Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship

03 Oct 2019
29 Dec 2019
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
24 months+

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.

Year one: Initial professional development

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.

Year two: Continual professional development

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

Year three: Advanced learning

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.

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