Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) 2024

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)
Communities & Response

£28,551 - £46,044

Please note, if this is a paid role and the role is part time then the salary quoted will be pro rata based on the hours worked per annum.  

28/02/2024, 12:00

PCDA - Warwickshire Police

As a student police officer, you’ll get to learn new skills, meet new people and study for a degree in Professional Policing Practice, meaning that you can earn while you learn.

We will be aiming for you to commence with us on the PCDA scheme in September 2024.

Here at Warwickshire Police we have a strong family ethos, where our friendly teams work closely together to get the job done and where you will be treated as a valued member of the team from day one. We look forward to you joining us!

To apply for the PCDA programme it is a requirement for you to hold the following entry qualifications:

A full UK driver's licence

Level 2 qualifications in Maths and English e.g. GCSE (Grade A*-C/ 9-4), or Functional Skills for example
Level 3 qualification equal to 64 UCAS points. Calculate your UCAS points at the UCAS website

Please ensure that you upload the copies of your relevant qualification certificates onto your application form.

For more information on the role of an officer, and the application process, please visit our website: Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) | Warwickshire Police

Good luck with your application!

Next Steps.....

We will check over your application form to ensure you meet the minimum eligibility requirements and if eligible to apply, you will be sent an automated invitation email for you to complete an online National Sift process involving two exercises:

  • Situational judgement test (SJT)
  • 15 scenarios
  • 4 responses per scenario – candidates will rate responses in terms of effectiveness
  • Behavioural style questionnaire (BSQ)  
  • 80 statements

As this is a nationally led selection process, you will be required to register on the system separately, however it is an extremely short registration process!

You will have 7 days to complete the exercises.  These can be completed in any order you prefer, and at any time of day, 24/7, during that time.   

Reasonable Adjustments: The national sift is not timed, therefore no reasonable adjustments are required.  It is automatically compatible with text to speech software, changes to background colour and coloured overlays.

If you are unsuccessful you will be provided with feedback and will be eligible to re-apply after three months, however, you are only able to complete the national sift twice within a rolling 12 month period.


If successful at the national sift you would then be required to complete an assessment centre, which you would be booked onto and have a week to complete it. 

The assessment centre is designed to measure the behaviours and values required for the role of police constable as set out in the Competency and Values Framework (CVF). You can find out more about the CVF here:

Competency and values framework (CVF) | College of Policing


If you are successful at the above stages you will then move to pre employment checks which includes, references, vetting, fitness test and medical.

Please see the below link for fitness test guidance from the college of policing:

Job-related fitness standards | College of Policing

For any further queries, please contact the recruitment team at recruitmentsupport@warwickshire.police.uk

Why work for Warwickshire Police?

Warwickshire Police has gained a reputation as a pioneering and innovative force, responsible for policing a large diverse, multi-cultural population.
If you are looking for a fresh challenge which offers a genuine opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives, variety and the chance to broaden your experience, then Warwickshire Police is the force for you.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Warwickshire Police are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.
We are working hard to increase diversity and inclusion within the Constabulary, where communities are under-represented, including those from minority ethnicity communities, people of all ages, abilities, faiths, religions and gender, LGBTQ+ communities and those from other disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds, who share our values and wish to make a difference to the communities we serve.
All applications will be treated on merit, based on the evidence provided in your application and suitability for the role you have applied for.

Recruitment and Selection Policy

Internal applicants who are at risk of redundancy or in need of redeployment and pass the selection process, will be offered the role over the remaining internal and external applicants.

Police Barred and Advisory lists

Individuals placed on the Police Barred and Advisory lists will not be considered for employment by the police for a minimum of 5 years from the date of listing in the case of gross misconduct, or 3 years from the date of listing in the case of poor performance.

Vetting and safeguarding

Warwickshire Police are committed to safeguarding and operate safer recruitment processes, to ensure a police service that employees are proud to work for because they feel safe, valued and part of a happy and supportive work environment. All employees and volunteers therefore will be subject to background checks including vetting and references.

Please note, you will require the following detail to complete this application form; NI Number, ID detail, address information, referee information, full employment history including dates and any qualifications you may have attained.  You may also be requested to provide photos of any visible tattoos you have. The application system only remains active on a single page for a period of 60 minutes. Please therefore ensure you allow time to complete this fully as part complete pages will not be saved.  

This vacancy is closed to applications.