Become a police officer

Make your difference

ARU are proud to be working with eight police forces across the East and South East of England and London to recruit and educate new police officers through two new entry routes into policing.

The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship and the Degree Holder Entry Programme are part of the new Police Education Quality Framework (PEQF), which aims to further professionalise policing as a career by raising educational standards.

We’re delighted to partner with Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Norfolk and Suffolk police forces, and the Metropolitan Police to offer two more ways to Make Your Difference.

Learn on the job

As a new recruit you will become paid officers from day one, working alongside experienced officers whilst practically applying your learning. You’ll combine on the job learning with working towards a fully funded degree, all while earning a competitive salary and making a difference to local communities.

Diversity and inclusivity

One of the aims of the two new routes into policing is to help create a police workforce more representative of the communities it serves. That’s why it’s really important that people from all backgrounds, ages, ethnicities, faiths, abilities, gender and sexual orientation join us.

Achieve your potential with ARU

It’s a core part of ARU’s mission to support everyone regardless of background to achieve their potential. We have a proud history of delivering innovative work-based degrees and train many of the region’s future key workers including nurses, midwives, doctors, paramedics, social workers and teachers. We’re delighted to be offering these new policing opportunities with our partner forces across the East and South East of England and London.

New routes to joining the Police

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship

Launch or change career with this 3 year, on the job degree apprenticeship.

Explore East of England Forces PCDA Explore the Metropolitan Police PCDA

Degree Holder Entry Programme

Convert your existing undergraduate degree with our 2 year DHEP programme.

Explore East of England Forces DHEP Explore the Metropolitan Police DHEP

Forces we’re proud to be working in partnership with

Click on the force names below to find out more about working with each of the forces and how to apply. Applications are open for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and The Metropolitan Police and will open in Spring 2021 for Kent and Essex. Alternative entry routes are available sooner, explore the force recruitment pages for further detail.






Metropolitan Police



ARU also offer a campus-based, undergraduate degree in Professional Policing. Graduates from this course will be able to apply directly to police forces as a Police Constable. Explore BSc Hons Professional Policing.