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Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF)

Recognising PEQF

The Open University is now developing courses and practices to be consistent with the Policing Education Qualification Framework (PEQF). Staff are currently developing our Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship programme. Our aim is to continue to develop other courses in the future consistent with PEQF. We also have recognised prior learning (RPL) as a mechanism for experienced officers to gain entry directly onto our postgraduate-level Certificate course without a prior undergraduate degree.

Together, these policing specialists bring a wealth of academic experience, policing practice and knowledge to the development of PCDA and DHEP curriculum and delivery models. For example, their expertise covers:

  • > Crime prevention
  • > Hate crime
  • > Online deviance
  • > Cyber-security
  • > Work-based learning
  • > Innovation and organisational change
  • > Victimology and vulnerability
  • > Leadership
  • > Investigative practice
  • > Ethics and accountability
  • > Demand management
  • > Forensic psychology

In addition, the Centre is a substantial resource for the development of apprenticeships with strong links between research, innovation, knowledge and evidence-based practice. Building on the Centre’s collaborative approach, the PEQF will be designed working with our procured partners and delivered utilising the strengths and expertise of both.

Drawing on the ‘open’ access and widening participation ethos at the core of the OU, there will be a strong emphasis within our PEQF programmes on making a career in the police attractive to individuals from diverse backgrounds.

More information can be found on the OU Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship website.


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