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Become a police officer

Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)

This 2-year graduate diploma is a Level 6 qualification. It is available if you have an existing degree qualification, providing direct entry into the police service

Students with a police officer

Developed in partnership with Humberside Police, this programme follows the same National Policing Curriculum as the PCDA or Professional Policing BA (Hons).

Offered by York St John University in partnership with Humberside Police.

  • Humberside Police

York campus

  • Duration – 3 years full-time. Part-time route available by arrangement after the initial learning phase.
  • Start date – December 2021, September 2021
  • School – York Business School

Course overview

The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) route into policing is an exciting opportunity for individuals from all backgrounds to obtain a degree whilst working and earning a full salary as a police officer.

The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) programme is delivered in partnership with the De Montfort University and includes classroom delivery, practical application and tutorship. The programme will be split between the De Montfort University and our police headquarters in Enderby.

You will be classed as a full-time student and will be able to take advantage of student benefits.

Whilst you are completing your degree, you will earn a wage and will be employed by Humberside Police. You will be confirmed in post upon successful completion of the programme, following any necessary probationary checks.

Course structure

During the 3 year programme, you will progress from academic level 4 to level 6 (degree level) and be developed to be a highly-skilled, multi competent police constable, reflecting the increasingly complex demands required of the police service.

As a degree apprentice, you are employed as a police officer from day one. The degree will run alongside your police training for three years. You will be doing police training and academic work at the same time. You will also be completing work-based assessment and exams, this means you will do the job of a regular police officer.

Delivered in a blended way, the programme supports an experiential approach to learning. The curriculum is structured to enable you to develop and apply the required knowledge, skills and behaviours over time and in various operational areas.  It offers you a package of support to help you progress through the programme. 

You will be based between force headquarters in Enderby, Leicestershire and the university during the initial training periods. The apprenticeship programme will enable rotations around various key departments in the second year and you will be able for specialisms in the third year.

Apprentices are not required to contribute towards the cost of their degree but remain in probation for the three-year duration of the programme.


How to apply

Before you apply, you need to check whether you meet the eligibility criteria for police constables.

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