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The Essential Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship EPA Handbook

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The Essential Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship EPA Handbook

AUTHOR : By Sharon Gander

ISBN : 9781915080714

Edition No : 1

Publication : Mar 20, 2023

Extent : 192 pgs

ISBN : 9781915080721

Edition No : 1

Publication : Mar 20, 2023

Extent : 192 pgs

ISBN : 9781915080738

Edition No : 1

Publication : Mar 20, 2023

Extent : 192 pgs


An essential handbook for all those involved in the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA), guiding student officers through the End Point Assessment (EPA). In a supportive and easy-to-read format, it provides invaluable advice around this complex process.

Suitable for police officer apprentices, police trainers, university lecturing staff and independent assessors, it ensures learners fully understand the requirements of the EPA and how best to meet these, providing support throughout their PCDA programme and enabling them to pass first time and achieve the highest possible grade. It is also a valuable tool ensuring all involved have the required knowledge and understading of the EPA at the start of and during the programme. Examples of good practice, case studies and opportunities for critical self-reflection help develop key academic study skills. It also takes a collaborative, learner-focused approach with reference to the employer (police force), the training provider (university) and the apprentice.


Chapter 1   Introduction the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PDCA)  

Chapter 2   Your PCDA Programme Journey 

Chapter 3   The PCDA Learning Triangle 

Chapter 4   Understanding, Planning and Preparing for your assessments 

Chapter 5   The PCDA End Point Assessment (EPA) 

Chapter 6   Getting Prepared for your EPA Gateway – Top Tips! 

Chapter 7   EPA Assessment Day – Pass first time! 

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Sharon Gander has extensive experience in police education, including training new police officer recruits for West Midlands, West Mercia and Warwickshire Police. She is a senior lecturer in policing at Sheffield Hallam University and was previously a course leader for Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) programmes for West Midlands Police at Staffordshire University. Sharon is also an Independent EPA Assessor at Northumbria University, and sits as a board member of the Police Education Qualification Framework (PEQF) Initial Policing Education Board for the College of Policing.  

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"I have been working on the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship for over 5 years and fully appreciate that the process can feel very daunting for those about to embark on a policing career or who have just started the policing apprenticeship. This book considered the full range of questions asked by apprentices and put them together in a well set out companion that will accompany them through the whole process. It also provides a lot of key information for those involved in the teaching and management of the programme.

It is structured in an easy-to-follow method that builds and develops the apprentice as they progress through the programme. Most importantly, it allows the apprentice to plan ahead and address any potential concerns. There are a lot of useful tips and tasks that help prepare the apprentice for key aspects of the programme as well as case studies to highlight good practice.

I would highly recommend this book for anybody involved in the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship."

Paul Berry Retired Police Superintendent, former Principal Lecturer, and experienced Independent Assessor for the Police constable Degree Apprenticeship
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