Bachelor of Policing

  • Effective from: 2019
  • Approved Abbreviation: BPol
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 1844
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 044801C

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 1844.1 Bachelor of Policing

This program introduces students to policing as a distinct area of academic study and provides the foundation for careers in policing and other criminal justice organisations. Students study 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.

Location

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

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.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline.  This program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is an optional work component available in this program.  Please contact the Program Advisor listed above for information.

International students should be aware that if an elective is a requirement of the program but the work itself was not registered with CRICOS, students can still complete these electives but it would be counted towards the work limitation.  For more details, refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Admission

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

http://www.uac.edu.au/
https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local 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.

International students currently completing an Australian Year 12 in or outside Australia, an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 3 must apply via UAC International.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

All other International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.  

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

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 Prerequisites

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. This subject is a core for Bachelor of Policing (Leadership), and positions for Bachelor of Policing students will be by invitation only and selection based on GPA.

Program Structure

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

Recommended Sequence

Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
BEHV 1021 The Individual in Society 10
CULT 1024 Introduction to Criminal Justice 10
BEHV 2008 Mental Health in the Community 10
CULT 1017 Understanding Society 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
HUMN 1060 Introduction to Indigenous Australia: Peoples, Places and Philosophies 10
HUMN 1041 People, Place and Social Difference 10
CULT 1005 Crime, Deviance and Society 10
JUST 1003 Policing Practices 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
HUMN 2066 Investigating and Communicating Social Problems 10
CULT 2017 Youth Justice and Practice 10
CULT 3017 Legislation, Courts and Policing 10
JUST 2020 Criminal Law for Policing 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
CULT 2005 Ethics in the Social Sciences 10
CULT 2016 Evidence and Investigation 10
CULT 2018 Crime Prevention and Drugs 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
JUST 3006 Governance in Policing 10
CULT 3001 Applied Social Research 10
CULT 3013 Gender, Crime and Violence 10
Select one elective 10
Recommended Electives:  
Evidence and Crime Scene Management  
Note: this subject is available only in Summer session
 
OR
 
Policing Leaders Internship  
Note: this subject is available only by invitation
 
 Credit Points40
Spring session
CULT 3007 Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice 10
JUST 3014 Creating Criminal Justice Solutions 10
Select two electives 20
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Full-time mid-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
HUMN 1060 Introduction to Indigenous Australia: Peoples, Places and Philosophies 10
HUMN 1041 People, Place and Social Difference 10
CULT 1005 Crime, Deviance and Society 10
JUST 1003 Policing Practices 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
BEHV 1021 The Individual in Society 10
CULT 1024 Introduction to Criminal Justice 10
BEHV 2008 Mental Health in the Community 10
CULT 1017 Understanding Society 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Spring session
CULT 2005 Ethics in the Social Sciences 10
CULT 2016 Evidence and Investigation 10
CULT 2018 Crime Prevention and Drugs 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
HUMN 2066 Investigating and Communicating Social Problems 10
CULT 2017 Youth Justice and Practice 10
CULT 3017 Legislation, Courts and Policing 10
JUST 2020 Criminal Law for Policing 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Spring session
CULT 3007 Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice 10
JUST 3014 Creating Criminal Justice Solutions 10
Select two electives 20
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
JUST 3006 Governance in Policing 10
CULT 3001 Applied Social Research 10
CULT 3013 Gender, Crime and Violence 10
Select one elective 10
Recommended Electives:  
Evidence and Crime Scene Management  
Note: this subject is available only in Summer session
 
OR
 
Policing Leaders Internship  
Note: this subject is available only by invitation
 
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Equivalent Core Subjects

The Core Subjects listed below count towards completion of this program for students who passed these subjects in 2020 or earlier.

CULT 1020 - Working with Communities, replaced by HUMN 1060 Introduction to Indigenous Australia: Peoples, Places and Philosophies
HUMN 2049 - Social Research Methods HUMN 2066 Investigating and Communicating Social Problems

Minor elective spaces

Elective subjects may be used toward obtaining an additional approved minor (40 credit points).  Western Sydney University offers minors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Global Sustainability Minor

Indigenous Australian Studies Minor

Search for minors

Students can apply for an elective minor via MySR.

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