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What subjects are taught and what is the programme structure in the Garda College?

What subjects are taught and what is the programme structure in the Garda College?

Student /Probationer Programme

The Student/Probationer programme is the bedrock of the organisation learning development strategy, the foundations on which all other learning in the organisation is built on. 

The Student/Probationer training programme is delivered over 104 weeks leading to a BA in Applied Policing. The initial period of 34 weeks which includes two reading weeks comprises a block period at the Garda College. The remainder of training takes place predominately at selected Garda Divisions with specific periods of tuition built in and annual leave included at specific times. The programme will be delivered using a problem based learning approach. For the duration of the programme and beyond, students enter a contract of employment with An Garda Síochána.

The modules studied are:

  •  Foundations of Policing
  •  Professional Competence I
  •  Crime & Incident Policing I
  •  Policing with Communities I
  •  Road Traffic Policing I
  •  Station Roles and Responsibilities I
  •  Officer and Public Safety
  •  Professional Competence II
  •  Crime / Incident Policing II
  •  Policing with Communities II
  •  Road Traffic Policing II
  •  Station Roles and Responsibilities II
  •  Professional Competence III
  •  Law and Procedures
  •  Policing with Communities III

Academic and Professional Assessment 

Throughout the programme, Student/Probationers shall be subject to academic examinations and professional assessments. Participation in all examination subjects and professional assessments is mandatory. Student/Probationers are required to pass all examinations and assessments in order to progress to the conclusion of the programme.