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    Hiya -

    I’m currently doing my final year of GCSE’s and I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to do post-16.
    I have always wanted to become a police officer, but with the current cuts to numbers in the forces, is it worth me applying as soon as I hit 18, or should I go to uni and get a degree, then move on to policing.

    Also, what A-Levels do police forces prefer, and what degrees are respected?

    Many thanks for any of your answers.
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    (Original post by PFK11)
    Hiya -

    I’m currently doing my final year of GCSE’s and I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to do post-16.
    I have always wanted to become a police officer, but with the current cuts to numbers in the forces, is it worth me applying as soon as I hit 18, or should I go to uni and get a degree, then move on to policing.

    Also, what A-Levels do police forces prefer, and what degrees are respected?

    Many thanks for any of your answers.
    There are a number of different routes into the police force. I've just had a look at the Met police as they're the biggest I believe. I would go with meeting the entry requirements and a strong application. 'Respect' is not going to get you anywhere as this is not really an academic job.
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    You *dont need a degree to apply but having one does help you get up the ladder faster. But, if you applied at 18 and worked hard/playing their game (ie doing what they ask of you and beyond) you'd work your way up just as fast in terms of career progression.
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    From 2020 a degree qualification will be required to enter the police force because of the changing nature of policing. My oldest grandson currently has a degree and is in the Met. He didn’t need a degree when he joined but is glad now that he did it.
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    (Original post by Seamus123)
    From 2020 a degree qualification will be required to enter the police force because of the changing nature of policing. My oldest grandson currently has a degree and is in the Met. He didn’t need a degree when he joined but is glad now that he did it.
    I believe the Met is 2020 but other forces are introducing this scheme as early as March 2018 from what I've read
 
 
 
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