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New entry routes into policing

We support all three of the new national entry routes into the policing profession at the rank of police constable. This is in line with the new Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF).

"The PEQF is a significant aspect of the professionalisation of the service in striving towards the 2025 Policing Vision. With a strong foundation and innovative approach over many years within Policing at UCLan we are delighted to be working with the constabularies to deliver such critical programmes within the framework."

Clive Tattum, Principal Lecturer

Option 1: Pre-join degree route

Our pre-join degree is approved by the College of Policing, and is offered at both our Preston and Burnley campuses. It covers the national curriculum for the police constable role.

Graduates can then apply to a police force.

Option 2: Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)

A three-year degree apprenticeship is an exciting opportunity for successful applicants to achieve a degree in professional policing practice while also serving as a working police officer.

We work with both the Cumbria Constabulary and Lancashire Constabulary to deliver their degree apprenticeship programmes. To find out more including vacancies, entry requirements and applications click the links below:

Option 3: Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)

If you already have a degree in another subject, you can apply directly to regional constabularies to be a police constable. This work-based route is supported by academic study towards a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice, normally lasting two years. Cumbria Constabulary also offer a Detective Pathway Programme.

For more information, see the constabulary websites:

"This new process acknowledges the ever-increasing complexities in crime, such as cyber or terrorist threats, and recognises the all-round high levels of skill and professionalism a police officer needs to attain."

Stephen Kirkpatrick, Director of Corporate Support Cumbria Constabulary

Other routes into policing and criminal justice

If you have a wider interest in policing and associated investigative and law enforcement professions, you can study on our well established PCI degree with a proven track record of employment in law enforcement careers, as well as a wide variety of professions:

Upon graduation, those who do then wish to apply to be a police constable, can join via the DHEP route following a work-based programme, supported by off-the-job learning normally lasting two years.