Join us as a Student Police Officer
Thank you for your interest in joining Warwickshire Police as a student police officer, via our Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) programme or Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP).
We are currently closed for new applications, but if you would like to be kept informed about our future opportunities and to see what other vacancies we have currently, please register your interest with us by clicking here.
We will keep your details on file and let you know as soon as we re-open for student police officer applications.
(Please note: You will be redirected from this web page to our dedicated Warwickshire Police recruitment portal where you can fill in your details).
Other opportunities with Warwickshire Police
We do have a range of police staff opportunities within the service or to continue to read more about our Student Officer programmes along with the eligibility requirements please see below:
Would you like to make a difference as a Police Officer?
Fancy a career that is challenging, rewarding and exciting? We can offer you that and much, much more.
Our new Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) programme is a three-year training course where you’ll be paid to work for us as a Police Constable whilst spending some of your time also studying for a fully-funded university degree in Professional Policing Practice.
We pay you to ‘learn while you earn'!
What you’ll get…
- A Police Constable starting salary from day one of £22,065 rising to over £25,000 by year three
- Generous annual leave, pension and access to other benefits and discounts
- Frontline, on the job training and support from Warwickshire Police
- Online academic study and tutorials delivered by Staffordshire University
- On graduation, a BSc Honours degree in Professional Policing Practice
- Free university tuition with the fees paid for by us
- Access to support networks who help under-represented groups apply and thrive in policing
- A long-term career with great opportunities for progression and promotion
- Ability to specialise in to a wide range of other areas such as intelligence, investigations, special branch, dog handling, firearms and cybercrime.
No two days are the same as a Police Officer.
While you will develop personally and professionally, you’ll also be making a positive difference in your community.
Are you who we’re looking for?
We’re looking for people from all backgrounds, cultures and experiences. Our community is wonderfully diverse and so we need to be too. That’s why it’s really important that people from all backgrounds, ages, ethnicities, faiths, abilities, gender and sexual orientation, apply to join the police.
The more our police officers represent the communities we serve, the more we understand their needs and concerns, and the better we work together.
Our Positive Action Team is here to support applications from all under-represented groups. If you would like to contact them, please email our Positive Action team or call 01926 415400.
More details and entry criteria can be found below.
I’m interested but would like to know more …
Being a police officer requires a range of skills. We need you to be:
- A great communicator
- A calm and confident personality
- Flexible and adaptable
- Willing to work hard
- Highly motivated
- A team player
- Someone with high levels of integrity and honesty
- Have empathy and tolerance
- Someone who works well with people
- Someone who easily builds relationships
- Someone who respects other people and appreciates views from different communities across the region
There are also some eligibility requirements that we ask for.
To be eligible for the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship, you need to have achieved:
- Level 2 qualifications in both English and Maths, such as a GCSE at grade C (Level 4) or above, or Functional Skills Level 2 and Key Skills Level 2 (Communication and/or Literacy) and:
- 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, NVQs or an International Baccalaureate, to name a few.
You can apply if you have been predicted at least 84 UCAS points, but you will need to evidence your final results of 64 points prior to joining Warwickshire Police.
(You will need to attach copies of all relevant certificates at an early stage of your application, however please do not let this stop you from completing the form to register your interest).
If you already hold a degree in a non-policing related subject, you may be eligible to apply to the PCDA programme.
Candidates must also:
- Be aged 17 years or older when applying, but must be aged 18 on starting
- Possess a full UK manual driving licence
- Have lived in the UK continuously for the last three years immediately prior to application
- Ensure that if you’re from outside the UK, you have indefinite leave to enter or to remain in the UK. Due to changes in legislation, members of the European Economic Area (EAA) are now required to have ILR or EU settled status by the 30th June 2021.
- Be physically fit, meet the police recruitment medical standards and have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of between 18-30, although if your BMI falls outside of this range, this may not preclude you
- Meet the police eyesight standards
- Not have tattoos on your face or the front of your neck, or any which could cause offence to members of the public or colleagues. Other visible tattoos such as on the back of the neck, forearms and hands, will be permissible as long as they are deemed to be appropriate and inoffensive, maintaining a professional image. These will be assessed on a case by case basis.
- Not have applied to become a police constable and been unsuccessful at any stage of the Police National SEARCH Assessment process in the last six months with any force
If you have a criminal record, this doesn't mean that cannot you apply. It depends on the nature of your conviction. However, we ask you to please declare any and all cautions or convictions on your application form (including those spent). For example, fixed penalty notices, traffic offences or any other involvement with the police must be declared.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
To learn more about our Student Officer Programme, take a look at our FAQs.
The nature of police work has changed. The degree has been introduced nationally to recognise the enormously high level of skills, learning and professionalism required to become a police officer and to carry out the role.
The new curriculum for the apprenticeship entry route has been designed to match the complexity of modern policing, recognising that police officers apply transferable skills and problem solving skills to a range of complex situations, and regularly exercise personal judgement. New topics introduced to the curriculum include digital investigation, evidence based policing, problem solving, vulnerability and personal wellbeing and resilience.
No, you will apply to Warwickshire Police and we will work with Staffordshire University to enrol you as a student.
No, we will be working closely with Staffordshire University to deliver and award your degree.
No you do not need to attend lectures at Staffordshire University and you will not have to travel out of the force area.
The student officer programme requires a minimum of 20% off the job academic learning, which we will factor into your working hours. You will probably study in your own time too.
The new student officer programme does not require you to take exams, as you will achieve your degree by completing assignment work and demonstrating your skills on the job.
Yes, you can apply if you have been predicted at least 84 UCAS points, but you will need to evidence your final results of 64 points prior to joining Warwickshire Police.
Yes, your degree is fully paid for by Warwickshire Police.
We will appoint student police officers on an annual starting salary of £22,065 rising to over £25,000 by year 3.
Warwickshire Police will also be funding your degree, meaning that you will not have to pay back a student loan.
You will be working as a full-time officer with the requirement to undertake additional study, so you will have limited time available.
You will not be sworn in and gain powers of arrest until you have successfully completed sufficient training.
How does the application process work?
Some say the best things in life come to those who wait….we need to ensure this role meets your expectations and that you meet ours, and so the application process to join the police can be a lengthy as it has six key stages.
Complete the online form to register your interest. There are two stages to complete: an eligibility test and behaviour styles test.
Following completion of the pre-application process, you will be sent an email which links to the online application form by the Recruitment Team. They will check the application to ensure they have all the information they require and that you are eligible to apply.
This online assessment centre consists of three elements: a situational judgement test, an interview and written assignments.
Applicants will be asked to attend a panel interview which lasts 30-45 minutes.
If successful at the interview, you will start your pre-employment checks. These can take up to eight weeks to complete, but this can vary for each applicant. You will be required to complete a medical questionnaire, eyesight test form and online vetting forms in advance.
The pre-employment checks require applicants to attend the following:
- Medical appointment with our Occupational Health team who will review your completed medical questionnaire and eyesight test form and complete height and weight, lung capacity and hearing tests. There will also be mandatory biometric vetting (DNA and fingerprints) carried out at this appointment by the Recruitment Team
- Job related fitness test
- Uniform fitting
At the same time as the medical review is being completed, we will also process the following checks:
- Biometrics clearance
Once you have successfully completed all of these previous stages, you will be placed on a waiting list to be offered the post of Student Police Officer as part of our next cohort of students.
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