Our Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) is very much about on-the-job training, with the added benefit of gaining a graduate diploma in professional policing. You learn whilst you earn. The Met covers all qualification fees, there is no cost to you.
It’s a two year programme, which counts as your probation. On successful completion, you graduate from your diploma.
The starting salary is £36,775, rising to £37,975 in week 30 if you meet the required standard. On successful completion you'll earn £39,181. All salaries including allowances.
You must meet the eligibility criteria to be a police constable set out in 'Who we are looking for'. You will also need or be working towards:
a degree (Level 6) qualification or above in any subject, from a UK higher education institute
an equivalent overseas degree supported by an ENIC Statement of Comparability. If you hold an overseas degree you will also need hold a functional level two English qualification
If you apply pending completion of your degree you must receive confirmation of you grade by the end of the current academic year.
Training and assessment
Your first week is a three day introduction to the Met with the remainder spent at your university. Our partner universities are:
University of West London
Anglia Ruskin University
University of East London
You then complete 16 weeks initial learning at your university, covering:
policing, the law and police powers
protection, vulnerability and public protection
policing communities, response policing and investigating crime
police leadership, coaching and mentoring
officer safety training
emergency life support
crime investigation and operational policing skills
The next eight weeks you will spend working in a police team, based on a London borough, alongside a dedicated experienced police officer who will be acting as your ‘tutor constable’. This is called 'Street Duties'. It's where you can put into practice what you have been taught.
The remainder of your two years will be spent building on what you have learnt so far. You'll enhance your skills, experience and knowledge through a number of different policing roles. This includes working in teams that respond to emergency calls from the public, and as officers policing London’s neighbourhoods working with communities.
You’ll return to your university in year two, twice for up to three weeks of learning. At the end of year two, you will have a discussion on your operational competence, including the evidence you have collated throughout your training.
Throughout your training you will need to complete operational and academic assessments. Academic assessments include exams, essays and presentations.
Upon successfully completing your two year programme, you’ll be a fully qualified police constable and graduate from your diploma.
Application and recruitment process
The following information will help you have the best chance of success with your application. It will tell you what you can expect from our recruitment process at each stage.
It can take around six months for people to complete our recruitment process. At each stage you will be contacted by and receive more information from our recruitment team who are there for you throughout.
Complete and submit an online registration form and your application form. This will cover our academic and personal eligibility criteria. You can access these forms on the 'Apply now' page in this section.
When we get your application we will conduct a basic security check, which takes around seven days.
You will be asked to complete a short, online assessment, called ‘Apollo’. This is a behavioural skills questionnaire that will check if you have the key behaviours and values to join us as a police constable.
We will share more information with you about the online assessment before you sit it. It is made up of three exercises:
Competency based interview: use examples from your work and personal life to answer a series of questions.
Written assessment: assuming the role of a police constable, you need to complete an urgent written task.
Briefing exercise: assuming the role of a police constable, you will read material and answer questions on what you have read.
Before you complete your online assessment we will let you know what technology you need. You will be invited to talk to us if you need a reasonable adjustment or can’t access the right technology.
You’ll be invited to our Met recruitment centre in south London to take part in an interview, which will include roleplaying as a police constable.
You will also need to complete a medical and our fitness test.
We will share all the information you need to prepare for your 'day two', including advice on how to get ready for our fitness test.
After you’ve passed your 'day two' we will carry out pre-employment and vetting checks. These checks are to make sure we are recruiting police officers who meet our standards of behaviour and share our values.
We will share all the information you need about when to submit your information, and explain what vetting is and what it means.
We will be in touch to offer you a final and formal offer of employment and talk to you about the best date for you to join your training intake. If you are offered a place you would need to start your training within three months.