The recruitment and training process for police officers in Cambridgeshire has changed and we are operating the 'Policing Education Qualifications Framework' (PEQF) in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University.
We are now recruiting for police officers through our Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) and our Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA).
The DHEP allows the conversion of a degree into a graduate diploma in Professional Policing Practice, while the PCDA involves studying a fully-funded degree apprenticeship.
For the final time we are also offering the opportunity to become a police officer via the well-established two-year Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP+).
The new DHEP and PCDA entry requirements to policing mean all joining officers have a degree level qualification. This does not mean you need a degree to join as a student officer as we will be offering new routes to prepare student officers for the police constable role.
More details on the current routes to becoming a police officer are detailed in the menu below.
The DHEP and PCDA are part of PEQF, which aims to introduce a national standard level of education and training within the police service which reflects the current and future challenges we face.
You will be able to earn while you learn, study for a fully-funded degree with Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) and receive operational training. If you do not have A-levels, then career experience in certain areas and time as a Special Constable can be used instead (see below).
This is a great opportunity for those who have not studied at a degree level to be entered onto a three-year degree apprenticeship which involves a combination of in class learning and on the job experience. A modern degree-based education is no longer purely academic, there is now a strong emphasis on the development and application of professional practice in the workplace which this route provides.
The tuition fees for the degree will be covered by the force, you will also receive a salary of £24,780 upon joining, increasing to £25,902 after your first 12 months. Essentially you will earn while you learn and by the end of your probationary period you would have achieved a degree whilst also being paid a competitive salary.
We welcome applications from all backgrounds and this opportunity is open to all who do not have a degree.
For your application to meet the academic requirements, you will need to provide evidence of the following:
GCSE Maths and English at a minimum of grade C or 4 (or equivalent qualification, such as level 2 functional skills in Maths and English)
In addition to the Maths and English requirements, the following criteria will also be applied:
Applicants with passes in two A Levels (or equivalent) consisting of 32 UCAS points will automatically meet the academic entry requirements.
Applicants with less than 32 UCAS points will be considered if they can provide evidence of at least one year’s employment in a role with comparable skills to policing or academic study. These applicants will be invited to complete an aptitude test followed by a suitability discussion where an assessment will be made on their ability to meet the academic demands of the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship. Applicants who pass the suitability discussion criteria will have met the university entry requirements.
For more on qualifications support see the section below.
This opportunity is aimed towards those who already hold a degree in any subject except for a degree in policing. It is a two-year programme which allows for a conversion of your degree to a graduate diploma in Professional Policing Practice.
These two years will also count as your probationary period as a student officer and after the two years you will graduate from both the diploma and your probation. You will also start on a competitive salary of £24,780 alongside an excellent range of employee benefits and support networks.
This opportunity is open to all who hold a degree and is not just limited to recent graduates.
This opportunity is being offered for the final time before we transfer completely to PEQF routes. It is a well-established programme of initial learning, which takes two years to complete. You will undertake a period of initial learning at our training school, before moving to your designated policing area for tutoring and further operational coaching. Once you have successfully passed IPLDP+ you will be able to consider further opportunities of progression and specialism.
The starting salary for all new recruits is £24,780. On the current system, officers can expect to be earning a salary of more than £41,000 per annum by their seventh year in the job.
The Pre-join BSc (Hons) Professional Policing Degree is for those who choose to complete the degree at a Higher Education Institution of their choosing, at their own cost.
Candidates recruited via this route will also undertake academic and practice-based training to develop specific skills, assessed against national assessment criteria and operational competence. To be successful you will need to meet our minimum entry requirements and demonstrate a passion and commitment to providing a first-class policing service to our communities.
If you do not hold the relevant qualifications or experience, do not let this deter you in becoming a police officer. Please find some guidance below to support you in obtaining the qualifications or support you need.
Level 2 Qualifications
It is a requirement for all apprenticeship applicants to have ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency) approved Level 2 maths and English qualifications before the start of the course.
Level 2 Functional Skills qualifications are recognised as a GCSE equivalent, and are accepted by the ESFA to meet degree apprenticeship requirements. Functional Skills in English and/or maths are available through some further education colleges or adult education providers and can be researched locally.
Alternatively, they can be taken with online providers, such as learndirect.com
Depending on the Level 2 provider, you may be required to undertake a diagnostic test to determine your current level and whether you need to follow a course of learning, or if you are already at the right level to take the exam. There may be a cost involved for the course and/or the exam.
It is important that you ensure the qualification is Functional Skills Level 2.
Level 3 Qualifications
It is a requirement for apprenticeship applicants to have approved Level 3 qualifications, which equate to 32 or more UCAS points. You may find it useful to follow this link to the UCAS tariff point calculator. If your equivalency is a Level 3 not listed within the calculator then Anglia Ruskin will be able to determine your points.
Points can be accrued through various Level 3 qualification types which include; A Levels, NVQ Level 3 and BTECs. If you are unsure on which qualifications equate to which level please consult the following government site: GOV.UK - what different qualifications mean
Should you wish to undertake Level 3 qualifications there are a number of providers including: