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What Gcse's Do I Need To Become A Police Officer?

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lesley louis answered
You do not need any specific GCSEs to join the Police Force. However, a good level of literacy and numeracy is required. It would be necessary to take a Police entrance exam and this concentrates on ability in English and Maths.

It is also possible to join the Police at different levels - some complete a university degree before joining, and go on a fast track incentive career path, but it is not essential. Being a Police Officer is much more about personal quality than qualifications.

You need to be someone who enjoys challenges, and willing to work and study hard to learn the basic law and skills necessary for this demanding and crucial role.

Police recruitment is overseen by each individual police force, but the entrance exam is a national standard. This is referred to as the 'Police Initial Recruitment Test' or P.I.R.T in England. In Scotland it is the 'Standard Entrance Test'.

The role of Police Officer is a popular career choice and as such, it is mostly over subscribed so there is a useful guide for potential candidates at policerecruitment.homeoffice.gov.uk/police-officer/how-do-I-

This will help maximize the chances of success in joining the Police Force of your choice and help you with your application. It is compiled by serving and ex-police officers who have unique knowledge and experience with recruitment.

There is no doubt that this is a job that calls for individuals with unique skills and temperament. It involves shift work and can be dangerous and unpredictable, but it can also be extremely rewarding. It takes more than just exam results to be an effective officer of the law.
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I am in year 10 and a police officer came in I am about to do work experience I asked him about all this YOU DO NOT I REPEAT YOU DO NOT NEED ANY FORMAL GCSES The police have there own little exam which you study for at college or when you just apply some of the questions I found a bit strange one was "what have you done to help some one in your community" another one was "what problems have you faced and what did you do to overcome them" its basic key skills Like problem solving I was panicing but obviously math english and science would help but they arnt absolutely necessery!! Soz for any dodgy spelling. But if you have any previous convictions then that will probably prevent you from becoming a Police officer not always miner ones you can normally get away with but serious ones obviously murder and stealing would be some
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There are no specific GCSEs you need to take. However, anyone wanting to join the police is tested on their literacy and numeracy, so you will find it useful if you do well at English and maths. People go into the police at all different levels - some do a  university degree and then join - but it' s not really about qualifications. You can find out more at bluelinejobs.co.uk.
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How about getting into a detective
because im in year 9 but ive been told you have to become a police oficer then inspecter
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Could someone tell me what subjects are good aswell as english,p.e and maths.
Would appreciate it if you get back to me on this
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You need pe,english,science,maths thats all good look to you I should know I am a policewoman
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My dads a police offacer you need gcse' s in english maths and scince grade C or above and colage/univercitie helps also you will find it easyer to get in if you have had any expierience working with the public I say that if you go on the conexions website it might help a lot

hope this helps
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You cant spell dude!!!

Officer* science* college* university* easier* conections* a lot* not alot.

Hollie and lily. Year 9 students.
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I am in year 10 and a police officer came in I am about to do work experience I asked him about all this YOU DO NOT I REPEAT YOU DO NOT NEED ANY FORMAL GCSES The police have there own little exam which you study for at college or when you just apply some of the questions I found a bit strange one was "what have you done to help some one in your community" another one was "what problems have you faced and what did you do to overcome them" its basic key skills Like problem solving I was panicing but obviously math english and science would help but they arnt absolutely necessery!! Soz for any dodgy spelling. But if you have any previous convictions then that will probably prevent you from becoming a Police officer not always miner ones you can normally get away with but serious ones obviously murder and stealing would be some
Well thanks for reading if you could be bothered to scroll down this far
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I really want to become a police officer to all you need is p.e english a bit of science and maths and also be fit and able to run fast you need grade c's but it helps to get grade b's
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You need Pe english maths and social studies I am now a pco and chef officer please comment if you want to be a police officer and you want some tips I got all bs in my gcse. Hannah
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So you basically need to have nearly all the core subjects to be a police officer, but I'm aiming high, I want to go into armed-response. Is there anything extra for that?
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You obvioulsy need, Eng, Math ect but you don't actually need p.e, you have more chance getting in if you have A-C
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If I chose double btec pe and english , maths , buisness study would I get the job !
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I dare say you will need maths or english along with pe, but failing that go to a college that does the uniformed service course and then you can apply that way!
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I don't think you need any specific GCSE's, probably just the normal ones like maths english and science...but I have also heard that sometimes you might need history or geography
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If you are not too good at maths, is that a big problem? Also is it possible to do work experiance in year 10 at a police station?
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You don't need any gcses for most police forces just experiance and the person that 'dissed' people for their spelling needs to take a closer look at theirs :)
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I'm In Year 9 & My Auntie is A police Officer And I Want To Be One Aswell To Start Off With You don't Really Need To Take Specific GCSE's To Be An Officer But You Should Do These Eng,Maths,Sci,Geo,BTEC, Grade C Or Above As Alex Said College And University Aswell Help A Lot

Holly And Lily The Website Is Connexsions and Alex Never Really Spent Time On His Grammer  
Oh And You Spelt Holly Wrong *Holly

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You should take GCSE Maths, English, Science, R.E, and P.E but it doesn't matter if you don't. Other things like drama or a language can also be a good option, but as long as you get A* -C grades you'll be fine

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I'm hoping to join the police force and I have no I idea what I need to take in GCSE's I was thinking english,maths,science,history,french and geography?? Good idea??
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You have to have 5 c's and higher at least :) I want to be police to
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Im in yr 10 and iv just done my work expriance at the police station and its made me change my mind in what i want to become when i leave school. I want to become a community support officer but i dont know what gcse's i need to become one and if i need to take exams or not.

Please help!! Thanks
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You need Eng/Maths and you don't actually need p.e, You have more of a chance with A-C in any subjest!!
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I am in year 11 and I am finishing school in May. I am looking into becoming a police officer but I don't really know what GCSE qualifications I need to succed in this. Any suggestions would be welcomed?..
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None just apply, they are going to give you an exam and if you pass that you would be sent to training school for 6 months or so and then you would officially be known s an police officer,
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There's no particular gcse to be a police officer I think it is just English, maths and probably science
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You don't need any. Tho english and maths would be good, you need to be  very fit tho as you will do a fitness test ,english test and maths, you will also do role playing good luck.
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You don't need a gcse you don't need anything you just take a maths and english test when you enter concentrate on your maths and english and ure in I advise you to go to police cadets and stay on to sixth form this will increase your chance highly
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No its not possible to do police work as work experience because you would be putting your life at too much of a risk. :'(
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You need to attack your teachers to show the police what your made of , they need a little rebal for secret missions
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You need to be put in prison for theft go to your local store and take some sweeties.

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