module specification

SC4004 - Knowledge of Policing (2019/20)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2019/20
Module status DELETED (This module is no longer running)
Module title Knowledge of Policing
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 300
90 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
210 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Unseen Examination 0%   In-class tests
Unseen Examination 0%   Unseen exam (MCQ)
Coursework 100% 40 Reflective Journal
Running in 2019/20

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
No instances running in the year

Module summary

This short course is designed to provide the knowledge required in order to join the police service. This includes important legislation, ethical and professional standards and some of the practical knowledge and skills needed to become a police officer. 
Explore the operational challenges and ethical dilemmas inherent in generic police operations.

Prior learning requirements

Students must ensure they meet Police Service entry requirements.


The syllabus is based on the core learning modules as laid out by the College of Policing. The assessment units are as follows: LO1,LO2,LO3
1. Apply an Evidence Base LO1,LO2,LO3
2. Provide support to victims, witnesses and vulnerable persons LO1,LO2,LO3
3. Manage conflict situations LO1,LO2,LO3
4. Use powers to deal with suspects LO1,LO2,LO3
5. Conduct Police searches LO1,LO2,LO3
6. Handle information and Intelligence LO1,LO2,LO3 
7. Provide an initial response to policing incidents LO1,LO2,LO3
8. Conduct investigations LO1,LO2,LO3
9. Interview victims, informants and witnesses LO1,LO2,LO3
10. Interview suspects LO1,LO2,LO3

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Teaching sessions consist of a series of lectures and seminar group sessions in which students are encouraged to explore the practical, legislative and ethical complexities of generic policing and its management.  Students draw upon recent case studies and examine actual operational scenarios. Practical exercises are carried out as time allows in the very intense timetable. Students will have access to and will be required to study through the College of Policing online learning platform NCALT, which will consist of reference material, e learning modules and a multi choice question bank.

Learning outcomes

There are over 700 learning outcomes set by the College. These will be disseminated to students with the module guide and timetable. They are also available on the College of Policing online learning platform (NCALT), which is accessible by students on the course
By the end of the module students will
1.Demonstrate a knowledge of all mandatory units for CKP
2. Evidence knowledge of ethical, professional and procedural standards when responding to a wide range of policing incidents.
3. Reflect and evaluate individual performance and experience of the learning process during the course.

Assessment strategy

There are 3 components of assessment

1.  An Assessment Workbook with 5 policing scenario events to be completed as the course progresses and which are set by the College of Policing. Students use acquired knowledge to describe actions when faced with a realistic policing situation. Under College of Policing requirements every element must be successfully completed and it is a pass or fail assessment. 
2.  A final one-hour unseen exam will be a multiple-choice test of 50 questions taken from the College of Policing question bank. Under College of Policing requirements, the exam must be passed with a mark of at least 70% in order for this overall component to be passed. 
3.  A reflective journal of individual student experience of the module.


All reading and learning material is provided by the College of Policing via the online learning platform NCALT. Students have access to this for 3 years. Some additional reading listed is optional.

Bryant, R. & Bryant, S. (Eds). (2016) Blackstone’s Handbook for Policing Students. Oxford: University Press.
Connor, P. Johnston, D, Hutton, G. & McKinnon, G. (2013) Blackstone’s Policing Manuals Four Volume Set: Oxford: University Press.
Rogers, C. Lewis, R. John, T. & Reid (2011) Police Work. Principles and Practice. Abingdon: Routledge.


Electronic Databases:

Social Media Sources: You tube ‘Superintendents Association’ Channel.