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Vacancy Information

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.

Key Responsibilities

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 £21,652 per annum plus £1,500 South East Allowance and will not be charged any tuition fees – therefore no need for student loans

Skills & Experience

To apply for the PCDA, you will need to:

•be aged 17 years or over (you must be 18 by the time you are appointed).

• have two A-levels or level 3 equivalent, with a minimum overall of 48 UCAS points.
You can find out how much your qualification is worth on the UCAS calculator:

•have achieved GCSE grade A* - C / 4 – 9 or Level 2 functional skills in both Maths and English or equivalent education to level 2 at point of application.

•Be a British citizen, a citizen of a country that is a member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, or a Commonwealth citizen or foreign national who is resident in the UK and free from restrictions.

•have been a resident in the UK for the past three years.

•have a current full UK manual driving licence by the time of appointment.

•not be a current or previous member of a proscribed terrorist organisation or group.

•not have tattoos which could cause offence

Please see our FAQs on our website for more information.

Contact Details

If you have any questions about the role or the recruitment process, please see the FAQs on our website.

If you have any other queries – please contact

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