CILEx Law School Specialist Course in Disclosure

This course is designed for Disclosure and Investigation Officers. It is also highly relevant for Evidence Assessors and Decision Makers and staff in criminal justice units and prosecutorial agencies involved in considering material in criminal investigations.

The course covers the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act Code of Practice 2015. As well as the new CPIA Code of Practice, the update also takes account of the changes relating to initial details of the prosecution case (IDPC) brought about by the Transforming Summary Justice initiative. The National File Standard (NFS) issued in May 2015 is also covered in the update together with changes in the Criminal Procedure Rules.

The syllabus

The course focuses on the role of the Disclosure or Investigation Officer in order to ensure full compliance with disclosure requirements under CPIA legislation. The syllabus includes:

  • The law relating to disclosure and codes of practice
  • Disclosure by the prosecution

  • Disclosure by the defence

  • Duty of the Disclosure/ Investigation Officer

  • Disclosure Schedule (retaining and recording material)

  • Unused material

  • Sensitive and non-sensitive material (separate schedules)

  • Liaising with the prosecution and other investigation team members

  • Disclosure and review of unused material

  • Public Interest Immunity (PII)

  • Third party disclosure

  • Hearsay and bad character evidence

  • Case law and case studies

Course structure

The course is delivered by distance learning. Students receive a course manual and three reading and study assignments. Each assignment is designed to help students not only to work through and understand the various chapters in the course manual, but also to relate their study to their working environment. One assignment takes the form of a multiple choice test, the other two are written assignments which students complete and send to their personal tutor for marking and feedback. Students can re-submit work once if they fail an assignment.

Course duration

We recommend a minimum of 60 hours of study. Students have one year within which to submit their assignments to their tutor for marking, but most students will find that they can complete the course within a six month period.

Course materials

Students receive an CILEx Law School course manual written specially for the Disclosure course, three reading and study assignments and student guide including administrative information.

Students are also given a password to the course-specific Student Area on the website, where they can pose academic queries to the on-line tutor, as well as gain access to the LexisNexis legal database. Telephone support is also available during office hours from CILEx Law School’s academic team.

Course assessment

CILEx Law School awards a Certificate to students passing all three assignments within the one-year period.


Print off and complete the course enrolment form below, and submit by post. Enrolment applications can also be taken by telephone on 01234 844300.

Application form

CILEx Law School is committed to the provision of accessible learning and ensuring that all students are afforded equal opportunities throughout their studies. If you require reasonable adjustments in relation to a disability, health condition or learning difficulty, or if you would like additional information, please email our Learner Support Advisor (LSA) at

Contract: The laws of England and Wales shall apply in all respects and the courts of England shall have exclusive jurisdiction.

Contracting parties: This contract is between CILEx Law School and the student making the application.

Copyright: Copyright in all course materials remains that of CILEx Law School (CLS). Any unauthorised reproduction or transmission of any part of the course materials, whether electronically or otherwise, will constitute an infringement of copyright. No part of the materials may be lent, resold or hired out for any purpose without the prior written permission of CLS.

Duration of tuition: Your course fee will entitle you to receive one year’s tuition from the last day of the month in which your enrolment takes place. Any extension beyond that period will be at the sole discretion of CLS and will be dependent, for example, upon your ability to demonstrate an extenuating circumstance having interrupted your course of study.

Enrolment: You can only enrol on this course if you are employed by the public sector in England and Wales.

Non-transferability of course: The course is not transferable to any other person.

Refund: Thereafter, provided all materials are returned to CLS, in good condition and with postage having been pre-paid in full by you, before the expiry of a period of four weeks from the date of your course enrolment with CLS, your course fees will be refunded less a charge of £128.00 (inc VAT) to cover administration expenses.

Extensions: CILEx Law School may, in exceptional circumstances, extend your course for up to three months free of charge. Extensions are given on a discretionary basis and CILEx Law School’s decision is final. Any other extensions will be regarded as reinstatements and fees will apply.

Reinstatement: Reinstatement on a course at a reduced fee is available if your CLS course has expired and if you wish to purchase the same course again. A reinstatement fee of 50% of the then course fee will be payable.

Unreasonable behaviour: We ask that you speak courteously to our staff and do not make excessive or unreasonable demands. If, after a warning, you continue to be discourteous towards CILEx Law School staff and/or make further unreasonable or excessive demands, we may at our discretion either suspend or withdraw your course without a refund. You will also abide by the CLS Student Code of Conduct.

Access to the Student Area: No refund or compensation will be given for periods of nonavailability of the Student Area or any of its features. Course elements not taken up: No partial refund or discount will be given for any course elements that are not taken up.

Delivery of course materials: We aim to deliver your course materials within 21 days of receipt of your order, unless we contact you to advise of any delays. CILEx Law School will not accept liability for any claims for losses arising from delivery outside this period.

Email address: You are required to have an email address.

Internet access: It is a condition of your application that you have access to the internet so that you can access the essential course resources on the CILEx Law School Student Area. You also need to satisfy yourself about your ability to use the web-based course resources by reference to the specification provided on our website. You will not be able to complete the course without access to the web-based resources.

Plagiarism: We reserve the right to withdraw our services from any student suspected of copying another student’s work for the assessed assignment on any professional skills course, and to refer the matter to CILEx.

Word processing: You will need to be able to use wordprocessing software (either Microsoft Word or Open Office) in order to complete the course. Please refer to the computer specification on our website for full software and hardware specifications.

CILEx Law School (CLS) is committed to respecting the personal data you supply to us. In order for CLS to deliver your course, we will need to use your data to:

Hold the information you have supplied on the joint management information system used by the CILEx Group (CILEx, CILEx Regulation, CILEx Group Services and CLS) to be used only for the purposes of processing your application and administering your course.

In addition, CLS works with a number of software and other suppliers in order to deliver our services to you. The organisations we share your data with may include, but may not be limited to:

  • our print contractor in order to dispatch your course materials;
  • our virtual learning environment software, which we refer to as the Student Area (SA), so you can access and use its functionality. Your name may be displayed to other students enrolled on the same course and will be displayed to other students enrolled with CLS if you post on any of the online Forums. CLS staff will have access to data on your SA usage and activities;
  • our freelance tutors who mark your mock and assessed assignment;
  • the email and survey tool software we use to issue mass communications, including surveys.

Since your course is sponsored by your employer, CLS will share information relating to your progress and performance on this course with your line manager and/or training department, including reporting on your assignment marks and other relevant information.

Data protection legislation gives you a number of rights relating to the use of your data. Please refer to our Data Protection and Privacy policies, which can be found on our website, for further information and contact details should you have any questions or concerns.