Merseyside Police Apprenticeship Route


Merseyside Police’s recruitment lines for the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) is now live – Apply here

They’re looking for people who reflect the communities they serve, people who can bring diversity of experience, people who are willing to protect our streets. It’s not always easy, some days will be tougher than others, but the sense of pride makes it worth every second. 

You won’t just be building better communities, you’ll be building a career that counts. From intelligence to armed policing, whatever your background, wherever you want to take your career, however you want to specialise, they will help you find your beat.

To undertake the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) you will need to meet the minimum criteria as outlined below:-

  • To have achieved a minimum of a Level 2 qualification in Maths and English Language A*-C or 4-9 or equivalent. Please ensure you upload these when making your application as we require these in order to progress you further in the process. If you have international qualifications, we will be able to check these for you in terms of whether they are of equivalent level to the UK qualifications so please ensure you upload these as part of your application.
  • If you have already achieved a degree in any subject, you can still apply, but this process is primarily aimed at those without degrees, and you would have to undertake an additional degree. We would ask those with degrees to consider applying for the Degree Holder Entry Programme when our recruitment lines next open.
  • If you are currently studying for a degree, you are eligible to apply for this entry route but you will be held at a certain point of the recruitment process to determine a suitable training programme for you taking into account any recognised prior learning you may have.
  • Be over the age of 17 to apply – although we will be happy to take your application, you will not be offered an intake date which starts prior to your 18th birthday so please bear this in mind when applying as this could make your application process quite extended.
  • Have not had a Police Officer application rejected by ourselves, or another Force in the last 3 months
  • Not be a member of an extreme political organisation such as BNP, Nation Front or Combat 18
  • Not have any tattoos (irrespective of what they are) on the hands, face or neck that are visible above the collar line or below the cuff line
  • Not have any tattoos that may be deemed inappropriate, offensive, or lewd in nature irrespective of placement on the body
  • Not have any charge or summons currently outstanding against you
  • Have not been sentenced to a custodial sentence
  • Not been registered as a sex offender
  • Not be currently registered as bankrupt

How You Will Study

In order to study for your degree as well as completing the practical training you will be given protected academic learning time.

This course will be delivered by Subject Matter Experts and experienced practitioners with a wealth of professional and subject expertise supported by a network of relevant subject specialists to prepare you with key transferable skills required for the role of Police Constable. 

Your learning will be a mixture of face to face, remote and digital learning inputs with access to both Merseyside Police and Liverpool John Moores University learning platforms. Such inputs will be delivered via a mixture of attendance at Academy premises at Mather Avenue, in the workplace at your designated operational police station or upon occasion by studying from home.

What Will Training Be Like?

The PCDA entry route will be a mixture of classroom and operational learning phases.

Classroom Based Learning – each phase 10 weeks (year 1) / 4 weeks (years 2 and 3)

Tutor Period (operational learning) – 12 weeks (year 1)

Students get 4 weeks leave each year. In the first year, these weeks will be fixed within the programme. (2 x 1 week and 1 x 2 weeks).

In year 2 and 3, you will be able to book time off but just not time during the fixed classroom based learning phases of the programme.

For more information on this apprenticeship, click here.


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