Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship
If you decide to take this route – known as the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) – you will be a police officer from the first day and earn a competitive apprenticeship salary of £18,000.
Entrants receive practical on-the-job training alongside academic theory and knowledge while earning.
This is a structured three year programme, after successful completion you are awarded a degree in professional policing practice.
Assessment of academic and operational competence is ongoing throughout the programme and carried out through a collaborative partnership between the force and one or more learning providers such as a university.
Education and development during this year is at academic level 4, with the aim of preparing apprentices for operational deployment with the support of a tutor or mentor. This is to enable you to achieve independent patrol status (IPS), which must happen by the end of year one.
The second year see apprentices take a significant step forward in the development of a highly skilled, multi competent police constable – academic level 5.
The apprentice will undertake advanced learning across five areas:
- Response policing
- Community policing
- Policing the roads
- Information and intelligence
- Conducting investigations
During year three the apprentice will undertake advanced learning, development and professional practice at academic level 6, associated within a chosen specialism from the five areas of professional practice covered in year two.
An apprentice’s education will culminate in the completion of an evidence based research project and a reflective piece in the form of a presentation. Alongside the academic assessment, individual’s operational performance and competence will be assessed via the completion of an operational competence portfolio.