Expression of Interest - Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship

Posted on 17th Oct 2020

Expression of Interest - Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship

Vacancy Information

Submit your expression of interest today and we will contact you when recruitment opens.

Please be advised this is not an application for the role

The Role

Careers don’t come more rewarding than this. Tackling crime, taking knives off the streets, engaging and educating young people and being the person everyone looks towards for help. A Police Officer’s role is demanding and diverse – no two days are the same.

We’re looking for people who have the judgment to make quick decisions; are confident to be first person in; have the compassion and empathy to help those in need; who’ll have their colleagues back no matter what and the resilience to serve the community every single day.

In return, we promise a good starting salary, great training experiences, opportunities for progression, the chance to achieve a professional qualification in Policing Practice and the pride that comes from helping others. You will become part of our policing family; dedicated to keeping communities safe and feeling safe, identifying and protecting vulnerable people, preventing and responding to harm.

Key Responsibilities

The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) is one of the new entry route for Police Constables.

A three-year apprenticeship programme, you will be employed as an officer from day one, gaining valuable experience of the role alongside studying towards a Degree in Professional Policing Practice. Study will be a mix of on and off the job and you will be awarded your degree at the end of the three year programme and with completion of your probation period. You will be paid a full salary of £21,402 per annum plus £2,500 South East Allowance and will not be charged any tuition fees – therefore no need for student loans

Skills & Experience

To apply for the PCDA, you will need to:

    • be aged 17 years or over when you submit your application (18 by appointment)

    • have lived in the UK for 3 continuous years immediately prior to application

    • have leave to enter, or leave to remain in the UK for an indefinite period

    • have a current full UK manual driving licence, by the time of appointment

    • have achieved GCSE/Level 2 functional skills in both Maths and English (A*-C/9-4) or educational equivalent. You will need to provide copies of your qualifications with your application form.

    • have achieved one A Level Grade A*-C or equivalent Level 3 qualification that is a minimum of 32 UCAS points. (You can check how many points your qualification is worth on the UCAS tariff calculator You will need to provide copies of your qualification with your application form.

    • applicants without a Level 3 qualification can be considered if they are a current serving (or have left within the last 18 months, having completed 18 months' service) as a Special Constable or PCSO with Independent Patrol with any police force.
      We will also accept current Investigating Officers, PIP Investigators, Contact Officer or Controllers who have completed 18 months service (or have left within the last 18 months, having completed 18 months' service).
      Experience in other operational policing roles can be considered on a case by case basis for candidates who have served a minimum of 2 years service within the last 6 years and have exemplary references.

  • applicants will also be considered as meeting the Level 3 qualification requirements, who have served for minimum of 2 years within the last 5 years in the armed forces or similar law enforcement agencies and have exemplary references.

    • not be a member of the British National Party (BNP) or other relevant organisations such as Combat 18 or the National Front

    • not have tattoos which cause offence

    • not have more than six penalty points

Contact Details

If you have any questions about the role or the recruitment process, please read the attached Guide to becoming a Police Officer.

If you have any other queries – please contact

Diversity Statement

Our ability to build trust, understand problems and support our communities across a range of policing matters, relies on us having a workforce that is reflective of our communities and all the unique individuals that exist within them. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity within our workforce and to eliminating discrimination.

We are very keen to encourage applications from those that have never considered policing as a career. Representation within our workforce from black and minority ethnic communities is currently much lower than we want it to be; by improving this we will be better able to serve our local communities and our work place will benefit from all the differences in thinking, points of view, and approaches that diversity brings.

We are actively working on a range of activities to improve this and one of the proactive ways we are seeking to increase representation is via a bespoke mentoring scheme which is aimed at guiding applicants from diverse communities through the recruitment process.

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