There’s never been a more exciting time to join the Met. We offer two entry routes into policing, which will enable you to gain an externally recognised qualification on successful completion:

  • Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) (Work towards achieving a degree)
  • Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) (Already have a degree)

Whichever route you join the Met on you’ll receive the best possible training to fully equip and prepare you for the unique challenges of policing London. You’ll be employed as an officer from day one, learning alongside experienced officers on the frontline, while earning a competitive salary and working towards a fully funded degree or graduate diploma in Professional Policing Practice.

The Met offers the opportunity to join us as a police constable on a full-time (40 hours) or part-time (24 hours) basis. Simply choose the option the best fits with your lifestyle when completing your PC application form.  

Joining the Met as a police constable is just the start of a career that opens up fantastic opportunities to specialise and develop.

Overview of entry routes

  Police constable degree apprenticeship (PCDA) Degree holder entry programme (DHEP)
What A three-year degree apprenticeship A two-year programme
Qualification Achieves a BSc (Hons) in Professional Policing Achieves a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice
Who Non-degree holders Degree holders
Starting salary £30,006 per year £31,686 per year
Assessments Throughout your course, you will undertake a mix of operational and academic and written assessments to demonstrate you are able to carry out your policing responsibilities. You will also be required to compete an Operational Competence Portfolio with evidence of your achievements.

10,000 word dissertation based on research into a policing topic
Throughout your course, you will undertake a mix of operational and academic and written assessments to demonstrate you are able to carry out your policing responsibilities. You will also be required to compete an Operational Competence Portfolio with evidence of your achievements

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)

Work towards achieving a degree (open for applications - apply now)

Open for applications

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 achieve a BSc (Hons) degree in Professional Policing Practice on successful completion.

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

Unlike more traditional qualifications, the PCDA is a vocational programme that focuses on practical learning and is specifically tailored for a career in policing. You’ll learn how policing works in theory, so that when you encounter practical situations in real life, you’ll be prepared and know what to do.

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

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

Welcome week:

You’ll start your learner journey to becoming a Police Constable with a three-day introduction to the Met and a further two days at your appointed university.

Initial learning at university:

From your second week, you’ll undergo 16 weeks of initial police learning at your university, where you’ll start to learn the knowledge and skills you’ll need as a police officer. During this time you’ll spend a week at your allocated Basic Command Unit (BCU) where you’ll have an opportunity to meet your colleagues, familiarise yourself with the area you’ll be working and the local communities you will serve. You’ll learn more about frontline policing and undertake some operational training to help put your new skills practice and contextualise your initial learning.

Street duties:

You’ll then do eight weeks of Street Duties on your BCU, where you’ll learn alongside experienced police officers putting your theory into practice with the support of dedicated tutor constable through coached patrols. You' will obtain Independent Patrol status (IPS) on successful completion of your Street Duties course.

Rotations and ongoing learning:

Having achieved your IPS the remainder of your probation will primarily be spent on the frontline, doing a number of different operational deployments. You’ll return to university for periods of further learning at various points, but these will be short blocks of learning (totalling no more than three or four weeks in a year).  

End of programme and probation assessment:

In your final year you’ll undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA) which will include completion of a research project (focused on a practical policing problem with a solution that makes a difference to helping keep London safe) and a presentation and panel discussion about the project. You’ll also undertake a professional discussion about your operational competency portfolio (OCP), which you’ll compile throughout your programme, to demonstrate you have the skills and knowledge to be an effective officer.

Successful completion of your Learning Programme, will result in you being confirmed in rank as a Police Constable and awarded a BSc (Hons) Professional Policing Practice degree.

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 an English Language equivalent overseas qualification.

You must also hold, or be working towards, 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

Applicants working towards these criteria will not be able to take up appointment until they are able to evidence successful completion.

Where you do not meet this criteria, we will also consider training or work experience, whether undertaken in or outside England and Wales, which is considered to be equivalent to UCAS points.

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.’

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 £48,000 (including allowances.)

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

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

Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)

Already have a degree (open for applications - apply now)

Open for applications

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 subject area) with the opportunity to learn as they earn and gain a fully-funded Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice on successful completion, while embarking on an interesting and rewarding career with the Met.

Unlike more traditional qualifications, the DHEP entry route is a vocational programme that focuses on practical learning and is specifically tailored for a career in policing. You’ll learn how policing works in theory, so that when you encounter practical situations in real life, you’ll be prepared and know what to do.

You’ll 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 four London universities (Brunel University London; the University of West London; Anglia Ruskin University; and the University of East London).

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

On 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.

Induction:

You’ll start your learner journey to becoming a Police Constable with a three-day introduction to the Met and a further two days at your appointed university.

Initial learning at university:

From your second week, you’ll undergo 16 weeks of initial police foundation learning at your university. During this time you’ll spend a week at your allocated Basic Command Unit (BCU) where you’ll have an opportunity to meet your colleagues and familiarise yourself with the area you’ll be working and the local communities you’ll serve. You’ll learn more about frontline policing and undertake some operational training to help put your new skills practice and contextualise your initial learning.

Street duties:

You’ll then do eight weeks of Street Duties on your BCU, where you’ll learn alongside experienced police officers putting your theory into practice with the support of dedicated tutor constable through coached patrols. You' will obtain Independent Patrol status (IPS) on successful completion of your Street Duties course.

Rotations and ongoing learning:

Having achieved your IPS the remainder of your programme will primarily be spent on the frontline, doing a number of different operational deployments. You’ll return to university for periods of further learning at various points, but these will be short blocks of learning (totalling no more than three or four weeks in a year).  

End of programme and probation assessment:

You will compile an operational competency portfolio, including written and online assessments, throughout your probation to demonstrate you’ve got the skills and knowledge required to be confirmed in rank as an officer (having confirmed full operational competence), by the end of your probation period.

To be confirmed in rank and awarded a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice, you will have demonstrated Full Operational Competence and passed all other assessments.

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

You must 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. We also accept an equivalent overseas degree supported by an ENIC Statement of Comparability (to confirm the UK level 6 equivalent of your overseas qualification)

If you hold an overseas degree you will also hold a functional level two English qualification.

All qualifications will have to be evidenced before a formal offer is issued and you are able to take up the post of a Police Constable.

As a new full-time police constable in the Met on the DHEP entry route, your total starting salary package will be circa £31,000 (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 £48,000 (including allowances.)

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

To apply, visit the apply now page and select the DHEP entry route.

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