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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.  This programme is for officers of Northumbria Police only.  

The programme has been designed and developed to meet the requirements of the 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 CoP 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;

modern policing trends such as digital policing. 

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
3 years full-time

Location
Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
March 2020

Fee Information

Module Information

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

During the programme, student officers will undertake a number of supported and specialist deployments in order to achieve Independent Patrol Status and Full Operational Competence. On the programme, they will address critical questions that span a range of areas, to explore problems from multiple perspectives relating to the role, function, and delivery of 21st century policing, including expertise in:

  • Criminology;
  • Law;
  • Applied Science;
  • Computer and Information Services (CIS);
  • Business.

At the end of the programme, student officers will undertake an individual project based around evidence-based policing and the specialist area they have undertaken in year three.  Students will also develop transferable key skills throughout the apprenticeship, 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.

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.

During the three-year apprenticeship, student officers will have a minimum of 20% of contracted hours of off the job training over the course of the programme for university study. They 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. 

Based at Coach Lane Campus officers have access to an unprecedented range of facilities including:

Additionally students will have access to unrivalled facilities at City Campus including:

  • Specially designed courtroom equipped with DVD recording;
  • The brand new dedicated Computer Network Technology and Digital Security labs;
  • Open access computing areas;
  • The comprehensive media centre with television and radio studios;
  • City Campus University Library which is open 24/7 during term time.

Immersive Interactive™ suite

This is a flexible learning space where images and videos are 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 educating and training officers, through simulated learning, an invaluable experience of “real life” policing situations, for example public order, custody suites, road traffic collisions.

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.

Purpose-built interview rooms

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.

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 learning which will constitute a minimum of 20% of contracted hours over the course of the programme.

Student Officers will be deployed operationally on tutor-supported phases, in order to achieve Independent Patrol Status (IPS) by the end of year one. You will then continue to develop your personal Occupational Competency Portfolio (OCP) during years 2 and 3 in specialist and general attachments to prepare you for your End Point Assessment at the end of year 3. This will include a work-based project, presentation and discussion around your personal OCP.

Key members of wider police teams will 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. Tutors, mentors, coaches and line managers will support individuals as well as having a role in the tripartite meetings with employer, University and student officer.

Northumbria Police will cover all tuition fees for the student officers, however, as they are in full-time employment, they are therefore not entitled to apply for student finance.  

There are four intakes for the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship with Northumbria Police each year, which are March, June, September and November.

Applications for this course are made directly through Northumbria Police. To see their latest vacancies, please visit their website.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

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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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AP0420 -

Understanding Police Investigations and Processes (20 Credits)

This module introduces criminal investigations and police processes. The module covers the various stages of the law enforcement process, from the legislation/guidance underpinning information and intelligence to the provision of materials for disclosure by the Crown Prosecution Service. In doing so the module examines broad themes such as how information and intelligence held by other agencies can help police operations to specific ones such as things to consider when responding to an incident. It necessarily covers the fundamental principles, legislation and powers related to such activities as well as the police processes that are derived from these.

The core of the module provides a detailed examination of the processes involved in conduct investigations. Unsurprisingly, this section of the module considers the appropriate approaches and/or processes for both responding to and attending incidents as well as gathering and managing evidence/information and carrying out investigations at the crime scene and elsewhere. In doing so it examines the nature and management of evidence and its use within court process.

In addition, the module considers police ethics and how the police support the vulnerable, victims and witnesses but also the responsibilities and procedures for detaining and escorting suspects to and once within custody. It also explores processes surrounding the building of effective case files such as the securing of evidence and the management of exhibits. It also considers the data protection and the general management of management of information and intelligence

PCDA curriculum learning outcomes:

Week 16-19:
Criminal Justice: 2,3,7,8,9,10,11
Information and Intelligence: 1-8
Conducting investigations: 1-9

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CR4007 -

Introduction to the Police Constable Role and Practice (40 Credits)

This year long module opens with a week-long induction to the PCDA programme that combines an introduction to your police force and to the university. To prepare you for your role as a police constable you will undertake sessions in key topics including understanding the role of the police constable, valuing difference and inclusion, and maintaining professional standards. The university induction prepares you for the academic learning components of the programme through a learning resource introduction, academic learning and research skills sessions, guidance on how to make the best use of available technology within your learning, and overall confidence building in becoming a work-based learner.

