Police Constable Entry Routes



A career as a police officer 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.

New Entry Requirements

You’ll notice our entry requirements for Police Constables have changed. This is in line with the College of Policing’s Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF).

New 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?

Then you should apply for the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA). 

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

  • At least one A-Level or equivalent Level 3 qualification
  • Level 2 qualifications (GCSEs) in English and Maths at Grade 4 (C) or equivalent.

If you're unsure what level your qualifications are you can check here.

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:

  • An honours degree in any subject except for BSc Professional Policing*.

*In the future we'll be offering a third way to join. If you study for a BSc (Hons) 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 are launching these new, knowledge-based courses ready to start in September 2019 and we're planning to launch our third entry route ready for the first round of graduates leaving university. 

If you're unsure what level your qualifications are you can check here.

However you apply you'll also need to pass the police officer:

What Next?

Please choose your path below to find out more about how the schemes work or if you know which you're going for go straight to our application page.

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