University of Derby lecturer Tom Andrews, who is Editor of the Journal of the Police History Society, is conducting new research into student experiences of the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) to help ensure the programme is the best it can be.
The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship is a professional degree-level apprenticeship for new recruits enabling them to earn while they learn. The three-year programme involves a degree in professional policing practice integrating national assessment criteria. Tom’s research is all about the different aspects within the PCDA programme and its perceived value operationally.
The research ask is for PCDA students to complete a survey. The survey data, which will remain anonymous, will be collated using statistical processing software to identify common themes, to help inform a future academic peer-reviewed journal article. The intention is to ultimately help influence local and national policing policies and develop the Police Education Qualifications Framework now and for the future.
To get involved in this important research contact T.Andrews@derby.ac.uk.