This 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 of Policing. It is a three-year degree programme. 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.
Due to the specialist nature of this programme NCG strongly encourages all learners to familiarise themselves with the National Police Eligibility Requirements and be reminded that completion of this degree programme does not guarantee entry into the police force.
This guidance sets out the eligibility considerations which apply to applications for the role of police constable in respect of:
¦ previous applications
¦ financial checks
¦ criminal histories
¦ membership of the British National Party (BNP) and other similar
¦ vetting of candidates who have been living or are resident abroad
¦ identity verification and right to work
¦ tattoos and body piercings
¦ routes into policing.
This link is a nationalised list and individual forces will have varying requirements. Therefore, it is vital that you refer to the website of your preferred force to understand their individual requirements.
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 the College of Policing Webpages
A minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff Points at A-level, BTEC QCF Subsidiary, 90 Credit, National or Extended Diploma; Merits in Level 3 Access to HE Diploma, Advanced Apprenticeship.
Applicants are normally expected to have achieved grade C in GCSE Maths & English Language or the Level 2 equivalents.
Mature students (age 21) will be considered only on the basis of relevant industry experience.
Applicants for whom English Language is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS Score of 6.0 or the nationally recognised equivalent.
A satisfactory DBS clearance will be required to undertake this programme and must be obtained within the first term of enrolment.