Your induction is followed by two weeks of intense sessions around officer personal safety and discretion and decision making before moving on to explore communication skills, wellbeing and resilience, leadership and team working in the context of the police constable role. In week 4 you participate in your first immersion phase where you shadow and observe police officers while on attachment to various shifts. You then move on to learn the legislation and police practice relevant to the role of the police constable on a series of related modules before returning to this module in week 14 for your second immersion phase. This module culminates in an extended period of operational practice, punctuated by additional periods of classroom-based learning on related modules, where you will be expected to apply in the workplace the knowledge and understanding gained from related modules. Preparation for the operation phase takes place in week 20 which is followed by your first supported patrol phase that runs between weeks 21-31, with a second supported patrol phase running between weeks 34-44 and 46-52. During the operational phases you will demonstrate (under appropriate levels of supervision) some supported application and awareness of the competencies relating to the role of the police constable. It is expected that you will achieve Independent Patrol Status towards the end of the practice period.

PCDA curriculum learning outcomes (content):

Classroom Weeks
Understanding the Police Constable Role: (Induction Week 1.1-1.5; 4.1-4.3; 5.1-5.4)
Maintaining Professional Standards: (Induction Week 1.1 – 4.5)
Research Method and Skills: (Induction Week 1.1 – 2.5)
Decision Making and Discretion: (Week Two 1.1-2.4)
Managing Conflict: (Week Two 1.1-10.5)
Communication Skills: (Week Three 1.1 - 2.4)
Wellbeing and Resilience: (Week Three 1.1-1.4)
Vulnerability and Risk: (Week Three 10.1 – 11.1)
Leadership and Team Working: (Week Three 1.1-1.3; 2.1-2.4)

Practice Weeks
Understanding the Police Constable Role: 2.1-2.4
Evidence-Based Policing: 4.1 - 4.5
Decision Making and Discretion: 6.1 - 6.5; 7.1 - 7.3
Vulnerability and Risk: 9.1 - 9.14
Public Protection: 4.1 - 4.2; 5.1 - 5.9
Digital Policing: 8.1 - 8.9; 9.1 - 9.5; 10.1 - 10.5; 11.1 - 11.5
Criminal Justice: 5.1 - 5.8; 6.1 - 6.3; 7.1 - 7.8; 9.1 - 9.5; 10.1 - 10.13; 11.1 - 11.6
Response Policing: 3.1-3.4; 4.1 - 4.21; 7.1 - 7.3; 8.1 - 8.15; 9.1-9.7; 10.1-10.4

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CR4008 -

Policing, Criminal Justice and Society (20 Credits)

You will learn how police operate in terms of processing cases, suspects and victims from the initial response, through the custody and charging process, to courts, prisons and offender management processes. As a result of this you will understand that police operate in a complex environment, interact with a broad range of criminal justice, public and private sector, and third sector, organisations and that decisions and processes in those environments impact on what police organisations and staff do. Following on from that you will learn how police officers and staff engagement with the public can have a significant impact on the community and on individuals in terms of reassurance and safety, life-chances and well-being, risk and security. You will learn how diversity (in broad terms) is significant in terms of demands on police, public expectation, and satisfaction with police services. The importance of human rights to policing and the management of risk is addressed, using case studies and applied examples. Ideas of vulnerability are explored with reference to examples drawn from fields such as domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and hate crime. Police, and other agency responses, in terms of safeguarding are explored in terms of principle and practices. The final part of the module will teach you about Evidence Based Policing and Problem Oriented Policing, examining the principles of these approaches and what they mean for practitioners. You will learn how EBP can shape operational policing and begin to understand how to gather and analyse data and information for evidence-based practice.

PCDA curriculum learning outcomes:

Week One:
Criminal Justice: LO 1,3,4,12,13;
Counter Terrorism: LO 1-7;
Understanding the Police Constable Role: LO 7.2, 7.3;
Criminology and Crime Prevention, 1.1-3.2
Week Two:
Vulnerability and Risk: LO 1-9, 12;
Valuing Difference and Inclusion: LO 1-2;
Public Protection: LO 1-6;
Understanding the Police Constable Role: LO 3.1-3.7, 7.1
Week Three:
Policing Communities: LO 1-5
Week Four:
Evidence Based Policing: LO 1-4;
Problem Solving: LO 1-2;
Research Methods and Skills: LO 3-6

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KV4003 -

Digital Policing (20 Credits)

In this module you will develop an understanding of how technology may be used in everyday policing to support the development of an effective digital policing capability. This is followed by an introduction to concepts of digital technology and common digital technology crimes, in particular the prevalence of digital technology and the basic techniques associated with gathering, preserving and presenting digital evidence

You will be taught the appropriate initial response to a crime scene involving digital technology and how to undertake a thorough and conscientious examination of a crime scene for digital evidence and recognise the importance to protect evidential integrity and the need to document all actions. You will also be provided with an introduction to particular legislation and offences associated with digital technology ensuring it will be admissible in a court of law.

