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Private Investigator Course Level 3

Gain insight into the world of Private Investigation, and develop key skills in surveillance and evidence collection.



£375 inc VAT
Or £62.50/mo. for 6 months...
Study method
Distance learning, self-paced
90 hours
No formal qualification
Additional info
  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price
  • Tutor is available to students
  • TOTUM card is included in price What's this?

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Gain insight into the world of Private Investigation, and develop valuable skills such as surveillance and evidence collection to help expose deceitful partners, dubious insurance claims and dishonest employees. This online Private Investigator course teaches you essential procedures, key responsibilities and rich history of Private Investigators. You’ll also learn to take risks and avoid risky states when conducting investigations.

Gain a nose for the legal implications, surveillance, missing persons cases, and determine how to start your own Private Investigation business. You’ll also study key interviewing and interrogation techniques for when you need to draw information from victims or perps you encounter.


Study Hours

Up to 90 hours which is around 30 minutes per day for 6 months.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor-marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.


Each unit is followed by a written tutor-marked assignment (TMA), which is submitted and then marked by your tutor. You will not be required to take an external exam.

Additional Information

  • Difficulty - Level 3
  • Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Career path

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a NCFE Customised Qualification and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details all of the units you have completed as part of your course).

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Amina asked:

What is the career after taking this course? Is this course accredited?


Hi there, this course is more aimed for self-employment. Upon completion, you would be able to open your own business if you so wished. You could work for an agency and once you'd built up enough experience, you could become a senior investigator or team member. Furthermore, you could contact your local authority as having this qualification will give you a lot of transferable skills which could be applied to a role within your community. We hope this helps, and good luck!

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A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

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