Community Policing Practice – Qualification Consultation

The SFJ Awards Level 4 Diploma in Community Policing Practice is aimed at entrants into policing in the Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) role.  The qualification is based on the PCSO curriculum developed by the College of Policing, which is included in the College of Policing’s document, Policing Education Qualifications Framework: Police Community Support Office (PCSO) Entry Routes (July 2018 – version 2), available on their Learning Environment (MLE).

The qualification can be used on a standalone basis in England and Wales, as a non-apprenticeship route into the PCSO role.  However, the qualification will also be a mandatory component of the new PSCO Apprenticeship in England and must be achieved before the PCSO apprentice undertakes the End-Point Assessment (EPA).  Full details of the Apprenticeship and the EPA are available in the PCSO Apprenticeship Standard and Assessment Plan on the Institute for Apprenticeships’ website.

SFJ Awards is also approved as an End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) for the PCSO Apprenticeship.

This draft qualification has been developed in collaboration with a working group from the policing sector.

As part of our development process, SFJ Awards is now making the proposed SFJ Awards Level 4 Diploma in Community Policing Practice available for consultation and welcomes feedback from police forces and other stakeholders who have knowledge of the PCSO role. The draft qualification is available via the link below:

SFJ Awards Level 4 Diploma in Community Policing Practice – Consultation Document

The deadline for feedback is Friday 23 November 2018.  Please send your feedback to the SFJ Awards Qualifications and Product Development Team: