Foundation Degree in Policing
Police Officer Recruitment via Foundation Degree in Policing and Special Constabulary Experience
Please read all the application advice before starting an application. When you are ready you can complete the application online (opens new window).
Foundation Degree in Policing
Thames Valley Police (TVP) are seeking to recruit a significant percentage of its future police officers from graduates of Foundation Degrees in Policing (where the Foundation Degrees meet national standards and involve both academic learning and practical application as a Special Constable).
This presents an opportunity for successful candidates to deploy to operational policing units significantly sooner than previously as we would recognise the skills and knowledge they have gained in their Foundation Degree.
It is important to be aware that TVP is unable to guarantee employment at the end of the FdA programme as this is dependent on a number of factors such as our agreed establishment levels.
The Foundation Degree is a two-year course with the possibility of completing a third year to upgrade to a full honours degree.
Local Providers of the Foundation Degree (Arts) (FdA) in Policing
To find out more about the Foundation Degree, local providers and entry requirements visit:
- Oxford Brookes University (opens new window) call the Course Enquiry Centre on 01865 484848
- Bucks New University (opens new window) (High Wycombe & Aylesbury Vale) or call the Course Enquiry Centre on 0800 0565 660
It is a requirement of these local FdA courses that you become a Special Constable in Thames Valley Police. Details of how this is undertaken can be found below.
Special Constabulary Recruitment
Visit the Special Constabulary recruitment process to find details of the standard Special Constabulary recruitment process (elements may differ from Foundation Degree route) including details of the fitness test.
Foundation Degree in Policing and Special Constabulary Application Pack
- Recruitment timeline (PDF 16 Kb - opens new window)
- Brief Introduction to TVP and the Special Constabulary (PDF 53 Kb - opens new window)
- Guidance notes for application process (PDF 119 Kb - opens new window)
- Self assessment questionnaire (available on vacancy)
- Key competencies required of a Special Constable (available on vacancy)
- Frequently asked questions (PDF 43 Kb - opens new window)
- Body mass index chart (PDF 81 Kb - opens new window)
- Guidance related to injuries on duty (PDF 38 Kb - opens new window)
If you have any specific questions with regard to your eligibility for the Special Constabulary or any other questions, please email the recruitment team or call 0845 2 66 66 77 and select option 4.
Benefits of this Route
- Keep your options open by gaining the benefit of a university education at the same time as taking the first step on the career ladder within the criminal justice arena.
- Study with a wide variety of like minded individuals.
- Gain practical policing experience.
- Improve your job prospects even if you eventually don’t want to go into the police service.
- Give something back to the community as a Special Constable during your FdA in policing.
- Gain interpersonal and other transferable skills.
- Join the largest non-metropolitan police service in the country.
- Gain a better position for applying as a police officer by obtaining relevant experience.
Application for the role of Special Constable are accepted from candidates who do not hold a full driving licence. However, if you do not have a full licence it may restrict the duties you can undertake or the areas in which you can work.
However, to become a Police Officer, you will be required to have a full licence before any provisional offer of appointment can be made to you.
Last updated: 15 February 2016