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Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing

Degree apprenticeship

One woman police officer and two male police officers in uniform chatting in front of a police car.

Embark on a two-year police constable probation training programme that combines academic learning with occupational training delivered by South Yorkshire Police to further your career in policing.


How does it work?

This course is a Level 6 Graduate Diploma for trainee police officers who hold a degree in a subject other than policing. You will have already passed all relevant force Police Constable selection processes, met required eligibility criteria and had an offer of employment from South Yorkshire Police and will, therefore, be a warranted police officer from the very start of the course.

Our next start date for this course is Spring 2023

We have several start dates for this course throughout the year. Visit the South Yorkshire Police Be The Future page for more information.



1. Course summary

  • Learn the skills required to work effectively as a fully operational police officer 
  • Cover everything from community policing and road policing to criminal justice and counter terrorism
  • Gain real-world experience by working as part of the police force throughout the course

2. How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. You learn from a mix of both lecturer-led and student-led inputs, and virtual and face-to-face delivery.

Much of your learning will be distance on-line and self-managed learning so that you can access it whenever you need to. This is a practice-based qualification and as such, a significant portion of your learning will occur in the workplace. You will need to adopt a self-reflective approach and seek opportunities for self-development.

You learn through 

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • project work
  • case studies
  • simulated scenarios
  • work based learning

Applied Learning

Live projects 

A large part of this course involves working, on the job, as a police officer. You will work across a full range of policing duties, engaging in workplace rotation and immersing yourself in the work environment alongside your academic studies. 

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in:

  • policing 
  • support roles within the police force

Equipment and Facilities 

On this course you work with:

  • Academic and Training Team from Sheffield Hallam and South Yorkshire Police
  • Work-based Practice Educators and tutor
  • Library and learning resources 
  • Technical resources
  • IT support
  • Police computer systems and databases 
  • Communications tools
  • University virtual learning environment 
  • Student support and wellbeing services
  • Professional wellbeing and support services 
  • Work-based Practice Educator


3. Where you'll study

You will study at our City Campus as well as at South Yorkshire Police’s training premises at Robert Dyson House, Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

4. Entry requirements

Entrants to this award will have previously completed an honours degree in any subject area and will be already employed by the police force.



5. Modules

Year 1 • Introduction to Core Policing Practice (DHEP) • Contemporary Policing and Criminal Justice (DHEP) • Risk, Vulnerability and Public Protection (DHEP)

Year 2 • Developing Core Policing Practice (DHEP) • Professional Policing (DHEP) • Policing in the Modern Age (DHEP)

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