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Routes to a career in policing

The police service in the UK will become a graduate profession by 2020.

The Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) has been introduced by the College of Policing over a two-year period and has minimum standards for qualifications, training and knowledge required by police officers of all ranks.

The flow diagram below is intended to guide potential applicants through the process of applying for a role as a serving police officer. Each stage is explained in more detail…

Policing flow diagram - routes to a career in policing

From January 2020 the three routes into the police service are as follows:

(Pre-Join) Degree in Professional Policing

This requires applicants to obtain the Degree in Professional Policing before being appointed as a police officer. This is the degree designed and endorsed by the College of Policing and mandated by them as the national standard. This is delivered by universities that are ‘licensed’ by the College of Policing to deliver this degree programme. On completion the student will be awarded a BA (Hons) Degree in Professional Policing

Degree Holder Entry Programme

Those applicants who already hold an undergraduate degree, including a degree in Policing Studies awarded at this university or one of the other universities who offer such degrees, can apply to their chosen police force. On appointment they will be required to complete a conversion course. This will provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary in their chosen profession. It is likely that the duration and content of this conversion course will vary according to the nature of the degree held. The applicant is awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Policing at the conclusion of the studies.

Degree Apprenticeship

Applicants will apply to their chosen police force and, if successful be appointed. On appointment they will begin their three year degree apprenticeship. This will involve alternate periods of study in the university and time in their police force. During the apprenticeship period they will be ‘probationary’ police officers and on completion of their apprenticeship they will be confirmed in their appointment. The Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies is the preferred partner for delivery of the Degree Apprenticeship with Merseyside Police.

It should be noted that the award of the apprenticeship and recruitment process is ‘owned’ and administered by the police force in question. The specific details and requirements those police forces stipulate may vary from force to force and the university plays no part in that recruitment process.

The details provided here are those that are known currently. This is a developing area and details will be added and/or amended as they become known.

Read more about Police Constable Degree Apprenticeships at LJMU