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Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship

The police constable degree apprenticeship aims to produce student police officers who are future ready, socially and ethically engaged, research active, globally connected and digitally empowered.


Degree apprenticeship
Linked Level 6 University award: BSc (Hons) Professional Policing


Course overview

The apprentice gains comprehensive knowledge and understanding of professional policing, and a range of practical and key transferable skills required their role as a police officer, and plan, manage and evaluate their own learning to become an independent lifelong learner.

In addition to classroom studies, work-based practice develops their workplace expertise in real life situations, and solutions to workplace challenges by using the workplace as a learning resource. In the later stages of the course, the apprentice develops expertise in specific areas of policing

The apprenticeship also:

  • meets the professional requirements of today‚Äôs policing
  • champions a values-based, ethical approach to policing
  • develops a high-quality, evidence-based education for the policing profession
  • promotes a collaborative approach to education within the police service
  • enables continuing professional development in policing roles.

All content is aligned to the relevant elements of the National Policing Curriculum. Course modules are delivered using a collaborative approach between Teesside University and Cleveland Police including trainers, operational officers (practitioners) and tutors. Learning in the workplace is supported primarily by police practitioners, with additional academic tutor support, and regular tutorial meetings.

Recruitment to join this course is undertaken in partnership between Teesside University and Cleveland Police. The first step of this process is to apply to Cleveland Police, not the University.

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Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Developing Professional Effectiveness in Policing Practice

The apprentice adopts an operational role by being assigned to a policing district and joining a shift. They are guided and supported by a tutor constable/workplace tutor, during which real life practical policing issues are encountered and dealt with.

PC Apprentices complete workplace competencies incorporating reflective practice, to assist them to identify their developmental learning, and to contribute to the demonstration of achievement of Independent Patrol Status

Introduction to Policing

This module lays the foundations to the course, explaining the role of the police constable and the professionalisation of the service. It examines the legislation and codes which are necessary in the day to day role of a police officer. Apprentices are also introduced to policing through personal safety training, radio procedures and etiquette.

Response and Community Policing

Apprentices understand how to engage in lawful, safe and effective front-line policing in the specific professional areas of response policing, policing communities, policing the roads, information and intelligence, and conducting investigations. Module content regarding community policing includes ways of engaging and communicating with the community to solve policing problems (such as anti-social behaviour) and maximise social cohesion.

Specialist Policing Issues

The apprentice gains knowledge and information relating to a number of areas within policing, that impact on them in their operational duties and throughout their career. Managing conflict, understanding vulnerability and risk, public protection, case management, preparation for court and developing an investigative mindset, are covered throughout the module.


Year 2 core modules

Policing in the Modern Era

Apprentices experience an initial period of three weeks classroom-based study prior to entering the workplace for their final deployment in a core policing role. Classroom study develops their existing knowledge, specifically in the areas of managing conflict, criminal justice, digital policing, counter terrorism, roads policing, information and intelligence and conducting investigations.

Workplace deployment is in one of the five core policing areas of roads policing, intelligence, investigations, community policing or response policing.

Policing Vulnerability

Apprentices are introduced to the concept of policing vulnerability. They examine the nature, context, theories, models and complexities of policing and multi-agency practices relating to vulnerability and public protection, more broadly. They can see how the concept of 'vulnerability' has been developed and the changes that have occurred for the police service and public services, more generally.

Professional Standards, Ethics and Decision-Making

Apprentices consider the role of professional standards within professional organisations and the role of independent bodies such as IOPC and HMICFRS. They examine the development of policies and procedures designed to reduce police malpractice and increase public confidence. They explore examples of abuse of power or authority and other forms of police misconduct.

Workplace Culture

This module includes a two-week taught component covering the topics of well-being and resilience, leadership and team-working and criminology and crime prevention.

There is also a six week workplace deployment in a specialist area of policing, including two days personal safety training.

Workplace Research for Police Practitioners

Apprentices are introduced to research methodologies relating to applied workplace research in police and policing, and to the concept of evidence-based policing in policing.

They explore the key features of the research process, linking theory and research with police practice. They are introduced to the concept of small-scale workplace research focused upon the effective design, delivery and application of such research in policing contexts and workplace.


Final-year core modules

Developing Specialist Practice

The apprentice explores topics that have been introduced in previous modules, consolidating knowledge and approaching them from a more strategic perspective.

They also revisit and update previous learning to ensure the knowledge is embedded prior to workplace deployments.

Enhanced Policing Practice

Enhanced Policing Practice combines academic study with practical workplace experience. As a result, the assessment consists of a final workplace portfolio. The apprentice completes the Occupational Competence Portfolio in readiness for entry to the course End Point Assessment.

Evidence-based Policing Project

The apprentice focuses on the practical application of problem solving to support evidence based, workplace research in the policing environment. They are expected to identify, from their workplace, an emerging issue or problem in a specific policing area suitable for a small-scale research project.

Reflecting on the Policing Role

This is a one week module in a classroom setting, where apprentices work face to face with police training staff and academic staff developing their knowledge relating to leadership, team-working, coaching and mentoring.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

The apprentice learns through a range of methods including lectures, seminars, workshops, laboratory sessions, online learning, independent and group research projects, practical tasks and roleplays to enable contextualised learning.

They are taught by academics and police service personnel who have practical and theoretical expertise in policing, law, criminology, criminalistics, digital crime and criminal justice.

How you are assessed

Summative assessment across the course tests the learner's specific knowledge, attitudes and behaviour areas, as well as cognitive and intellectual skills and practical workplace skills. A variety of assessment methods provide a range of different opportunities to demonstrate learning, including formal examinations, case files, presentations, written assignments workplace portfolio completion and a final research project and verbal discussion.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Typical offers are 80-104 tariff points, from two A levels (or equivalent). Applicants must provide evidence of level 2 qualifications in English and maths (GCSE Grade 4 or equivalent).

Applications are welcome from those with non-standard entry level qualifications. Such applications are considered on a case by case basis, recognising that considerable knowledge can be gained from work, volunteering and life.

Once initial police recruitment processes are completed, Teesside University confirms whether the learner meets the entry criteria before being offered a place.

Applicants who are not members of the European Economic Area are required to have leave to enter or leave to remain in the United Kingdom (UK) for an indefinite period. Such applicants must reside in the UK free of restrictions or have an entitlement to do so.

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

Work placement

Workplace learning is presented at different levels. In Year 1 the apprentice's initial operational duties are closely supported by the tutoring processes. As an apprentice police officer they observe a tutor modelling practice in the first instance, then demonstrate their learning while being observed by the tutor, ultimately operating as an independent police officer. Guided reflective practice supports their development. In Year 2 they undertake five deployments in the policing practice areas of:

  • response
  • community
  • roads
  • information and intelligence
  • conducting investigations.

These deployments are supported in the workplace by tutors and interspersed with blocks of classroom learning, and more specialist knowledge.


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Entry to 2023/24 academic year

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  • Length: 3 years
  • Start date: Various
  • Typical offer: 80-104 tariff points

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