Edexcel BTEC Advanced Private Investigation Level 3 Distance Learning Course

About the course and how it works for you

In 1997 The Academy of Professional Investigation (API) launched a Distance Learning Course (DLC). The course content was based on the accumulated knowledge and experience of a number of leading Private Investigators within the profession at that time. In the beginning the DLC consisted of a number of teaching modules with an assessment at the conclusion of each module and then a final written test once every module had been completed.

Distance Learning Course

Over the past 16 years the course has evolved in line with current legislation and technological advances to ensure that the subject matter is as up to date as possible.

The Academy had to re-evaluate the methods of assessment to ensure that individual students were given regular feed back and are also now required to complete portfolio assignments throughout the course. These assignments can also be used as further evaluation of the student’s abilities in understanding the very diverse subject of Private Investigation. This is in part achieved by the student submitting their work at the completion of Modules 3, 6, 9, and 12, after which they would then take the final written test. Apart from these mandatory submissions by the students the Academy also has mentors available to answer any questions or queries that the student may have throughout the duration of the course.

Study at your own pace

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) have confirmed the course sufficiently covers the scope of the SIA specification for Private Investigators when licensing of the private investigation industry commences.

  • work at your own pace
  • hours that suit you
  • in your own home
  • no deadlines to meet

As you work through the course you will build up the knowledge and confidence necessary to launch you into an exciting, rewarding and adventurous career in Professional Private Investigation.

How long will it take to complete the course?

This will depend very much on your personal time and commitment, effort and enthusiasm that you are willing to devote to it. On average students studying on a part-time basis will take about 3 to 6 months to complete and achieve. However, we have had students, who have studied full time, and completed the course within 6 weeks.

When you have successfully completed all the Course modules, you will be able to take the Final Examination.

This is also completed at home and the paper together with your portfolio work submitted to the Academy.

If you achieve the required minimum 65% passmark, 80% & over for a pass with Merit or 90% & over for a pass with Distinction you will then receive your Edexcel BTEC Advanced Diploma in Private Investigation in recognition of your achievement.

This Course is accredited under a nationally recognised awarding body.

Having obtained the Level 3 BTEC Advanced Diploma in Private Investigation, you will be in the elite category of Qualified Professional Investigators.

Prepares you for a successful start in business

As well as acquiring the investigative knowledge, skills and procedures necessary to be able to practise as a qualified Professional Private Investigator, the Academy also publish a comprehensive “Guide to Starting, Running and Building your Own Investigation Agency” providing a wealth of vital information essential for the successful and profitable operation of your business.