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Overview: This Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) is an academic and professional programme jointly delivered by officers from Durham Constabulary and academic staff from across Northumbria University. 

The programme has been designed and developed to meet the requirements of the College of Policing (CoP), the professional body for all those working in the police service, for the professional education of new entrants into policing via a newly-established police constable apprenticeship entry route. 

The core curriculum has been designed by the College of Policing to be professionally transformative and to reflect the contemporary areas of knowledge, skills, behaviours, and professional practice essential to the 21st century police constable role. These include (but are not limited to):

  • Evidence-based policing
  • Decision making and discretion
  • Criminology and crime prevention
  • Proactive approaches to vulnerability
  • Risk and public protection
  • Modern policing trends such as digital policing 

Successful completion of all three years of the programme, including completion of the integrated End Point Assessment, will result in the achievement of full competency to operate safely and lawfully as a police constable in the workplace (public arena) and achieving a degree in professional policing practice.

Apprenticeship Standard

Apprenticeship programmes at Northumbria University are designed to support apprentices in acquiring the appropriate knowledge, skills and behaviour and retain the integrity of the apprenticeship standard as defined by IFATE. For further details please consult the IFATE Apprenticeship standards / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education webpage here.

Starting salary: £24,780 

Costs: The academic costs of this degree are covered by the apprenticeship.

Achieving your PCDA: Upon successful competition of your PCDA, you will graduate as a Durham Constabulary police officer and obtain a BSc (Hons) Professional Police Practice degree.

How to apply: Entries are currently closed.

Further information

For more information, visit Northumbria Universiy's PCDA page here.

Click here to view frequently asked questions

Please note:

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.