In the context of digital policing you will gain an understand of the principles and practices of effective team-working.

Finally what actions and advice can be given to an individual who is vulnerable to internet-facilitated crime will be discussed as well as the provision of support to victims of internet-facilitated crime.


PCDA curriculum learning outcomes:

Week 31-32:
Digital Policing; 1-7
Conducting investigations; 2.14, 5.3

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LW4015 -

The Police Constable and the Law (20 Credits)

This module will introduce students to the criminal law, police powers and procedures, such as arrest, stop and search and making seizures, including how police powers are to be used ethically and professionally to detect crimes, protect the public and police the roads. This will include gaining an understanding of relevant legislation and guidance associated with different forms of policing. The module will consider general themes and principles in relation to the role of the police constable and the law, while introducing students specifically to:

• Understanding how to exercise police powers and procedures fairly and without bias, including recording incidents, powers of arrest, stop and search, and making seizures while respecting the core principles of equality, diversity and human rights.
• How to protect the public and police the roads.
• An overview of the criminal law in England and Wales and how to apply points to prove to practical arrest scenarios.

PCDA curriculum learning outcomes:

Week 9-13:
Understanding the Police Constable Role 6.1, 6.2, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4
Public Protection 1.1, 1.2, 1.3
Decision making & Discretion 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1 - 4.10
Criminology & Crime Prevention 3.1, 3.2
Criminal Justice 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 9.1-9.5
Response Policing 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 2.4, 2.5, , 4.4, 4.11, 4.13, 4.14, 4.15, 4.16, 4.17 4.18, 5.1 - 5.3, 6. - 6.4, 7.1 - 7.3, 8.1 – 8.15,
Roads Policing, 1.1 – 1.6 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 3.1 – 3.3 4.1, 4.2 5.1, 5.2 6.1 – 6.6 7.1 – 7.7
Conducting Investigations 1.2

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CR5014 -

Professional Policing, Risk and Vulnerability (20 Credits)

The module will help you understand how professional standards, ethics, and diversity are essential components of contemporary policing. These combined elements are significant in terms of recruiting and retaining a professional and effective workforce, which has been a key challenge (as the module demonstrates) for many years. You will learn that professional policing is also important in terms of maintaining positive relations with diverse communities, and public confidence and legitimacy more generally. Not only are these core features of policing in democratic societies they are also operationally important in relation to public cooperation with police investigations and law enforcement more widely. You will also learn about dimensions of vulnerability and risk in contemporary policing, and how professional responses are centrally important to meeting public expectations. You will learn how different dimensions of vulnerability are linked to wider social problems: these can both pose challenges to police officers and offer important opportunities for the police to intervene to help address underlying problems.
Diversity, ethics and authority are centrally important in the exercise of police officer discretion, as the module outlines. Principles and practices of policing integrity are outlined in terms of decision-making and officer discretion, and you will learn about personal and professional responsibilities in this process and the impact that police officers can have on the lives of individuals and of communities. Matters of vulnerability and risk are also addressed in relation more widely to the criminal justice system, and crime prevention, such that the most effective response, on the basis of research evidence, are identified. Risk and vulnerability are considered in wider terms of communities and societies in general in relation to matters of radicalisation and counter-terrorism.


PCDA curriculum learning outcomes:

Week 1-2:
Valuing Difference and Inclusion: LO 1.1-3.9
Maintaining Professional Standards: LO 1.1-6.2
Vulnerability and Risk: 1.1-6.4
Criminology and Crime Prevention: 1.1-5.4
Public Protection: 1.1-7.3
Counter-Terrorism: 1.1-1.8; 2.1; 3.1-3.5

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CR5017 -

Research Methods for Police Constables (20 Credits)

On this module you will learn how the development of research and scientific analysis can develop Evidence Based Policing and the benefits and limitations associated with this. You will learn how to conduct systematic literature reviews and critically evaluate available evidence. Quantitative and qualitative research techniques are introduced, including survey design and implementation, research interviews, data analysis, sampling, and data processing. Practical matters relating to the conduct of research are addressed in terms of planning and selecting different methodologies for specific types of research question, the ethics of research and presentation of data.

