Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) February 2024

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) – 3 year Apprenticeship programme

About the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship

Starting Salary: Starting Salary: £28,551 per annum (increasing to a minimum of £30,957 after 2 years, and £46,044 after 6 years if you remain in the police constable rank, subject to performance).

Becoming a police officer through this apprenticeship entry route allows you to earn a salary whilst you learn policing skills with West Yorkshire Police & Leeds Trinity University.

This route is for people who want to be a Police Constable through a three-year Integrated Degree apprenticeship. Further details on this can be found via the following link to the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Learning website: https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/police-constable-integrated-degree-v1-1

Few jobs can be more rewarding than that of a police officer. From day one, you’ll be helping fight crime and protecting the public, making our communities safer and feeling safer. It’s much more than blue lights and fast cars. It’s protecting vulnerable people when they need you most. It’s working in partnership to tackle serious and organised crime and it’s making critical decisions that will change lives forever. You will investigate a wide range of crimes such as burglaries, violence against women & children and other assaults, going that extra mile to ensure the best chance of securing a conviction.

We are looking for exceptional individuals who are hardworking, enthusiastic and keen to learn the skills necessary for the challenging role of a police officer and we have an exciting opportunity to recruit new officers on the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship.

You may wonder - ‘why are new police officers offered an apprenticeship to train to become a police constable’? An apprenticeship is really just a work-based learning programme and this a great way of gaining the knowledge skills and behaviours to become a competent officer. In reality, police training has always been an ‘apprenticeship’ in approach, blending classroom training with operational, on-the -job learning; it has just never been called that! You may also hear many people say that you do not require a degree to be a good police officer, but what this level of education provides you with is the ability to think critically, solve complex problems and fully understand the context of evidence-based policing. This is so important in policing today’s modern society with the many complex challenges that brings. You should also know that the non-degree entry route (PCEP) covers the same curriculum and operational work-based learning over the first two years.

This Degree Apprenticeship entry route is not for everyone, and it does require commitment and hard work, but the rewards are worth it. You, and we, are investing in your future!

So, with our degree apprenticeship programme, you will be working in a uniformed role for the first two years and during that time you will be taught all the relevant knowledge and skills by both teaching staff at West Yorkshire Police and our partners, Leeds Trinity University (LTU). In the third and final year you may be offered the opportunity to specialise in conducting investigations for serious and complex crime or working in community policing.

Over the full three years you will work towards an End Point Assessment and on successful completion of this you will be awarded a BA Hons in Professional Policing Practice by LTU. During this time, you will be fully supported to achieve success by both the Force and the University.
Programme structure

You will complete the initial 19 week classroom-based training phase at the West Yorkshire Police Training Complex at Carr Gate, Wakefield. After this time, you will then move to work within one of the five operational policing districts in West Yorkshire; Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds or Wakefield, where you will apply your knowledge and skills in the workplace, building on your operational competence. The first ten weeks at District are spent in a tutored period, working with an experienced police officer mentor. It is during this period that you will assessed as to you ability to work independently policing our communities, but again with the support of your colleagues. You will also spend some further short periods of time at the LTU campus developing and building on the knowledge and skills you already have, and on occasions learning new things, which you will then again take back into the workplace, continually building on experience and operational competence.


To be considered for this apprenticeship and any police officer pathway you must meet the following criteria at the application stage:

• be at least 17 years of age, 18 at the time you are appointed to the role

• residency - have been a UK resident for the last three years

• be a British Citizen, or an EU/European Economic Area (EEA) national, Commonwealth citizen or foreign national with Indefinite Leave to Remain or Settled Status and no restrictions on your stay in the United Kingdom

• have a Level 2 / GCSE (A*-C or 9-4) or equivalent qualification in English Language and Maths

• possess a level 3 qualification within the meaning of Section 3 of the Education and Skills Act 2008 or equivalent (i.e. 2 x A/AS Levels Grade A to E, GNVQ/NVQ Level 3, BTEC Level 3 or equivalent); ideally with a minimum of 80 UCAS points (typically 2 or 3 A-levels depending on grades).

If your Level 3 qualification does not meet the minimum UCAS points, completion of a 1000-word essay would need to be undertaken as part of the selection process, for consideration of suitability, by Leeds Trinity University. You can check your qualification UCAS points using this link: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

If you do not hold a Level 3 qualification but can demonstrate having the qualifications and/or experience as detailed in Police Regulations 2003, Regulation 10, Annex BA (i.e. you are currently working as a PCSO) then consideration will be given to your application. In this instance, you will need to complete a 1000 word essay, as above.

Applications will be accepted from those who are expected to complete their Level 3 qualifications during the 2023/2024 academic year, providing all other eligibility criteria is met, including the achievement of the Level 2/GCSE English Language and Maths qualifications. Applicants who are in their final year of Study are required to upload a copy of their predicated results at the application stage failure to do so could prevent your application from being progressed.

• holding a full manual UK or EU driving licence by the time of formal offer will be an advantage

In addition to the above you will be required to meet the usual Police Officer eligibility criteria (follow link: https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/jobs-volunteer/police-officers/police-constable-degree-apprenticeships)

Our expectations are high and you should expect to undergo a rigorous assessment process, following which you will attend an in-Force interview. Should you be successful in all elements of the assessment process you will undergo a medical assessment, fitness test and vetting before a job offer is made.

In return, you will receive first class training, an excellent salary and pension benefits, and become part of a large Police Force which brings fantastic prospects in terms of career development and future promotional opportunities.

Please take a look at the information available on our website about the role before deciding if you would like to apply to join https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/jobs-volunteer/police-officers

Please be aware that West Yorkshire Police are unable to support applicants switching between entry routes.

Your application for the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship will be considered for course dates commencing 2024.

West Yorkshire Police is committed to improving the diversity of its workforce to better reflect the diverse communities we serve. We welcome applications from all minority groups and individuals who identify with one or more of the protected characteristics as defined by the Equality Act 2010.

Applicants should be aware that it is not always possible to carry out adequate vetting checks on persons who have not been resident within the UK for the last three years. Therefore, where this applies, applicants may be refused because it was not possible to vet them to the appropriate standard.

For a detailed description of the Competency and Values levels required please refer to the http://www.college.police.uk/What-we-do/Development/competency-and-values-framework/Documents/Competency-and-Values-Framework-for-Policing_4.11.16.pdf (This link may be copied and pasted into your browser). This document will assist you in completing the Evidence of Achievement section of the application form. Please note: the Evidence of Achievement section will not be visible until the employment section has been completed.

No Shift Allowance

This opportunity is closed to applications.