The College of Policing is introducing a new standardised qualifications framework (PEQF) for all 43 police forces in England and Wales,

This will enable the police service to become a graduate profession, like teaching and nursing. 

The new framework includes three new entry routes for Police Constable professional training.

We are  delighted to be working in partnership with the University of South Wales to co-deliver specialist Police Constable training from June 2020. Wiltshire Police is one of five police forces in the South West and Wales to partner with the University. 

Three new entry routes from June 2020

  • Route 1. A three-year Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship, leading to a BSc (Hons) in Professional Policing Practice.
  • Route 2. A two-year postgraduate Degree Holder Entry Programme, leading to a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice
  • Route 3. A pre-join undergraduate Professional Policing Degree - a three or four year university course you complete before applying to join the police service.  

Route 1. Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship

  • Three year academic and practice based programme for individuals who do not already hold a degree
  • On completion, successful candidates will be awarded a Degree in Professional Policing Practice
  • You will need Level 2 Maths and English (GCSE graded 9-4/A*-C or equivalent) and a Level 3 qualification (A Level or equivalent). See educational requirements section for details.
  • Applicants will need to provide proof of qualifications. You can obtain a replacement exam certificate or certified statement of results via the GOV.UK website
  • We cover all course fees

More information on the PCDA

PCDA - Your Questions Answered

Route 2. Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)

  • Two year academic and practice-based programme for those who already hold a degree in any subject
  • On completion, successful candidates will be awarded a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice
  • You will need a Level 6 qualification in any subject
  • Applicants will need to provide proof of qualifications.  You can obtain a replacement exam certificate or certified statement of results via the GOV.UK website
  • We cover all course fees

More information on the DHEP

DHEP - Your Questions Answered

Route 3. Pre-join Degree Entry

  • For individuals who choose to complete a Degree in Professional Policing Practice at a Higher Education Institution of their choosing, at their own cost. 
  • Candidates carry out academic and practice based training to develop specific skills, assessed on national assessment criteria and operational competence.
  • The University of South Wales, our partners in specialist police education, is seeking undergraduates for two new courses;
  • Three year BSc (Hons) Professional Policing
  • Four year  BSc (Hons) Professional Policing, including Foundation Year 

More information on the Pre-join degree in Professional Policing is available on the College of Policing website

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