Do you want to make Scotland a safer place? If so, studying for a policing apprenticeship gives you the chance to be part of a sector that is focused on protecting people.   

The apprenticeship is ideal for anyone who wants to make a positive difference in Scottish society. Discover how to investigate a crime scene and handle evidence. Improve your knowledge of crime-fighting techniques such as surveillance, access control and e-reporting. Develop strong relationships with local communities and help to keep the peace.   

Whether youre interested in crime prevention or rehabilitation, theres a role for you in Scotland’s policing industry. Become a police constable and investigate different cases. Work as a road policing officer and monitor busy thoroughfares. Become a dog handler and work with police canines to detect illegal substances. 

What's the qualification?

You will gain a qualification at SCQF level in policingThe qualification includes:  

  • Core units of aSVQ in policing at SCQF level 7   
  • Work experience in a sector that is committed to making Scotland safer  

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

During your apprenticeship, you'll learn how to:   

  • Carry out operational safety training 
  • Adhere to Scottish criminal law and principles of evidence  
  • Protect local communities 
  • Look out for the health and wellbeing of fellow police officers 
  • Conduct systematic searches 
  • Carry out road policing   

You will develop the following core skills:    

  • Communication  
  • Problem-solving  
  • Teamwork  
  • Time management    

These transferrable skills are useful for working in other jobs such as investigation analysis and surveillance.  

Where could it take me?

This Modern Apprenticeship gives you a variety of career options within the Police to considerCarry on your studies with a civil service-related degree or find a full-time job in the policing industry.   

Further education: Continue to improve your legal knowledge by studying for a bachelor’s degree in policing. Your experience will support your university application.   

Straight to work: Use your qualifications and find a policing jobAfter completing the apprenticeship, you could move onto jobs like:   

  • Police constable 
  • Investigations analyst 
  • Dog handler 
  • Authorised firearms officer 
  • Roads police officer 
  • Civilian police investigator 
  • Police vehicle technician 

Entry requirements

Due to the nature of the role, you will need to be 18 to apply for a policing apprenticeship. There is a rigorous recruitment process that involves a high level of physical and mental fitness. To be eligible for the apprenticeship you must:  

  • Have a body mass index between 18 – 30 and meet mandatory national eyesight standards 
  • Be mentally capable of carrying out policing duties   

The application process involves a Standard Entrance Test (SET), interview, assessment day and fitness assessment.  


This Modern Apprenticeship will take two years to complete  

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