Degree Holder Entry Programme – East of England 7 Police Forces (Graduate Diploma)

Work-based, full-time, part-time, degree apprenticeship undergraduate (2 years)

Upon successful completion of the recruitment process, frequent start dates are available.

Most of your training will take place on the job with one of the 7 Police Forces of the East of England. You’ll work alongside experienced police officers with work-based study and attendance at regional police training centres. Begin your career in policing today.


The Degree Holder Entry Programme combines on the job learning with working towards a fully funded Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice, all while earning a competitive salary and making a difference to East of England communities. You’ll be a police officer from the day you join - embarking on an exciting career in policing like no other.


Joining the police offers a wealth of exciting and rewarding experiences and career opportunities. Supporting local communities, tackling crime and safeguarding the most vulnerable people in society – no two days are the same.

Modules & assessment

Year 1

Year 2

Your training will also include officer safety and emergency life support skills to fully prepare you for your operational role.


You’ll start your training with an initial period of classroom-based learning at a study centre in your region and join an operational policing team in which you will be working.

Your learning will cover a wide range of policing topics including officer safety training, emergency life support, safeguarding, crime investigation and operational policing skills (based on a national policing curriculum).

Throughout your training you’ll undertake work-based learning, where you’ll be fully supported in applying new skills and knowledge as part of your operational duties. You’ll be immersed in day-to-day policing. This will let you contextualise what you are learning and enable you to develop the skills and experience you need for this challenging role, while actively contributing to policing priorities in your area as a fully employed police officer from day one.

You’ll need to successfully complete both operational and academic assessments before being awarded a degree and becoming a fully-fledged police officer. All assessments have been specifically designed to test the skills, knowledge and qualities required to be an officer.

You will have to complete a number of different assessments throughout the course, including written reflective reports and essays, exams, presentations (both group and individual) and digital artefacts (e.g. a case study blog or podcast). Alongside academic assessments, you will also need to compile an Operational Competence Portfolio over the duration of the apprenticeship and pass a number of operational assessments against a range of critical policing skills, such as, providing effective initial response to a critical incident, engaging proactively with communities, conducting effective evaluation of intelligence and providing support to vulnerable people, victims and witnesses.

Where you'll study

Where can I study?

This training is delivered in partnership between your employing Force and ARU.

The first part of your study will take place at a regional police centre. However you’ll spend most of your training on the job, working as part of your local policing team, alongside experienced officers and fully supported in putting your learning into practice.

Fees & funding

Course fees

As part of the two-year Degree Holder Entry Programme you’ll work towards a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice, fully funded by the Force employing you.


Entry requirements

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To join the Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP), you must have:

  • a degree (level 6) qualification or above, in any subject area, from a recognised higher education institution.
  • Applicants will have to meet the eligibility for becoming a police officer and pass the Police SEARCH® Recruit Assessment Centre. See the College of Policing website for more information.

    For the complete entry requirements including age and residency requirements, please refer to the local force web pages for latest details.

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