The Direct Entry Superintendent programme application window reopens in January 2018.  

Please take a look at the self-selection questionnaire and the core competencies. These will help you prepare ahead of the new programme.

You will find more information and guidance to help you to complete your application in this webinar

The College of Policing is also running online Q&A sessions so you can ask questions about the Direct Entry programmes, the application process and life in the police service. To find details of these events and to register your participation please visit Please note that details of more events will be released periodically so keep checking back for updated information.


Application process

1. The first stage of the process is to complete the online application form (now closed).

You’ll be required to demonstrate the relevant competencies for the programme in your application. Help and guidance on completing the competency-based application form can be found here. More information on competencies can be found below.

2. All completed applications will then be sifted by our team of recruitment specialists and those who are successful will be invited to attend a telephone interview to further demonstrate their skills against the competencies for the programme. Help and guidance for the interview can be found here.

3. Following a successful telephone interview, you will then be invited to the Direct Entry Superintendent National Assessment Centre, the final stage of the selection process. Help and guidance on the assessment centre can be found here.

4. Candidates who are successful at the National Assessment Centre will then be considered by their chosen force for appointment.

All stages of the application process can be downloaded here for ease. 

Candidates who are successful at application stage will be invited to attend a telephone interview lasting approximately 45 minutes.  All interviews will take place between March and April 2018.

Candidates will be asked to choose an interview slot on one of these days.  Please note these will be on a first come, first served basis and any candidate unable to attend during this timeframe will, unfortunately, be unable to progress further in the process.

Candidates who are successful at the telephone interviews will be invited to attend the assessment centre.  Candidates will need to choose from the available dates.  Again, this will be on a first come, first served basis and candidates who cannot attend any of these dates will be unable to progress further in the process.

The assessment centre is given in three-day blocks during May, of which the candidate will need to attend all three days (On Day 1 candidates will be required to register and attend a briefing at 8pm, On Day 2 candidates will attend a full day of assessments and on Day 3 candidates will attend half a day of assessments, concluding by 1pm):

2017/18 Intake : May 2018 (Dates TBC) 

All the assessment centres will be held at:
College of Policing, Leamington Road, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Coventry CV8 3EN.


The National Assessment Centre
The aim of the National Assessment Centre is to measure your suitability for the programme, including your potential to reach senior levels in the police service.

During the application sift, telephone interviews and at the assessment centre, all candidates will be assessed against competencies outlined in the police service’s Competency and Values Framework. This framework aims to support all policing professionals, now and into the future, setting out nationally recognised behaviours and values. Candidates will be tested to Level 3 of the framework (the framework is cumulative and therefore candidates will be expected to demonstrate Level’s 1 and 2 also within their responses).  Candidates will be tested across the six competency areas and the four values behaviours which underpin the framework.


Assessment structure
At the assessment centre, you’ll be evaluated by a number of different individuals. All our assessors are appropriately trained in the principles and skills associated with the objective and fair appraisal of others. Assessors also receive training in the specific exercises used at the centre. Teams are made up of a mixture of service assessors (from a force in the United Kingdom) and external individuals from outside of policing.  

How do you determine if I am successful?
Once all the exercises are finished, your overall performance is considered. If you reach the requisite standard, you’ll be recommended to go on to the Direct Entry Superintendent programme.

No final decision will be made until you have completed all the exercises and your performance on each exercise has been evaluated. It’s designed to be a challenging process.

Recommended candidates will then be matched to forces based on their initial choices, as far as possible. Forces will then decide which of the recommended candidates they wish to offer places to. Each force may decide to conduct interviews or a further selection stage at this point, before offering places to candidates.