PEQF Supporting Resources

Accessing College of Policing national resources

The national supporting resources are available through the College of Policing's managed learning environment (MLE).

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship
Higher education providers who hold taught degree awarding powers (TDAP) are permitted access to the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) resources on the MLE for tendering purposes (one individual per TDAP organisation). 

If a TDAP organisation wishes to work in collaboration with a third party, then written agreement would need to be obtained from the College prior to disclosing any documentation or material for tendering purposes.

Further detail as to how these resources may be accessed are available in bespoke letters accessible via the below links:

If your institution has not yet arranged access to the PCDA resources, please contact

If you have any further questions not answered in the frequently asked questions below, please contact us by emailing

These resources are intended to ensure that forces and higher education providers collaboratively develop their programmes in accordance with national standards. 

National Policing Curriculum for the PCDA

​A degree-based national curriculum for the professional education of entrants into policing via the PC apprenticeship entry route. A standardised benchmark for the professional education of the apprentice police constable, enabling them to meet the requirements of the level 6 national apprenticeship standard. The structure, content and academic progression of degrees in professional policing practice will be founded on the national curriculum.

PCDA national programme specification

Sets out core requirements that must be integrated into all PCDA programmes developed through a collaborative approach involving a police force and awarding TDAP organisation. The programme specification defines the national identity of the product and informs national consistency. Programmes must be developed in accordance with this national programme specification prior to any delivery. Compliance will be undertaken and will be assessed through two interlinked processes – the College of Policing's Quality Standards Assessment and the awarding organisation's own validation/programme approval.

PCDA guidelines for assessing professional competence

​Explains how ongoing assessment of operational competence forms an integral part of the degree apprenticeship. The document provides national guidance and specifies assessment criteria for achieving independent patrol status during year one of the apprenticeship. It also provides national guidance and assessment criteria for portfolio-building in preparation for final assessment of operational competence as part of the formal apprenticeship assessment process.

National guidance for collaborative provision

Offers guidance for forces and higher education institutions on commissioning and procuring collaborative provision of education qualifications for policing. This includes guiding principles for designing, developing and delivering collaborative educational programmes.

National Quality Assurance Strategy

​Explains how the College is taking account of existing quality assurance processes in the wider policing and educational arena. The College uses these processes in overseeing and supporting police forces and awarding organisations towards self-monitoring, sharing information and shared responsibility for the PEQF programmes they develop.

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