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Subject Benchmark Statement

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.


Below you will find the full Subject Benchmark Statement for Policing. Alongside it, we have also published a summary designed to provide a short and accessible overview of the main Statement for students, employers and academics. 


Subject Benchmark Statement: Policing

Publication date: 30 Mar 2022

Subject Benchmark Statement: Policing - The Basics

Publication date: 30 Mar 2022

About this subject


A degree in Policing aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of the profession, along with the regulatory, legal and criminal justice system within which policing operates. Initial entry programmes for new police constables licensed by the College of Policing also develop the skills and behaviours required in order to become competent professionals in policing across England and Wales.


Policing as a subject is a key component in recognising and standardising the profession of policing, which in turn assists the services core roles of protecting life and property, preserving order, preventing the commission of offences and bringing offenders to justice.

PODCAST - Subject Benchmark Statements: Policing

We recorded a podcast with Ian Pepper - Curriculum Qualifications and Apprenticeship Senior Adviser and Head of Centre at Harperley Hall, College of Policing - who was part of the advisory group for this Subject Benchmark Statement.


Ian discusses how it will be a fantastic addition to policing programmes, ensuring that there is standardisation across the board and that all requirements are met.

Dr Ian Pepper - Chair of the Advisory Group
Curriculum, Qualifications and Apprenticeships Senior Advisor, College of Policing

It has been an honour Chairing such a motivated advisory group co-creating a new Subject Benchmarking Statement for Policing. The Advisory Group members have used their broad range of experience and expertise from higher education and policing across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, to develop a Statement which is inclusive, innovative and student-centred, meeting the needs of the profession and a range of employers.

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Visit our Subject Benchmark page to find all of our Subject Benchmark Statements, covering a wide range of subjects and discipline areas.