Make a difference to your community. Submit your expression of interest today for the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship and we will contact you when recruitment opens.

Please be advised this is not an application for the role.

The Role

Careers don’t come more rewarding than this. Tackling crime, taking knives off the streets, engaging and educating young people and being the person everyone looks towards for help. A Police Officer’s role is demanding and diverse – no two days are the same.

We’re looking for people who have the judgment to make quick decisions; are confident to be first person in; have the compassion and empathy to help those in need; who’ll have their colleagues back no matter what and the resilience to serve the community every single day.

In return, we promise a good starting salary, great training experiences, opportunities for progression, the chance to achieve a professional qualification in Policing Practice and the pride that comes from helping others. You will become part of our policing family; dedicated to keeping communities safe and feeling safe, identifying and protecting vulnerable people, preventing and responding to harm.

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship

The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) is one of the new entry route for Police Constables.


A three-year apprenticeship programme, you will be employed as an officer from day one, gaining valuable experience of the role alongside studying towards a Degree in Professional Policing Practice. Study will be a mix of on and off the job and you will be awarded your degree at the end of the three year programme and with completion of your probation period. You will be paid a full salary of £20,880 per annum plus £1,500 South East Allowance and will not be charged any tuition fees – therefore no need for student loans

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the PCDA, you will need to:


• be aged 17 years or over (on the day you submit your application)
• have achieved one A level at grade A*-C or a Level 3 equivalent. Equivalent qualifications must be worth a minimum of 32 UCAS points. You can find out how much your qualification is worth on the UCAS calculator. 
• have achieved GCSE grade C - A* / 4 – 9 or Level 2 functional skills in both Maths and English or equivalent Level 2 education
• have lived in the UK for three continuous years, immediately prior to application
• have leave to enter or leave to remain in the UK for an indefinite period
• have a current full UK manual driving license by the time of appointment
• not be a member of the British National Party (BNP) plus other relevant organisations, such as Combat 18 or The National Front
• not have tattoos which could cause offence
• not have motoring offences

Please see the attached Guide to Becoming a Police Officer for more information.

Contact Details

If you have any questions about the role or the recruitment process, please read the attached Guide to becoming a Police Officer.

If you have any other queries – please contact recruitment@sussex.pnn.police.uk.

Diversity Statement

At Sussex Police we’re committed to diversity in the workforce. We welcome applications from everyone in the community and particularly people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) and white other backgrounds.
We also encourage applications from women, the LGBT community and people with disabilities.

As part of this commitment, we provide a mentoring scheme for BAME candidates.

To find out more please email joinus@sussex.pnn.police.uk

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