Police Officer Recruitment

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Am I eligible?

Police officer recruitment

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 nationally set eligibility criteria.


Academic Qualifications

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)
If you join us on the PCDA you’ll study for a funded (we pay the tuition fees) BSc degree in Professional Policing Practice and your probation period will be three years.
To be eligible for this route you will have achieved (see below on this page for support if you don’t meet the qualifications criteria):
  • Level 2 qualifications in both English and Maths for example a GCSE or iGCSE at grade C (4) or above, Functional Skills Level 2, Key Skills Level 2 (Communication and / or Literacy) and now Level 2 Adult Numeracy and Literacy. We’ve added some further information below confirming the qualifications that are accepted to ensure compliance with Apprenticeships Certificates England.
  • Level 3 qualifications 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 and International Baccalaureate to name a few. Level 3 (Advanced) Apprenticeships will also satisfy the Level 3 requirement. Please view the table at the bottom of the page to check the UCAS points for some of the most frequently studied qualifications.
  • Predicted grades: We are also happy to accept applications from those who meet all other eligibility criteria, including achievement of their Level 2 qualifications, and are due to complete their Level 3 qualifications in 2020. To apply with your predicted grades you must be predicted to achieve a minimum of 96 UCAS points; please attach a letter from your school or college confirming this to your application. If you do not achieve the required 64 UCAS points your application will be declined.
  • If you have already been to university and have achieved a degree in a non-policing related subject you may be eligible, and choose, to join us on the PCDA, rather than waiting for a place on our degree-holder entry programme (DHEP).

Please be aware that you cannot ‘double count’ qualifications in the same subject. If you have studied both an AS Level and A Level in a subject only the A Level will provide you with UCAS points. This also applies to other Level 3 qualifications in the same subject with only the highest qualification providing points.

Degree Holder Entry Route (DHEP)

  Please note – our graduate Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) is currently oversubscribed and so we have closed for applications, for now. If you are interested in this route, please click on the button below and register for email alerts so we can let you know when we re-open. The PCDA remains open for applications.   

If you enter via this route you will study for a funded graduate diploma in professional policing practice and your probation period will be two years. To be eligible for this route you will have:

  • Achieved a Bachelor’s Degree or higher in any subject

You will need to attach copies of all relevant certificates to your application; we are unable to progress your application without these. Please ensure you meet the minimum eligibility criteria before commencing your application

If you’re not sure what your points are or if your qualifications are suitable, visit the table below or visit the UCAS points checker here – https://www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator.

Not got the qualifications? Don’t worry! We can help…

If you have not yet achieved your Level 2 or Level 3 qualifications, please do not panic.

We have a new partnership with education provider, Go Train.

They can help to achieve your English and Maths Level 2 qualifications, for free!

To see more about how to take advantage of this great offer, so you can start your policing journey with us, visit: www.go-train.co.uk/wM-Police today!

If you need Level 3 qualifications, we recommend that you contact your local college to find out about the courses that they offer. You can read more about the different pathways into a career in policing at Staffordshire University here.

We are currently speaking to local colleges and education providers about courses that can help people without the 64 UCAS points you need to join us on the PCDA.

Please check back as we hope to have more information soon to help people begin their WMP careers.

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