What is it?
The introduction of the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) route into policing enables entrants to receive practical on-the-job learning alongside academic theory and knowledge while earning a wage. Successfully completing the apprenticeship will result in the award of a degree in professional policing practice.
What does the programme entail?
The PCDA will typically take three years to complete. Assessment of academic and operational competence will be ongoing throughout the programme and will be carried out through a collaborative partnership between a force and one or more learning providers such as a university.
We anticipate that the first entrants via this route will join early adopter forces from September 2018, although the recruitment process will start earlier than this.
Entrants will be aged between 18 and 55.
To apply to be on a PCDA, applicants are likely to have achieved a level 3 qualification (which is A-level or equivalent) plus recognised level 2 qualifications in English and mathematics prior to entry.
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Entrants recruited onto the programme will be a police officer from their first day on the job.
What does the programme cover?
This programme covers a breadth, depth and range of professional education for the police constable not present in any previous constable training programme. This is a professional degree very much founded on effective professional performance with academic achievement. The police constable apprenticeship standard has been developed along with a police constable assessment plan, which sets out the occupational profile for the role of police constable and provides further details such as knowledge, skills and behaviours.
The apprenticeship will cover areas that are critical to effective policing in the 21st century, such as evidence-based policing, supporting vulnerable people, dealing with cyber crime and crime prevention. An equivalent apprenticeship framework has been developed for Wales.
The introduction of the PCDA is embedded as part of the Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF). The College has developed PCDA supporting resources for forces and learning providers to assist with implementation.
If you have any further questions not answered in the frequently asked questions, please contact us by emailing PolicingEQF@college.pnn.police.uk.