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New routes into policing

New routes into policing - coming 2021

To ensure we prepare our new police officers for the demands and complex challenges of modern day policing we will be moving to a new educational route into this career path.

In 2021 new officers will follow the degree apprenticeship route. This route still involves on the job officer training but with the additional benefit of gaining a fully funded degree, in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University. It also gives candidates the unique opportunity to earn whilst working towards, and gaining, a degree.  

 There will be three options available:

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)

This is a three-year professional degree apprenticeship and will see you achieve a Degree in Professional Policing Practice. The force will cover the full cost of the degree programme.

Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)

The Degree Holder Entry Programme is for those who already hold a degree in any subject area.  This is a two-year academic and practice based programme with our education partner, Anglia Ruskin University. This route will see you achieve a Diploma in Professional Policing Practice. 

Pre-join Degree

The Pre-join Degree in Professional Policing Practice is for those who choose to complete the degree at a Higher Education Institution of their choosing, at their own cost.

If you choose this route you will also undertake academic and practice based training to develop policing skills, assessed against national assessment criteria and operational competence.  To be successful you will need to meet our minimum entry requirements and demonstrate a passion and commitment to providing a first class policing service to our communities.

Entry Requirements for our new routes into Policing:

A Level 3 qualification, or equivalent experience which equates to 2 A Levels at Grade C. 

If you have relevant experience but may not have A levels, we will ask you to complete an online assessment and have a further discussion with you.

An example of relevant experience would typically include two years or more in the following roles; armed forces, nursing/care sector, social work, youth work, charity work, teaching, experience in justice & law enforcement sectors, police staff – specifically custody, public contact, demand hub, enquiry office and investigative roles, PCSO or special constable, criminal justice sector/cps/courts, border force, prison service, local authority experience involving close and sustained working with police, emergency services – ambulance/fire, experience of cyber/digital and financial fraud crimes or roles which have focused on promotion of equality of opportunity and inclusion.

If you would like to find out more about our new entry routes, we would be happy to hear from you, please get in touch via email.


Please note these options will be live in 2021. Our current route, which consists of a two year probation to gain the NVQ in Policing, is still available.  

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