Police Officer Entry Routes



A career as a Police Officer is exciting, challenging and rewarding. Members of the public will turn to you for leadership, support and insight.

Why join Lancashire Police? We know we set the bar high but that’s because we expect a lot from our officers. In return you’ll find a supportive and inclusive environment where your contribution is valued.

Every day you’ll make a difference to the lives of Lancashire people and visitors to our county. You’ll play a vital role in keeping communities safe and feeling safe.

New Entry Requirements

You’ll notice our entry requirements for Police Officers have changed. This is in line with the College of Policing’s Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF).

New Police Officers will need to either hold a degree already, or study to gain one on the job. This is a big step towards acknowledging the level of complexity involved in modern policing and standardising education levels across police forces.

There are two ways you can join, depending on what qualifications you hold. You can only apply for one pathway, the one you choose will be based on your qualifications.

Would You Like To Study For a Degree While Working?

If so, you should apply for the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA). 

You’ll need to hold the following qualifications before applying:

  • At least one A-Level or equivalent Level 3 qualification
  • Level 2 qualifications (GCSEs) in English and Maths at Grade 4 (C) or equivalent.

If you're unsure what level your qualifications are you can check here.

Do You Have a Degree Already?

If you have a degree already you should apply for the Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP). 

To apply you'll need:

  • An honours degree in any subject except for BSc Professional Policing*.

*In the future we'll be offering a third way to join. If you study for a BSc (Hons) Professional Policing at a College of Policing licensed higher education institute you'll be able to apply to join as PC on our shorter, practice-based training programme. Universities are launching these new, knowledge-based courses ready to start in September 2019 and we're planning to launch our third entry route ready for the first round of graduates leaving university. 

If you're unsure what level your qualifications are you can check here.

However you apply you'll also need to pass the police officer:


How long does the recruitment process take?

It takes time to select the applicants with the best potential. Your application will go through several stages over the course of 6 months.

You can see the recruitment timelines for those who applied in July and August 2019 here.

What next?

We recruit police officers in groups so that new entrants can train together and gain the best start.

We're planning on opening for applications in Spring 2020.

Register your interest and we'll keep you updated with opening dates for Police Officer applications and useful information about becoming a Police Officer.

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