Developed in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service
The Met’s Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship combines on the job learning with working towards a fully funded degree, all while earning a competitive salary and making a difference to London communities. You’ll be a police officer from the day you join - embarking on an exciting and rewarding career like no other.
Upon successful completion of the recruitment process, monthly start dates are available. Most of your training will take place on the job, working alongside experienced police officers in one of 12 Basic Command Units across London. This course is delivered through work-based study and attendance at a London campus. The Met also offers a part-time PC career route where new joiners can now train and start their service on a part-time basis. Study duration is 3 years full-time and 4 years part-time.
The Met is looking for people from all walks of life committed to making a real difference. Someone with resilience, empathy and ambition; you’ll receive world class training and become a valued member of an incredibly supportive and passionate team working to keep Londoners safe.
The three-year Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship is a real job with hands-on experience, combining practical on-the-job training with academic learning.
The role of a police officer is much more than blue lights and fast cars. You will wear a uniform with over 190 years of history. As part of your duties you will be protecting the vulnerable; giving evidence in court; supporting victims of domestic violence; investigating burglaries and working in partnership with the communities of London to tackle serious and organised crime.
At the Metropolitan Police Service, we have plenty to be proud of. We're proud of the quality of our people, and the job we do to police London. Over 40,000 colleagues are dedicated to serving 9 million+ residents of one of the world's most dynamic and diverse global cities. And as the capital is forever evolving, so are we.
As the UK’s largest police service and one of the biggest employers in London and the South East, policing in London and in the Met offers a wealth of exciting and rewarding experiences and career opportunities. Supporting local communities, tackling serious crime and safeguarding those most vulnerable – no two days on the job are ever the same. There are also opportunities to move into specialist roles and units, from firearms, public order and family liaison, to cyber-crime, counter terrorism and becoming a detective investigating crimes.
“This wonderful programme is so thorough and well thought-out. There is an emphasis on putting the theory into practice and it will help develop me into a competent and capable police officer helping to make London one of the safest cities in the world.”
Police Constable Degree Apprentice
Joining the Met as a new Police Constable is just the beginning of the journey – this could be the start of an exciting and varied career. During your probationary period, you'll be working alongside experienced officers and gaining a wide range of practical and on-the-job knowledge to compliment your in-classroom training. The foundation you gain will stand you in good stead for the rest of your police career.
Once you've completed your probationary period, you'll then have plenty of opportunities to continue your professional development. Given that London is a unique city, it presents a unique set of policing challenges.
This means that the Met is involved in a wide range of operations and policing events, each presenting their own distinct opportunities to broaden your skill set, on a scale that you wouldn’t find in any other police service.
As a PC in London’s Met your career path could take you in many directions, be it as a detective, working in diplomatic protection, child protection, or as an authorised firearms officer. A dog handler or member of the mounted branch, working on 24hr response, or in cybercrime, the list of opportunities afforded to you at the Met is endless.
As a new full-time police constable in the Met on the DHEP entry route, your total starting salary package will be circa £31,020 (including London allowances) increasing to circa £34,314 on successful completion of your probationary period. Base salary increases annually and typically police constables with seven years’ service can expect to earn circa £47,000 (including allowances).
Part-time officers' salaries will be based on the pro-rata equivalent of a full-time officer.
Working for the Met as a Police Constable is a genuinely rewarding career where you are able to see the impact that your hard-work has in making London safer for everybody. In addition to the personal satisfaction that you gain, you will receive a competitive salary as well as a number of other benefits.
Whether you're on or off duty, you'll enjoy free travel on London Underground and buses, seven days a week, from the time you have completed your initial police training courses. You can also enter into our rail travel scheme for heavily discounted rail travel up to 70 miles from central London.
Many major high street stores, retail outlets and other national organisations offer discounts and special deals to police officers and many of the Met's sites have subsidised staff restaurants.
You can join our contributory private healthcare scheme and will also benefit from free eye tests and glasses if you regularly use a computer.
You, your family, and friends will be able to access a huge number of subsidised leisure and sporting activities. There are nearly fifty different sports and social associations that you (and in many cases your family) can benefit from joining.
As a full-time Police Constable in the Met you'll have 22 days paid annual holiday, rising to 30 days a year depending on your length of service. This is on top of public holidays and an average of two rest days each week. You can also expect other forms of leave, including maternity, paternity and adoption leave, special leave (with or without pay), parental leave and career breaks of up to five years.
