In addition to the general requirements to join as a police officer, applicants must also have one of the following in order to meet both the academic requirements of UCLan and the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) apprenticeships:

  • Level 3 qualifications where the grades total 96 UCAS points or higher
  • Level 3 qualifications considered equal to the above (not all level 3 qualifications accumulate tariff points but they will still be considered)
  • Professional training or work experience considered to be equal to the above


  • Candidates must have a Level 2 qualification (GCSE or equivalent) in English and maths in order to enrol on the apprenticeship programme. Please note, we can only accept the actual certificate or a ‘Certified Statement of Results’, which can be ordered directly from the exam board. Further information on this
    can be found here
    • If you do not hold a GCSE in English or maths you can obtain via a college course. Click the links below for more information on each college and the courses they offer:

Furness College
GCSE Maths
GCSE English

Lakes College West Cumbria
GCSE Maths
GCSE English

Carlisle College
GCSE Maths
GCSE English

Kendal College
GCSE Maths
GCSE English

A review of a candidate's professional training or work experience which will include military, PCSO and special constable experience and work based practical skills e.g. problem solving and customer service will be considered if a candidate does not have the required UCAS points.

  • You must have lived in the UK for three continuous years, immediately prior to application.
  • Have achieved a standard of education equivalent to Level 3 for the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (or be able to evidence via assessment that you are capable of achieving this), or a Degree, for the Degree Holder Entry Scheme.
  • Not be a member of the British National Party (BNP) or plus other organisations such as Combat 18 or The National Front.
  • If you have a criminal record, this doesn't mean you're automatically ineligible; it depends on the nature of your conviction. Please declare any caution or conviction on your application form, failure to do so will result in failing vetting due to integrity issues.
  • You may apply to more than one police force at a time
  • 96 UCAS points or equivalent professional training and experience.

For more eligibility criteria visit our PC Eligibility page


To be eligible to undertake the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship you must not be:

  • Undertaking another apprenticeship programme
  • Undertaking training funded by an Government Adult Education Budget (AEB) with a either a College, Local Authority or Private Training Provider, which replicates vocational and other learning aims covered by the apprenticeship standard; offers career related training that conflicts with the apprenticeship aims; or is be undertaken during working hours associated to the apprenticeship
  • In receipt of any Department for Education (DfE) funded programme during the duration of the apprenticeship programme, this includes DfE Funded Further Education and Higher Education programmes funded by a student loan. Or undertake any part of an apprenticeship whilst on a sandwich placement as part of a higher education degree programme.
  • You are eligible to start the PCDA apprenticeship programme, should you have less than four weeks to completion of an existing DfE funded course.

If you are unsure of how your own circumstance impact on you becoming a Police Officer undertaking the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship Programme, please contact our recruitment team: