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Job Description

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

Entry Requirements

You can get into this job through:


You could do a public service operational delivery advanced apprenticeship with the Civil Service.

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

To do this, you'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths, or equivalent qualifications.

Direct Application

You could apply directly to become a Border Force officer. To enter at officer level, you may need at least 2 A levels at grade E or above, or equivalent qualifications.

Other Routes

You can apply through the Civil Service Fast Stream if you have a degree.

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

More information

You can find out more about working as a Border Force officer from Border Force and Civil Service Careers.

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.

With experience you could become a 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.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Security Officer
  • Soldier
  • Prison Officer

Required Skills

  • The ability to listen and ask questions
  • able to keep calm under pressure
  • assertive but tactful
  • excellent communication skills
  • confident in decision making

Salary Range

£23,000 to £31,000

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