Degree Holder Entry Programme
We are closed for applications for the Degree Holder Entry Programme. Please submit an expressions of interest form here and we will contact you when we open for recruitment again.
The Degree Holder Entry Programme is aimed at those who have an undergraduate degree in any subject.
You will work towards a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice whilst you train as a Police Officer, making a difference to Surrey’s communities. You will be employed as a Police Officer from day one and receive a starting salary of £27,280 (£24,780 plus £2,500 South East allowance). The course combines practical “on the job” training with academic learning, allowing you to ‘earn while you learn’.
Looking for a job where no two days are ever the same and where you can make a difference?
You’ll be hard pushed to find a role as rewarding as a Police Officer. You’ll have vital and unique role within Surrey’s communities; preventing and responding to crime, working to help and protect vulnerable people and using your skills to bring to justice for victims.
With our new entry routes providing you the opportunity to gain a fully-funded professional qualification in Policing Practice, with a good starting salary and opportunities to specialise and progress your career, what are you waiting for?
Whether you are fresh out of university, or looking for a second or even third career - join Surrey Police and start making a difference.
As a police officer, every day will be different. It is one of the most fulfilling, challenging and varied roles you could do.
In your shift you could be carrying out a search warrant, arresting a drug dealer or being a reassuring face to a victim of abuse. Your next shift you could be patrolling a public event, interviewing a suspect in custody or collecting vital evidence. No one will know what each shift will bring, but we do know you won’t get bored.
Policing is not purely about enforcement, your communication skills and ability to build relationships with the public will be key. You will need to be caring and compassionate, dealing with victims of crime, witnesses and vulnerable members of our community. In a fast paced environment, you will need to be prepared for the unexpected and always be calm under pressure, making critical split second decisions.
There are many opportunities to progress through the ranks and/or specialise in an area of policing that interests you. You can become a detective or join the Tactical Firearms Unit; be part of the Roads Policing Unit or one of our Public Protection teams, just to name a few.
Wherever you decide to take your career, we will support you and help you develop to be the best officer you can be. Your development starts from day one and our new entry routes and training programme will give you all the skills and knowledge you need to be an effective police officer.
At Surrey Police, size is our advantage. As a smaller force we have a real family feel where it is easier to network and easier for us to support you in being the best you can be.
We can offer you:
- A starting salary of at least £27,280 (including South East Allowance of £2,500) depending on your chosen entry route, with the potential to rise to £42,628 within the first seven years.
- A fully-funded professional qualification.
- 22 days per year annual leave, rising to 30 days a year depending on your length of service.
- Progressive approach to flexible working, enhanced maternity and paternity leave and potential for a career break (after two years’ service).
- Opportunity to join various support networks, staff associations and sports clubs.
- A competitive benefits package including pension, flexible benefits, employee assistance programme for advice and counselling, access to discounts / savings / cash-back rewards.
- Career development opportunities including the chance to specialise or to progress through the ranks.
- Free bus travel across Surrey.
- A fuel card worth £110 per month, or up to £1200 per year for a rail season ticket, when you have two or more years’ service.
This is just a selection of our benefits, now find out more.
To apply as a Police Officer you must:
- Be aged 17 or over (on the day you submit your application). You will need to be 18 years or over by your first day
- Have been a UK resident for the past three years
- Be a British or Commonwealth citizen, or an EC/European Economic Area national, or a foreign national whose stay in the UK is unrestricted
- Have a full UK manual driving licence (by the time of appointment)
- Not have six penalty points or more on your driving licence
- Be prepared to work shifts including nights, weekends and bank holidays
- Not have tattoos which could cause offence
- Not be registered bankrupt (or have bankruptcy debts that have been discharged within the past three years)
- Be able to pass a job-related fitness test
- Be able to pass a medical screening and meet the minimum eyesight standards
- Not be a current or previous member of a proscribed terrorist organisation or group
To be considered for entry to the Degree Holder Entry Programme, applicants must provide certificates and transcripts of the following qualifications:
- UK undergraduate degree (360 credits) in any subject
- Non-UK degrees can be considered if their degree is recognised as equivalent by UK NARIC. You will need to provide evidence of an acceptable English language qualification if your degree was not taught and assessed in English.
You will be required to upload and attach your relevant degree certificate and transcript to your application when you apply.
I haven’t got my degree certificate or transcript – am I still eligible?
We need to see evidence, so you will need to request a certificate from your University. If you have completed your qualification in the last few years we may well be able to check your Personal Learning Record (PLR), please contact the recruitment team on [email protected] and we can discuss this with you further.
I haven’t received my formal certificates yet due to the delay from the pandemic, can I apply?
Due to the covid-19 pandemic, we are aware that there have been some delays in exam boards sending certificates. As a temporary measure, we will therefore accept statements of results if they are on headed paper. You will be required to send through certificates at a later date.
