Entry routes into Policing2020-08-07T10:30:23+01:00

Entry routes into Policing

The basic entry requirements for policing remain unchanged; you don’t need a degree to join as a police officer. However, policing as a service is professionalising and as a new recruit you will either already have a degree – in any discipline – or we will structure your training to support you to achieve a degree-level qualification.

If your application is successful, we’ll select the best entry route for you based on your education, skills and previous work experience. Take a look at our various entry routes below.

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship

Join with relevant life experience or 120 UCAS points and GCSE (A-C grade) or equivalent in Maths & English and we will enrol you on the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship.

You will be a police officer from day one and will spend three years as a probationer. With a blended approach to learning, time spent between study at a local university and practical on the job training you will be earning whilst you are learning.

At the end of your three year probation you will have achieved your degree in Professional Policing Practice.

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Degree Holder Entry Programme

If you have already have a degree in any subject and GCSE (A-C grade) or equivalent in Maths & English, your first two years will be spent as a probationer following a work based training programme. This will be supported by off-the-job learning delivered by our in-house training team.

From day one you will be a Police Officer and you will achieve a graduate diploma in Professional Policing Practice. You will find out more about our entry routes at our Police Officer engagement events, which is the first step in your recruitment journey.

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Pre-Join Degree BSc (Hons) Professional Policing Practice

If you want to study first, you can undertake a three year degree in Professional Policing Practice (at your own expense) and then apply to become a Police Officer.

If this is the route for you then from your first day as an officer you will follow a short predominately on-the-job training programme.

Why degree
level training?

Police officers make difficult decisions which impact the public every day. They face complex problems, often in dangerous situations, with growing demands from digital investigation and vulnerable people.

The new programme recognises constables operate at a level where they take personal responsibility for decisions in complex, unpredictable environments.

The empathy, compassion and common sense needed in policing will be supported, not replaced by the new programmes, and will allow officers to get recognition for the complexity of their job.

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship

Join with either a Level 3 qualification, A Levels or GCSE/O levels and/or some relevant life experience and we will enrol you on the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship.

You will be a police officer from day one and will spend three years as a probationer. With a blended approach to learning, time spent between study at a local university and practical on the job training you will be earning whilst you are learning.

Degree Holder Entry Programme

If you have already have a degree in any subject and GCSE (A-C grade) or equivalent in Maths & English, your first two years will be spent as a probationer following a work-based training programme. This will be supported by off-the-job learning delivered by our in-house training team.

From day one you will be a police officer and you will achieve a graduate diploma in Professional Policing Practice. You will find out more about our entry routes at our engagement events, which is the first step in your recruitment journey.

Pre-Join Degree BSc (Hons) Professional Policing Practice

If you want to study first, you can undertake a three year degree in Professional Policing Practice (at your own expense) and then apply to become a police officer.

If you choose this route, from your first day as an officer you will follow a short, predominately on-the-job training programme.