Bachelor of Policing (Leadership Program)
- Effective from: 2019
- Approved Abbreviation: BPol(LeadProg)
- Western Sydney University Program Code: 1734
- AQF Level: 7
This program applies to students who commenced in 2019 or later.
Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.
This program aims to provide high achieving students with opportunities to develop their leadership skills and experiences to become the policing leaders of the future. The program will provide students with a high quality education in policing coupled with additional opportunities for professional and personal development, community engagement, ethics, leadership skills, industry interaction and connections. Students study leadership, social science and criminology subjects, and a range of specialist policing subjects to equip graduates with a broad understanding of the role of police in society. The curriculum recognises the complexities and challenges of contemporary policing and explores the application of policing practice to a changing Australian society.
NB: Students seeking a policing career will be required to satisfy the entrance requirements for these policing or criminal justice organisations. Completion of this degree does not guarantee entry into these selective positions.
Three years full-time or six years part-time.
Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.
|Liverpool Campus||Full Time||Internal||Ashlee Gore|
|Liverpool Campus||Part Time||Internal||Ashlee Gore|
|Penrith Campus||Full Time||Internal||Erin Kruger|
|Penrith Campus||Part Time||Internal||Erin Kruger|
Note regarding Professional Accreditation
Developed in collaboration with NSW Police Force, and other law enforcement and criminal justice agencies, the program partially fulfils the academic requirements for employment with them. Graduates seeking employment will be required to meet the entry standards of NSW Police Force on a competitive basis, for example in relation to fitness and other aspects of professional suitability. After successful completion of the CSU University Certificate in Workforce Essentials, this degree gives students the maximum academic suitability points for recruitment to NSW Police Force.
- Assumed knowledge: two units of HSC English.
- Recommended studies: HSC English Standard, or equivalent.
- ATAR of at least 90.
Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.
Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.
Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.
Students enrolled in JUST 3012 Policing Leaders Internship (by selection only; 20 student max.) are required to receive a clear National Police Check before placement with NSW Police Force, the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM), or other criminal justice agencies. Students placed with the AIPM may also be subject to random drug testing.
Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points including the subjects listed in the recommended sequence below.
|Autumn session||Credit Points|
|BEHV 1021||The Individual in Society||10|
|CULT 1017||Understanding Society||10|
|BEHV 2008||Mental Health in the Community||10|
|CULT 1024||Introduction to Criminal Justice||10|
|HUMN 1041||People, Place and Social Difference||10|
|CULT 1005||Crime, Deviance and Society||10|
|JUST 1003||Policing Practices||10|
|BUSM 1044||Leadership in Complexity||10|
|CULT 2017||Youth Justice and Practice||10|
|CULT 3017||Legislation, Courts and Policing||10|
|HUMN 2066||Investigating and Communicating Social Problems||10|
|JUST 2020||Criminal Law for Policing||10|
|HUMN 2072||Logic, Argumentation and Post-Truth||10|
|CULT 2016||Evidence and Investigation||10|
|CULT 2018||Crime Prevention and Drugs||10|
|Select one elective||10|
|CULT 3011||Ethical Leadership||10|
|JUST 3006||Governance in Policing||10|
|JUST 3012||Policing Leaders Internship||10|
|Select one of the following:||10|
|Applied Social Research|
|Gender, Crime and Violence|
|JUST 3014||Creating Criminal Justice Solutions||10|
|CULT 3007||Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice||10|
|Select two electives||20|
|Total Credit Points||240|
Equivalent Core Subjects
The subjects listed below count towards completion of this Program for students who passed these subjects in 2020 or earlier.
HUMN 2049 - Social Research Methods, replaced by HUMN 2066 Investigating and Communicating Social Problems
BUSM 1016 - Leadership in a Complex World, replaced by BUSM 1044 Leadership in Complexity
HUMN 2035 - Logic, Rhetoric and Argumentation, replaced by HUMN 2072 Logic, Argumentation and Post-Truth