Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)

What you need to know

19 Feb 2021

This programme is designed for those people who already have an existing degree in any subject.

In the modern age, police officers undertake a complex role and operate at a degree level every Download day, so we are recognising the work we do with the appropriate level of qualification.

Police Officers in classroomYou will be a police officer from day one, earning while you learn, and will spend two years as a student officer following a work based training programme that integrates your training and the achievement of Occupational Competence. This will be fully supported by off-the-job learning delivered by our in-house training team. You will be fully supported and the assessment of your learning is based on your role as a police officer.

Official logo for York St John UniversityWe have partnered with YSJ to deliver the training of our student officers

Upon successful completion of your training period you will achieve a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice from York St John University.

More about the programme

Police Officer using laptopIt will be demanding as you will be an operational police officer working full shifts but you will be supported in your studies. It is not delivered in a lecture/seminar style but is integrated into your police training and is more about workshops, group work, general teaching and inter-activity. All learning material will be available to you ‘24/7’ online.

You will be given 20% ‘off the job’ time to carry out your studies over the two years and assessments are based on the role of a police officer. Yes, there will be some essays and examinations on law and policy, but it is so much more, including E-portfolios, Operational Policing Plans, Problem Solving, Presentations, Policy reviews, Investigation plans, Case studies and Evidenced-Based Policing projects.

Application criteria

  • Be of 17 years of age or over to apply and 18 years of age by time of appointment. There is no upper age limit for applying to the police service but please take into consideration that the normal retirement age is 60.
  • Ideally you should hold a full, valid manual EU/UK driving licence. If you do not currently hold a fullmanual UK/EU driving licence, you must be hold one by the end of year 1 from the date of your appointment.
  • Have a history of regular attendance during education or in employment
  • Maintain a good level of fitness.
  • Comply with the our tattoo policy.
  • Meet vetting requirements – this means having no criminal convictions (some minor offences may be considered on an individual basis)
  • Have a Level 6 degree

*If you have qualifications from outside the UK then please contact us before you apply so that we can make an individual assessment about whether you meet our application criteria OR If you have served in the armed forces and have successfully completed the minimum term of service (usually four years) and have achieved an exemplary reference please contact us before you apply so that we can make an individual assessment about whether you meet our application criteria.

Employee benefits

  • Salary - starting on £21,420.  At 22 weeks following initial training, increasing to £24, 780.  Reaching a salary of £41,130 after 7 years.
  • Shift pattern - As a patrol officer you will work four 12 hour shifts with four shifts off, providing you with a good work/life balance. Some specialist roles work different shift patterns, you should note that all shift patterns are subject to change. 
  • Unsociable hours - You will be paid an additional 10% per hourly rate for every hour you work between 8pm and 6am
  • Pension scheme - We offer a contributory pension scheme which is based on a percentage of your pensionable pay.  (12.44 % at appointment)
  • Annual leave allowance - 22 days annual leave, increasing to 25 after 2 years at PC rank
  • ​Bridge pass - Provided if your usual place of duty is on the opposite side of the bridge to your home for use for journeys to and from work.
  • Staff Support - we are a disability confident employer and are committed to support our staff with all disabilities including dyslexia.
  • Staff support groups – the opportunity to join a number of staff support and engagement forums and have a say on matters that are important to you from Women in Policing to The Forum and have a say on matters that are important to you.
  • Generous contractual sick pay arrangements
  • Supportive maternity/paternity/shared parental leave provisions
  • Range of Health and Wellbeing initiatives including free access to our in-house gyms, Employee Assistance Programme and a range of other proactive health measures including cycle to work scheme.
  • Ongoing professional development.
  • A working environment that values diversity and inclusion.