Student Officer - Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)

Job reference: 005639

Closing date: 15/05/2020

Job start date: Not specified

Salary: Police Officer £24,177 - £40,128

Employment type: Permanent - Full Time

Department: (F) Forcewide

Hours per week: 40

Working Days: 24 hour shifts

Student Officer - Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)

Starting salary £24,177

Various locations across Merseyside

Normal working hours: 40


Due to a high number of applicants, the recruitment lines will be closing on May 15th 2020.  

Your application will be reviewed however, due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) we are experiencing delays in responding to applications.  


Merseyside Police have a number of opportunities for Student Officers who are looking to build their careers, represent our communities and serve the large population of the Merseyside area.


This is a brand new, exciting opportunity open to all individuals with the passion, drive and enthusiasm to succeed in making Merseyside a safe place for all.


About PCDA


The Programme lasts for three years with on the job training, academic modules, course work and exams. The academic learning on this course is undertaken and coincides with serving as Student Police Officer, which involves active frontline duties for Merseyside Police. During the three years you will earn an annual salary of £24,177.

Lessons will be delivered at Merseyside Police Training venues at Mather Avenue in Liverpool and Lea Green in St Helens. There may also be some learning at LJMU sites.


To undertake the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) you will need to have achieved a minimum of a Level 2/GCSE qualification (or equivalent) in Maths and English (At grade C or above) prior to entry.


If you haven't got a Level 2 qualification, there are many institutions that can help you acquire one (WE CANNOT ACCEPT APPLICATIONS UNLESS YOU HAVE OBTAINED THESE QUALIFICATIONS)


After successfully completing your apprenticeship you will be awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Policing Practice.


To join Merseyside Police as a Student Officer you must meet the below criteria:

  • Have Level 2 Maths and English (GCSE grade C or above) PLEASE UPLOAD CERTIFICATES WHEN APPLYING
  • Be over the age of 18
  • Not be a member of an extreme political organisation such as BNP, Nation Front or Combat 18
  • Be from a member state of the European Economic Area or have the right of leave to enter and remain in the UK for an indefinite period
  • Not have had a Police Officer application turned down by another Force in the last 6 months
  • Not have existing county court judgments outstanding against you

Why Join:

  • Find your beat
    Join us and you'll be on the ground, preventing crime and making a real difference to people's lives. It's not always easy, it's not always predictable, but the sense of reward and excitement is like nothing else.
    Protecting your streets. Caring for your community. Taking pride in what you do. Nothing beats being a Merseyside Police Officer

    Build your career
    From intelligence operator to armed officer, dog handler to detective, wherever you see yourself specialising, we'll help you find your beat. We're committed to your career and as of 2020, all our officers will earn while they learn, gaining a degree or graduate diploma through the Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF).
    Represent our communities
    Building a force that represents all the communities we serve is a top priority. That's why we are dedicated to supporting and driving diversity, equality and inclusion within our force and the service we provide to our communities. We also have a Positive Action Team on hand to support underrepresented groups throughout the application process if you need it.
    Serving Merseyside
    From Liverpool's bright lights to Sefton's sandy beaches, you'll be serving a population of 1.5 million and covering a geographical area of 647 square kilometres. As a top force, we offer one of the highest starting salaries and training that is second to none.
    Merseyside Police are proud to use Positive Action to redress the balance of under representation our team will offer advice, guidance and support throughout the recruitment process to candidates from under-represented groups.  For more information please refer to our Positive Action page



The closing date for this job has now passed.