About Police Constables Degree Apprenticeship2021-10-11T15:37:34+01:00
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About PCDA

What is it?

The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) is an academic and professional programme jointly delivered by officers from Northumbria Police and academic staff from Northumbria University. You’ll receive practical on-the-job learning alongside academic theory and knowledge while earning a wage. What’s more, you’ll be a police officer from your first day on the job.

View our PCDA Brochure

Can I afford this course?

The academic costs of this degree are covered by Northumbria Police.

What will I earn?

Whilst you are studying you will also be paid a salary of £24,780.

​This will rise each year as you gain the relevant skills and experience, for more information please refer to the pay and benefits page

What’s involved in the PCDA?

This three year work-based programme 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 Northumbria 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 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.

Hear from PC Catherine Beech as she talks about the PCDA process and what’s involved:

What hours will I be working?

Whilst studying at the university you will work Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm, and when you are deployed in one of our area commands you will work a variety of shift patterns in line with our requirements for 40 hours a week.

Your career opportunities after the PCDA

After you have successfully completed your PCDA you have the opportunity to specialise, whether this be in a Neighbourhood Policing Team where a more collaborative community approach is required or as a detective, investigating more complex crime.

The detective role is varied and includes Major Crime Investigation (Homicide, & Cyber Crime), Intelligence (Priority & Organised Crime and Special Branch) and Safeguarding (Child Abuse/Protection of Vulnerable adults, Rape and Multi Agency Risk Assessment roles).

Other specialist roles could include:

Motor Patrols​, Firearms, Mounted, Marine, Airport Policing and Dog Handler.