Course details


Criminology, Investigation and Policing

UCAS tariff points


Start date(s)


Study mode(s)

Full time (3 years)

Course overview

BA (Hons) Professional Policing Practice

This work-based programme is designed to provide the essential knowledge, understanding and skills required to operate effectively as a modern Police Officer.

The Student Contract

Course information

About this course

About this course

This apprenticeship is suitable for school/college leavers and career changers who wish to pursue a career as a Police Officer in West Yorkshire Police.

It will allow apprentices to combine workplace learning opportunities with theoretical knowledge gained through a number of formal classes which are relevant to modern-day policing.

The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) route into policing enables you to receive practical on-the-job learning alongside academic theory and knowledge while earning a salary of £21,402 (increasing to a minimum of £26,371 after three years). Starting salaries are reviewed annually. You will be a police officer from your first day on the job but will be required to successfully complete the course to be confirmed in the role.  

The PCDA covers areas that are critical to effective policing in the 21st century, such as evidence-based policing, supporting vulnerable people, dealing with cybercrime and crime prevention.

  • There are no direct fees paid by the apprentice as the programme is fully funded by the West Yorkshire Police apprenticeship levy
  • Successful apprentices will gain a degree in Professional Policing Practice
  • Your time will be spent across a combination of sites including Leeds Trinity University campus, West Yorkshire Police Training Centre at Carr Gate in Wakefield, and within the local policing Districts of West Yorkshire – Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds or Wakefield. This will also be supported by online delivery.

West Yorkshire Police logo.

About West Yorkshire Police

West Yorkshire Police is the territorial police force responsible for policing West Yorkshire in England. It is the fourth largest force in England and Wales.

Programme duration and delivery

It will typically take three years to complete the apprenticeship.

Apprentices will benefit from lectures and seminars delivered at Leeds Trinity University

On-campus learning is supported by a variety of online tasks and independent research activities which can be undertaken in the workplace.



You will study a variety of modules across your programme of study. The module details given below are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Modules by Year

Year 1
  • An introduction to the Police Service and your apprenticeship
  • The investigation process
  • Policing society
  • Investigative skills
  • Supporting witnesses, victims and the vulnerable
  • Community-orientated policing
Year 2
  • Operational Policing
  • Contemporary Policing
  • Criminology
  • Advanced Investigative Skills
  • The Skilful Officer
  • Advanced understanding of the Police Service
Year 3
  • Advanced Professional Practice
  • An introduction to coaching, mentoring and assessment
  • Leadership in Policing
  • Research project and End Point Assessment

Learning and Teaching

Learning and Teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and provide you with the tools and support to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional potential.

Our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy delivers excellence by providing the framework for:

  • high quality teaching
  • an engaging and inclusive approach to learning, assessment and achievement
  • a clear structure through which you progress in your academic studies, your personal development and towards professional-level employment or further study.

We have a strong reputation for developing student employability, supporting your development towards graduate employment, with relevant skills embedded throughout your programme of study.

We endeavour to develop curiosity, confidence, courage, ambition and aspiration in all students through the key themes in our Learning and Teaching Strategy:

  • Student Involvement and Engagement
  • Inclusion
  • Integrated Programme and Assessment Experience
  • Digital Literacy and Skills
  • Employability and Enterprise

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • Understanding how to use tools and technology to support learning and development


Throughout the programme, apprentices are assessed via various methods including:

  • presentations
  • assignments
  • practical scenarios
  • exams

Apprentices will also create an Operational Competence Portfolio of evidence.  Towards the end of the programme, each apprentice will undertake the 'end-point assessment' which has been designed to ensure that the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the apprenticeship standard have been developed.  The end-point assessment will consist of an evidence-based research project, a presentation, and professional discussion which builds on the Operational Competence Portfolio.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you.

  • 80 UCAS points. You can check your qualification UCAS points using the Tariff Calculator on the UCAS Website.
  • Have a Level 3 Qualification (equivalent to 2 A Levels), or appropriate experience as a Special Constable or PCSO. If you are due to receive your Level 3 results in 2021 you can apply with your predicted grades. You must provide a letter from your school or college confirming that you are expected to achieve the required qualifications. If your Level 3 qualification does not meet the minimum UCAS points, completion of a 1000-word essay would need to be undertaken as part of the selection process, for consideration of suitability, by Leeds Trinity University.
  • Be 17 years old or over. There is no upper age limit. You can start the application process if you are 17 years old, but you must have reached 18 years to start the course.
  • Pass grades in both English Language and Mathematics at Level 2 / GCSE (A*-C or 9-4) or equivalent.
  • Must have no criminal convictions (minor offences will be considered on an individual basis).
  • Meet West Yorkshire Police attendance standard (this relates to absence in your previous role/s if relevant).
  • Be able to pass the job-related fitness test.
  • Comply with the West Yorkshire Police tattoo policy.
  • Pass the police vetting checks.

Please note, the application process can take up to 12 months, depending on the applicant.


Leeds Trinity University offers extensive support to all of our apprentices - whatever your background or academic experience.

This includes access to the Learning Hub, which offers tailored support for academic skills.

Fees and Funding

Fees and Funding

Degree Apprenticeships are fully funded by your employer if their wage bill is over £3 million each year.

The government will fund up to 95% of the apprenticeships course fees, up to the relevant funding band, if the organisation has spent all its levy or has an annual wage bill below £3 million each year.

Read more about how levy payments work from the UK Government website (link opens in a new window/tab).

Additional costs

There are no additional costs anticipated

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from Leeds Trinity University Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own.
  • The University provides apprentices with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

How to apply

About Leeds Trinity University

Our professional Apprenticeships combine part-time study at Leeds Trinity University with workplace training. We've been providing outstanding provision in higher education for over 50 years and have significant experience of delivering work-based learning programmes. We are located on a beautiful campus just six miles from Leeds city centre with excellent links by road, rail and air. We're proud to offer a personal and inclusive university experience that gives everyone the support they need to realise their potential. Our teaching staff have extensive and relevant professional experience