Foundation Degree in Policing

Police Officer Recruitment via Foundation Degree in Policing and Special Constabulary Experience

To apply:

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:

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

Useful documents:

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.

Driving Licence

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