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University Award

Policing Knowledge (CKP equivalent)

Distance Learning
Short course
Mode of study:
Distance learning
Start date:
Various 2015, 2016
Faculty URL:

Each police force has its own recruitment procedures. The Metropolitan Police requires external applicants to have completed the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing. www.metpolicecareers.co.uk/ckp

A number of other forces make reference to the CKP as an entry requirement.

We aim to deliver our courses to enable students to complete their studies in a timescale that matches to forces recruitment timescales.

The distance learning option allows you to tailor your studies to your present circumstances. Completing the ‘apply now’ category registers your interest - it is not a firm commitment to study with us.

Start dates

To address the needs of students and police forces this course now runs throughout the year with variable start dates to suit you - Apply Now

If you require more information about our flexible start dates please contact Iain Stainton (Senior Lecturer).

Email: iain.stainton2@cumbria.ac.uk
Telephone: 01228 588474

Why study with us?

CoP Approved ProviderApproved Provider, College of Policing
Programme recognised by police forces in England and Wales.

This short programme provides students with the required level of knowledge and understanding to undertake a professional career in policing.

Entry to the police will be via one of the pre-join entry routes available through participating forces within England and Wales. Once a student has attained the award they will be eligible to apply to participating forces subject to their individual entry requirements and selection process.

On successful completion of the course you will have developed:

  • theoretical knowledge and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a police officer.
  • an understanding of current police legislation, policy and guidelines.
  • knowledge of differing police models and theories of investigation.
  • an ability to reflect on previous experience and draw on the potential application of policing practices.
  • your personal, academic and professional skills.
  • the ability to work independently in an academic context.

Read our Frequently Asked Questions to find out more.

What can this course lead to?

Successful achievement of the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing does not in itself provide any guarantee of recruitment as a trainee Police Constable. 

Each police force within England and Wales sets out its own recruitment process and selection policy and entry requirements vary from force to force. Prospective students are therefore strongly advised to check the specific requirements of their chosen force prior to undertaking study.

The course also equips you with the requirements to continue your studies on other policing programmes offered by the university.

Resources and facilities

In seeking to develop knowledge and understanding a range of learning and teaching methods will be utilised. Lectures will be the principle means of imparting key knowledge, however students will be expected to conduct self-study through problem based learning, case study work, presentations and group discussions.

The delivery team comprise of a range of staff including academic staff and ex-police officers with experience of initial police learning and development training.


Students will study two 20 credit modules at level 4: Introduction to Policing and Legislation, Policy and Guidelines.

Course summary

Along with a level of knowledge and understanding this short police 'pre-join' programme aims to provide students with some of the key skills required to undertake the role of a police constable. These will include decision making, investigative skills interview technique and problem-solving.

In addition to this students will acquire a range of academic skills and independent study skills. Students will be supported through their development by a range of lectures, practical scenarios, case studies and problem-solving exercises.

These key professional skills which are essential to the role of a police constable are also beneficial and transferable to other professions and for continued study with the university.

Programme specification

For detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course (PDF).

Entry requirements

See course specific entry requirements listed below.

More information about levels and credits.

Credit and UCAS requirements

Credit: 40 credits

Selection criteria

While desirable for applicants to be able to demonstrate competency in English Language and have evidence of study at GCSE level, or equivalent, it is not necessary. Applicants who do not meet this standard minimum entry requirement will be accepted on the evidence of underpinning study, demonstration of the ability to benefit, plus any academic requirements necessary to satisfy the criteria of professional, statutory and regulatory body.

While the police require no formal academic qualification, applicants should demonstrate they have a prospect of successfully completing the module. Applicants may be required to demonstrate basic competencies and skills via prior experiential learning and/or such diagnostic assessment procedures as are deemed appropriate.

Claims for advanced standing via accredited prior learning will be considered under University of Cumbria APEL regulations and procedures.


Fees circa £900 (£526 for current University of Cumbria final year students). Fees must be paid in full at the start of the course.

Financial support is available for members of the Armed Forces via the ELCAS Scheme.

Additional contact information

Course Enquiry Centre
Telephone: 0845 606 1144
Email: enquirycentre@cumbria.ac.uk

Iain Stainton
Senior Lecturer
Email: uoc.policing@cumbria.ac.uk Tel: 01228 588474

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