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Find out which Universities and Registered Qualification Providers have agreed to the College RPL Process. Course costs displayed are the annual charge for a full time year, part time costs will vary dependent on the number of modules completed in that year.

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Our MSc course is ideal for police officers and staff wanting to enhance their development at Masters level, as it was developed in consultation with partner forces to ensure its relevance to contemporary police work. The programme strongly aligns itself to the ethos of the PEQF and qualifications within it. We provide a flexible online learning system that allows you to study around your work commitments, supported by workshops at our campuses in Carlisle or London.
Our fantastic range of modules ensures that the course is kept in line with your career aspirations, allowing you to choose topics that relate to your specialisms. You will have the chance to engage with officers from other areas and share ideas and practice, improving your own skills and knowledge whilst helping others do the same. Open up new options in your profession by proving your abilities through a formal qualification.
Indicative content includes
Ethics, Leadership and Management, Partnership working, contemporary issues in policing, research skills, critical thinking and analytical skills and more.

Course Aims:

  1. To provide a motivating and challenging academic environment and scholarly environment for learners who wish to progress their academic and professional development beyond undergraduate level
  2. To facilitate the acquisition and understanding of complex and specialist knowledge and a critical awareness of issues at the forefront of their academic and professional discipline.
  3. To develop conceptual knowledge and understanding of how research methodologies enable critical analysis, interpretation and application of evidence within the students field of study and professional practice
  4. To develop students core transferable leadership skills including managing complexity, flexibility, communication, networking and relationship building
  5. To analyse complex concepts and professional situations by means of synthesis of personal and work place reflection and data drawn from scholarship and research in the field
  6. To develop theoretical and tangible knowledge in relation to issues at national and international levels within their professional context.
Delivery Location:On line, supported by workshops in Cumbria and/or London

Includes optional residential module in Ambleside, Lake District

Assessment Style:
Assessment is an integral part of the learning process. Assessment tasks are designed to reflect the content and delivery style of each module. The MSc Strategic Policing programme relates to a wide variety of strategically based situations, and is underpinned by strong theoretical models, strategic orientation and evidence based practices. This is reflected in the variety of assessment methods to accommodate a diversity of learning styles and encourage the development of new skills. Formative tutor assessment, summative tutor assessment and self-evaluation all contributes to the development of students’ skills in critical analysis and reflection.

The assessments within the MSc Strategic Policing have been designed to reflect the professional requirements of report and document writing within the police.

Delivery Methods:During the progress of the MSc Strategic Policing programme, a variety of teaching methods are utilised to enhance the students’ overall learning and personal development experience. For both full time and part time students the programme is delivered by a blend of guided independent study and assessment and face-to-face contact. For part time students learning is directed and supported via contact on-line with tutors and peers. The use of VLE acts as the central facility to support independent study. Workshops are also provided for students to apply their knowledge to practical scenarios, and obtain feedback on their grasp of knowledge and understanding. There is also opportunity throughout their study for full and part time students to mix both on line and during face to face at workshops.

 

Provider: University of Cumbria
RPL Cost: refer to Provider's APL policy
Cost: 4500
Delivery Method: Online

The BTEC Higher National qualifications in policing are aimed at students wanting to continue their education trough applied learning and who may want to study locally.

The purpose of the BTEC Higher Nationals in Policing is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the policing sector and to adapt to a constantly changing world.

Provider: Pearson BTEC
RPL Cost: This will fall upon each individual Pearson approved centre and will vary
Cost: £4800 to £9250
Delivery Method: Online, Face to face

This course consist of:

  • Evidence based Policing
  • Policing Research in Practice (including dissertation)

 

Assessment Style:Mixed assessment i.e. research reports, written assignment, presentations.
Delivery Methods:Taught, blended and independent study.

Via this route current Police Officers can develop their leadership skills in policing and gain a postgraduate qualification. This course directly builds on the practice knowledge of serving police officers and expands their existing skill set by enabling students to conduct research and explore the role of evidence-based policing.

Provider: Nottingham Trent University
RPL Cost: refer to Provider's APL policy
Cost: TBC
Delivery Method: Face to face

These courses are offered as research degrees in which students undertake independent research under the supervision of departmental experts.

 

Via this route current Police Officers can obtain a Doctorate on the basis of their professional practice. These courses will enable students to conduct independent research under the supervision of experts based in the department of sociology. It allows students to explore in-depth contemporary issues in Criminal Justice/ Policy, Policing and wider Society while engaging with sociological and criminal theory. Students can choose any given contemporary issue and their application to a chosen problematic or issue.

Provider: Nottingham Trent University
RPL Cost: refer to Provider's APL policy
Cost: £4,195 per year full time, £2,097.50 per year part time
Delivery Method: Face to face

Theoretical perspectives and practical skills relating to coaching and mentoring, which covers models of coaching and mentoring and the ethical practice of coaching and mentoring. The programme will also develop knowledge, critical awareness and understanding of a specified area of coaching and/or mentoring in the individual participants professional setting through a systematic, practical and critical enquiry.

 

The programme aims to provide a generic, post graduate qualification in coaching and mentoring that will be relevant to any field of professional practice where developing people is central. It will challenge participants’ thinking using a range of theoretical models and, at the same time, encourage and enable them to reflect on their practice.

Assessment Style:Case study, critical review, research project
Delivery Methods:One year part-time programme with taught sessions including intensive one day workshops and twilight sessions.

Provider: Plymouth Marjon University
RPL Cost: £50 per module
Cost: £2,167
Delivery Method: Online, Face to face

This course provides a postgraduate career development general programme in business management that will enable students to achieve learning outcomes for the award of PGCM.

The curriculum provides the opportunity to develop critical understanding of business and management and its constituent processes from both a theoretical and practical perspective. Students will critically review and integrate their existing management experience with post graduate studies within an intensive process of management development.

The learning experience will enable students to enhance their career potential, personal and professional effectiveness, and performance in employment in the field and management in a wide range of organisation.

 

Assessment Style:Essays, reports, research tasks, presentations
Delivery Methods:Lectures, seminars

Provider: University of Central Lancashire
RPL Cost: Please contact the University
Cost: £3,250 per year part time
Delivery Method: Online, Face to face

When you successfully complete the Human Resource Management/Development course you will receive the Postgraduate Diploma and will have completed the skills and knowledge elements on the route to CIPD membership.

The CIPD will then require you to complete a behavioural assessment and demonstrate the required experience before upgrading to Chartered Membership status.

This course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and leads to Associate Membership of the CIPD.

Individuals interested in this programme must be in a people management and/or HR role to study the course.

Assessment Style:Assignment, reports and examination
Delivery Methods:2 years part time study

Provider: University of Central Lancashire
RPL Cost: Please contact the University
Cost: £3,250 per year part time
Delivery Method: Face to face

The course provides a postgraduate career development general programme in business and management that will enable students to achieve learning outcomes at a level for the award of a DMS. It provides an opportunity to develop critical understanding of business and management and its constituent processes for both a theoretical and practical perspective.

The course enables students to critically review and integrate their existing work experience with postgraduate studies with an intensive process of management development.

The learning experience will enable students to enhance their career potential, personal and professional effectiveness, and performance in employment in the field and management in a wide range of organisation.

 

Assessment Style:Essays, reports, research tasks, presentations
Delivery Methods:Lectures and Seminars

Provider: University of Central Lancashire
RPL Cost: Please contact the University
Cost: £3,250 per year, part time
Delivery Method: Face to face

Follow the link through to the providers own web pages to find out more information.

Why are apprenticeships not listed?

Apprenticeships are set up in partnership with the employer (i.e. your force), your learning and development or HR department may be able to tell you what apprenticeships may be available.

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The current Directory contents has been produced following engagement with the HEI forum and desk based research. An application for the inclusion of additional courses can be downloaded here.