About Degree Holder Entry Programme2021-10-01T15:49:55+01:00
New DHEP officers in classroom
New DHEP officers in classroom

What is the Degree Holder Entry Programme?

The DHEP is one of the pathways that enable you to become a qualified police constable. At the end of the two year practical programme, you can earn a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice whilst embarking on a rewarding career with #TeamNP.

DHEP is a level 6 programme, jointly delivered by Northumbria officers and academic teams at Northumbria University. This partnership gives you practical on-the-job learning alongside academic theory.

You will be employed as an officer from day one, making a difference to our communities, and earning whilst you’re learning.

Who is it aimed at? 

Degree holders – or students within the final year of study for a degree – are eligible for our Degree Holder Entry Programme. You can have a degree in any subject area.

In addition to the general requirements to join as an officer, you must have Level 2 qualifications in both English and Maths. For example a GCSE or iGCSE at grade C (level 4) or above, Functional Skills Level 2, Key Skills Level 2 (Communication and / or Literacy) or Adult Numeracy / Literacy Plus.

View our DHEP Brochure

What does the course cost? 

The academic costs of this programme are covered by Northumbria Police.

What will I earn?

Whilst you are training you will also be paid a salary of £24,780.
This will rise each year as you gain the relevant skills and experience, for more information please refer to the pay and benefits page

What’s involved in the DHEP?

Your training will start with an initial period of learning at Northumbria University, before undertaking the majority of your training on the frontline alongside your experienced colleagues. You’ll be fully supported in putting your classroom based learning into practice as part of your operational duties.

Your learning will cover a wide range of policing topics including officer safety training, emergency life support, safeguarding, crime investigation and operational policing skills.

To help you navigate the challenges of 21st century policing, you’ll also look at issues like:
• Evidence-based policing
• Decision making and discretion
• Criminology and crime prevention
• Pro-active approaches to vulnerability, risk and public protection; and modern policing trends such as digital policing.

You will be contracted to 40 hours per week.
Upon successfully completing all elements of the DHEP, including operational and academic assessments, you’ll be awarded a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice and will become a fully qualified substantive police officer.

Your career opportunities after the DHEP

After you have successfully completed your DHEP you have the opportunity to specialise, whether this be in a Neighbourhood Policing Team where a more collaborative community approach is required or as a detective, investigating more complex crime.

The detective role is varied and includes Major Crime Investigation (Homicide, & Cyber Crime), Intelligence (Priority & Organised Crime and Special Branch) and Safeguarding (Child Abuse/Protection of Vulnerable adults, Rape and Multi Agency Risk Assessment roles).

Other specialist roles could include:

Motor Patrols​, Firearms, Mounted, Marine, Airport Policing and Dog Handler.