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Paths into policing with Derbyshire Constabulary
We welcome new Police Constables and Detective Constables to our teams in a variety of ways. You don’t have to have a degree, and even if you do, we can offer great opportunities for development.
Police Constable Degree Holder Entry Programme
The Police Constable DHEP offers an ideal route into policing if you already hold a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent. For more information of what is not classed as an equivalent qualification, please consult the list at the end of this article.
Learn on the job by becoming an operational police officer whilst gaining a Level 6 Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice.
The accepted qualifications for this scheme are a Bachelor’s Degree, with or without honours, or a Degree Apprenticeship in any subject.
From 13 September we are open for expressions of interest in the DHEP scheme, find out more on our DHEP page.
Detective Degree Holder Entry Programme
Looking for a further challenge? If you hold a degree or equivalent qualification in Criminology, Law, Social Work, Psychology or related subjects you could apply to become a Detective Constable.
This rewarding but tough role places you at the heart of investigations into hard-hitting issues such as child exploitation, sexual assault and murder. You will need to use your tenacity and attention to detail in order to bring justice on behalf of victims of crime.
If you are PIP2 qualified, or working towards accreditation by 30 April 2022, and hold a bachelor’s degree, with or without honours, or a degree apprenticeship in any subject, you can also access the Detective DHEP.
For both our Degree Holder Entry Programmes, we are unable to accept the following qualifications:
• Graduate Certificate*
• Graduate Diploma*
• Level 6 Award*
• Level 6 Certificate*
• Level 6 NVQ*
• Irish Foundation Degree
• Irish Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
• Irish Higher Certificate
*Please note these are classed as the same standard as a Level 6 but are not Degree based and therefore cannot be accepted for DHEP.
We will shortly be opening for expressions of interest in the the Detective DHEP role.
Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship
Our PCDA offers the opportunity to work as a police officer whilst obtaining a fully funded degree.
To apply, you need to have achieved a level 2 in Maths and English (grade C/4 or above). You will also need a level 3 qualification; the accepted qualifications are listed below:
- 2 x A Levels (Grade A-E)
- 2 x AS Levels (Grade A – E)
- Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Advanced Apprenticeship
- Level 3 NVQ
- International Baccalaureate (IB)
- BTEC National Diploma
- A2 alongside AS/A Levels to meet criteria
- Foundation Diploma
- Music Grade 6-8
- English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
- City & Guilds Level 3
- CACHE, OCR, Edexcel/ Pearson2
- CIPD Level 3
- QCF Certificate at Level 3
- Level 3 SVQ
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
- IGCSE with any English and/or Maths in the title
- EAL Level 3 Diploma
This is an opportunity to enter the police force without a degree, and become a highly skilled, multi-competent police constable who’s fully equipped to meet the increasing complex demands that our officers face every day.
We are not currently open for expressions of interest in the PCDA role, but keep an eye out on this site for when we open again.
If you have any further questions, please contact our recruitment team.
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