National Policing Curriculum

​Setting the national learning standar​​​ds for learning and development within the police service.

The National Policing Curriculum (NPC) is owned and maintained by the College of Policing and comprises the national learning standards for learning and development (and related national policing qualifications and assessment) within the police service, together with a comprehensive range of learning programmes and materials.

National policing qualifications articulate the agreed minimum assessment requirements for formal accreditation, by awarding organisations, of an area of learning and development within the National Policing Curriculum. All College owned and developed qualifications (authorised) are only released to partner awarding organisations. See more information on the qualifications offered by each partner organisation.

National learning standards specified within the NPC define learning requirements across a wide range of police roles, functions and activities.  The curriculum provides both a framework and a benchmark for the development of knowledge, understanding, skills, attitudes and behaviours within policing, by means of education and training using a variety of approaches and delivery methods.  Working in close partnership with the service, the College actively develops, maintains and updates the curriculum, meeting the evolving professional requirements of police officers and police staff.

The learning standards are fully mapped to Authorised Professional Practice, as well as to relevant National Occupational Standards contained within the Policing Professional Framework.

Registered users of the College of Policing Managed Learning Environment (MLE), can log in to:

  • search, browse and navigate the full database of the NPC's national learning standards
  • view supporting learning materials and resources developed by the College of Policing to help forces and external providers meet the national learning standards in their delivery of learning programmes
  • access e-learning courses that support specific learning subject areas

The National Policing Curriculum Overview shows a set of headings (categories) denoting the learning areas for specific police functions under which specific learning subject areas are located.  The categories are:

Click on the category headings for an overview of the range of learning covered.

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