Bachelor of Policing (Leadership Program) (1734)

  • 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.

For Commencement Year 2017 to 2018 - please refer to 1734.2 Bachelor of Policing (Leadership Program)

For Commencement Year 2015 to 2016 - please refer to 1734.1 Bachelor of Policing (Leadership Program)

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.

Study Mode

Three years full-time or six years part-time.

Program Advice

Dr Ken Yates

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |


Campus Attendance Mode Advice
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


  • 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.

Special Requirements

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.

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points including the subjects listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit 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
 Credit Points40
Spring session
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
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
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
 Credit Points40
2H session
HUMN 2072 Logic, Argumentation and Post-Truth 10
 Credit Points10
Spring session
CULT 2016 Evidence and Investigation 10
CULT 2018 Crime Prevention and Drugs 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points30
Year 3
Autumn session
CULT 3011 Ethical Leadership 10
JUST 3012 Policing Leaders Internship 10
Select one elective 10
Select one of the following: 10
Applied Social Research  
Gender, Crime and Violence  
 Credit Points40
Spring session
JUST 3014 Creating Criminal Justice Solutions 10
CULT 3007 Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice 10
JUST 3006 Governance in Policing 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

 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