Police Officer (Non Degree Holder) – Degree Apprenticeship Route – PCDA
Want to be a police officer? Entry into the service has changed – and West Midlands Police is one of the first to recruit student officers to study for a degree apprenticeship whilst you work.
The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) is the right route for you if you do not have a degree (Level 6 qualification or higher) and meet the eligibility criteria detailed below.
With a starting salary of £22,065 for the PCDA and a fully funded qualification. Assuming satisfactory performance, your salary will rise to £24,780 in your second year and £25,902 in your third. Plus there is a large variety of benefits, staff associations, social clubs and a pension to consider.
As a Police Officer you’ll play a vital role in ensuring that the communities of the West Midlands are kept safe. It isn’t easy but it is rewarding and can be a career like no other. We want people to join us who have a range of life experiences and backgrounds; it is vitality important that we represent all of the communities that we serve.
About the PCDA
During your training as an officer you will also earn a BSc Degree in Professional Policing Practice, which will be recognised internationally. Your formal training will take place alongside your practical work in one of our many policing teams across the West Midlands. After an initial training period, you’ll get your uniform, join a team, and begin three years of practical learning that will shape your police career.
Lots of your learning will completed ‘on the job’ and digitally with your face-to-face classroom style learning will be based in Birmingham; there’s no need to travel to Staffordshire University’s campus. As you’re completing a level 6 qualification there is the expectation that some learning will be completed in your own time.
When you’re not studying you’ll be working alongside your colleagues, on a neighbourhood policing team – being the face of West Midlands Police in our local communities, on a response team – on the frontline of our emergency service, or in one of our investigations teams – helping to solve some of the most serious crimes and catch those responsible.
Working in the West Midlands
The West Midlands is one of Europe’s most diverse and challenging policing environments, serving 2.8 million people in an area rich in diversity, with around 30 per cent of its population from ethnic minority backgrounds. Birmingham is also the youngest city in Europe, with under 25s accounting for nearly 40 per cent of its population. Our values embody what we are, to join us you must have real passion for people and communities as well as the drive to work alongside local people, building relationships and making a difference in the West Midlands.
As the second largest Police Force in the UK policing the West Midlands is diverse and fast-paced. Careers with us are varied and demanding – but exciting too. From major incidents to community policing, every day is different and with events like Coventry City of Culture 2021 and Birmingham hosting the Commonwealth Games 2022 to look prepare for, a career with WMP has a lot to offer.
Am I eligible?
The people of the West Midlands deserve an excellent service so we are looking for the best people to join us and demonstrate our values. But there’s some formal stuff you’ll need to have too, to make sure you meet the eligibility criteria.
To be eligible for this route you will have achieved:
- Level 2 qualifications in both English and Maths for example a GCSE or iGCSE at grade C (level 4) or above, Functional Skills Level 2, Key Skills Level 2 (Communication and / or Literacy) or Adult Numeracy / Literacy PLUS
- Level 3 qualification(s) in any subject(s) that equate to 64 UCAS points (or a full level 4 or 5 qualification) – these points could be from your A Levels, Level 3 Diplomas, NVQs and an International Baccalaureate to name a few. Please check your UCAS points here OR
- Be in the final year of your Level 3 qualification and be predicted to achieve a minimum of 96 UCAS points, unfortunately if you do not achieve the 64 points required we will be required to decline your application.
When you apply for the role you must attach your Level 2 certificates plus either your Level 3 certificates or a statement from your school / college that confirms the details of your course, end date and predicted grades. Please ensure you have all of this information to hand when you start your application.
Age – How old you are doesn’t determine whether you’ll be a great officer, so we are happy to receive applications from people aged 17 or above. Please note you cannot start as a Police Officer until you are 18.
Nationality – You must be a British Citizen, European Economic Area (EEA) National, a Commonwealth Citizen or Foreign National with no restrictions on your stay in the UK.
Residency – Have been resident in the UK for three years immediately prior to application. Where applicants have been resident abroad due to serving in the British Armed Forces or on UK Government Service, they are considered to have been resident in the UK.
Cautions and conviction – Ideally, you shouldn’t have a criminal conviction or cautions record. If you do have one, acceptance will depend on the age and nature of the offence. We are unable to state whether your convictions record will affect your application before you apply. This will be determined from the full and confidential information provided during the recruitment and selection process.
Vetting – Due to the nature of policing, it’s essential that we conduct rigorous vetting checks on successful applicants before they can join the programme. These checks will include personal details taken from you as well as from close family members and significant others.
Financial position – It’s important that you are not under pressure from un-discharged debts or liabilities and that you can manage loans and debts sensibly.
Tattoos – We know some people like to express themselves with body art, however anyone who has a tattoo and / or piercing which could be reasonably interpreted as offensive to any religion or belief, or is in any way discriminatory, violent or intimidating, will not be accepted. In line with the College of Policing’s national guidance we will carefully consider the size, nature and prominence of visible tattoos and piercings to determine if they are acceptable.
Start Dates and Annual Leave
As detailed here, the process to become a police officer is fairly long and challenging compared to some other jobs. But, it takes time to make sure we are getting the best people who are capable of delivering a police service we can all be proud of.
We have start dates running frequently (with the exception of November and December). Due to the nature of the role and your training programme, during the first 31 weeks you will only be able to take 2 weeks annual leave and these will be allotted to you. We cannot guarantee annual leave requests will be approved outside of this time. On your application we ask you to let us know if you have any pre-booked annual leave as this may affect when you’re able to start.
Start dates are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.
Please visit https://jobs.west-midlands.police.uk/police-officer-recruitment to view more about the opportunity, support available to applicants, the full eligibility criteria and the information and documentation you’ll need to hand when you apply.
Want to know more? We regularly hold online sessions where you have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. If you have any questions for us please follow this link and register for our events:
Once you begin your application, please complete and submit within 10 days.
West Midlands Police is a Disability Confident Leader – the highest level an organisation can achieve under the scheme run by the Department of Work and Pensions. As part of our commitment we operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme – all candidates who declare a disability and meet the essential criteria for the role will be invited to the Online Assessment Centre.
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