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Border Force officer

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Border Force officers protect UK border entry points like ports and airports, by enforcing immigration and customs regulations.

Average salary (a year)

£26,000 Starter

to

£32,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 42 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become

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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

College

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

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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Apprenticeship

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.

Entry requirements

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

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Work

You could join the Civil Service as a Border Force assistant officer, then apply for an officer post when vacancies become available.

Direct Application

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.

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Further information

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What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of English language
  • customer service skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

  • be over 18 years of age
  • be a UK citizen
  • have lived in the UK for the last 5 years
  • pass enhanced background checks
  • pass security checks
  • pass a medical check
  • have a good level of fitness
  • have a full driving licence

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a Border Force officer, you would:

  • check travel documents and passports
  • question passengers about their reasons for visiting the UK
  • search people, luggage and vehicles
  • work with the police and immigration officials on operations
  • write case notes and reports
  • attend court as a witness

Working environment

You could work at a border post.

Your working environment may be physically demanding and outdoors in all weathers.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You'll get continuous training during your first 6 to 12 months. Once you've passed your probationary period, you'll have the full responsibilities of a Border Force officer.

You'll get regular training throughout your career. With experience, you could become a senior Border Force officer, team leader or move into a management position. You could also use your skills to train and work with new staff.

You may also be able to apply for roles in other departments of the Home Office or Civil Service.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice - Public Service Operational Delivery Officer

  • Wage: £14,952.00 Annually
  • Location: Melbourne Avenue, Dover

Courses In England

Public Services First Certificate

  • Provider: BEXHILL COLLEGE
  • Start date: 09 September 2024
  • Location: Bexhill on Sea

Public Services Diploma level 2

  • Provider: ISLE OF WIGHT COLLEGE
  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: Newport

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