Entry routes into Policing
The entry requirements for all Police Officer roles have changed, in line with the College of Policing’s Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF). This change recognises today's complex and challenging work in Policing and gives those who become an officer the recognition that they deserve for the high level of service required. To be a Police Constable, you will either enter the job with a degree or take a learn while you earn approach.
There is still a variety of entry routes to ensure that there's a pathway suited to everyone.
- If you already have a degree, you may wish to enter using the Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)
- If you do not already have a degree, you may wish to enter using the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)
- If you wish to study before entering the programme, you can study a Professional Policing Degree at your own expense (PPD)
You can find out more about each of the routes below. You can also volunteer to gain experience.
Recruitment lines are open.
- For those who already have a degree in any discipline, other than the Professional Policing Degree from the College of Policing
- A two-year work-based training programme supported by off-the-job learning
- You'll focus on a specialist area of study from either Investigation, Intelligence, Community, Road or Response policing
- You'll earn a Level 6 Diploma in Professional Policing Practice
The new national entry route for police officers. You join the force on the PCDA:
- For a minimum of three years
- Earning while you learn
- Gaining a Level 6 Degree in Professional Policing Practice
- Potentially specialising in your third year
Educationally, you'll need:
- A Level (or equivalent) in at least two subjects - these must be evidenced with valid certificates
- Competence in written and spoken English
- Completed before applying to join the police
- Lets you focus on studying for the best degree result, rather than working full time alongside studying
- Three-year or two-year versions
- You'll pay for the course yourself
- You'll end up with a Level 6 Professional Policing Degree
- Can be taken alongside special constable voluntary service to develop operational competence alongside knowledge and skills
- On completion of your degree, you then apply to our force (and can benefit from a shorter two-year probation period)
- You don't need to join straight into a paid officer role
- You can volunteer as a Special Constable to see if policing is right for you
- You'll undertake the same training as regular paid officers, committing to a minimum of four hours a week
- You'll gain great insight into what it's like to be a police officer
- You'll have full policing powers and do frontline policing e.g. helping at the scene of an accident, dealing with anti-social behaviour, arresting offenders and giving evidence in court
- Check out the Citizens in Policing website for more information