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The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) is an academic and professional programme jointly delivered by officers from Northumbria Police and academic staff from across Northumbria University.  The programme has been designed and developed to meet the requirements of College of Policing (CoP), the professional body for all those working in the Police Service, for the professional education of new entrants into policing via a newly-established police constable apprenticeship entry route. 

The core curriculum has been designed by the College of Policing to be professionally transformative and to reflect the contemporary areas of knowledge, skills, behaviours, and professional practice essential to the 21st century police constable role.  These include (but are not limited to): evidence-based policing; decision making and discretion; criminology and crime prevention; pro-active approaches to vulnerability, risk and public protection; and modern policing trends such as digital policing. 

Through the thoughtful programme design PCDA student officers undertake a number of supported deployments which allow the operational competence, and the application of academic and professional knowledge to practical experience to be undertaken with varying levels of support appropriate to the level of study.  

This is a three-year Degree Apprenticeship during the course of which you will be employed by Northumbria Police and contracted to work 40 hours per week, with provision for off the job training which will constitute a minimum of 20% of contracted hours over the course of the programme.

Successful completion of all three years of the programme, including completion of the integrated End Point Assessment, will result in your achievement of full competency to operate safely and lawfully as a Police Constable in the workplace (public arena) and achieving a Degree in Professional Policing Practice.

Course Information

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
TBC

Department
Social Sciences

Location
Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Fee Information

All modules throughout the 3-year PCDA adhere to College of Policing learning outcomes and content. Student Officers will receive an in-depth weekly timetable once enrolled on the programme.

The PCDA collaboration will deliver academic excellence and outstanding operational practice to enhance the knowledge, skills and experience of Student Officers to meet the challenges of 21st Century policing.

The PCDA entry route provides the opportunity for academic learning to degree standard, alongside professional operational practice.  On this programme you will address critical questions that span expertise in Criminology, Law, Applied Science, Computer and Information Services (CIS) and Business allowing you to explore problems from multiple perspectives relating to the role, function, and delivery of 21st century policing.  As Northumbria University has developed considerable expertise working with police forces regionally, nationally, and internationally, this sustained excellence in police research is a unique strength and advantage as our work supports the design, development and delivery of this programme. Our work is characterised as informing policy and practice, providing wide-ranging, cutting-edge science and applied research which is developed in partnership with the Police and agencies regionally, nationally, within European networks and internationally.

To learn the relevant legal and professional knowledge underpinning the work of a police constable, and develop the skills, knowledge and behaviour necessary to demonstrate occupational competency as a police constable, you will be taught and supported by a diverse range of highly experienced Northumbria Police and Northumbria University personnel. This includes law trainers and tutors who will provide practitioner specific curriculum input in relation to law and procedures; operational tutors who will provide support, guidance and encouragement during periods of work-based learning.  Key members of wider police teams with whom you will be working during periods of general and specialist deployment, will also provide support and assistance as you apply in practice the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to deal competently, lawfully and safely with work related duties in a range of situations relevant to the role of the police constable

Based at Coach Lane Campus you have excellent access to an unprecedented range of facilities including the opportunity to undertake simulated learning through the use of the Immersive Interactive™ suite. This is a flexible learning space where images and video can be projected onto three walls to enhance realism and give a fully immersive, multi-sensory and interactive learning environment. The space incorporates a control room and observational area and as a fully interactive teaching facility is one of the biggest and best in the country. Providing realistic safe learning environments for you to practice your skills, it will play a pivotal role in your education and training and offers, through simulated learning, an invaluable experience of “real life” policing situations, for example public order, custody suites, road traffic collisions.

Additional facilities located at Coach Lane include the forensic suite, an entire property converted into a crime scene house to enable you to examine simulated crime scenes.  You will also be able to access Return to Scene software that provides a 360-degree interactive scan of a crime scene allowing you to perform analysis in detail.  The rooms in the crime scene house are also fitted with recording software which can be played live to another room or recorded later for analysis.

At Coach Lane there are a number of purpose-built interview rooms which are installed with recording equipment suitable for simulating interview skills which can be recorded and reviewed, as well as live streamed to another venue.  The interview rooms are set up in both a traditional manner and also for cases where more vulnerable witnesses/victim may need a less formal environment.

As a Northumbria University student you will also have access to unrivalled facilities at City Campus, for example specially designed courtroom equipped with DVD recording, enabling you to gain real-life exposure to the courtroom environment, develop practical skills and experience mock trials; the brand new dedicated Computer Network Technology and Digital Security labs and open access computing areas; the comprehensive media centre with television and radio studios; and the City Campus University Library, open 24/7 during term time providing learning spaces, scholarly resources, online services, and opportunities to develop learning skills. 

Assessed as world leading and internationally excellent, at Northumbria we conduct research to develop the evidence base for contemporary policing.

Our work is characterised as:

  • Informing policy and practice.
  • Providing wide-ranging, cutting-edge science and applied research.
  • Working in partnerships with the Police and agencies regionally, nationally, within European networks and internationally.

The combination of this unique range of research rich teaching interwoven with the practical application and development of skills and behaviour has been carefully designed to meet CoP national policing curriculum and core requirements for the professional education of entrants into policing via this newly-established police constable apprenticeship entry route. Successful completion of all three years of the programme, including completion of the EPA, will result in the student officer achieving full competency in order to operate safely and lawfully as a Police Constable in the workplace (public arena).

Overall, the relevance and richness of the programme has been ensured by reflecting employer needs and opinions and securing accreditation from the College of Policing as a programme designed to meet the requirements for an apprenticeship programme into policing at the level of constable.

As a student on this programme you will undertake an individual project within the last stage of the programme based around evidence-based policing and the specialist area you have undertaken in year three.  You will also develop transferable/key skills throughout your studies, including:

  • enhanced research skills enabling students to progress, if desired, to postgraduate study, or a research orientated career
  • communicating ideas in written and oral forms
  • the use of appropriate IT tools
  • personal time management
  • project management
  • problem solving abilities
  • independent learning skills enabling students to take responsibility for their own continued and sustainable professional development

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

Applicants should be employees or have access to organisational experience in order to enable them to apply theoretical concepts to their personal and professional experience.

The ability to benefit from Northumbria University programmes is assessed on a combination of academic and personal qualities which can be demonstrated in a number of ways.  Successful completion of a GCE or VCE Advanced level course of study (or some other equivalent qualification) is just one way.  Students who can in other ways demonstrate their ability to benefit from a Northumbria University programme, in particular mature students without formal qualifications will always be considered and are invited to contact the admissions tutor to discuss their application. 

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Distinction, Distinction, Merit 

Scottish Highers:

BBBCC - BBBBC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:

BBBBB  - ABBBB

IB Diploma:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 credits at Distinction and 27 at Merit

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3. Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A Level or equivalent study.

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

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