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BSc (Hons)

Professional Policing Practice

Police Constable – Level 6
3 Years
November 2023
Campus Taught

Studying and achieving the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship is an approved entry route into a career in the Police. The apprenticeship is delivered in partnership with a police constabulary. You'll need to apply through your preferred constabulary.

Why study with us

  • Develop critical thinking, learning and research skills, to formulate sound problem-solving and evidence based practices.
  • Our School houses a wealth of outstanding facilities across all subject areas including; Policing Hydra Minerva Suite and a range of specialised laboratories.
  • There are many learning opportunities within both the University and the police force, which will develop your knowledge, skills and behaviours to meet academic and operational competence.

A day in the life of a Policing student

Why choose a Degree Apprenticeship?

With a Degree Apprenticeship you get a great qualification and a career boost. It’s the perfect opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge through work-based learning, as you earn.

You’ll grow and nurture your talent through the forward-thinking businesses we collaborate with to offer a Degree Apprenticeship.

Who is this course for?

Our programme is aimed at learners wanting to become a modern Police Constable (PC).

Modern policing is undergoing significant transformation and highly competent PCs are vital to the delivery of an enhanced service to the public.

Being a PC is a physically and intellectually demanding occupation, requiring high levels of emotional intelligence, strong behavioural interpretation skills and an ability to analyse and resolve rapidly evolving events.

What you'll do

  • On this Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship, you’ll receive practical on-the-job learning, alongside academic theory and knowledge, while earning a wage.
  • You’ll develop the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills required to carry out the role of a Police Constable.
  • You’ll learn to apply a wide range and depth of skills, knowledge and behaviours to many different and increasingly complex policing contexts.

Module overview

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Frequently asked questions

If you want to join the police as a new Police Constable, there are four main routes you can take, these are:

  • The police constable degree apprenticeship (PCDA) - this provides you with the opportunity to study for a degree whilst training on the job
  • A degree in Professional Policing - gain a degree which can lead into the police or a related career
  • Police Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) - this is the traditional entry route which is a two-year training programme within a police force
  • The degree-holder entry programme (DHEP) - If you’ve studied an undergraduate degree in any subject, follow this work-based programme supported by off-the-job learning

We work with both Cumbria and Lancashire Constabulary to deliver their degree apprenticeship programmes. You will need to apply to your preferred constabulary, to find our more information on vacancies, entry requirements and applications visit:

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Professional qualifications

Recognised Degree Apprenticeship Scheme, approved by The College of Policing.

Academic expertise

UCLan Policing has a good reputation in the sector and attracts the best staff from both academic and operational policing backgrounds, with a ride range of skills, knowledge and experience.

Over 40 experienced staff provide skills and expertise relevant to the discipline. Ranging from general operational policing, criminological and sociological issues, to expert knowledge, skills and practice across a range of specialisms. Teaching staff are also dedicated to improving the learning and skills of each student, developing your individual critical thinking and communication skills. 


Information for employers 

An apprentice is employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week at one of our campuses or training centres.

This course meets Apprenticeship Standards and your apprentice will have the knowledge and skills to either succeed in their chosen career or progress to the next apprenticeship level.

Benefits to the employer

  • The programme is a great way to address skills and knowledge gaps in your workforce, retain and attract staff who want opportunities for professional development through a high-quality degree.
  • The Degree Apprenticeship will develop staff throughout their career through continual professional development.
  • The programme will improve staff retention and loyalty by providing them with a job, professional development, professional accreditation, and high-quality degree.

This course is based in the School of Law and Policing

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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