UCPD 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 programme is mainly classroom based and is run from our South Cerney campus. It is split into Part I and Part II with some distance learning between the two classroom sessions.   This course can also be studied mainly by distance learning.

What you will study

The programme starts by revisiting the maths and physics necessary to understand the discipline before applying these principles to the techniques used in collision reconstruction. This is reinforced during practical sessions when students put these techniques into practice. 

  • Part I (4 weeks classroom) This part of the programme covers ENGS1003, Collision Fundamentals including maths, physics and reconstruction techniques. Practical work includes learning how to skid test, identify marks and examine and record collision scenes. There is a short introduction to the statistics however most of statistics is studied by distance learning between the Part I and Part II course.

  • Collision case studies (ENGS1002) involves preparing and submitting two reconstruction reports and a scale plan. The coursework submissions are submitted prior to by the date of the final examination.

  • Part II (2 weeks classroom) takes place just prior to DMU's final exam (the conclusion part of ENGS1003). The two weeks mainly comprises revision of the syllabus, examination technique and practice papers.

Entry requirements

This programme assumes that you have studied mathematics in the past attaining a GCSE pass or equivalent.

Pre-course study

We highly recommend that you sit Maths for CI's before attempting the UCPD.

Study method

A mix of classroom and distance learning.

What you will need

You will need a scientific calculator, a computer and access to the internet and some form of headphones or earphones. We recommend any Casio calculator with a 'Natural Display'.


This method of studying the UCPD means that the majority of the programme is taught in the classroom. Statistics is studied by distance learning with online weekly tutorials. Throughout you have access to a tutor who will assist and guide you when required.


Your programme tutors will mark and comment on your coursework.  There are a number of phase tests during Part I with a final test at the end of the course.  Coursework assessment between Part I and Part II and a final unseen examination following the Part II Course.

Whats the qualification

A Level 4 University Certificate of Professional Development in Forensic Road Collision Investigation awarded by De Montfort University.  Credit value 60 credits.

How to register

Check the course calendar to see when the next presentation is and phone student registrations on the main number to book a place.

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The course at a glance

Programme Code: F41041
Module Code: ENGS1002 and ENGS1003
Credits: 60 at Level 4
Level: 4
Duration: One to two years
Type: Mainly classroom some distance
Assessment: Multiple testing


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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