PCDA curriculum learning outcomes:

Week 37:
Evidence Based Policing: 1.1-3.6
Research Methods and Skills: 1.1-6.2

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HR9512 -

Resilience and the Police Organisation (20 Credits)

This multi-faceted module consider aspects of the police organisation, decision-making and risk, communication, team work and cohesion, culture, professional standards and accountability and builds upon ideas touched upon in year 1. It covers abstract ideas - such as risk - as well as practical issues - such as how circumstances and culture can influence decision-making process and how the police use the national decision model. It also examines key practices that influence how an organisation operates such as team work, communication, and culture. The latter constitutes a key bridge to the other aspects of the module namely, the development and nature of professional standards and contemporary external accountability mechanisms such as Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services and the Independent Office for Police Conduct.


PCDA curriculum learning outcomes:

Week 3:
Maintaining Professional Standards; 1.1-3.3
Decision Making & Discretion; 1.1 - 5.3
Communication Skills; 1.1 - 4.2
Wellbeing & Resilience; 1.1 - 2.2
Leadership & Team Working; 1.1 - 3.3

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KV5005 -

Networking Technology and Internet-related Crime (20 Credits)

The module examines the relationship between Internet-based digital technologies, and their criminal exploitation. You will be provided with a thorough introduction to basic principles and technologies in modern computing networks as well as the theory underpinning the communication architecture in these modern networks. You will examine the legislation and processes appropriate to the investigation of internet-related crime at a local and national level and the issues in respect of working with investigative partners.

PCDA Curriculum Learning Outcomes:

Week 20:
Digital Policing; 1.1 - 3.1

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LW5024 -

Introduction to Policing Practice in Key Areas (40 Credits)

Day one will introduce you to how year 2 of the policing constable degree apprenticeship will proceed. This will cover a basic introduction to the modules to be studied, the assessments throughout the year, and details of the five attachments. This module will then re-commence in week 4, with a week in the classroom introducing key educational areas both those of more generic policing relevance, but concentrating upon specific policing functions and responsibilities. Throughout this module, you will undertake more advanced learning across the five principal areas of professional practice to acquire higher-level operational knowledge and skills in the following five key areas:

• Response policing
• Policing communities
• Policing the roads
• Information and intelligence
• Conducting investigations.

After the one week of classroom-based learning, there will be five work attachments in each key area throughout the year, providing practical experience achieved through operational deployment, in recognition of the complexity of the various operational functions covered by these distinct policing areas. The combination of the classroom learning and the five work attachments will provide you with the high-level skills of a multi-competent police constable.

PCDA Learning Outcomes:

Classroom and practical weeks (1, 4-19, 21-36, 38-52)
Criminal Justice: 1.1-1.2; 2.1-2.3
Information and intelligence – 1.1-1.5; 2.1-2.4; 3.1-4.5
Response Policing: 1.1-1.4; 2.1-2.6; 3.1-3.3; 4.1-5.4
Policing communities – 1.1-4.3
Roads Policing 1.1-1.3; 2.1-3.3; 4.1-4.6; 5.1-5.3
Conducting Investigations 1.1-1.3; 2.1-2.3; 3.1-3.5; 4.1-4.4; 5.1-5.3; 6.1-6.3.

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CR6014 -

Advanced Professional Development (60 Credits)

This year long module begins with two weeks of classroom-based teaching and learning focused around the five specialist areas of policing

determined by the College of Policing and reflected in the PCDA core curriculum (Response Policing; Policing Communities; Policing the

Roads; Information and Intelligence; Conducting Investigations to include PIP level 2). During this module you undertake an extended period

of operational practice, punctuated by additional periods of classroom-based learning on related modules. While the majority of time in the

workplace will be spent on general deployment, you will complete a 15-week work-based attachment on your chosen area of specialism.

This module encompasses two elements of the End Point Assessment.


PCDA curriculum learning outcomes:


Week 1 & 2:

Information and Intelligence: 1.1-1.4; 2.1-2.6; 3.1-4.6

Response Policing:1.1-1.9; 2.1-3.5

Policing Communities: 1.1-1.7; 2.1-3.2

Policing the Roads: 1.1-1.2

Conducting investigations: 1.1 – 6.14

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CR6015 -

Evidence Based Policing Dissertation (40 Credits)

You will apply academic knowledge and research skills to practical challenges in contemporary policing. You will pursue an independent

project researching a selected topic that you will experience during a period of 10-15 weeks of Specialised Supported Deployment that follows

on from this module. Throughout this period you will identify, understand, and interpret information about the selected topic; organise that

information in order to arrive at and answer a focused research question; and make appropriate use of theory and methodology. You will

understand ethical considerations in relation to conducting research. In addressing the topic you will demonstrate understanding of the overall

strategic context of policing and professional practice. An important part of the project will be for you to identify potential interventions or

applied strategies to address challenges identified in relation to the selected topic. To communicate research outcomes effectively you will be

required to provide an executive summary based on your study. The evidence based research project is an integral element forming part of

the End Point Assessment.


