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About us

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The Police Education Consortium was established in 2017 specifically to support the national implementation of the Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) introduced by the College of Policing. The Consortium has a track record of delivering high-quality police education in collaboration with our force employer partners since 2019.


The Consortium is currently working in partnership with Surrey Police, Sussex Police and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary to deliver the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA), the Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) and the Detective DHEP programme.

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Our vision, values and strategic aims


To work collaboratively to deliver transformational police education


Innovation, Inclusivity, Integrity

Strategic aims

Develop reflective police practitioners equipped to meet the complex needs of the communities they serve


Grow our research culture to support evidence-based policing and police education


Actively promote the Consortium as an ethical, inclusive and supportive community


Maximise the collaborative advantage in delivering our shared vision for police education


Be a leading national provider of innovative and high-quality police education

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Ofsted GOOD Provider

The Consortium’s apprenticeship provision was rated ‘good’ by Ofsted in all five areas – overall effectiveness, quality of education, leadership and management, behaviour and attitudes and personal development.

In the report, Ofsted identified key strengths including:

Leaders and managers have developed a portfolio of apprenticeships many of which help address national workforce deficits, particularly around nursing and policing.  ​ 


Leaders and governors have a strong focus on teaching apprenticeships that enhance both employer productivity, and apprentices’ social mobility.  


They also focus well on programmes that help public sector employers meet some of the major challenges that have arisen as a result of the pandemic.  ​ 


Teaching staff are well qualified and have suitable vocational expertise in their respective fields. They have very good access to professional development.  ​ Apprentices develop into independent and reflective learners with a positive work ethic, a high level of professionalism and respect for others.  ​ 


As a result of their studies, apprentices acquire the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to succeed in their job and to progress in the workplace.

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Best Apprenticeship in Public Services Award

We're extremely proud to announce that the Police Education Consortium has won the prestigious title of Best Apprenticeship in Public Services at the Apprenticeship Guide Awards!

To experience this honour in such a competitive category is truly humbling. We are grateful to every individual who contributed to this remarkable achievement, from our dedicated team across the Consortium to our esteemed partners in higher education and law enforcement.

This win is a testament to our unwavering commitment to excellence in Police Education. For many years, we've championed apprenticeship programs that not only equip aspiring officers with the necessary skills but also foster a culture of innovation, inclusivity, and ethical conduct within law enforcement.

We couldn't have reached this milestone without the incredible support of our partners, including Surrey Police, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Constabulary, and Sussex Police. Together, we've worked tirelessly to cultivate a new generation of policing professionals ready to tackle the challenges of today's world.

As we celebrate, we are also conscious that our work is far from over. We remain committed to pushing the boundaries of police education, driving positive change within our communities, and forging new partnerships that will shape the future of law enforcement.

The Police Education Consortium was founded in 2017 to champion the national implementation of the Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) by four distinguished universities — Middlesex University, Canterbury Christ Church University, the University of Cumbria, and the University of Portsmouth, led by the Strategic Group: Prof Darryll Bravenboer PFHEA, Professor Sarah Bradshaw, Dr Tara Dickens, Ash Hunt and Dr Nicholas Pamment.

The judges

The Apprenticeship Guide Awards are judged by an independent panel of experts from across the apprenticeship sectors every year.


This year the judges were:

  • Anna Morrison CBE, Founder, Amazing Apprenticeships,

  • Conor Cotton, Managing Director, Not Going To Uni,

  • Daniel Sandford Smith, Director of Education Programmes, Gatsby Charitable Foundation,

  • James Adeleke (FRSA), CEO, Generation Success

  • Jessica Pieri RCDP, Founder, The Careers People

  • Joanna Hughes, Founder, Joanna Hughes Solicitor Apprenticeships

  • Joe Crossley, Interim Membership Services Director, AELP

  • Laura-Jane Rawlings MBE, CEO, Youth Employment UK

  • Lucy Hunte, National Programme Manager, NHS England

  • Mike Thompson, Managing Partner, Gen. Healthy Minds

  • Parisa Shirazi, Director of Standards, WorldSkills UK

  • Patrick McCann, Director of Learning, Linklaters

  • Siobhan W., Apprenticeships, UCAS

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