202101 - Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)

Posted on 28th Jan 2021
Metropolitan Police Service
Metropolitan Police Service London

202101 - Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)

Start a career like no other in a City like no other.

Do you want a challenge? To be part of a brilliant team all working hard to keep London safe for everyone? A job where no two days are the same, but you know you are making a difference to millions of Londoners? If you do - join the Met, London’s police service, as a Police Constable.

London is a fantastic global city, and this is your chance to be part of the team who keeps it safe. As a Police Constable you’ll protect; investigate; negotiate; bring offenders to justice and much more. It’s a job that makes a difference to people’s lives every day. It’s a rewarding job. A job that comes with excellent pay and benefits; and varied career progression like no other employer can offer.

Through our exciting new entry route, you’ll earn as you learn. Gaining policing knowledge and skills whilst working towards a degree, all with the support of your new team.

To help juggle your commitments you can now join and train with us on a part time basis, so you’ve got the flexibility you need to achieve your goal of becoming a Police Constable.

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) keeping London safe for everyone whilst earning a degree for you

Our PCDA pathway, fully funded by the Met, recognises policing as a degree-level profession. The PCDA is a vocational course that focuses on practical learning and is specifically tailored to help you start your career in policing.

From day one you’ll be employed as a police officer spending most of your time on the frontline working alongside your team, turning your learning into practical experience.  

The PCDA is delivered in partnership with four London universities: Brunel University; University of West London; Anglia Ruskin University; and University of East London. It is a three-year apprenticeship programme for non-degree holders resulting in a BSc degree in Professional Policing Practice.



We’re looking for people from all backgrounds to join us. People who share our values of professionalism, integrity, courage and compassion.


See how you measure up against the criteria below:

Academic requirements to join our PCDA

You must hold a level 2 qualification in English Language at a GCSE grade C or above, or grades 4-9. If you do not have this qualification, we will also consider an English Language equivalent overseas qualification.

You must also hold, or be working towards, one of the following;

•             64 UCAS points within the meaning of section 3 of the Education and Skills Act 2008 (visit UCAS tariff calculator)

•             12 months service as a special constable having achieved independent patrol status

•             12 months service as a community support officer having passed probationary period

•             An academic or vocational qualification gained outside England and Wales which is considered by the UK National Recognition Information Centre to be equivalent to 64 UCAS points



You must be 17, or over, when applying to be a Police Constable. Applicants who are 17 will progress through the recruitment process but will not be able to take up appointment until reaching the age of 18.


If you’re from outside the UK, it’s essential that you have indefinite leave to enter or to remain in the UK

London Residency:

Candidates must have been living or studying in London for a minimum of 3 out of the last 6 years at the point of application. If you studied in London, you must have completed your studies within the last academic year.

Physical fitness:

If you do some form of regular exercise you should have no issue meeting the physical requirements of the job, set in our fitness test.   You must also meet the police eyesight standards agreed by the College of Policing.


Some tattoos will stop you working for the Met depending on what they depict and where on your body they are.

Criminal conviction/caution:

If you do have any criminal convictions or cautions on record you can still apply, eligibility will depend on the age and nature of the offence.


Membership of groups or organisations:

You will not be able to join the Met if you are a member of a group and/or organisation that contradicts our values or ethics and our commitment to inclusion.

Apply now to start your Met journey today.

As a Disability Confident Committed Employer, the Met have committed to ensuring that disabled people and those with long-term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil the potential and realise their aspirations.

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