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Degree apprenticeship

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship BA (Hons)

This 3-year degree apprenticeship offers you direct entry into the police service.

Students with a police officer

Developed in partnership with Humberside Police, this blended programme integrates work and study and provides an innovative, experiential approach to learning.

Offered by York St John University in partnership with Humberside Police.

  • Humberside Police

York campus

  • Duration – 3 years full-time. Part-time route is available by arrangement after Level 4.
  • Start date – December 2021, September 2021
  • School – York Business School

Course overview

Our Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) offers an exciting opportunity for non-degree holders to combine academic study with operational policing.

Whilst you are completing your degree, you will earn a wage and will be employed by Humberside Police. If successful, on completion you will be awarded a BA (Hons) Professional Policing Practice and will have your appointment confirmed with Humberside Police as a police officer.

The curriculum is structured to enable you to develop and apply knowledge, skills and behaviours over time and in various operational areas.  It offers you a package of support, which has been commended by the College of Policing. 

This programme aims to prepare and shape police officers of the future, having a positive impact on local communities and the wider society. It is designed and developed in a partnership between York St John University and Humberside Police and complies with the College of Policing’s licensing agreement.  During the programme, you will follow the National Policing Curriculum and engage with a range of contemporary and relevant issues in the UK and across international policing.

Course structure

The programme is structured into modules and taught across teaching blocks, interspersed with professional deployments of increasing length. The teaching blocks will advance your learning over time, enabling you to acquire foundation knowledge and explore related units of work in increasing depth during the programme. Your deployments have also been phased to help you apply and expand this knowledge in different operational policing contexts, whilst benefitting from appropriate levels of support and supervision. 



If you are accepted onto the course, your degree will be fully-funded. You will also earn a salary while you complete your degree.

As a full-time police officer on the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship route, you will earn a starting salary of £20,880. If you study part-time, your salary will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.

If you are currently serving as a Special Constable, or have previously served in the last 2 years, and are signed-off for independent patrol status, your starting salary will be £24,177.

Once you have successfully completed your degree and probationary period, your salary will increase to 25,269. Your salary will increase annually. Typically, with years' service, you can expect to earn around £41,130 (including allowances).

The forms of assessment are varied, and include written work for specialist and non-specialist audiences, written and practical exams, project reports and different communication formats such as videos, blogs, articles, briefs, social media content, posters etc.

How to apply

Applications for this course will be open during a number of recruitment windows throughout the year.

To find out when the next recruitment window is open and to apply for the course, visit the Humberside Police website.

To apply for this course, you must be at least 18 years old and meet the minimum entry requirements on the Humberside Police website. These include:


You must have achieved two level 3 qualifications (or equivalent or higher) prior to entry. You will also need to have Level 2 in both English and Mathematics (or equivalent) to progress through the programme, although this does not have to be in place at the start of the programme. You will need to submit proof of your highest level of qualification at the time of application, such as scanned certificates, exam slips or letters from your educational establishment. 

Driving licence

You must possess a full, valid manual EU/UK driving licence.  a copy will need to be submitted with your application form.


You must declare and submit photographs of all tattoos, whether visible or not.

Following your application, you will need to pass all the national and local recruitment selection procedures.

If your first language is not English, you need to take an IELTS test or an equivalent qualification accepted by the university.

To discuss your options or ask questions about your route into policing, email:

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