module specification

SC5004 - Knowledge in Policing (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Knowledge in Policing
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 300
219 hours Guided independent study
81 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 0% 60 In-class tests
Unseen Examination 0% 60 Unseen exam
Coursework 100% 40 Essay
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Thursday Morning

Module summary

This module is designed to achieve a nationally recognised pre-entry qualification in policing alongside level 5 academic credits. The module incorporates all of the national mandatory learning requirements set by the College of Policing which is essential in order to achieve the equivalence of the Certificate of Knowledge of Policing (CKP). In order to achieve the level 5 credits, the module builds upon the required mandatory learning by developing the students’ knowledge and understanding so that they can demonstrate a critical understanding, reflection and evaluation of the of key factors and themes that are shaping the delivery of contemporary policing. Successful completion of this module - including passing all written exams - will be recognised as the equivalent of the Certificate of Knowledge in Policing.  As it requires access to the College of Policing web platform and material, this is only open to students and courses preparing for access to police constable status.

Module aims

Deliver some of the practical knowledge and skills needed to become a police officer.
Critically evaluate the academic and open source data relating to the four areas of generic policing covered.
Explore the operational challenges and ethical dilemmas inherent in generic police operations.


Assessment is by means of 2 sets of 5 scenario based tests which are set by the College of Policing and are of 1 hour each in duration. Each scenario is allowed 1 hour to complete, making a total of 10 hours.
In addition, there is a single 50 question multi-choice exam at the end of the module. All elements must be passed. The assessment units are as follows:
  1. Apply an Evidence Base
  2. Provide support to victims, witnesses and vulnerable persons
  3. Manage conflict situations
  4. Use powers to deal with suspects
  5. Conduct Police searches
  6. Handle information and Intelligence
  7. Provide an initial response to policing incidents
  8. Conduct investigations
  9. Interview victims, informants and witnesses
  10. Interview suspects

There will also be a 1500-word essay on a topic selected from a choice of four essay questions which will be an online submission. All elements of the module must be passed.


Learning and teaching

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.  Module materials will be made available on Blackboard and opportunities for personal development planning are provided in seminar contexts. 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

Demonstrate a knowledge of all mandatory units for CKP
Demonstrate a broader understanding of the wider literature regarding the implementation of basic policing tasks.
Reflect on and evaluate literature that is impacting upon the delivery of contemporary policing

Assessment strategy

There are 3 components of assessment
  1. A series of 10 one-hour in-class tests will be staged over the course of the module.  These are scenario-based tasks set by the College of Policing, where students use knowledge gained to suggest how they would proceed when faced with such a situation.  Under College of Policing requirements every test must be passed with a mark of at least 60% in order for this overall component to be passed.
  2. A final one-hour unseen exam will be a multiple choice test, issued by the College of Policing.  Under College of Policing requirements, the exam must be passed with a mark of at least 60% in order for this overall component to be passed.
  3. An essay of 1500 words will be used to assess knowledge and analysis of a specific policing issue.



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.