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Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship Metropolitan Police Service

Now more than ever, start a career like no other in London’s Met. Do you want a challenge? Do you want to be part of a brilliant team all working hard to keep London safe for everyone? A job where no two days are the same, but you know you are making a difference to millions of Londoners? If you do - join the Met as a Police Constable.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 01 Oct 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    40 hour week. Shift pattern to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    3 years

  • Possible start date

    02 Oct 2022

  • Date posted

    23 Mar 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2000 available

Now more than ever, start a career like no other in London’s Met.

Do you want a challenge? Do you want to be part of a brilliant team all working hard to keep London safe for everyone? A job where no two days are the same, but you know you are making a difference to millions of Londoners? If you do - join the Met, as a Police Constable.

This is your chance to be part of the team who keeps our capital city safe. If you’ve got good communication skills, love teamwork, thrive on variety and don’t want to be tied to a desk - then this is the job for you. As a Police Constable, you’ll protect, investigate, negotiate, bring offenders to justice and much more. It’s a job that makes a difference to people’s lives every day – often at the time they need you the most.

A job that comes with excellent pay and benefits; stability but with varied career progression and opportunities for promotion like no other employer can offer. You could work with our dogs and horses, become a cybercrime specialist or keep the Thames safe in our Marine Unit. Maybe you’ll excel at financial investigation or supporting the victims of domestic abuse. Ultimately, it will be up to you to choose your path and the only limit will be your ambition.

To help juggle your commitments, you can now join and train with us on a part time basis, so you’ve got the flexibility you need to achieve your goal of becoming a Police Constable.

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) keeping London safe for everyone whilst earning a degree for you.

Our PCDA pathway, fully funded by the Met, recognises policing as a degree-level profession. The PCDA is a vocational course that focuses on practical learning and is specifically tailored to help you start your career in policing.

From day one, you’ll be employed as a police officer spending most of your time on the frontline working alongside your team, turning your learning into practical experience.  

The PCDA is delivered in partnership with four London universities: Brunel University, University of West London, Anglia Ruskin University and University of East London. It is a three-year apprenticeship programme for non-degree holders resulting in a BSc degree in Professional Policing Practice.

Embark on an interesting and rewarding career at the Met with our new Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) and earn a competitive salary, while studying towards a fully funded degree.

Open to non-degree holders, this three-year apprenticeship programme provides you with the opportunity to learn as you earn and achieve a BSc (Hons) degree in Professional Policing Practice on successful completion.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Communication skills, a desire to learn and work as a team

The role of an officer is not all about catching criminals but talking to people. Taking the time to understand someone, earn their trust, respect and build positive relationships – those are the skills you need to become a successful officer. 

Personal qualities

London is one of the most diverse cities in the world, the mix of cultures and communities is what brings this city to life. That's why we welcome officers from all backgrounds who are committed to making a difference.

  • We are looking for someone who is compassionate, resilient and above all dedicated to making this city a safer place
  • Our key core values are professionalism, courage, integrity and compassion and we expect all of our apprentices to act in accordance with these

Desired qualifications

In addition to the standard PC eligibility criteria, the following academic criteria applies for all candidates wishing to undertake the PCDA route:

  • You must hold a level 2 qualification in English Language at a GCSE grade C/4 or above or grades 9-4/A*-C or equivalent. If you do not have this qualification, we will also consider an English Language equivalent overseas qualification

You must also hold, or be working towards, one of the following:

  • 64 UCAS points within the meaning of section 3 of the Education and Skills Act 2008 (visit UCAS tariff calculator)
  • 12 months service as a Special Constable having achieved independent patrol status
  • 12 months service as a Community Support Officer having passed probationary period
  • An academic or vocational qualification gained outside England and Wales which is considered by the UK National Recognition Information Centre to be equivalent to 64 UCAS points

Applicants working towards these criteria will not be able to take up appointment until they are able to evidence successful completion.

Where you do not meet this criteria, we will also consider training or work experience, whether undertaken in or outside England and Wales, which is considered to be equivalent to UCAS points.

In addition, a level 2 qualification (or equivalent) in maths is required, however, if you do not currently hold a level 2 qualification in maths, we will support you to achieve this alongside your first two years of training with us.

Future prospects

Once you have completed the programme, you will be an experienced Police Constable and will be able to pursue a wide variety of career options.

These include (but are not limited to):

  • Becoming a Detective
  • Working as a Traffic Officer, Dog Handler, Marine Patrol Officer, Digital Policing
  • Protecting the Royal Family
  • Working with neighbourhood policing units or Counter-Terrorism units and so much more

As an Officer, your base salary will increase annually and typically, Police Constables with seven years’ service can expect to earn circa £48,000 (including allowances).

Things to consider

Our salaries consist of a number of location allowance and London weightings, so although the pre-probation salary is £23,350, the total package is £30,000 (rising to £33,000 on completion of probation). 

About the employer

As one of the world’s oldest, largest and most diverse police services, we’ve kept London safe for the last 193 years.


Metropolitan Police Service


New Scotland Yard

Victoria Embankment



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Training provider

National Apprenticeship Service

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by National Apprenticeship Service


Met Police Careers 01633 632 500

Training Provider to be confirmed. 

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA).

Unlike more traditional qualifications, the PCDA is a vocational programme that focuses on practical learning and is specifically tailored for a career in policing. You’ll learn how policing works in theory, so that when you encounter practical situations in real life, you’ll be prepared and know what to do.

Your learning will cover a wide range of policing topics including officer safety training, emergency life support, safeguarding, crime investigation and operational policing skills.

On successfully completing all elements of the PCDA, including operational and academic assessments, you'll become a fully qualified substantive police officer and will be awarded a BSc (Hons) degree in Professional Policing Practice.

Welcome week:

You’ll start your learner journey to becoming a Police Constable with a three-day introduction to the Met and a further two days at your appointed university.

Initial learning at university:

From your second week, you’ll undergo 16 weeks of initial police learning at your university, where you’ll start to learn the knowledge and skills you’ll need as a police officer. During this time you’ll spend a week at your allocated Basic Command Unit (BCU) where you’ll have an opportunity to meet your colleagues, familiarise yourself with the area you’ll be working and the local communities you will serve. You’ll learn more about frontline policing and undertake some operational training to help put your new skills practice and contextualise your initial learning.

Street duties:

You’ll then do eight weeks of Street Duties on your BCU, where you’ll learn alongside experienced police officers putting your theory into practice with the support of dedicated tutor constable through coached patrols. You' will obtain Independent Patrol status (IPS) on successful completion of your Street Duties course.

Rotations and ongoing learning:

Having achieved your IPS the remainder of your probation will primarily be spent on the frontline, doing a number of different operational deployments. You’ll return to university for periods of further learning at various points, but these will be short blocks of learning (totalling no more than three or four weeks in a year).  

End of programme and probation assessment:

In your final year, you’ll undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA) which will include completion of a research project (focused on a practical policing problem with a solution that makes a difference to helping keep London safe) and a presentation and panel discussion about the project. You’ll also undertake a professional discussion about your operational competency portfolio (OCP), which you’ll compile throughout your programme, to demonstrate you have the skills and knowledge to be an effective officer.

Successful completion of your Learning Programme will result in you being confirmed in rank as a Police Constable and awarded a BSc (Hons) Professional Policing Practice degree.

Apprenticeship standard

Police constable ( integrated degree)

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 01 Oct 2022