We have selected a range of free-online learning resources that are relevant to policing. These free resources are known as Open Education Resources (OERs) or Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and can be used to support your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or your general interest.
These courses contain a mixture of resources including videos, audio, learning activities and interactive quizzes, along with the option to download iBook learning materials.
These free resources are organised into categories aligned to the College of Policing Curriculum and in agreement with police experts. You can study them at any time and anywhere.
If you are unable to find learning relevant to you, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss or identify learning opportunities with you
Click on a category and you will be able to see the list of OERs in that cateory, more information on the resourse and the duration of study for that resourse
|Achieving Evidence-based Policing|
|Business and Organisation Studies|
|Community Engagement and Leadership (PSNI)|
|Computing and Technology|
|Criminology and Forensics|
|Judicial and Law|
|Management and Leadership|
|Professional and Personal Development|
|Protecting Vulnerable People|
|Religion and Culture|
|Skills for Learning|
|Society and Social Work|
|Wellbeing and Mental Health|
|Youth and Youth Offending|
OERs and MOOCs are free short informal online resources available over the internet (via a laptop, tablet or smartphone), accessed by anyone, anywhere.
These free resources focus on work-related topics (such as public leadership), explore a specialism in policing (such as cyber-security or forensics), or prepare you for future study, and connect to a formal accredited course or qualification.
Find out more by visiting the Frequently asked questions on OpenLearn.
There are three different levels of study (introductory, intermediate and advanced) that can be used to support Policing CPD and career progression. Each level indicates the amount of previous educational experience expected to be able to study the unit within the stated hours. If you are new to higher education, we recommend that you start with free courses at an introductory level. You can use the filter to search for the different study level, type of activity and your preferred duration of study. These courses can be used to support your progression through Level 1 to 5 within the Competency and Values Framework (CVF), which will replace the Policing Professional Framework (PPF).
|Certificate of Participation||Most OERs offer a Statement of Participation (SoP) after successful completion, which can be downloaded and printed as a PDF. This can give evidence of learning achievements for CPD, work appraisals and supervisory meetings, or used to gain prior learning recognition for future study. To obtain a SoP we recommend you register with OpenLearn, Registering also gives you other features, such as progress tracking (on OpenLearn courses), personal activity reports and commenting on articles. You can easily un-enrol at any time.|
|Badge of Completion||After finishing a MOOC the Badge of Completion (BOC) will be awarded and can be used as evidence of CPD for work appraisals (in agreement with your supervisor) or to support professional supervisory meetings (subject to professional standards body agreement). This can be used to assess your prior learning for Higher Education credit, subject to specific University regulations for RPD (Recognised Professional Development). Specific police badging for policing professional development will be agreed with the College of Policing and forces, in line their CPD Policies.|