PCDA curriculum learning outcomes:


Week 3:

Understanding the Police Constable Role (Advanced); 1.1 - 3.1

Evidence-Based Policing/Problem Solving/Research Skills; 1.1-3.1

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HR9617 -

Advanced Professional Policing (20 Credits)

Students will examine key aspects of leadership and communication within the context of contemporary policing. It builds upon the notions of ‘the

profession’, and ‘professional policing’, with ideas about ‘leadership’, ‘coaching’ and ‘mentoring ’and applies them to the contemporary police organisation

and those working within it. Students will also examine the ideas of ‘work-based’ and ‘standardised’ assessment and the relationship of these to

professional standards within the police service. Students will consider the role of communication in contemporary policing. Communication is not only

important to leadership, coaching and mentoring it is a vital aspect of contemporary policing society and so the module also examines media strategy and

engagement and the police’s use of social media”.



PCDA curriculum learning outcomes:


Weeks 19 & 30:

Leadership and Team Working; 1

Introduction to Coaching, Mentoring and Assessment; 1-4

Communication skills 1-3

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AP0420 -

Understanding Police Investigations and Processes (20 Credits)

This module introduces criminal investigations and police processes. The module covers the various stages of the law enforcement process, from the legislation/guidance underpinning information and intelligence to the provision of materials for disclosure by the Crown Prosecution Service. In doing so the module examines broad themes such as how information and intelligence held by other agencies can help police operations to specific ones such as things to consider when responding to an incident. It necessarily covers the fundamental principles, legislation and powers related to such activities as well as the police processes that are derived from these.

The core of the module provides a detailed examination of the processes involved in conduct investigations. Unsurprisingly, this section of the module considers the appropriate approaches and/or processes for both responding to and attending incidents as well as gathering and managing evidence/information and carrying out investigations at the crime scene and elsewhere. In doing so it examines the nature and management of evidence and its use within court process.

In addition, the module considers police ethics and how the police support the vulnerable, victims and witnesses but also the responsibilities and procedures for detaining and escorting suspects to and once within custody. It also explores processes surrounding the building of effective case files such as the securing of evidence and the management of exhibits. It also considers the data protection and the general management of management of information and intelligence

PCDA curriculum learning outcomes:

Week 16-19:
Criminal Justice: 2,3,7,8,9,10,11
Information and Intelligence: 1-8
Conducting investigations: 1-9

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CR4007 -

Introduction to the Police Constable Role and Practice (40 Credits)

This year long module opens with a week-long induction to the PCDA programme that combines an introduction to your police force and to the university. To prepare you for your role as a police constable you will undertake sessions in key topics including understanding the role of the police constable, valuing difference and inclusion, and maintaining professional standards. The university induction prepares you for the academic learning components of the programme through a learning resource introduction, academic learning and research skills sessions, guidance on how to make the best use of available technology within your learning, and overall confidence building in becoming a work-based learner.

Your induction is followed by two weeks of intense sessions around officer personal safety and discretion and decision making before moving on to explore communication skills, wellbeing and resilience, leadership and team working in the context of the police constable role. In week 4 you participate in your first immersion phase where you shadow and observe police officers while on attachment to various shifts. You then move on to learn the legislation and police practice relevant to the role of the police constable on a series of related modules before returning to this module in week 14 for your second immersion phase. This module culminates in an extended period of operational practice, punctuated by additional periods of classroom-based learning on related modules, where you will be expected to apply in the workplace the knowledge and understanding gained from related modules. Preparation for the operation phase takes place in week 20 which is followed by your first supported patrol phase that runs between weeks 21-31, with a second supported patrol phase running between weeks 34-44 and 46-52. During the operational phases you will demonstrate (under appropriate levels of supervision) some supported application and awareness of the competencies relating to the role of the police constable. It is expected that you will achieve Independent Patrol Status towards the end of the practice period.

