Diploma in Social Science (Policing)/Bachelor of Policing

  • Effective from: 2020
  • Approved Abbreviation: DipSocSc(Pol)/BPol
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 6044
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code:

This program applies to students who commenced in 2022 or later.

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.

For Commencement Year 2020 and 2021 - please refer to 6044.1 - Diploma in Social Science (Policing)/Bachelor of Policing

This program equips graduates with an introduction to policing as a distinct area of academic study, and provides the foundation for students wishing to join policing or 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 competitive positions.

The first year of this program is delivered by Western Sydney University The College, as an agent of Western Sydney University, via extended face-to-face hours in smaller learning environments. A Diploma in Social Science (Policing) exit point is also available at the end of the first year of the program.

For more information on Western Sydney University, The College, please refer to their web site.

Western Sydney University, The College

For program advice during your first year of study, please use the contact below under ‘Program Advice’. For program advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Policing.

Study Mode

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

Program Advice

College Program Enquiries

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

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Bankstown Campus Full Time Internal See above
Bankstown Campus Part Time Internal See above
Liverpool Campus Full Time Internal Ken Wooden
Liverpool Campus Part Time Internal Ken Wooden
Penrith Campus Full Time Internal Erin Kruger
Penrith Campus Part Time Internal Erin Kruger
The College - Nirimba Education Precinct Full Time Internal See above
The College - Nirimba Education Precinct Part Time Internal See above

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.

Admission

For more information on applying please see link to The College admission pages below.

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/thecollege/how_to_apply

Domestic students are required to have:

  • Completed an English subject in the NSW Higher School Certificate, or
  • Competency in English at IELTS 6.0 equivalent (unless a native speaker) or
  • Passed The College English test with 70% or higher or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English subject at C grade level or higher.

Met other entry requirements such as:

  • An ATAR identified prior to the offer of a place, or
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies program with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

This program is not available to International students.

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 or the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM). Students placed with the AIPM will also need to undergo a drug test before commencement.

Recommended Sequence

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 250 credit points which include the subjects listed in the recommended sequence below.
The early exit College Diploma consists of 90 credit points which includes one College Preparatory subject.

Western Sydney University The College Subjects

Nirimba and Bankstown Campus

Please note that all campuses may not have intakes each year.

Full-time Start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Trimester 1Credit Points
LANG 0052 Academic Communication for Policing and Justice (WSTC Prep) 10
CULT 1025 Introduction to Criminal Justice (WSTC) 10
BEHV 1023 The Individual in Society (WSTC) 10
 Credit Points30
Trimester 2
BEHV 2015 Mental Health in the Community (WSTC) 10
CULT 1019 Understanding Society (WSTC) 10
Plus one subject to be advised 10
 Credit Points30
Trimester 3
HUMN 1042 People, Place and Social Difference (WSTC) 10
JUST 1004 Policing Practices (WSTC) 10
CULT 1006 Crime, Deviance and Society (WSTC) 10
 Credit Points30
 Total Credit Points90

Students may exit at this point and graduate with the Diploma in Social Science (Policing) following a passing grade in all of the above subjects. Students who progress onto Year 2 may also be awarded the Diploma if they gain a passing grade in all of the above subjects.

◾Students must pass all College Preparatory subjects before progressing to the Year 2 subjects.

◾Students must pass at least 70 credit points of University level subjects in Year 1 before progressing to the Year 2 subjects.

Western Sydney University Subjects

For program advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Policing.

Liverpool and Penrith Campus

Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 2
Autumn sessionCredit Points
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 of the following: 10
Policing Leaders Internship  
One elective
 
 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 Points160

Full-time mid-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 2
Spring sessionCredit Points
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 of the following: 10
Policing Leaders Internship  
One elective
 
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points160

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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