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Code ENGS1011
Credits 15
Level 4
Duration 9 weeks
Type Classroom followed by home-based research

Two written assessments

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Unit A5, Lakeside Business Park
South Cerney
Gloucestershire GL7 5XL
Tel:  +44 (0)1285 864650
Fax:  +44 (0)1285 864659

  This is an undergraduate course in forensic road collision investigation  

Highways law, management and investigation ENGS1011


The role of highway factors in collisions and the liability of the highways authorities and their service providers in criminal and civil litigation are often overlooked by collision investigators.  This module introduces the student to the responsibility of national and local authorities in respect of highways design, management and maintenance.

What you will study

The starting point for this module is the Highways Act 1980 and the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991. The module will describe the processes associated with asset design, construction, inspection and repair, in order that, through an understanding of these, students will be better able to identify and investigate those aspects of the highway, including works being undertaken on it, which may have contributed to a collision or its severity outcome. Students will also learn what information relating to the different highway assets needs to be collected from a collision scene, the relevant documentation to be obtained from the highway authority and the applicable regulations and guidance in place.

Entry requirements

This course assumes that you you hold a UCPD level 4, City and Guilds or equivalent in forensic road collision investigation. 

Pre-course study


Study method

Three days classroom based then just over 5 weeks research by distance learning.

What you will need

Your joining instructions list any specific requirements.  A computer is required for this module.

Teaching and assessment

Your course tutors will help you with your studies during the course.  They can be contacted by email during the distance learning phase.  There are two case study to complete at the conclusion of the module.  Your tutor will mark and comment on your coursework.

Professional recognition


What's the qualification

Successful candidates will be awarded an AiTS pass certificate.  This module is also part of the AiTS/De Montfort University CertHE, FdSc and BSc (Hons) in forensic collision investigation.

When does it run

This unit runs once each academic year.

How to register

Check the course calendar for the next presentation and telephone Student Registrations on +44 (0)1285 864650 to register.