Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)
Type: Permanent Location: North West Organisation: Greater Manchester Police

Minimum Age for Applications: 17

Closing date: June 30, 2022

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is a tremendously powerful force for good in our communities. We’re an organisation that comprises a great number of officers and staff who are committed, professional, compassionate and courageous, who do things every single day that most either could not, or would not do.

We are looking for hardworking, dedicated individuals to join us on our mission to improve performance and rapidly move GMP into a place where it is objectively recognised as a force that does the basics brilliantly.

With a new Chief Constable; strengthened executive leadership; clear direction and a renewed commitment to giving everything we can to improving services to our communities, there has never been a better time to join Greater Manchester Police.

This is an incredible opportunity for ambitious people, who are passionate about delivering the highest quality policing, to really make a difference to communities who deserve the best. People who can thrive on a challenge; People who will be enthused by a busy and varied workload; People who engage, inspire and care for those they lead and those they serve; People who want the most challenging, interesting and rewarding policing careers in the UK.

Greater Manchester Police also champions diversity in our workforce. Applications from those in underrepresented groups or that speak a second language are welcomed so that we better reflect the communities we serve.

Working for Greater Manchester Police offers some of the most challenging, interesting and rewarding policing careers in the UK. If you have the skills and experience required, and are interested in developing your career in a Police Force that is committed to recognising and valuing its workforce and providing high levels of job satisfaction, what are you waiting for? Apply now.

Do I need a degree to join the police?

You don't need a degree to join. With the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) you can earn and learn on the job, earning a degree in Professional Policing Practice by the end of the programme.

Our PCDA pathway, fully funded by the GMP, 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.

We are proud to be partnered with the University of Salford and University of Central Lancashire who are delivering this programme along side Greater Manchester Police.

It is a three-year apprenticeship programme for non-degree holders resulting in a BSc degree in Professional Policing Practice.


Recruitment to the apprenticeship requires three elements to be completed;

1) To meet the academic requirements of this programme, apprentices must have level 2 GCSE grade C (4-6) or above in both Mathematics and English or equivalent e.g. or Functional Skills Level 2 or Adult Numeracy.

2) Recruitment to GMP is subject to successful completion of the National Assessment Centre process alongside specific GMP requirements

3) You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points which is the equivalent to the following achievements

  • A Levels with grades - CCC or equivalent

  • Pearson’s BTEC National Extended Diploma - MMM

  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass

4) If you do not possess these qualifications you may still be suitable for entry providing you meet the level 2 criteria above and can demonstrate Accreditation of Prior learning (APL).

This would be candidates that can evidence any learning and development within the last 5 years. For example applicants who may not have the traditional entry criteria but do have relevant certified evidence and/or experience drawn from life / work and who demonstrate the ability to pursue the programme successfully.

Part of the process for candidates that apply via this route will be a formal assessment by the University to assess suitability for the course by considering candidates Accreditation of Prior learning (APL) and relevant experience.

Positive Action

Greater Manchester Police is committed to recruiting from under-represented communities as we believe a more diverse workforce will allow us to become more effective to fight, prevent and reduce crime, keep people safe and care for victims.

We are holding regular careers information sessions for individuals who are currently under-represented in the Greater Manchester Police.

The information session will be run by Greater Manchester Police’s Positive Action Team who support candidates that belong to an under-represented group. If you wish to attend a session or require further information please contact the Positive Action Team at prior to completing your application form, the Team will then arrange an on-line session.

We aim to provide the best guidance and support to potential future applicants.

The information sessions are an opportunity for you to get answers to any questions you may have from officers and staff, whilst you are still considering a career with the police.

Candidates aged 17 and above may apply to become a police officer and if successful may take up appointment once they reach the age of 18.

The starting salary is £24,780 (pay point 1) rising to £25,902 per annum (pay point 2) after 12 months service. You will receive further increments in accordance with the Constables Pay Structure for new Entrants in England and Wales.

Student officers will be recruited to regular intakes during 2022 and you will be notified of the dates after the Final Interview stage.

Once you have successfully passed the on-line Assessment Centre and Final Interview stage you are required to provide fingerprints and DNA samples. These will be used to speculatively search against local and national databases prior to appointment. This is to ensure that you have not previously come to adverse police attention and are not linked to any outstanding crime scenes.

Job related fitness test (JRFT)

We also want to make you aware at this early stage of the requirements for the fitness test. This is a test of endurance whereby you will you will be asked to run along a 15 metre track in time with a series of bleeps, which become increasingly faster to level 5.4.

You are advised to commence training after taking advice from your own GP. If you haven’t already done so, it is recommended that you build up to running at least 3 miles per week. This needs to be done immediately as you may be invited at short notice for your JRFT appointment.

It is mandatory for you to upload certificate confirmation of your qualifications with your completed application form. This should be in a PDF or Word attachment, please include all of your certificates on one document; the copies must be clear and easy to read.


Please note, all of our communication will be sent to you via the e-mail address you provide on your application form, therefore please ensure is in your mail safe senders / safe recipients list to prevent our e-mails going into your junk mail.

However, experience has shown that this does not always work, therefore please can we request that you routinely check your junk mail for correspondence from GMP throughout the recruitment process. This will ensure that you do not miss any updates in relation to your application.

The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against a disabled person in all areas of employment, including recruitment. The Police Service welcomes people with disabilities and will do its best to make adjustments to the working arrangements and/ or the working environment provided it is possible to do so. If you have a disability and you require support with your application, please let us know so we can consider and support you with any reasonable adjustments you may require. If you need any support completing this application please contact and the recruitment team will be happy to assist.

Should you require reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process, please let us know during the selection process, Please note that you will be required to provide an educational psychologist report in support of any adjustments.

Due to the Equality Act (2010) the criteria surrounding sickness absence will not be checked until the later stages of the recruitment process. With this in mind all candidates need to ensure that they can display a good attendance record for the last 2 years.

May we take this opportunity to wish you the best of luck with your Student officer application form and we look forward to guiding you through the Recruitment process.

Please note that this vacancy may close early if we receive a high volume of applications.

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