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Consultation on new Subject Benchmark Statement for Policing

Date: January 25 - 2022

One of the purposes of a degree in Policing is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to become competent policing professionals. Educational programmes in this subject area introduce students to the broad and complex contemporary parameters within which policing operates. This is set out in the updated Subject Benchmark Statement for Policing courses which is now open for consultation.

Subject Benchmark Statements describe the nature of study and the academic standards expected of graduates in specific subject areas. They show what graduates might reasonably be expected to know, do and understand at the end of their studies. They are written in QAA’s capacity as a membership organisation.

The consultation on the draft statement is open to key stakeholders from across the UK with an interest in Policing education - such as, students, staff, professional, statutory and regulatory bodies, police employees and employers. It asks stakeholders to comment on key aspects set out in the Subject Benchmark Statement such as learning, teaching and assessment methods, and employer involvement.

The Advisory Group for the Policing Subject Benchmark Statement is chaired by Dr Ian Pepper from the College of Policing, and comprises academics, scholars and those involved in policing from across the UK. The Police Federation of England and Wales is also represented on the Advisory Group.

The draft statement directs educators towards the Policing Education and Qualification Framework (PEQF), developed by the College of Policing, and aligns with other higher education reference points including The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications and the UK Quality Code for Higher Education. The new statement also considers the role of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) including accessibility for disabled students; Education for Sustainable Development (ESD); and enterprise and entrepreneurship within policing education.

Commenting on the draft statement, Dr Ian Pepper, Chair of the Policing Subject Benchmark Statement said: ‘This is an important opportunity for all of those involved in policing education and training to contribute to the review process, and to ensure that this new Subject Benchmark Statement is a relevant and contemporary document.’

How to respond

The consultation document is published below and responses should be submitted via our online survey. A Microsoft Word version of the consultation questions is also provided for those who would like to prepare their answers before submitting the online survey.

The closing date for responses is Monday 28 February 2022 at midday and we plan to publish the final agreed Statement later in the year.