Pre-join policing degree:
The pre-join policing degree is a professional academic knowledge-based degree, based upon the national curriculum for the police constable role.
The pre-join degree can only be offered by organisations that have been licensed by the College of Policing. It is a three-year degree programme - if studied full-time - and is paid for by the student themselves.
If you wish to enter the police service via this route, you should achieve a pre-join degree before applying to join the police service. You would then need to successfully apply to join a police force as a probationary police constable. National and local entry requirements would need to be met, and achievement of the degree does not guarantee a successful application.
Once you have graduated with a pre-join degree, you will need to apply to join your chosen police force as a probationary police constable. To do this, you must:
- Apply within five years of your graduation date
- Meet all of the recruitment criteria for the particular force.
Once you have successfully joined a force as a probationer, you must then:
- Undertake further practice-based learning and assessment in your force
- Demonstrate competence in the police constable role
- Complete the two-year probationary period, in line with police regulations.
For a list of universities licensed to offer the degree, please click here.
We have regular recruitment windows for applications to become a police officer. The next time we will be taking applications to the pre-join route is September 7, 2020.
You can register your interest by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Details are kept on file and during recruitment windows the work force planning team will notify you.