To complete the Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing, you will need to hold a Bachelor’s degree in any subject.
Qualifications listed in your application must be evidenced with a certificate.
What if I don't meet the requirements?
If you have not yet completed a degree, you can either:
To find out more about the police recruitment process, including the assessment centres and interviews, entry requirements or eligibility checks, please visit your chosen force's website.
We are committed to supporting you to learn while you earn and have developed a blended learning approach to support this.
During your time as a Student Officer you will complete taught modules and be deployed operationally with your chosen police force.
Your learning will be delivered by a combination of Staffordshire University academics and police colleagues. You won’t need to travel to our Stoke-on-Trent campus for lectures, we’ll deliver academic excellence in locations across the region.
In your first eight weeks, you will spend four weeks learning in the classroom and four weeks completing your police induction where you’ll be given your uniform and welcomed into your new Student Officer role.
There are a number of elements that make up the assessment, including diploma assessment i.e. formal assessment of the diploma modules and ‘on-programme’ assessment of operational competence.
Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.
In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).
Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties. You will also have full access to our support services such as Student Guidance.
This course is paid for by your employer. You just have to choose your police force and apply for the role.
You will be supported with professional development throughout your career by both your Police Force and the University. A career in policing offers a wealth of opportunities including promotions through the ranks or lateral moves into specialist teams such as Counter-Terrorism, Firearms, and Dog Unit.