     Professional Practice I                                                    002      40          C
     Professional Practice II                                                   003      20          C
     Extended Study                                                             004      40          C
ASSESSMENT
9   Each module will be individually assessed and students must achieve a minimum pass mark of 40% in
    each module.
10 Students may be permitted by the Board of Examiners to resubmit on one further occasion only, normally
   within six months of the notification of failure.

11 Students whose conduct is reported to be unsatisfactory may be required to withdraw from the programme.
12 The Diploma will be awarded on the basis of Pass / Pass with Merit / Pass with Distinction according to
   the approved marking conventions.

                         Marking Levels for Each Unit of Assessment
       % Mark
       85-100             Distinction
       70-84              Merit
       40-69              Pass
       0-39               Fail

13 A candidate who is unable, due to illness or other good cause, to submit any of the required work within
   the specified timeframe from registration, is required to inform the Academic Office at the National
   Training Centre. In exceptional circumstances the Dean of Studies may apply to the University for a
   concession on behalf of the candidate.

				
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