Knowledge of Policing (short course)
Why study this course?
Hoping for a career in the police service? London Met has been approved by the College of Policing to provide training that incorporates all of the national mandatory learning requirements for achieving the equivalent of the Certificate of Knowledge of Policing (CKP), an essential component of the national Pre-join Strategy. You are advised to also consult the entry requirements of the particular police force you hope to join, which will include health and fitness and security vetting requirements.
The course is taught by experienced former police operatives. It covers the essential knowledge required for becoming a police constable, including:
- initial support to victims and witnesses
- undertaking interviews
- gathering and submitting evidence
- responding to incidents
- searching, arresting, detaining and reporting individuals
- searching vehicles
- premises and open spaces
- managing antisocial behaviour and conflict
- public protection
- responding to those with mental ill-health
- considering ethical issues arising from your duties
You will be expected to be able to write reflectively about good practice and to draw on relevant scenarios. To pass the course, you will be required to demonstrate competence in four specified areas.
Passing the assessments leads not only to a transcript (which you will submit with your application to join a police service) but also to Level 4 credit towards a degree in police studies, should you decide to apply for this after completing the short course.
There are four tasks which are based on assessment suggested by the College of Policing. For these, you will use knowledge gained to suggest how you would proceed when faced with such a situation. These will be assessed by practical exam. This practical work will be supported by reflective comment on process and practice drawn from relevant reading.
The course is accredited as equivalent to the Certificate of Knowledge of Policing (CKP) and carries a degree credit at Level 4.
Passing the assessments leads not only to a transcript which you will submit with your application to join a police service, but also to Level 4 credit towards a degree in police studies, should you decide to apply for this after completing the short course.
If you are unsure you meet the entry requirements for the police service, please take the College of Policing's Self Assessment Questionnaire which is designed to help candidates explore their suitability for the role of police constable, and to make a reasonably informed decision about whether to undertake the CKP.
For further information please see the College of Policing's information for students.
The course runs from 9am to 6pm every Saturday for 13 weeks.
Self-study between the classes is expected using National Centre for Applied Learning Technologies (NCALT) which is the Managed Learning Environment used by all police forces in England and Wales.
NCALT develops and delivers immersive learning exercises which simulate the reality of critical incident management. With this technology, learners are able to experience the decision-making process and the complex issues facing the police and other agencies. NCALT membership is included in the course fee.
At the end of this course, you will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of all mandatory units comprising the CKP, and describe some of the key issues in the wider literature regarding the implementation of basic policing tasks.
Teaching sessions encourage you to explore the practical, legislative and ethical complexities of generic policing and its management. You'll draw upon recent case studies and examine actual operational scenarios.
Course materials will be made available online and opportunities for personal development planning are provided in workshop contexts.
The last three sessions will include presentations from specialists in the field.
While completing this course and passing the assignments does not guarantee an interview for the police, it is a recognised part of the national Pre-join strategy, and will enhance your prospects for a career in the police service.
You might instead choose to study our Police Studies, Procedure and Investigation BSc and gain the credit for the Knowledge of Policing during the second year of your degree. If you decide to apply for the degree after after completing the short course, you will receive a cash refund on your short course and a reduced study time in your second year.
You can also read about the exciting work of our John Grieve Centre for Policing and Community Safety and find out more about the staff who teach our policing and criminology courses.
The course runs one day a week for 13 weeks with start dates three times a year: September, January and April.
Spring 2017 dates: 7 January to 1 April
Summer 2017 dates: 22 April to 15 July
Autumn 2017 dates: 23 September to 16 December
- £950: book now
- £750: Special Constables and Community Support Officers – book now
- £500: only applies to former London Metropolitan University students who have graduated within the past five years (former ID number must be provided) – book now
The course fee includes three-year access to the National Centre for Applied Learning Technologies (NCALT). NCALT develops and delivers immersive learning exercises which simulate the reality of critical incident management. Learners, immersed in a realistic environment, are able to experience the decision-making process and the complex issues facing the police and other agencies.
How to apply
For an informal discussion about the course, please contact course leader Ian Fairley via email at email@example.com.
When to apply
You are advised to apply as early as possible for your preferred entry point as we will only consider your application if there are places available on the course.