Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship Hertfordshire Constabulary

Our Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship is open for applicants who don’t have a degree and offers a mixture of practical on-the-job learning alongside academic theory and knowledge. This is a three-year programme and you’ll be a police officer from your first day on the job as you earn while you learn, studying towards a fully-funded degree.

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

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Closing date: 31 Dec 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Includes £3000 per year regional allowance

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 09:00 - 17:00 whilst in initial training, but then transfer to a shift pattern (including weekend and night work) once deployed to response.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    3 Years

  • Possible start date

    01 Jan 2024

  • Date posted

    07 Sep 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    50 available

What you will do in your working day

  • You will be a warranted Police Officer from virtually the first day. So, whilst you will receive a comprehensive initial training programme and tutorship, you will be a deployable ‘front line’ resource as soon as you have demonstrated basic operational competence
  • As the degree programme continues you will have the opportunity to experience a wide range of policing themes. Your default posting will be to a response patrol team but you will have the opportunity to broaden your experience with attachments to community and investigation teams as your learning and operational skills develop
  • As well as making a real contribution to protecting and serving the people of the county you will, by the end of the third year, have completed all your degree related learning and achieved full occupational competence in the role of police constable

The training you will be getting

  • The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) is delivered in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), with whom you will be registered as a student
  • The degree apprenticeship runs for three years, and most of your training will take place on the job, working alongside our experienced police officers, with work-based study and attendance at one of our training centres in Welwyn Garden City or Letchworth
  • Your training will begin with an initial period of classroom-based learning and you will join the operational policing team where you will be working. Your learning will cover a wide range of policing topics including officer safety training, safeguarding, emergency life support, crime investigation and operational policing skills to fully prepare you for your operational role
  • Throughout your training you will undertake work-based learning and you’ll be fully supported applying new skills and knowledge as part of your operational duties
  • You will be immersed in day-to-day policing which will let you contextualise what you are learning, enabling you to develop the skills and experience needed for this challenging role as a fully employed police officer from day one
  • On successful completion of your learning you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Professional Policing Practice

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • On completion of your degree and final occupational sign off you will enjoy the benefits of a comprehensive pension, pay and conditions package with incremental pay rises, pension scheme and up to 30 days annual leave a year
  • You will also be able to build on your own skills base through opportunities such as Taser, Public Order, vulnerable witness specialisms etc. In addition you will be eligible to apply for more specialist policing roles such as detective, firearms, roads policing etc.
  • You will have the opportunity to continue to develop your leadership skills and, providing certain conditions are met, you will be supported to pass promotion exams and begin to climb the rank structure

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade 4) Desired

Things to consider

Modern policing is a rewarding but often challenging and sometimes stressful career. Before applying you should carefully consider how you might cope with such matters as shift work, the impact of the role on your private life and your ability to deal with difficult and often traumatised members of the public.

About the employer

We are a modern, proactive and flexible police force. We put the communities we serve first and are there for victims when they need us most. We currently employ more than 2,200 police officers, and 1,600 police staff, who are supported by almost 200 special constables and over 500 volunteers. Hertfordshire Constabulary is the first police force in the country to adopt a Prevention First strategy in the way we tackle crime and demand and puts prevention at the heart of all we do. In practice this means looking at the root causes of crime and other issues, taking a problem-solving approach that enables us to keep the public safe, prevent crimes from happening in the first place, reducing victims and driving down demand. The county has a population of well over a million. The communities we represent are diverse with our geographical area ranging from the urban boundaries of London and our large towns, including St Albans, Stevenage and Watford through to pretty rural villages in the countryside. Chief Constable Charlie Hall and his executive leadership team are based at headquarters in Welwyn Garden City, alongside staff that provide administrative support. As well as our emergency response teams, at a local level Safer Neighbourhood Teams work with partners such as councils to promote safety and keep crime low. We also have specialist investigation teams who help support some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. Ensuring we are providing the best service is essential. We are always reviewing our approach, learning from previous experiences and listening to feedback. Everyone at Hertfordshire Constabulary takes personal responsibility to help create an inclusive workplace, where police officers and staff respect one another, feel valued for their differences and can be themselves. We are committed to providing reasonable adjustments, wherever needed so everyone feels welcome and can flourish.


Hertfordshire Constabulary


Stanborough Road

Welwyn Garden City



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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Police constable (integrated degree)

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

The link will redirect to the vacancy section of the main Hertfordshire Constabulary website. Simply follow the instructions.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 31 Dec 2023