PCDA curriculum learning outcomes (content):

Classroom Weeks
Understanding the Police Constable Role: (Induction Week 1.1-1.5; 4.1-4.3; 5.1-5.4)
Maintaining Professional Standards: (Induction Week 1.1 – 4.5)
Research Method and Skills: (Induction Week 1.1 – 2.5)
Decision Making and Discretion: (Week Two 1.1-2.4)
Managing Conflict: (Week Two 1.1-10.5)
Communication Skills: (Week Three 1.1 - 2.4)
Wellbeing and Resilience: (Week Three 1.1-1.4)
Vulnerability and Risk: (Week Three 10.1 – 11.1)
Leadership and Team Working: (Week Three 1.1-1.3; 2.1-2.4)

Practice Weeks
Understanding the Police Constable Role: 2.1-2.4
Evidence-Based Policing: 4.1 - 4.5
Decision Making and Discretion: 6.1 - 6.5; 7.1 - 7.3
Vulnerability and Risk: 9.1 - 9.14
Public Protection: 4.1 - 4.2; 5.1 - 5.9
Digital Policing: 8.1 - 8.9; 9.1 - 9.5; 10.1 - 10.5; 11.1 - 11.5
Criminal Justice: 5.1 - 5.8; 6.1 - 6.3; 7.1 - 7.8; 9.1 - 9.5; 10.1 - 10.13; 11.1 - 11.6
Response Policing: 3.1-3.4; 4.1 - 4.21; 7.1 - 7.3; 8.1 - 8.15; 9.1-9.7; 10.1-10.4

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CR4008 -

Policing, Criminal Justice and Society (20 Credits)

You will learn how police operate in terms of processing cases, suspects and victims from the initial response, through the custody and charging process, to courts, prisons and offender management processes. As a result of this you will understand that police operate in a complex environment, interact with a broad range of criminal justice, public and private sector, and third sector, organisations and that decisions and processes in those environments impact on what police organisations and staff do. Following on from that you will learn how police officers and staff engagement with the public can have a significant impact on the community and on individuals in terms of reassurance and safety, life-chances and well-being, risk and security. You will learn how diversity (in broad terms) is significant in terms of demands on police, public expectation, and satisfaction with police services. The importance of human rights to policing and the management of risk is addressed, using case studies and applied examples. Ideas of vulnerability are explored with reference to examples drawn from fields such as domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and hate crime. Police, and other agency responses, in terms of safeguarding are explored in terms of principle and practices. The final part of the module will teach you about Evidence Based Policing and Problem Oriented Policing, examining the principles of these approaches and what they mean for practitioners. You will learn how EBP can shape operational policing and begin to understand how to gather and analyse data and information for evidence-based practice.

PCDA curriculum learning outcomes:

Week One:
Criminal Justice: LO 1,3,4,12,13;
Counter Terrorism: LO 1-7;
Understanding the Police Constable Role: LO 7.2, 7.3;
Criminology and Crime Prevention, 1.1-3.2
Week Two:
Vulnerability and Risk: LO 1-9, 12;
Valuing Difference and Inclusion: LO 1-2;
Public Protection: LO 1-6;
Understanding the Police Constable Role: LO 3.1-3.7, 7.1
Week Three:
Policing Communities: LO 1-5
Week Four:
Evidence Based Policing: LO 1-4;
Problem Solving: LO 1-2;
Research Methods and Skills: LO 3-6

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KV4003 -

Digital Policing (20 Credits)

In this module you will develop an understanding of how technology may be used in everyday policing to support the development of an effective digital policing capability. This is followed by an introduction to concepts of digital technology and common digital technology crimes, in particular the prevalence of digital technology and the basic techniques associated with gathering, preserving and presenting digital evidence

You will be taught the appropriate initial response to a crime scene involving digital technology and how to undertake a thorough and conscientious examination of a crime scene for digital evidence and recognise the importance to protect evidential integrity and the need to document all actions. You will also be provided with an introduction to particular legislation and offences associated with digital technology ensuring it will be admissible in a court of law.

In the context of digital policing you will gain an understand of the principles and practices of effective team-working.

Finally what actions and advice can be given to an individual who is vulnerable to internet-facilitated crime will be discussed as well as the provision of support to victims of internet-facilitated crime.


PCDA curriculum learning outcomes:

Week 31-32:
Digital Policing; 1-7
Conducting investigations; 2.14, 5.3

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LW4015 -

The Police Constable and the Law (20 Credits)

This module will introduce students to the criminal law, police powers and procedures, such as arrest, stop and search and making seizures, including how police powers are to be used ethically and professionally to detect crimes, protect the public and police the roads. This will include gaining an understanding of relevant legislation and guidance associated with different forms of policing. The module will consider general themes and principles in relation to the role of the police constable and the law, while introducing students specifically to:

• Understanding how to exercise police powers and procedures fairly and without bias, including recording incidents, powers of arrest, stop and search, and making seizures while respecting the core principles of equality, diversity and human rights.
• How to protect the public and police the roads.
• An overview of the criminal law in England and Wales and how to apply points to prove to practical arrest scenarios.

