Information for Prospective CKP Students

​Entry routes into policing are changing.  The Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) is introducing three new entry routes for Police Constables.  Forces will move towards recruitment using a combination of these routes from 2018, with all PC recruitment via these routes from 1 January 2020.  Further information on the PEQF is also available.

  • Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)
  • Degree Holder Entry Programme
  • A pre-join undergraduate Degree in Professional Policing.

From now until this date, we are in the transition phase moving from the current entry routes to the new ones.

What does this mean for students of current entry routes?

Forces may still recruit, using the current IPLDP-based entry routes until 31st December 2019.

Dual Entry Routes

Forces may choose to run dual entry routes during this transition phase.  This means that not only can they recruit Police Constables using the current entry routes, they can also recruit using the new entry routes under the PEQF.  This dual arrangement will cease on 31st December 2019 as from 01st January 2020, the entry routes under PEQF for Police Constable will be the requirement.

Current Foundation or Bachelor's Degree (incorporating the CKP) students:

Those Higher Education Institutions (HEI's) who offer CKP as part of a wider educational programme must be Approved Providers with the College of Policing.  They are listed on our website and will display the following logo on their marketing.



This logo does not mean that this HEI is approved by the College of Policing to deliver the new pre-join undergraduate Degree in Professional Policing as there is a different process for confirmation of the new pre-join degree programme. We anticipate seeing HEIs marketing the new Degree in Professional Policing from late 2018 / early 2019.

The CKP is NOT the new pre-join undergraduate Degree in Professional Policing. 

The CKP IS the knowledge component of the Diploma in Policing, which is linked to the current Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP).  IPLDP will be replaced by the new entry routes from 2020.

The CKP in itself does not guarantee entry into the Police Service; as all entrants are also required to pass the National Police SEARCH® Recruitment and Force vetting processes.  

If you are thinking of commencing an educational programme during this transition period, please look at the new entry routes to understand the implications of the new arrangements coming in.  www.college.police.uk/qualifications  

A candidate who has an existing Bachelor's degree, would be able to apply to join the Police Service via the Degree Holder Route.   The standalone CKP course or a Foundation Degree, would enable the candidate to apply via the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship route.  This will provide potential opportunities for Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) to be considered from the learning already achieved via these products.  The CKP will continue to be evidence of holding a level 3 qualification.

Candidates are advised to check police forces eligibility criteria, the police recruitment and police officer pages provide further information for those wishing to apply to become a police constable with Local force webpages providing further information on their recruitment.

A degree programme does not guarantee entry into the Police Service; as all entrants are also required to pass the National Police SEARCH® Recruitment and Force vetting processes. 

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