Recruitment process and FAQs
Am I eligible?
Our eligibility criteria is detailed in full above. However if you have any questions which we have not answered, please feel free to contact us directly.
What is the recruitment process?
First step will be an on-line application process which entails several on-line tests and an application form. All tests must be successfully completed before you can complete the application form.
Following successful completion of the application process you will be contact by HR to take part in the remaining elements of the recruitment process, details of which are on our website.
How will students be selected?
Our selection procedure is no different for all applicants, and is based solely on merit. The procedure does not remove competition and South Wales Police will always take the best applicants.
If I am successful in the recruitment process, but I fail to achieve the necessary qualification will I have to pay back any costs? You will receive full support throughout your probationary period, however should you fail to meet the required standard, you will not be expected to pay back any of the costs incurred.
Can I decide to withdraw from the recruitment process at any point?
The short answer is yes you can. Policing is an exciting but equally challenging role, which is not for everyone. However, we do ask that all prospective police officers fully consider these challenges and their suitability before submitting their application.
As an apprentice, how long will I be on probation for?
As a student enrolled on the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeships ( PCDA ) you will have a 3 year probationary period.
As a degree holder, how long will I be on probation for?
As a degree holder you will have a 2 year probationary period
What will the apprenticeship probation period look like?
Following appointment, you will embark on a 6-month initial learning programme at South Wales Police Learning and Development services Bridgend. You will also undertake a 12 week tutoring period within the community, where you will be expected to achieve independent patrol status.
For the remainder of the probationary period you will carry out operational duties in the workplace gathering evidence of occupational competency.
You will also be required to carry our academic elements assigned to you by a partner university. Successful completion of both practical and academic elements will result in you being confirmed in rank.
What will the degree holder probation period look like?
Following appointment, you will embark on a 6-month initial learning programme at South Wales Police Learning and Development services Bridgend.
You will complete a 12 week tutoring period within the community, where you will be expected to achieve independent patrol status. The remainder of the probationary period you will carry out operational duties in the workplace gathering evidence of occupational competency. You will also be required to carry our academic elements assigned to you by a partner university.
Successful completion of both practical and academic elements will result in you being confirmed in rank.
So how is one shorter than the other? This is due to the variance in the the academic requirements.
Will I be given time to complete the academic elements of the qualification?
Yes you will. The Force and HEI have calculated the amount of time required for you to complete all elements of the qualification and this will be rostered into your shift pattern.
If I fail at any point during the recruitment process, can I resit?
If you fail at any point in the process, the force will notify you. While it is not possible to complete a resit, it will be possible to re-apply within six months following notification.
Where will I study?
All face to face delivery will take place on police premises within the South Wales Police area. Self-study and on-line learning will be carried out remotely.
Will I receive travelling or subsistence costs during training?
No – any travelling costs incurred will be your responsibility.
Will I have to pay for any course materials I need to buy?
Books etc Students will be provided with learning materials by both South Wales Police and the partner University at no cost.
I don’t have level 3 qualification, can I still apply?
Yes you can still apply for the PCDA ( 3 year apprenticeship ) however you will be required to carry out an on line test that measures academic capability.
What if I want to apply but I don’t have any qualifications?
What do the on-line tests consist of?
If you do not have a Level 3 qualification or above you must also successfully pass a verbal reason and calculation test. This will test your academic ability to Level 3.
If you successfully complete the above tests, but if you fail in another part of the recruitment process, you will not be required to retake these tests again, should you wish to re-apply.
There are 2 tests that every applicant must complete (regardless of qualifications), these are a Situational Judgement test and a Behavioural Style Questionnaire. Both of these must be passed in order to continue in the application process.
Do I need a CKP to apply?
You no longer need a CKP to apply, however a CKP is classed as a Level 3 qualification and therefore if you already have a CKP this can be used as the Level 3 qualification required to apply; as long as it is still valid.
If I am a serving PCSO or Special Constable, but I don’t have a Level 3 qualification, can I still apply?
Yes you can , however the eligibility requirements for the Apprenticeship route will still apply.
What will happen should an applicant fail to attend an appointment?
In the case of applicants who fail to attend any appointments during the process, without prior notification and identifying a satisfactory reason, we reserve the right to withdraw them from the process.
Will annual leave be permitted during training period?
Our exciting new PCDA and DHEP courses and the academic regime behind them, mean that annual leave will be restricted during the initial 6 months of your probation.
Please be mindful that if you have holidays booked or are unable to attend training for any reason on days outside the pre-determined leave periods, it will mean that there is a high probability that you will be unable to join. Extended periods of annual leave cannot be accommodated during this period.
On appointment you will be provided with 3 designated weeks off during your initial 6 months of training. Unfortunately due to constantly changing force requirements we are unable to provide intake/leave dates in advance
Should a candidate declare a disability such as dyslexia are there any reasonable adjustments for the Assessment Centre?
If you wish to seek reasonable adjustments at the SEARCH Assessment Centre, a full diagnostic report (obtained over the age of 16) will need to be obtained and submitted, preferably at the point of application, to South Wales Police for onward transmission to the College of Policing.
The College is responsible for confirmation of the validity of the report and subsequent proposal/s for reasonable adjustments. Any adjustments will need to be agreed by the candidate in advance of the assessment centre. Applicants enquiring about additional reasonable adjustments should do so via the HR Recruitment team.
Further information about the requirements for reasonable adjustments can be found in the Reasonable Adjustment and Accommodation Policy.