You do not need any formal qualifications or education to apply for a job in the Police Service. Even so, like any prospective employer they are interested to know what sort of educational level you have attained.
Fairly straightforward this bit, just fill in details of the three most recent schools / colleges you attended. Put the most recent one first (i.e. the one you attended just before you left to start work. If you are still studying then it will be the school or college you're attending now).
Qualifications and Training
Here you're required to list all your qualifications, when you took them, and what grades you attained. Again they want to see the most recent ones first, for most people this means you will be listing your highest qualification first and working backwards.
This section, snuck away at the bottom of the page, is actually rather important because it's your first chance to demonstrate that you are an individual with something to offer the police service. Every other box you've filled in so far has been just putting in basic information. This box is something a bit different.
In this box you should include anything you've done, or are still doing, which is a valuable and worthwhile activity outside of normal work or education. The force is looking for two things here - firstly any skills you have which might one day be useful to them (in this respect they're just like any employer), but secondly they want you to demonstrate that you are a normal healthy functioning social human being with a life and interests beyond the daily grind!
Some of the activities you could consider putting in this box include:
- Girl guides / Boy scouts - either as a participant or an organiser
- Duke of Edinburgh's award
- Hospital radio
- Amateur dramatics
- Charity fund raising
- School governor
- Hill walking
And on the skills front how about things like:
- Conversational German
- First aid trained
- HGV licence
- Trained mechanic
Obviously the above are just a list of ideas and you will only include them if they actually apply to you!
Try not to include things that are really just occasional hobbies or everyday activities - popular ones to include are things like "reading", "running", or "ski-ing". These don't have any particular substance unless there's more to them - "Run a weekly book club", "Member of a running club, have run two half-marathons", and "Organiser of the annual school ski-trip".
Really spend some time thinking about this section, it's more important than it appears at first glance.