PCDA curriculum learning outcomes:

Week 9-13:
Understanding the Police Constable Role 6.1, 6.2, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4
Public Protection 1.1, 1.2, 1.3
Decision making & Discretion 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1 - 4.10
Criminology & Crime Prevention 3.1, 3.2
Criminal Justice 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 9.1-9.5
Response Policing 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 2.4, 2.5, , 4.4, 4.11, 4.13, 4.14, 4.15, 4.16, 4.17 4.18, 5.1 - 5.3, 6. - 6.4, 7.1 - 7.3, 8.1 – 8.15,
Roads Policing, 1.1 – 1.6 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 3.1 – 3.3 4.1, 4.2 5.1, 5.2 6.1 – 6.6 7.1 – 7.7
Conducting Investigations 1.2

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CR5014 -

Professional Policing, Risk and Vulnerability (20 Credits)

The module will help you understand how professional standards, ethics, and diversity are essential components of contemporary policing. These combined elements are significant in terms of recruiting and retaining a professional and effective workforce, which has been a key challenge (as the module demonstrates) for many years. You will learn that professional policing is also important in terms of maintaining positive relations with diverse communities, and public confidence and legitimacy more generally. Not only are these core features of policing in democratic societies they are also operationally important in relation to public cooperation with police investigations and law enforcement more widely. You will also learn about dimensions of vulnerability and risk in contemporary policing, and how professional responses are centrally important to meeting public expectations. You will learn how different dimensions of vulnerability are linked to wider social problems: these can both pose challenges to police officers and offer important opportunities for the police to intervene to help address underlying problems.
Diversity, ethics and authority are centrally important in the exercise of police officer discretion, as the module outlines. Principles and practices of policing integrity are outlined in terms of decision-making and officer discretion, and you will learn about personal and professional responsibilities in this process and the impact that police officers can have on the lives of individuals and of communities. Matters of vulnerability and risk are also addressed in relation more widely to the criminal justice system, and crime prevention, such that the most effective response, on the basis of research evidence, are identified. Risk and vulnerability are considered in wider terms of communities and societies in general in relation to matters of radicalisation and counter-terrorism.


PCDA curriculum learning outcomes:

Week 1-2:
Valuing Difference and Inclusion: LO 1.1-3.9
Maintaining Professional Standards: LO 1.1-6.2
Vulnerability and Risk: 1.1-6.4
Criminology and Crime Prevention: 1.1-5.4
Public Protection: 1.1-7.3
Counter-Terrorism: 1.1-1.8; 2.1; 3.1-3.5

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CR5017 -

Research Methods for Police Constables (20 Credits)

On this module you will learn how the development of research and scientific analysis can develop Evidence Based Policing and the benefits and limitations associated with this. You will learn how to conduct systematic literature reviews and critically evaluate available evidence. Quantitative and qualitative research techniques are introduced, including survey design and implementation, research interviews, data analysis, sampling, and data processing. Practical matters relating to the conduct of research are addressed in terms of planning and selecting different methodologies for specific types of research question, the ethics of research and presentation of data.

PCDA curriculum learning outcomes:

Week 37:
Evidence Based Policing: 1.1-3.6
Research Methods and Skills: 1.1-6.2

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HR9512 -

Resilience and the Police Organisation (20 Credits)

This multi-faceted module consider aspects of the police organisation, decision-making and risk, communication, team work and cohesion, culture, professional standards and accountability and builds upon ideas touched upon in year 1. It covers abstract ideas - such as risk - as well as practical issues - such as how circumstances and culture can influence decision-making process and how the police use the national decision model. It also examines key practices that influence how an organisation operates such as team work, communication, and culture. The latter constitutes a key bridge to the other aspects of the module namely, the development and nature of professional standards and contemporary external accountability mechanisms such as Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services and the Independent Office for Police Conduct.


PCDA curriculum learning outcomes:

Week 3:
Maintaining Professional Standards; 1.1-3.3
Decision Making & Discretion; 1.1 - 5.3
Communication Skills; 1.1 - 4.2
Wellbeing & Resilience; 1.1 - 2.2
Leadership & Team Working; 1.1 - 3.3

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KV5005 -

Networking Technology and Internet-related Crime (20 Credits)

The module examines the relationship between Internet-based digital technologies, and their criminal exploitation. You will be provided with a thorough introduction to basic principles and technologies in modern computing networks as well as the theory underpinning the communication architecture in these modern networks. You will examine the legislation and processes appropriate to the investigation of internet-related crime at a local and national level and the issues in respect of working with investigative partners.

