The recent decision to increase the entry qualification for new police recruits to a higher education degree has been well researched and the consultation phase has received a good response albeit mainly from within the policing family.This researcher's aim is to find out from young people in college, who are studying towards a career in the public services, whether the newly proposed entry qualifications will influence their vocational aspirations and indeed, if affordability forms part of that equation and why. The student voice is becoming increasingly relevant and important to Higher Education concerning the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and as future police officers within this process it would arguably be viable to suggest that they should also be consulted.Already, quantative research across four colleges in the south of England is showing that 77% of those who are studying the Uniformed Public Services at Level 3 have an interest in becoming a police officer, thus increasing the relevance of them as future stakeholders.
Denscombe M (2014) suggests that web-based methodology is enticing for project researchers because it;
The principle strategy will be a positivist approach involving a survey, collecting quantative data and using third party internet web hosted server such as 'Survey Monkey'.This strategy has been chosen for various reasons which include:
Bell, J (2005) indicated that [a questionnaire] ...Requires discipline in the selection of questions, in question writing, in the design, piloting, distribution, and return of the questionnaires. Prior to data collection, however, a sample questionnaire will be piloted with a small group of learners under the researcher's tutorship. This group may then be gathered together for a forum or open ended discussion concerning cost and ability to pay. The researcher is also interested in whether there are cultural or value driven reasons behind some of the answers and the responses may drive the reseacher towards collecting some qualitative demographic and social data through interviews or forum methodology. The principle strategy, however, will be ‘Survey – Quantative Data.’