CertHE in forensic road collision investigation 

This qualification is offered in partnership with De Montfort University. AiTS provide the teaching, DMU provide the quality procedures and make the final award. As a student on this programme you are a student of De Montfort University and subject to all the university's rules and procedures.

The CertHE is usually the next step after completing the UCPD and covers a number of additional topics commonly used by collision investigators in the course of an investigation. From September 2022 you can link this programme to the UCPD and study on a full time basis.

It has a value of 60 level 4 (first year) credits.

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What to take next
FdSc in forensic road collision investigation.


Key Features of this programme

  • Explores further commonly used collision investigation techniques
  • Develops your maths skills further
  • Practical workshop modules
  • Develops your research skills


Having accrued 60 level 4 credits on the UCPD you require an additional 60 credits at level 4 to gain the CertHE.

The programme starts by developing the students maths ready for the higher level courses ENGS1013.

The concept of Driver Perception and Response ENGS1016, is an important feature of nearly all collisions and has implications for the point of actual and possible perception.

The analysis of CCTV for speed is covered in the second here, CCTV and dashcams capture so many collisions these days, the information that can be extracted from the footage is explored in detail, ENGS1015.

Collision Investigators need to be able to identify vehicle defects and explain what, if any, effect they would have on the collision vehicle. The fundamentals of forensic vehicle examination module ENGS1017 develops the students knowledge of faults and the way they can be found.

Academic route
Two A levels (accruing 72 UCAS Points), one of which is in a quantitative subject and five GCSE's at Grade 4. Note that equivalent qualifications such as BTEC's, IBACS etc are also acceptable. To check your grades for UCAS points and to see the value of equivalent qualifications visit the DMU website here.

Equivalence route
For those who do not meet the academic route, DMU’s UCPD in Forensic Road Collision Investigation or the City & Guilds in Forensic Road Collision Investigation for police personnel would allow admission to this programme with advanced standing. If entering by the City & Guilds route students will also need to take Statistics for Collision Investigators.

Mature students
Applications from mature students who may not necessarily have the academic qualifications listed above but who have a relevant background and/or interests is encouraged by the university. For such applicants a key factor will be their understanding of Mathematics and Physics. If necessary, an assessment will be made to clarify whether a student's background in the area of Mathematics and Physics is suitable for the programme. Students taking this route will need to submit a personal statement as part of their application. Advice on completing a personal statement is available from UCAS here.

Currently you can only study part time.

Part time
Part-time study is roughly equivalent to studying at half the rate of a student on a full-time course at university.

  • You will study 60 credits worth of study a year.
  • You'll need to find around 16-18 hours to study each week.

Inevitably, unless your employer has agreed to let you study in work time (2 days a week on the part time route) the number of hours you will need to study means giving up some of your own time. This is likely to involve cutting down on some of your social activities. The OU provides some excellent advice on how to find time to study and the things you may have to consider moderating. There is an online planner which we strongly recommend you take a look at. Click the link to see more.

You will be asked to explain where your study time will be coming from during your induction.

Delivered using a mix of residential and distance learning. Term starts in September of each year and runs through to July. The first module is Applied Maths which is delivered by distance learning.

CCTV has a four day residential block, Vehicle examination, 2 one week residential blocks and Driver and the environment is delivered by distance learning.

All programmes start in September of each year and run through to June/July the following year.

We allow provisional places to be booked by employers, contact facultyoffice@aits.ac.uk. A provisional place is one where you are unable to provide a student name because you have not completed your recruitment process.

As soon as you can confirm your place, download and complete an application form (requires Acrobat or Acrobat reader) for each student together with copies of their certificates and any personal statement if required by the entry requirements and send it to ahowe@aitsuk.com. Registration for all programmes closes at midday on the final Friday in July and all the necessary paperwork must be submitted by this date. Any provisional places that have not been confirmed with a name will be lost.

Student on boarding begins in August.


At a Glance

What's the Qualification CertHE in forensic road collision investigation
Course code F41010
Credits 60
How long does it take 1 year


AiTS have been training collision investigators in the UK and overseas since 1996. We are also the UK's main provider of Roads Policing, Prohibitions and Tachograph training in the UK and Ireland.

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