Private Investigation Level 3

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The private investigation, surveillance and security industry is growing by leaps and bounds, and is in constant need of educated, certified new people. This course will provide that certification as well as helping you to understand the legal and ethical frameworks that the best firms in the industry comply to.

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About This Course

Ever wondered what it takes to enter into a career within private investigation? If you naturally love solving problems or trying to uncover the truth behind the clues seen on crime shows; then our Private Investigation Level 3 course may be the course for you.

Within this unique home based course, you can take your ability to think logically and apply it to your naturally intuitive nature. In just 1 year (and 80 hours of study), you will develop a deeper understanding of the growing private investigation industry and the legal implications behind this line of work, as well as learn a range of private investigation and surveillance techniques.

More importantly, you’ll acquire real and transferable skills that will enable you to take this passion for finding the truth, and use it to become your own boss and even launch your own firm.

From learning about the role and attributes of PI’s, to getting to grips with licensing, legislation, surveillance and the various types of investigation; from the comfort of your own home you can explore this lucrative career and discover if you have got what it takes to become a Private Investigator.

This incredible course has been purposefully designed for home study, meaning you can escape the classroom and learn everything that there is to know about private investigation on your own terms.

And this is great news if you are just stepping back into education, or are unable to attend classes due to work commitments, as you can easily mould this flexible course around your existing obligations and study at a pace that is right for you!

Course Benefits

Split into 6 units, every section of this course aims to enlighten, expand and use your understanding of private investigation to build a strong foundation of knowledge. In just one year, you will develop real and transferable skills that will not only enable you to broaden your career opportunities, but will leave you more than equipped to deal with genuine cases.

This course will:

  • Allow you to study on your own terms, at your own pace and when you are ready – all of your course materials will be sent straight to your home.
  • Offer you a convenient and stress free way to study – no strict deadlines and no unnecessary pressure to perform on demand.
  • Expand your career options within law and investigation.
  • Help you to achieve a healthy work-study balance.

Modules

Unit 1: An Introduction to Private Investigation

  • The role of a private investigator (PI)
  • Attributes of a PI
  • The history of private investigation

Unit 2: Legal Implications

  • Licensing
  • Key legislation
  • Keeping information secure
  • The Leveson Inquiry

Unit 3: Surveillance, Tracing and Service of Process

  • Surveillance
  • Personal preparation
  • Technical preparation
  • Logistical preparation

Unit 4: Types of Investigation

  • General inquiries
  • Process serving
  • Matrimonial
  • Personal accident
  • Accidents
  • Criminal defence
  • Missing persons
  • Adoption
  • The process of investigation
  • Evidence
  • Surveillance
  • Reporting

Unit 5: Due Diligence and Background Checks

  • What is due diligence?
  • Areas explored in a due diligence check
  • Limitations of due diligence
  • What are background checks?
  • How to carry out a background check

Unit 6: Professional and Business Development

  • Setting up a business
  • What’s in a name?
  • Your business plan
  • Organisational structure
  • Marketing plan
  • Financial plan
  • Client list
  • Legal issues
  • Future direction and business development

Assessment

This course is assessed using a series of written assignments which are designed to test your knowledge of the syllabus. These will need to be submitted to your personal tutor for marking. No external examinations are required.

Awarding Body

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that OSC has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by OSC to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications.

ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

Required Knowledge

No prior knowledge or experience in private investigation is needed in order to enrol onto this course.

Support

Whilst we may specialise in the provision of home based courses, we take pride in our ability to provide our students with endless hours of support, guidance and instruction. From our comprehensive study guides and course materials, to the continuous support of our personal tutors; from the moment you enrol you will gain access to years of industry knowledge and experience, which can be used to enhance your grades.

Our personal tutors and student support team are only one click away, so no matter your queries or concerns, you can contact our team rest assured that you’ll always receive a quality answer straight away. Help is always on hand…

Frequently Asked Questions

This is a question that our team are often asked, there are many reasons but here are the main reasons to choose Association of Learning:

  • No hidden charges, the price you see includes everything, from VAT, tutoring to certification
  • Our average tutor marking time is 3 working days (most providers are 10+)
  • We are rated 5/5 for our service on Trustpilot!
  • Our courses are up to date. Many providers create course content and fail to keep it up to date.
  • We are open later than any other home learning provider
  • As many submissions as you need to complete, many providers cap how many times you can submit work
  • All courses are fully endorsed by external awarding organisations
  • 14 day money back guarantee or course switch.

If you need any more reasons to choose Association of Learning, contact our team!


All students are provided with 12 months to complete their course, however you are able to complete at a faster pace without any additional costs. Some of our students have managed to complete in as little as 3 months!


This is a fully endorsed qualification, with certification provided by an Ofqual regulated awarding body.


There are two payment options, pay in full for your course or monthly. Our monthly payment option allows you to spread the cost of your course over a 10 month period.

If you choose to pay using a payment plan, to apply you must be able to answer yes to the following:

  • Your billing address is based in the UK
  • You have a UK based bank account
  • Bill payer must be 18 or above.

No, this course is assignment based, which means you will not have to complete any exams. If your assignment doesn’t pass first time, you can retry as many times as you need within your 12 months support period.


No, all of our courses are distance learning which means your tutor will mark your work and send it back to you via email or by using our online portal.


Unlike other providers, Association of Learning use a fast-track system to get your certificate to you within six weeks (our average is two weeks).

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