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Start your police career

Start your police career

Apply now for September 2022. Financial support available.

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Looking for a chance to make a difference in your community? Starting a police career will give you the opportunity to find a job that's challenging and rewarding where no two days are ever the same.

With excellent career opportunities, courses aligned to the National Policing Curriculum, a wide choice of career specialisms and links with Norfolk Constabulary, whether you're looking for a career change or want to start something new, our police courses are designed to help you start your journey to becoming a police officer.

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Access to Higher Education: Criminal Justice and Policing

Available for September 2022 start.

If you are aged 19+ and want a career in policing but don't have the qualifications you need to start a degree level course, this is an ideal route in.

Delivered at Easton College, part of City College Norwich.

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BA (Hons) in Professional Policing

Available for September 2022 start.

This is the perfect start to your policing career but also opens doors to careers in a range of related criminal justice areas.

Delivered at Easton College, part of City College Norwich, and awarded by the University of East Anglia (UEA)

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Course for school-leavers: Diploma in Public Service

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If you're thinking about your next steps after leaving school and you're considering a career in a uniformed service our Public Services diploma could be the right course for you. You will gain an insight into the various careers within the public services, what they involve and the personal qualities you'll need. In recent years the course has included:

  • Visit to the courts, prison and Norfolk Constabulary in Wymondham
  • Speakers from probation teams, prison service, UK Immigration
  • Major incident planning with Norfolk Resilience Forum
  • Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and Norfolk Constabulary hosting a variety of activities

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Why study Policing with us?

An excellent start to a policing career

Police forces are recruiting so now is a great time to become a police officer.

  • Our close partnership with Norfolk Constabulary delivers an outstanding programme which is considered a national leader
  • Our teaching team has former police officers and serving officers with over a 100 years combined experience
  • Police officers regularly attend lectures to discuss and explain their role to students

During the course, Professional Policing degree students may have the opportunity to become a Special Constable or volunteer police officer, all of who have the same powers and responsibilities as full time officers. This will help ensure you to get unique first hand experience of police jobs which will help you stand out from the competition when applying to join a UK police force after completing the course.

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Courses aligned to National Policing Curriculum

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With the rise of cyber-crime and similar emerging threats, the nature of modern policing is changing – degree level qualifications have become an essential part of police recruitment and training for new officers.

Our BA (Hons) in Professional Policing course is licensed by the College of Policing and aligned to the National Policing Curriculum that will allow you to develop a strong grounding in the theory and practical skills you need to start a police career.

Find out more about the Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) on the Norfolk Police jobs website

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Wide choice of career specialisms

As modern police jobs and recruitment changes, studying policing will help equip you for police jobs in a wide variety of areas.

From community policing, investigating major crimes or covering specialist areas such as roads policing and countering cybercrime, our courses will help give you the chance to apply to become a police officer, join the police force and start a new career.

Our courses will also help you unlock other employment opportunities through the development of vital transferable skills such as leadership, decision making and analytics that will be invaluable for any career path you choose to follow.

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Links with Norfolk Constabulary

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Our College has a long-standing partnership with Norfolk Constabulary which means our new police courses have been specifically designed to their needs for police recruitment and training .

Our courses run at Easton College, part of City College Norwich, and students also train at Norfolk Constabulary’s training centre in Hethersett.

Our courses are an excellent introduction to policing but starting your police career is dependent on successfully passing a selection and recruitment process. Our experienced teaching team provide excellent support for our students as they apply for Special Constable and full-time officer roles and we also deliver extra-curricular fitness classes to help pass the fitness entry requirements.  

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Looking for something a little different?

For courses to help you start a career related to Crime, Terrorism and Global Security or other Uniformed Public Services such as the Army, take a look at the full public service course options at Easton College and City College Norwich.

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Financial Support Options

There are a number of financial support options available depending on your individual circumstances.

Access to Higher Education: Criminal Justice and Policing

Financial support available includes:

  • course fee loans,
  • council tax reduction and
  • bursaries for travel and childcare.

In some cases, you may not need to pay courses fees and your fee may be written off if you progress on to the degree level course.

Check your eligibility to see what you could be entitled to.

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BA (Hons) in Professional Policing

Financial support available includes:

  • tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover course fees*,  
  • maintenance loan to help with living costs up to £9400 per year
  • council tax reduction and
  • Parent Learning Allowance or Childcare Grant if you have dependent children.

Check your eligibility to see what you could be entitled to.

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* Student loans do not have to be paid back until after you complete or leave your course and you are earning at least £27,000.

The Diploma in Public Services courses are for school-leavers: if you are under 19 on the 31st August prior to the start of your course, then your tuition and registration fees will normally be free.