The Open University’s (OU) continued success in degree apprenticeship delivery and development of the Centre for Policing Research and Learning (CPRL), that work closely and collaboratively with a wide range of police agency partners nationally, has led to the institution becoming a supplier through the Police Educational Qualification Framework (PEQF).
The two routes of the framework that the OU deliver are:
Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)
The PCDA mixes on-the-job training with off-the-job learning and will provide the skills and knowledge needed for a policing career that will also lead to a nationally recognised degree qualification. The PCDA offers a greater breadth, depth and complexity of learning than current training and also provides officers with an income while they learn.
Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)
The programme is aimed at degree-holders, attained in any subject area. This two-year practice-based programme enables candidates to perform the role of Police Constable. Successful completion results in achievement of a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice. Although not an apprenticeship itself, the Degree Holder Entry Programme is delivered using the same methodology as the PCDA.
The OU’s PCDA equips learners with the knowledge, skills and behaviours necessary to become a competent Police Constable.
These programmes are suitable for people who are looking to become police constables and deliver an enhanced service to the public, maintaining the peace and upholding the law across complex and diverse communities.
Entry requirements will be set by the individual police force.
Throughout the programme, apprentices will be exposed to and engage with emerging interdisciplinary research and knowledge exchange initiatives that are being produced by The OU’s Centre for Policing Research and Learning.
Police learners will study a range of topics including:
The Centre for Policing Research and Learning (CPRL) has been developed by and is based in The Open University. It works closely and collaboratively with a wide range of police agency partners nationally. The Centre produces innovative, engaging and impactful education, research and knowledge exchange which not only creates new evidence for policing practice but is also concerned with how new knowledge is embedded in forces and used to improve policing.
Both the PCDA and DHEP is delivered through blended learning. This means police learners will gain the necessary skills, knowledge and behaviours required for the role of Police Constable via a mix of innovative, engaging digital and traditional methods. They will be able to access programme content, assessments and feedback through online portals, as well being able to connect with fellow learners and contact tutors and support when they need to do so. Learners have immediate access to resources and support at their fingertips without causing disruption to their working day or role.
Our well-developed blended learning approach enables us to deliver learning that is responsive to both organisational and staff needs, therefore maximising their return on investment.
Online delivery is both varied and interactive, using rich media formats that engage and enthuse apprentices on their journey. Learning can be accessed 24/7 on computers, tablets and mobile devices. Online forums and tutorials as well as email and telephone communication are used to support apprentices throughout the programme.
An apprenticeship requires at least 20% of an employee’s time to be allocated for off-the-job learning, but The Open University’s tutor-supported online learning gives you the flexibility to pick the most suitable times proactively and reactively around organisational needs – enhancing productivity and reducing abstraction of officers.
The apprenticeship may be delivered in partnership with a police force. In addition to the support provided by the force, The Open University programme will be supported closely by academic and practitioner colleagues with policing expertise who will link with employers to provide on-going management of the programme delivery. Apprentices are also supported by Open University Tutors, who help support both their academic and work-based learning. These locally-based tutors support and meet the apprentices regularly and also support the work of in-force tutors.
On top of account management support, your organisation will also be allocated with the following resources: