Police constable (graduate diploma)

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Police constable (graduate diploma)

Level 6 degree apprenticeship

Embark on a two-year police constable probation training programme that combines academic learning with occupational training delivered by South Yorkshire Police

About the apprenticeship

Course length: 2 years, part-time

Course level: Level 6

University award: Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing

Start date: various, please visit the South Yorkshire Police website

How much it costs: funded through the employer

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

During this apprenticeship you’ll prepare for the fast-moving world of policing and will learn the skills required to be a fully operational police officer. Working as part of a police force, you'll gain experience in everything from community policing to road policing to criminal justice.

How you learn

A large part of this course involves working as a police officer. You’ll work across a full range of policing duties, engaging in workplace rotation and immersing yourself in the work environment alongside studying at university.

You will learn through: 

  • work based learning 
  • coursework
  • teaching input from policing experts
  • peer support
  • self-reflection
  • student presentations

You will progress through the course following successful achievement of assessments, which address the learning outcomes for each module and allow you to complete the course.

You will also complete an end-point assessment towards the end of the apprenticeship.

Campus facilities

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

You’ll have access to:

  • Library and learning resources 
  • Police computer systems and databases 
  • University virtual learning environment 
  • Wellbeing and support services

Entry requirements

Throughout the course, apprentices spend at least 20% of their working hours at university. They can be existing employees looking to develop their careers, or new applicants to the business.

Applicants must:

  • be over 18
  • not be in full time education
  • have the right to abode in the UK
  • meet the course entry requirements

Police officer employment

You must be employed by South Yorkshire Police as a police officer to apply for this apprenticeship. 

To apply to join the force, visit South Yorkshire Police.


  • an honours degree in any subject area


The programme adopts a blended learning approach with modules delivered through a combination of lectures, class-based seminars, practical work and site visits.

Year one 

  • Introduction to core policing practice (DHEP)
  • Contemporary policing and criminal justice (DHEP)
  • Risk, vulnerability and public protection (DHEP)

Year two 

  • Developing core policing practice (DHEP)
  • Professional policing (DHEP)
  • Policing in the modern age (DHEP)

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change.

Next steps

If you are an applicant

You must be employed by South Yorkshire Police as a police officer to apply for this apprenticeship. 

To apply to join the force, visit South Yorkshire Police.

This course is delivered by Sheffield Hallam as part of the South Yorkshire Institute of Technology

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