Working to meet the professional requirements of 21st-century policing.

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The Institute of Policing is working in collaboration with policing and criminal justice partners to meet the professional requirements of 21st-century policing and to develop high-quality, evidence-based education within the police service. The IoP is designed to facilitate undergraduate studies for police officers enrolled in the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA), the Pre-Join Degree in Professional Policing and the Degree Holder Entry programme (DHEP); for students contemplating a career in policing or anyone wishing to study policing, criminology or forensic science at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship

The Institute of Policing will be able to provide the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) to police forces from September 2019.  

Courses under development

The IoP is also developing the following courses:

  • The Pre-Join degree in Professional Policing (Sept 2019)
  • A Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) for graduates in policing (Sept 2019)
  • A Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship (Expected in 2020)

Each of these programmes will be subject to validation and approval by the College of Policing.  

Recognition of Prior Learning & Experience (RPL)

If you are making enquiries about courses through the Recognition of Prior Learning & Experience (RPL) Directory, the following undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses will be available to you:

Find out more about RPL.

Other activities

The Institute of Policing will also coordinate the following functions:

  • Ongoing collaboration with regional forces around PEQF requirements, delivery of training, sharing of resources around curriculum needs and collaboration with regional PCCs.
  • Provision of conferences, training workshops, seminars and symposia around regional needs, developments and initiatives, to strengthen collaboration between police forces and Higher Education.
  • Institute of Policing Research & Innovation Library for all EBP dissertation projects produced by students on undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
  • Development of a Special Constabulary recruitment option for students on the Pre-Join degree in Professional Policing (in order to enhance their operational competencies during their studies, before commencing full-time employment with a police force).

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