4. PC entry routes

There’s never been a more exciting time to join the Met Police. We are now offering two new entry routes, alongside our established Initial Programme of Learning, to those wishing to join the Met as a police constable.

Whichever route you join the Met you’ll receive the best possible training to fully equip and prepare you for policing London. You will be employed as an officer from day one, making a difference to London’s communities. Most of your training will be on the frontline where you’ll be fully supported in putting your learning into practice, whilst earning a competitive salary. Joining the Met as a Police Constable is just the start of a career that opens up fantastic opportunities to specialise and develop.

Our Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship and Degree Holder Programme gives new recruits the added benefit of gaining a fully-funded degree or Graduate Diploma in Policing Professional Practice whilst they train.

More information can be found below on what you can expect from the entry routes and the entry requirements that you’ll need to meet in order to begin your career with us.

Routes to entry:

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)

Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)

Initial Police Learning & Development Programme (IPLDP)

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)

Embark on an interesting and rewarding career at the Met with our new Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) and earn a competitive salary, while studying towards a fully funded degree.

Open to non-degree holders, this three year apprenticeship programme provides you with the opportunity to learn as you earn and gain a BSc (Hons) degree in Professional Policing Practice on successful completion. You will be employed as an officer from day one, making a difference to London’s communities, fully supported in applying your academic learning practically on the Job.

This programme is delivered in partnership with four London Universities (Brunel University, the University of West London, Anglia Ruskin University and the University of East London).

To apply, visit the apply now page and select the PCDA entry route on your application form.

Training

The Police Degree Apprenticeship Programme (PCDA) is a three year work-based programme that combines practical "on the job" with training academic learning, based on a national policing curriculum.

Your training will start with an initial period of classroom-based learning at a London University before undertaking the majority of your training on the frontline alongside your experienced colleagues. You'll be fully supported in putting your classroom based learning into practice as part of your operational duties.

Your learning will cover a wide range of policing topics including officer safety training, emergency life support, safeguarding, crime investigation and operational policing skills.

In your final year, you’ll undertake a research project, which will focus on a practical policing problem with a solution that makes a difference to helping keep London safe.

Upon successfully completing all elements of the PCDA, including operational and academic assessments, you'll be awarded a BSc (Hons) degree in Professional Policing Practice and will become a fully qualified substantive police officer.

Entry requirements

In addition to the standard PC eligibility criteria, the following academic criteria applies for all candidates wishing to undertake the PCDA route:

You must hold a level 2 qualification in English Language at a GCSE grade C or above, or grades 4-9. If you do not have this qualification, we will also consider a higher level academic attainment (level 3 or above) in a UK qualification or an English Language equivalent overseas qualification.

You must also hold one of the following;

  • 64 UCAS points within the meaning of section 3 of the Education and Skills Act 2008 (visit UCAS tariff calculator)
  • 12 months service as a special constable having achieved independent patrol status
  • 12 months service as a community support officer having passed probationary period
  • An academic or vocational qualification gained outside England and Wales which is considered by the UK National Recognition Information Centre to be equivalent to 64 UCAS points
  • Training or work experience, whether undertaken in or outside England and Wales, which is considered to be equivalent to UCAS points
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In addition, a level 2 qualification in Maths is required, however if you do not currently hold a level 2 qualification in Maths we will support you to achieve this alongside your first two years of training with us.

Pay

As a new full-time police constable in the Met on the PCDA entry route, your total starting salary package will be circa £30,000 (including London allowances) increasing to circa £33,000 on successful completion of your probationary period. Base salary increases annually and typically police constables with seven years’ service can expect to earn circa £47,000 (including allowances.)

Part-time officers' salaries will be based on the pro-rata equivalent of a full-time officer.

Degree Holder Entry Programme

Degree holders (or students within the final year of study for a degree) can apply to our Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP).

This two-year programme will provide degree holders (in any degree subject area) with the opportunity to learn as they earn and gain a fully-funded Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice as part of their training, whilst embarking on an interesting and rewarding career with the Met.

You’ll be fully supported in applying your academic learning practically on the job. This programme will be delivered in partnership with several London Universities.

You will be employed as an officer from day one, making a difference to London’s communities, fully supported in applying your academic learning practically on the Job. This programme will be delivered in partnership with several London Universities (Brunel University, the University of West London, Anglia Ruskin University and the University of East London).

To apply, visit the apply now page and select the DEHP entry route on your application form.

Training

The Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) is a two year work-based programme that combines academic learning, based on a national policing curriculum, with practical “on the job” training.

Your training will start with an initial period of learning at a London University, before undertaking the majority of your training on the frontline alongside your experienced colleagues. You'll be fully supported in putting your classroom based learning into practice as part of your operational duties.

Your learning will cover a wide range of policing topics including officer safety training, emergency life support, safeguarding, crime investigation and operational policing skills.

Upon successfully completing all elements of the DHEP, including operational and academic assessments, you'll be awarded a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice and will become a fully qualified substantive police officer.

Entry requirements

In addition to the standard PC eligibility criteria, the following academic criteria applies for all candidates wishing to undertake the DHEP route:

  • You must hold a level 2 qualification in English Language at a GCSE grade C or above, or grades 4-9. If they do not have this qualification, we will also consider a higher level academic attainment (level 3 or above) in a UK qualification or an English Language equivalent overseas qualification (this is an existing requirement).
  • You must also have achieved a degree (level 6) qualification or above, in any subject area, from a UK higher education institute or be in the final year of study for your level 6 qualification at the point of application.

Pay

As a new full-time police constable in the Met on the DHEP entry route, your total starting salary package will be circa £31,020 (including London allowances) increasing to circa £34,314 on successful completion of your probationary period. Base salary increases annually and typically police constables with seven years’ service can expect to earn circa £47,000 (including allowances.)

Part-time officers' salaries will be based on the pro-rata equivalent of a full-time officer.

Initial Police Learning & Development Programme (IPLDP)

Embark on an interesting and rewarding career at the Met with our well established Initial Police Learning & Development Programme (IPLDP) and earn a competitive salary.

The IPLDP is a two year programme providing new recruits with a blend of practical “on-the-job” experience and classroom based learning and at one of our internal Met training sites.

You will be employed as an officer from day one, making a difference to London’s communities, fully supported in applying your classroom learning practically on the Job.

Our IPLDP will provide you with a strong foundation of policing, police law, and practical experience to be the best you can be to keep London safe.

Training

Our established Initial Police Learning & Development Programme (IPLDP) is a two year work-based programme that combines classroom learning, based on a national policing curriculum, with practical “on the job” training.

Your training will start with an initial period of learning at one of our Met training sites before undertaking the majority of your learning on the frontline alongside your experienced colleagues. You'll be fully supported in putting your classroom based learning into practice as part of your operational duties.

Upon successfully completing your probation you’ll become a fully qualified substantive police officer.

Entry requirements

In addition to the standard PC eligibility criteria, the following academic criteria applies for all candidates wishing to undertake the IPLDP route:

You must hold a level 2 qualification in English Language at a GCSE grade C or above, or grades 4-9. If you do not have this qualification, we will also consider a higher level academic attainment (level 3 or above) in a UK qualification or an English Language equivalent overseas qualification.

Pay

As a new full-time police constable in the Met on the IPLDP entry route, your total starting salary package will be £29,943 per annum (including London allowances) increasing to £34,314 on successful completion of your probationary period.

Base salary increases annually and typically police constables with seven years’ service can expect to earn circa £47,000 (including allowances.)