We are committed to supporting you to learn while you earn and have developed a blended learning approach to support this.
During your time as a student officer, the apprenticeship regulations state that 20% of your time will be dedicated to off the job learning. The rest of your time will be spent deployed operationally where you will be putting that learning into practice.
Your learning will be delivered by a combination of Staffordshire University academics and police colleagues. You won’t need to travel to our Stoke-on-Trent campus for lectures, we’ll deliver academic excellence in locations across the region.
From week one you will be a probationary police officer, receiving your uniform ahead of your induction and attestation. You will undergo a period of in-force training and a University protected learning block to prepare you for your first operational deployment. These depend upon force structure and during initial deployments you will be coached by one of our experienced tutor constables. They will support you to put theory learned during protected learning blocks into practice in an operational setting.
*Module content is the same across all of our forces but there is a slight variation in the order in which they are delivered. You’ll receive a course handbook relevant to your force at your induction.
There are a number of elements that make up the assessment for the Degree Apprenticeship Standard, including:
- Degree assessment i.e. formal assessment of the degree modules
- ‘On-programme’ assessment of operational competence
- A work-based project i.e. part of the degree and an important element of the apprenticeship’s ‘end-point assessment’
- A summative ‘end-point assessment’, which includes a review of the work-based project and the evidence produced as part of the ‘on-programme’ assessment of operational competence
In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).
Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties. You will also have full access to our support services such as Student Guidance.
Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.