Border Force officers protect UK border entry points like ports and airports, by enforcing immigration and customs regulations.
Salary range: £23,000 gto £31,000
How to become a Border Force officer
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- working your way up
- applying directly
- a graduate training scheme
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
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.
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.
You can apply through the Civil Service Fast Stream if you have a degree.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- 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 carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and requirements
You’ll need to:
- 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
In this role you could:
- check travel documents and passports
- question passengers about their reasons for visiting the UK
- search people, luggage and vehicles
- write case notes
- work with the police and immigration officials on operations
- attend court as a witness
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
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.