We pride ourselves on being a caring employer and provide a whole range of support initiatives to help with both you and your family's welfare. These include:
When you start as a new Police Constable, you'll automatically become a member of the New Police Pension Scheme 2015. This is a CARE (Career Average Revalued Earnings) pension scheme which offers a guaranteed pension with an optional lump sum, based on the earnings you receive during your career. Both you and the Met will contribute, and you will receive tax relief on the contributions you make. If you already have a pension, it may be possible to transfer this into the police scheme.
London is one of the most exciting and diverse cities in the world – and policing it is no easy task. It takes a huge number of people from all sorts of different backgrounds with a wide range of skills and experience. Do you have what it takes to be one of them?
Do the job that helps keep nearly nine million Londoners safe. The challenges of policing London are unlike anywhere else and so are the opportunities and rewards. You’ll be encouraged to be the best you can be and rewarded with the satisfaction that you are making a real difference to our great city. Do the job that’s like no other. Do something real.
The Met provide some of the best training in the world to fully prepare you for the unique challenges of policing London.
This training programme is delivered in partnership with four London universities:
You’ll be assigned to one of the Met’s four partner universities as part of your training. However, you’ll spend most of your training on the job, working as part of a policing team on a Borough Operational Command Unit (BCU), fully supported in putting your learning into practice by experienced colleagues.
You’ll start your training with an initial period of classroom-based learning at a London university and will be welcomed into an operational policing team in which you will be working. You’ll undertake most of your training on the frontline, in one of 12 Basic Command Units (BCUs), where you’ll work alongside a team of experienced colleagues.
Your learning will cover a wide range of policing topics including officer safety training, emergency life support, safeguarding, crime investigation and operational policing skills (based on a national policing curriculum).
In your final year, you’ll undertake a research project, which will focus on a practical policing problem with a solution that makes a difference to helping keep London safe.
Throughout your training you’ll undertake work-based learning, fully supported in applying new skills and knowledge as part of your operational duties, as well as self-directed study and reflective learning. You’ll be immersed in day-to-day policing. This will let you contextualise what you are learning and develop the skills and experience you need for this challenging role, while actively contributing to policing priorities in your area as a fully employed police officer from day one.
You’ll need to successfully complete both operational and academic assessments before being awarded a degree and becoming a fully-fledged police officer. All assessments have been specifically designed to test the skills, knowledge and qualities required to be an officer.
You will have to complete a number of different assessments throughout the course, including written reflective reports and essays, exams, presentations (both group and individual) and digital artefacts (e.g. a case study blog or podcast). Alongside academic assessments, you will also need to compile an Operational Competence Portfolio over the duration of the apprenticeship and pass a number of operational assessments against a range of critical policing skills, including; providing effective initial response to a critical incident, engaging proactively with communities, conducting effective evaluation of intelligence and providing support to vulnerable people, victims and witnesses.
In your final year, you will be required to complete the End Point Assessment, which will be made up of the following:
You will also be required to evidence operational competence in several areas, such as:
In successfully obtaining the apprenticeship and its associated degree you will need to provide satisfactory evidence that you have achieved the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSB) set out in the apprenticeship standard. Further information about the KSB’s can be found at the Institute of Apprenticeships website.
Our London-based teaching facility is purpose built with specialist facilities including a mock courtroom, interview rooms and mock crime scenes to support the delivery of the PEQF.
GCSE grade C, or 4 or above, in English and Maths (or equivalent level 2 qualifications). If you don’t already hold a level 2 qualification in Maths we’ll support you to achieve this.
Plus one of the following:
For candidates applying to join the Met as a uniform Police Constable on our Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) or Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) entry routes, you should have lived or studied in London for a minimum of 3 out of the last 6 years at the point of application. This covers the MPS policing boundaries.
Exemptions to the above London residency criteria are in place for: Met Police Staff, Met Special Constables, Met Volunteer Police Cadets, Met Volunteers, and Officers transferring from other Police Services. In addition, current and ex-military personnel are exempt from residency criteria in-line with our commitment and support of the military covenant.
You must also have resided in the UK for three consecutive years immediately prior to application (If you’ve lived abroad due to serving in the British armed forces or on UK Government Service, you’re considered to have been resident in the UK).
If you would like to complete the PCDA but do not meet all the requirements, a recruitment panel will consider your performance throughout the recruitment process, along with your education and any employment history – helping to select the right learner journey for you.
For our complete entry requirements including age and residency requirements, please refer to www.met.police.uk/pcpathways for latest details.