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How long does it take to become a Police officer and what’s needed

What’s needed to become a police officer any certain qualifications or requirements. And how long does it take.
Original post by Mohammed_2000
What’s needed to become a police officer any certain qualifications or requirements. And how long does it take.

While each force manages its own training programme, you'll typically have a mix of: Around 18 22 weeks classroom-based training you'll learn a lot about various aspects of policing, the law and procedures but don't worry, it's definitely not boring! It's normally broken up by role plays and practical sessions.


Do you need A levels to join the police......
The minimum education requirement for joining the police is a Level 3 Qualification. This is defined as two A levels, but there are other qualifications that are equivalent especially if you have a qualification that was awarded outside of England or Wales.

Do you need GCSEs to be a police officer.....
You need 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above. It is essential to gain qualifications in Maths, English Language and Science. It is also preferable to show strong ability in PE. All police officers must pass an initial recruitment test, including a fitness and educational test.


Hope this is useful for you and good luck with things.
Original post by Tracey_W
While each force manages its own training programme, you'll typically have a mix of: Around 18 22 weeks classroom-based training you'll learn a lot about various aspects of policing, the law and procedures but don't worry, it's definitely not boring! It's normally broken up by role plays and practical sessions.
Do you need A levels to join the police......
The minimum education requirement for joining the police is a Level 3 Qualification. This is defined as two A levels, but there are other qualifications that are equivalent especially if you have a qualification that was awarded outside of England or Wales.
Do you need GCSEs to be a police officer.....
You need 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above. It is essential to gain qualifications in Maths, English Language and Science. It is also preferable to show strong ability in PE. All police officers must pass an initial recruitment test, including a fitness and educational test.
Hope this is useful for you and good luck with things.

Thank you :smile:
Original post by Mohammed_2000
Thank you :smile:
You are welcome 🤗 🤗 good luck with your application for the police if you are going to apply 😉
Original post by Tracey_W
You are welcome 🤗 🤗 good luck with your application for the police if you are going to apply 😉

Yeah thank you 🤗🤗 at the minute I see degree apprenticeships at the start of next year long wait
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Original post by Mohammed_2000
Yeah thank you 🤗🤗 at the minute I see degree apprenticeships at the start of next year long wait
You are welcome 🤗

Do the best for yourself whether it's apprenticeship route or through the actual job advertised....

The waiting time can be the issue as they only have so many entrance dates per year as far as I understand.
Original post by Tracey_W
You are welcome 🤗
Do the best for yourself whether it's apprenticeship route or through the actual job advertised....
The waiting time can be the issue as they only have so many entrance dates per year as far as I understand.

It’s unfortunate they don’t have level 3 or anything. 🤗😭
Original post by Mohammed_2000
It’s unfortunate they don’t have level 3 or anything. 🤗😭

Most forces should be offering a PCEP entry route which would require a L3 qualification. If I'm honest with you, having seen how the degree apprenticeship works out in practice, if you can avoid it, I would. It's a very disruptive entry route with students officers being in and out of the work place for training. It's not a good way to learn and definitely not a good way to keep up with your work as a police officer.
Original post by Trinculo
Most forces should be offering a PCEP entry route which would require a L3 qualification. If I'm honest with you, having seen how the degree apprenticeship works out in practice, if you can avoid it, I would. It's a very disruptive entry route with students officers being in and out of the work place for training. It's not a good way to learn and definitely not a good way to keep up with your work as a police officer.

If you don’t mind me asking but where would I find a PCEP entry role?
Original post by Mohammed_2000
If you don’t mind me asking but where would I find a PCEP entry role?

Which forces are you interested in / where in the country do you live or where would you not mind working?
Original post by Trinculo
Which forces are you interested in / where in the country do you live or where would you not mind working?

East of England, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire I wouldn’t mind
Original post by Mohammed_2000
East of England, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire I wouldn’t mind

For Herts, its already on their careers page under "entry routes"

https://www.herts.police.uk/police-forces/hertfordshire-constabulary/areas/careers/police-officers/police-officers/police-constable-entry-programme-pcep/

I don't know about Beds, but they're sort of a linked force under the BCH Beds-Cambs-Herts banner, so they are very similar and have joint recruitment HR functions, wear the same uniform etc. Herts get paid more though. Beds also have the least money - and almost all their budget goes on policing Luton.

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