I am currently studying – does the credit I have already achieved count as a qualification at this level?
Unfortunately not, you must have completed and been awarded a full qualification, you will not be considered as holding the qualification until you can evidence having completed it.
Does the class or subject of my degree matter?
No – any bachelor’s degree at any class is suitable.
Do I need to have honours?
No, you do not need to have an honours degree but you must have completed your degree in full.
What if I have a foundation degree?
Unfortunately these are not suitable and you will be unable to undertake a DHEP course, you will however still meet the eligibility for the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) if you have Level 2 Maths and English as well.
I have a qualification from another country – will it still count?
You’ll need to provide evidence that your qualification is equivalent to or higher than an Undergraduate Degree. For the UK and European countries you can check on the Gov.uk website.
For qualifications from other countries we’ll need a translation of any certificates that are not in English and you may need to provide evidence of the comparative level, a formal Statement of Comparability can be purchased via ENIC.
The Degree Holder Entry Programme is aimed at those who have an undergraduate degree in any subject. You will work towards a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice whilst you train as a Police Officer, making a difference to Surrey’s communities. You will be employed as a Police Officer from day one and receive a starting salary of £27,280 (£24,780 plus £2,500 South East allowance). The course combines practical “on the job” training with academic learning, allowing you to ‘earn while you learn’.
Year 1 - In Year 1 you will develop your core operational policing skills though a mixture of classroom and on the job learning. The initial learning phase of the course is held at our Headquarters in Guildford for 9 weeks. You will then be partnered with an experienced Police Officer who will be your dedicated coach for the next 20 weeks. Independent Patrol Status will also be achieved, enabling you to respond to incidents by yourself - but don’t worry as you will be continually supported throughout!
Year 2 – In Year 2 you will develop your advanced policing skills and will have the chance to specialise in an area of interest.
Throughout the 2 years you will study a range of topics including law, intelligence and ethics in policing, and then apply these skills practically in your role as a Police Officer. All learning is delivered in partnership with Surrey Police and the University. 20% of your work time will be allocated as protected learning time, enabling you to study, complete assignments or meet with force or university tutors.
The application process consists of several stages and it’s important to note that because of this, the average time from application to appointment is between 8–10 months.
Surrey Police has introduced a new online assessment process during the Covid-19 pandemic. Our national recruitment standards are maintained, and in the coming months this will continually be reviewed. During the current climate the following stages apply:
Stage One: Application form
Your personal details will be checked and that all eligibility criteria has been met.
Stage Two: Behavioural Style Questionnaire (BSQ)
A multiple-choice assessment, which will assess whether you have the right behavioural traits to work as a Police Constable.
Stage Three: Virtual Assessment Centre.
- Online video competency-based interview – This interview will be based upon the competency and values framework
- Briefing exercise – You will be presented with a short brief and have to prepare your responses to key questions.
- Written exercise – You will be provided with information and will be asked to provide written responses.
Stage Four: Online force interview
Interview conducted by a panel of Surrey Police representatives. This interview will be based upon the competency and values framework.
Stage Five: Pre-employment checks
This is when we begin our pre-employment checks which consist of a medical, vetting, biometric vetting and a fitness test.
- Fitness Test – you will need to obtain level 5.4 in a 15 metre shuttle run. Whilst we do not expect candidates to be professional runners, you will be required to have a reasonable level of fitness and be able to run at a steady pace for around 4 minutes.
- Medical – you will be required to complete a questionnaire with your medical history.
- Biometric Vetting – we will take your fingerprints, DNA, and check them against the appropriate database. We will also collect a sample of hair to test for the presence of inappropriate substances.
- Vetting - this will assess you and your families’ criminal record, financial status and business interests.
If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please read our helpful guide
If you have passed the National Assessment Centre (SEARCH or Day One) in the past 24 months, you may be able to transfer your score to Surrey Police.
We can accept scores of 50% and higher for SEARCH, and 55% or higher for Day One. Scores are valid for 24 months from the date of your assessment centre.
To transfer your score please send a copy of your assessment report to [email protected]. You can request your assessment report from the force at which it was undertaken.
Our ability to build trust, understand problems and support our communities across a range of policing matters, relies on us having a workforce that is reflective of our communities and all the unique individuals that exist within them. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity within our workforce and to eliminating discrimination.
We are very keen to encourage applications from those that have never considered policing as a career. Representation within our workforce from black and minority ethnic communities is currently much lower than we want it to be; by improving this we will be better able to serve our local communities and our work place will benefit from all the differences in thinking, points of view, and approaches that diversity brings.
We are actively working on a range of activities to improve this and one of the proactive ways we are seeking to increase representation is via a bespoke mentoring scheme which is aimed at guiding applicants from diverse communities through the recruitment process.
For more information email [email protected]