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ARU marks major milestone for policing courses

Published: 8 February 2023 at 15:33

Close-up of the blue light on top of a police car

1,000th police student starts at Anglia Ruskin as part of regional partnership

Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) has welcomed its 1,000th policing student as part of an education partnership with seven police forces from across the East and South East of England. 
ARU is delivering both Police Constable Degree Apprenticeships and a Degree Holder Entry Programme for new police officers as part of the collaboration with Police partners.
The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship is a three-year course which combines a degree programme with on-the-job training, while the Degree Holder Entry Programme is a two-year graduate diploma for new recruits who already have a degree. 
These courses form part of the new Police Education Qualification Framework (PEQF), developed by the College of Policing, which aims to further professionalise policing as a career by raising educational standards while helping to deliver new police officers to forces across the country.  
The partnership is overseen by ARU’s Degrees at Work team, which has a long history of creating and delivering innovative, work-based education programmes.
Sara Archer, Head of Partnership Delivery – Police Education at ARU, said:

“We’re delighted to have reached this milestone of 1,000 policing students as part of our collaborative partnership, and we look forward to seeing our work with police forces across the region go from strength to strength.

“ARU is proud to be training many of this region’s key workers. We are already the largest provider of Nursing, Midwifery, Health and Social Care students in England and thanks to the new Police Education Qualification Framework, which is playing a vital role in further professionalising policing as a career, we are on course to become one of the country’s largest providers of police education.
“Policing is becoming ever more complex as crime continually evolves, for example through the significant recent rise in online crime. That’s why we need to ensure the police officers of the future are equipped with the knowledge, and have an aptitude for learning, so they can continue to maintain law and order, prevent crime, and improve the quality of life for everyone.”


ARU is hosting an online event on Thursday, 9 February (5pm) providing information about the PEQF pathways to becoming a Police Officer. To register, visit https://aru.ac.uk/community-engagement/police-constable-degree-apprenticeship-discovery-event