PCDA Curriculum Learning Outcomes:

Week 20:
Digital Policing; 1.1 - 3.1

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LW5024 -

Introduction to Policing Practice in Key Areas (40 Credits)

Day one will introduce you to how year 2 of the policing constable degree apprenticeship will proceed. This will cover a basic introduction to the modules to be studied, the assessments throughout the year, and details of the five attachments. This module will then re-commence in week 4, with a week in the classroom introducing key educational areas both those of more generic policing relevance, but concentrating upon specific policing functions and responsibilities. Throughout this module, you will undertake more advanced learning across the five principal areas of professional practice to acquire higher-level operational knowledge and skills in the following five key areas:

• Response policing
• Policing communities
• Policing the roads
• Information and intelligence
• Conducting investigations.

After the one week of classroom-based learning, there will be five work attachments in each key area throughout the year, providing practical experience achieved through operational deployment, in recognition of the complexity of the various operational functions covered by these distinct policing areas. The combination of the classroom learning and the five work attachments will provide you with the high-level skills of a multi-competent police constable.

PCDA Learning Outcomes:

Classroom and practical weeks (1, 4-19, 21-36, 38-52)
Criminal Justice: 1.1-1.2; 2.1-2.3
Information and intelligence – 1.1-1.5; 2.1-2.4; 3.1-4.5
Response Policing: 1.1-1.4; 2.1-2.6; 3.1-3.3; 4.1-5.4
Policing communities – 1.1-4.3
Roads Policing 1.1-1.3; 2.1-3.3; 4.1-4.6; 5.1-5.3
Conducting Investigations 1.1-1.3; 2.1-2.3; 3.1-3.5; 4.1-4.4; 5.1-5.3; 6.1-6.3.

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CR6014 -

Advanced Professional Development (60 Credits)

This year long module begins with two weeks of classroom-based teaching and learning focused around the five specialist areas of policing

determined by the College of Policing and reflected in the PCDA core curriculum (Response Policing; Policing Communities; Policing the

Roads; Information and Intelligence; Conducting Investigations to include PIP level 2). During this module you undertake an extended period

of operational practice, punctuated by additional periods of classroom-based learning on related modules. While the majority of time in the

workplace will be spent on general deployment, you will complete a 15-week work-based attachment on your chosen area of specialism.

This module encompasses two elements of the End Point Assessment.


PCDA curriculum learning outcomes:


Week 1 & 2:

Information and Intelligence: 1.1-1.4; 2.1-2.6; 3.1-4.6

Response Policing:1.1-1.9; 2.1-3.5

Policing Communities: 1.1-1.7; 2.1-3.2

Policing the Roads: 1.1-1.2

Conducting investigations: 1.1 – 6.14

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CR6015 -

Evidence Based Policing Dissertation (40 Credits)

You will apply academic knowledge and research skills to practical challenges in contemporary policing. You will pursue an independent

project researching a selected topic that you will experience during a period of 10-15 weeks of Specialised Supported Deployment that follows

on from this module. Throughout this period you will identify, understand, and interpret information about the selected topic; organise that

information in order to arrive at and answer a focused research question; and make appropriate use of theory and methodology. You will

understand ethical considerations in relation to conducting research. In addressing the topic you will demonstrate understanding of the overall

strategic context of policing and professional practice. An important part of the project will be for you to identify potential interventions or

applied strategies to address challenges identified in relation to the selected topic. To communicate research outcomes effectively you will be

required to provide an executive summary based on your study. The evidence based research project is an integral element forming part of

the End Point Assessment.


PCDA curriculum learning outcomes:


Week 3:

Understanding the Police Constable Role (Advanced); 1.1 - 3.1

Evidence-Based Policing/Problem Solving/Research Skills; 1.1-3.1

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HR9617 -

Advanced Professional Policing (20 Credits)

Students will examine key aspects of leadership and communication within the context of contemporary policing. It builds upon the notions of ‘the

profession’, and ‘professional policing’, with ideas about ‘leadership’, ‘coaching’ and ‘mentoring ’and applies them to the contemporary police organisation

and those working within it. Students will also examine the ideas of ‘work-based’ and ‘standardised’ assessment and the relationship of these to

professional standards within the police service. Students will consider the role of communication in contemporary policing. Communication is not only

important to leadership, coaching and mentoring it is a vital aspect of contemporary policing society and so the module also examines media strategy and

engagement and the police’s use of social media”.



PCDA curriculum learning outcomes:


Weeks 19 & 30:

Leadership and Team Working; 1

Introduction to Coaching, Mentoring and Assessment; 1-4

Communication skills 1-3

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