West Yorkshire Police

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship - Degree (Level 6)


West Yorkshire Police

Training Provider:

Leeds Trinity University

Annual wage £20,879.00
40.0 hours per week The police constable degree apprenticeship is based on an average 40 hour working week. Initially you will be working normal daytime hours but as the apprenticeship programme progresses you will work 24/7 shifts alongside your experienced colleagues.
duration: 39 months
start: 1 June 2021
Degree (Level 6)
Police Constable (apprenticeship standard)
150 positions available
20 September 2020 (application closing date)
Do you want to be a police officer? Entry into the police service has changed and the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) offers you the opportunity to study for a degree in Professional Policing Practice – without tuition fees. West Yorkshire Police is recruiting student officers to study for a degree apprenticeship while they work.


The general duties of a police officer include:

  • Responding to calls for help from the public
  • Investigating crimes and offences
  • Interviewing suspects and making arrests
  • Giving evidence in court
  • Assisting and protecting the most vulnerable in communities

As a police constable degree apprentice, you will study, both in the classroom and in the workplace, to gain the knowledge to become a competent police officer.

The academic side of the learning programme will be delivered by our partners, Leeds Trinity University, and experienced police trainers at our training Complex at Carr Gate, Wakefield and LTU’s campus in Horsforth, Leeds.

When you are not studying, you will work with police colleagues on professional rotations across operational policing teams. Daily duties will vary dependent upon your rotation and you will have the opportunity to gain experience as part of our neighbourhood policing, frontline response, and investigations teams.

You will be a part of our policing team from your first day and will be serving the communities of West Yorkshire by protecting the vulnerable and helping to solve some of the most serious crimes and catch those responsible.

During your on the job training you will work in one of the five policing Districts named below:

  • Bradford
  • Calderdale (Halifax and surrounding areas)
  • Kirklees (Huddersfield & Dewsbury)
  • Leeds
  • Wakefield

Future Prospects

Once you have successfully completed the three-year police constable degree apprenticeship, you will be posted into a police constable role within the West Yorkshire Police force.

Reality Check

To apply you must:

  • Be 17 years old or over. There is no upper age limit. You can start the application process if you are 17 years old, but you must have reached 18 years to start the course
  • Have no criminal convictions (minor offences will be considered on an individual basis)
  • Meet our attendance standard
  • Be able to pass the job-related fitness test
  • Comply with the Force tattoo policy
  • Pass the police vetting checks

The application process can take up to 12 months, depending on the applicant.

Skills Required

  • Communication skills
  • IT skills
  • An inquisitive nature
  • Team player
  • Customer care skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Analytical skills

Qualities Required

You must:

  • Be compassionate and committed to public service
  • Be prepared to take ownership of problems
  • Be inclusive and enabling
  • Be able to work in a team
  • Be supportive and have good self and social awareness
  • Be innovative and be able to think differently
  • Have the ability to critically analyse issues and be a problem solver
  • You must also be physically and emotionally tough enough to meet the demands on modern day policing

Qualifications Required

GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent) in English Language and maths

Have a Level 3 Qualification (this is equivalent to A Level), or experience as a Special Constable or PCSO. If you are due to receive your Level 3 results in 2021 you can apply with your predicted grades. You must provide a letter from your school or college confirming that you are expected to achieve the required qualifications. 

Training Provided

Degree level Police Constable apprenticeship standard.

You will complete the Level 6 Degree (BA Hons in Professional Policing Practice) programme with Leeds Trinity University for this apprenticeship programme.

Both the off the job and on the job training element of the programme will take place within the West Yorkshire Police area and will be supported by rotations on a neighbourhood policing team, a response team at the frontline of our emergency service or in one of our investigation's teams.

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