Pre-join degree

The pre-join degree is a professional academic knowledge-based degree, based upon the national curriculum for the police constable role.

The pre-join degree can only be offered by organisations that have been licensed by the College. It is a three-year degree programme (if studied full-time) and is paid for by the student themselves.

If you wish to enter the police service via this route, you should achieve a pre-join degree before applying to join the police service. You would then need to successfully apply to join a police force as a probationary police constable. National and local entry requirements would need to be met, and achievement of the degree does not guarantee a successful application.

Once you have joined a force, you must undertake further practice-based learning and assessment, demonstrating competence in your role and complete a two-year probationary period, in line with police regulations.

For more information on the pre-join degree for prospective students, or on the other police constable entry routes, please see our other webpages:

For more information on the delivery requirements and resources available for prospective providers seeking a licence from the College, please see information for prospective licensees.

If you have any further questions about the pre-join degree, please contact us by emailing

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