Intelligence and Analysis School

Level 3 Award in Intelligence Analysis

Description

This accredited qualification will explore the methods used to conduct and manage intelligence processes. It is designed for people entering the profession or those that may have experience of intelligence work but need to refresh their skills. The qualification will be based on well-established principles developed from military intelligence techniques and the police National Intelligence Model. They are applicable to commercial organisations and a broad spectrum of public sector audiences. Students will learn the theory that underpins intelligence operations. They will go on to understand collection methods available to agencies. Analytical principles will be an important part of the course as will techniques for disseminating data. The course will be largely practical and will require considerable student participation. Students will learn to think about problems in a different way. They will understand the influences that distort rational thinking and how to develop hypotheses in a logical systematic way. This qualification is accredited by the Ofqual approved awarding body ProQual.

Benefits

This is the only short commercially available intelligence analysis qualification available in the UK. IMSL has highly experienced analysts and instructors who can draw from a wide range of experiences in the public and private sector. The course will teach intelligence best practice but will also make the student challenge normal ideas and methods of working. It will instil a questioning and dynamic approach to problem solving. The analytical techniques learned can be applied to any working environment involving problem solving from commercial to public sector at the macro and local level.

Intended Audience

The qualification is suitable for individuals and groups from the public, private and charitable sectors, with examples and use cases drawn from IMSL’s extensive experience of implementing intelligence management processes in all three of these domains. The course is ideally suited to those entering the intelligence community or looking to broaden their understanding of intelligence led working practices. The classroom based qualification will be run in tandem with the Intensive 5 Day Course in Intelligence Analysis. While students on the Level 3 Award will be required to pass an assessment, students on the 5 day course will not be assessed.  The qualification can also be taken as an eLearning package.

Level: No previous experience is required.

Language: The course will be taught in English. All students will need to prove an ability to speak good English.

Delivery style: The classroom based course will be 50% Instructor led theory, 40% practical session, 10% Classroom discussion.  Online students will watch video lessons that reflect the lessons given in the classroom based course.  These lessons will be supplemented with printable user guides and additional resources.

Duration: The classroom based course will be 5 Days long.  Online students will have 4 months to complete the course.

Location: The Intelligence & Analysis School, IMSL, Walsingham House, Shrivenham. SN6 8TZ. UK. (Alternative locations by arrangement)

Module 1  – Fundamentals

  • Understanding the concept of the Intelligence cycle
  • Understanding the Principles of intelligence within a civilian and military environment
  • National Intelligence Model and how it can be applied to a wider audience
  • The importance of direction to intelligence procedures

Module 2 – Collection

  • Understand the broad scope of collection assets that may be available to an intelligence team
  • Understand the utility of imagery, communications and human intelligence to the collection process
  • Understand the growing role of open source intelligence and social media to modern intelligence teams. This will broaden into a discussion on the importance of big data to intelligence gatherers
  • Techniques for managing collection and the passage of data between organisations will be discussed and exercised

Module 3 – Intelligence processing

  • Comprehension of the various stages of the analytical process from collation, through evaluation, analysis and integration to the production of an assessment
  • Analytical techniques will encompass: the use of analytical software, statistical analysis, temporal, geospatial and link analysis techniques
  • Understanding the biases and fallacies that can affect their products and the techniques that can mitigate biases and fallacies

Module 4 – Practical application

  • Develop skills in written, graphic and verbal communication that enhance product dissemination
  • Understanding the best practices and skills needed for working in an intelligence team
  • Understanding the role of intelligence on operational planning

Practicalities

Tea, coffee and soft drinks are provided throughout all training courses.

A buffet lunch can be provided. (Special dietary requirements must be noted at the time of booking)

Car Parking: Available.

Public Transport: By rail to Swindon Station + local taxi.

Course Dates

  • 14-18 September 2020
  • 16-20 November 2020