Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship

West Yorkshire Police
Carr Gate, Wakefield, WF2 0QD
£20,879.00 annually
28 Jul 2020
22 Sep 2020
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
The general duties of a police officer include:
  • Responding to calls for help from the public
  • Investigating crimes and offences
  • Interviewing suspects and making arrests
  • Giving evidence in court
  • Assisting and protecting the most vulnerable in communities

As a police constable degree apprentice, you will study, both in the classroom and in the workplace, to gain the knowledge to become a competent police officer.

The academic side of the learning programme will be delivered by our partners, Leeds Trinity University, and experienced police trainers at our training Complex at Carr Gate, Wakefield and LTU's campus in Horsforth, Leeds.

When you are not studying, you will work with police colleagues on professional rotations across operational policing teams. Daily duties will vary dependent upon your rotation and you will have the opportunity to gain experience as part of our neighbourhood policing, frontline response, and investigations teams.

You will be a part of our policing team from your first day and will be serving the communities of West Yorkshire by protecting the vulnerable and helping to solve some of the most serious crimes and catch those responsible.

During your on the job training you will work in one of the five policing Districts named below:
  • Bradford
  • Calderdale (Halifax and surrounding areas)
  • Kirklees (Huddersfield & Dewsbury)
  • Leeds
  • Wakefield

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Communication skills
  • IT skills
  • An inquisitive nature
  • Team player
  • Customer care skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Analytical skills

Personal qualities

You must:
  • Be compassionate and committed to public service
  • Be prepared to take ownership of problems
  • Be inclusive and enabling
  • Be able to work in a team
  • Be supportive and have good self and social awareness
  • Be innovative and be able to think differently
  • Have the ability to critically analyse issues and be a problem solver
  • You must also be physically and emotionally tough enough to meet the demands on modern day policing

Desired qualifications

GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent) in English Language and maths

Have a Level 3 Qualification (this is equivalent to A Level), or experience as a Special Constable or PCSO. If you are due to receive your Level 3 results in 2021 you can apply with your predicted grades. You must provide a letter from your school or college confirming that you are expected to achieve the required qualifications.

Future prospects

Once you have successfully completed the three-year police constable degree apprenticeship, you will be posted into a police constable role within the West YorkshirePolice force.

Things to consider

To apply you must:
  • Be 17 years old or over. There is no upper age limit. You can start the application process if you are 17 years old, but you must have reached 18 years to start the course
  • Have no criminal convictions (minor offences will be considered on an individual basis)
  • Meet our attendance standard
  • Be able to pass the job-related fitness test
  • Comply with theForce tattoo policy
  • Pass thepolice vetting checks

The application process can take up to 12 months, depending on the applicant.