How to become a Border Force officer
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working your way up
- applying directly
You could do a college course in public services which could help you to develop some of the skills and knowledge needed in this role.
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
You could do a Public Service Operational Delivery Officer Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship with the Civil Service.
This can take up to 1 year and 6 months to complete.
To do this apprenticeship, you'll need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths
You could join the Civil Service as a Border Force assistant officer, then apply for an officer post when vacancies become available.
You could apply directly to become a Border Force officer. To enter at officer level, you'll need at least 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths, or equivalent qualifications.