Entry routes to the Police and the College of Policing License
From 1 Jan 2020, policing will become a graduate profession and gaining a L6 qualification (a Bachelor’s degree) will be a requirement for the office of Police Constable. There are three different entry routes to the police:
- Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship: 'earn while you learn', you join the police and study for your degree during the three-year probationer period
- Degree Holder Entry Programme: aimed at people holding any other degree than #3 below who enter the police. You are expected to study for two-year graduate diploma in policing once you start
- A pre-join Degree in Professional Policing: a specific programme that is licensed by College of Policing and incorporates the National Policing Curriculum
We offer the Pre-join Degree in Professional Policing, which embeds the National Policing Curriculum and is validated by the College of Policing
The degree has a currency of 5 years following graduation for recruitment into policing. This means that your degree allows you to apply to the Police Constable role through the ‘Pre-Join Degree in Professional Policing’ route up to 5 years after graduation. Any later than that, and it will no longer qualify, this is because professional policing requires candidates to maintain an up to date knowledge and understanding of current policing issues and practices.
Our School has invested significantly in a Hydra suite that will allow our students to simulate policing scenarios under ‘close-to-real’ conditions. We see this as a major advantage to our students who will be able to directly experience highly realistic policing incidents, situations and scenarios as part of their integrated learning.
To help your understanding, we have a long-standing collaboration with Kent Police, as well as links with other police services including Essex, the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the Metropolitan Police and the Police Service of The Netherlands. We also have links with a wide range of community and voluntary agencies.
Staff case study
The writing team behind Blackstone’s Handbook for Policing Students, led by Professor Robin Bryant, are all from the School of Law, Criminal Justice and Policing. The book has been used by the majority of police services in England and Wales as the core text for new recruits into the police service and it is key reading for students on pre-join policing programmes in universities across the country. Contributors from the School include several members of staff who also teach on the Policing Suite. The Handbook reflects the multitude of avenues into policing now open to future police officers, from pre-join courses to progression from serving as a special constable or working as a Police Community Support Officer.