Police Constable Entry Routes

A career as a Police Constable is exciting, challenging and rewarding. Members of the public will turn to you for leadership, support and insight.

Why join Lancashire Police? We know we set the bar high but that’s because we expect a lot from our officers. In return you’ll find a supportive and inclusive environment where your contribution is valued.

Every day you’ll make a difference to the lives of Lancashire people and visitors to our county. You’ll play a vital role in keeping communities safe and feeling safe.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for all Police Officer roles have changed. This is in line with the College of Policing’s Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF).

Police Constables will need to either hold a degree already, or study to gain one on the job. This is a big step towards acknowledging the level of complexity involved in modern policing and standardising education levels across police forces.

There are two ways you can join, depending on what qualifications you hold. You can only apply for one pathway, the one you choose will be based on your qualifications.

Would You Like To Study For a Degree While Working?

If so, you should apply for the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA). 

You’ll need to hold the following qualifications before joining:

  • At least two A-Level's or equivalent Level 3 qualification (you can now apply from the age of 17 but must be 18 years old upon appointment).
  • Level 2 qualifications (GCSEs) in English and Maths at Grade 4 (C) or equivalent.

Check the list of qualifications to understand what you need to before joining.

Do You Have a Degree Already?

If you have a degree already you should apply for the Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP). 

To apply you'll need:

  • You will need to hold a level 6 degree qualification or higher (or equivalent) in any subject (except a College of Policing licensed degree in professional policing practice), or be predicted to achieve this prior to being offered a final job offer.  The qualification must be determined as a level 6 degree or higher (or equivalent) in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

*In the future we'll be offering a third way to join. If you study for a Bachelors degree in Professional Policing at a College of Policing licensed higher education institute you'll be able to apply to join as PC on our shorter, practice-based training programme. Universities launched these knowledge-based courses in September 2019 and we're planning to launch our third entry route ready for the first round of graduates leaving university in 2022.

Check this list of qualifications to understand what you currently have and what you need to apply.

However you apply you'll also need to complete:


How long does the recruitment process take?

It takes time to select the applicants with the best potential. Your application will go through several stages over the course of 6 months.

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