Professional Policing Practice

Professional Policing Practice BSc (Hons)

Degree Apprenticeship

Police Constable - Level 6

Founded upon areas of education and professional practice, as well as academic learning, a key stage in the professional development of the apprentice will be the achievement of independent patrol status. This is the point at which the apprentice is in a position to demonstrate sufficient competence in role so as to function independently, safely and lawfully in the workplace, alongside their other policing colleagues in the operational arena.

Step towards becoming a highly skilled, multi-competent police constable learning a broad spectrum of policing practice including; Response Policing, Policing Communities, Policing the Roads, Information and Intelligence and Conducting Investigations.  Learning is reinforced by practical experience achieved through operational deployment rotations, across all five of the identified areas of professional practice.

Benefits to the apprentice

  • Develop the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills required to carry out the role of Police Constable
  • Work competently, safely, lawfully and intelligently, applying a wide range and depth of skills, knowledge and behaviours to many different and increasingly complex policing contexts
  • Develop critical thinking, learning and research skills, to formulate sound problem solving and evidence based practices
  • Learning opportunities within the university and the police force which will develop knowledge, skills and behaviours to meet academic and operational competence
  • Earn as you learn: full time employment while you study and no student debt as the degree is paid for.

Benefits to the employers

  • Workforce development, addressing any skills and knowledge gaps
  • Develop staff throughout their career through continual professional development
  • Improve staff retention and loyalty by providing them with a job, professional development, professional accreditation, and a high-quality degree.

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What does the programme lead to

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. PCs have a unique employment status, as every PC is a warranted officer, making autonomous lawful decisions including taking away an individual’s liberty if required. PCs exercise wide-ranging powers to maintain the peace and uphold the law across complex and diverse communities. They must justify and personally account for their actions through differing legal frameworks including courts, while also under the close scrutiny of the public.

Competent PCs work safely and lawfully, intelligently applying a wide range and depth of skills, knowledge and behaviours to many different and increasingly complex policing contexts, for example the management of a sensitive investigation into the sharing of sexual imagery involving vulnerable victims and witnesses, or the protection of vulnerable people, including those with mental health problems. A high level of knowledge is required to confidently respond to these complex scenarios. Increasingly PCs are individually responsible for determining, applying and evaluating practice based on the best available evidence, known as evidence-based policing.

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Tasks can include: Provision of an initial autonomous response to incidents, which can be complex, confrontational and life-threatening, to bring about the best possible outcomes conducting risk and threat analyses across wide-ranging, multi-faceted situations investigating incidents and crimes, managing crime scenes and evidence, and handling suspects, providing leadership to the public, and supporting victims, witnesses and vulnerable people, developing localised strategic partnerships to problem-solve, engage with, reassure and support organisations, groups and individuals across all communities.

Professional qualifications

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

UCLan works with employers to design and deliver degree apprenticeships and establishes the content and delivery of a programme according to their needs on an individual basis.

UCLan is committed to the principle of an apprenticeship being the development of an individual into a role of which the course is one component. What and how this is delivered is designed with the employer through the tailoring of delivery both mode and content.

Information for apprentices

LEVEL: Level 6
START DATE: September
DURATION: The Degree Apprenticeship is no less than 3 years with an end point assessment (certification of the completion of the apprenticeship).

FEES: Tuition Fees are paid by funding through the Employer and/or Government via the Apprenticeship Levy, meaning that you as the learner do not pay the standard tuition fee rates. Students on Degree Apprenticeships do not qualify for any funding from Student Finance.

How you can access the programme

Contact our course enquiries team on 01772 892400 or email

If you are already in a relevant job role, talk to your manager or your employer and share the programme information with them. They may be willing to support you through the Apprenticeship. Contact our Business Development team on 01772 895500 or email for support.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements vary from force to force. Typically a PC will be 18 or older, and is highly likely to have achieved a Level 3 qualification (or equivalent) and Level 2 in English and Mathematics (or equivalents) prior to entry. Maths and English qualifications can be gained during the apprenticeship.

Degree and Higher Apprenticeships have flexible entry requirements. We work closely with the employer and apprentice to consider previous qualifications and experience. This may also include consideration of year of entry.

DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.


You can register with the government Find Apprenticeship Service to receive updates on all Degree Apprenticeships.

Police Constables are recruited by each force directly.

For applications to Constabularies that UCLan partner with please see the vacancies section below and go to the police force you wish to apply for.

Alternately, you can gain further information and view the wider opportunities on the College of Policing Website here:

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Course Content

Level 4

  • Initial Policing Knowledge & Skills
  • Initial Professional Responsibility
  • Initial Core Policing.

Level 5

  • Continuing Policing Knowledge & Skills
  • Continuing Professional Responsibility
  • Continuing Core Policing.

Level 6

  • Advanced Policing Knowledge & Skills
  • Coaching & Mentoring
  • Operational Competence Portfolio
  • Advanced Core Policing.

The introduction of the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) route into policing enables entrants to receive practical on-the-job learning alongside academic theory and knowledge while earning a wage. Entrants recruited onto the programme will be a police officer from their first day on the job.  

Successfully completing the apprenticeship will result in the award of a degree in professional policing practice. Find more information on the College of Policing website.


All of our degree apprenticeships are day release (1 day per week). 

Learning Environment and Assessment

UCLan has an extensive array of learning resources both on and off campus. For those off campus there are many resources:

  • Electronic resources including e-journals and e-books
  • Search by Subject guides to help access journals and books, etc
  • Online access to other libraries and information services (perhaps closer to home) through local and national schemes such as Sconul Access.
  • Inter-Library Loans Service
  • Information Skills training programme
  • Access to IT help and advice from LIS Customer Support
  • The Remote Access services allow students to access their UCLan network account, the library's electronic resources and some core software applications from their own computer as if they were on-campus.

End Point Assessment

The Degree Apprenticeship programme includes an End Point Assessment (EPA) to check that students have met the Apprenticeship Standard competencies and are ready to join the profession with full occupational competence.

Read further information about EPA

Information for Employers

Apprenticeships allow the learner to combine work and study by mixing on-the-job training with classroom learning. An apprentice will be employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week at one of our UCLan campuses or training centres. By the end of their apprenticeship, they will have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in their chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level.

Apprentices in every role follow an approved study programme, which means they’ll gain a nationally recognised qualification at the end of their apprenticeship.

AWARD: BSc (Hons)
APPRENTICESHIP STANDARD: Police Constable - Read more
LEVEL: Level 6
FUNDING BAND: Maximum funding: £24,000
View more information on Levy and Non-levy paying organisations and eligibility.

Funding bands range from £1,500 to £27,000 and sets the maximum amount of digital funds an employer who pays the levy can use towards an individual apprenticeship.

How to access the programme

Contact our Business Development Team:
Telephone: 01772 895500, email:

Further Information about Degree Apprenticeships

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences
For more information, contact Business Development on 01772 895500 or email


The Apprenticeship Standard along with the degree qualification forms the degree/higher apprenticeship programme. View the standard.

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry |
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.