Course

Bachelor of Policing

Approved Abbreviation: BPol


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1662.4

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 044801C


Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2015 or later.

Commencement Year 2014 - 1662.3 Bachelor of Policing

Commencement Year 2013 - 1662.2 Bachelor of Policing

Commencement Year 2010 - 2012 - 1662.1 Bachelor of Policing

If you require further information about pathways from this degree to police careers please contact Academic Course Advisors:

  • Bankstown students - Dr Philip Birch
  • Kingswood students - Dr Ken Wooden

Prospective students of policing at Western Sydney University should be aware that demand for new recruits to the New South Wales Police Force can vary considerably. Recruitment numbers depend upon a range of factors such as funding from government and varied operational policing demands. For up to date information on recruitment into the New South Wales Police Force please refer to their website:

NSW Police Force

Candidates should also note that New South Wales Police Force has its own recruitment process that is separate from and independent of The University. Therefore there is no guarantee that a degree in policing from Western Sydney University will generate entry to the NSW Police Constable training program. Graduates from the Bachelor of Policing also find employment in the Federal Police, other Australian state police forces, and also in the private and non-statutory sector.

This course equips graduates with an introduction to policing as a distinct area of academic study, and provides the foundation for students wishing to join NSW Police Force, or other policing or related organisation. Students study social science and criminology units, and a range of specialist policing units 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. Course content traces the history of policing and its relationship to societies being policed. Students seeking a career with NSW Police Force, national intelligence agencies, Customs, juvenile justice, corrections or other State and federal police agencies will be required by those agencies to satisfy their entrance requirements.

Pathway for students who would like to join NSW Police Force: Students who intend to complete the NSW Police Force Pathway will need to complete the third year of their degree by successfully applying for and completing the “Associate Degree in Policing Practice” at Charles Sturt University.

This degree has competitive entry requirements which you must meet. See CSU website for further information.

http://www.csu.edu.au/study/arts-courses/policing/study-options

http://www.csu.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/217062/ADPP-brochure.pdf

Application forms for Professional Suitability are available online

http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/recruitment/download_professional_suitability_application/professional_suitability_application_forms

Please note: Students are not guaranteed entry into the NSW Police Force or Charles Sturt University.

Information for students not intending to join the NSW Police Force: After completion of the second year of studies, those students not intending to join the New South Wales Police Force (NSWPF) or who do not satisfy the NSWPF Professional Suitability assessment criteria will transfer into 1719 Bachelor of Policing Studies, please see study sequence below.

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

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Bankstown CampusFull TimeInternalKen Wooden
Penrith CampusFull TimeInternalErin Kruger
Penrith CampusPart TimeInternalErin Kruger

Accreditation
Developed in collaboration with NSW Police Force, the course 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.

Admission

Applications from Australian citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre.

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.

UAC

International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International office.

Please note: While international students are eligible to enrol in the Bachelor of Policing, they are not eligible to complete the NSW Police Force training required to be a police officer. Instead of proceeding to the NSWPF Associate Degree in Policing Practices at Goulburn Police Academy at the end of their second year, international students will transfer to the Bachelor of Policing Studies and complete their third year at Western Sydney University.

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.

Additional Entry Criteria:

Police Citizen Youth Club “Blue Club Star Leadership Program” (Certificate Level II)

IPROWD Training Program (Certificate Level III)

Course Structure

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

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Autumn Session

101557The Individual in Society
101560Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice
102318Policing, Justice and Society
101573Human Rights, Peace and Development

Spring session

101900Working with Communities
102170People, Place and Social Difference
102039Crime, Deviance and Society
102314Policing Practices

Year 2

Autumn session

400337Social Research Methods
400684Juvenile Crime and Justice
101568Legislation, Courts and Policing

And one elective

Spring session

101555Ethics in the Social Sciences
101567Evidence, Investigations and Police Intelligence
102038Crime Prevention and Community

Choose one of

101575Peace-Making and Peace-Building
101969Policing Leaders Internship

Students who would like to join NSW Police Force see information in handbook description above.

Students who do not want to join NSW Police Force should complete the following unit sequence.

Year 3

1719 - Bachelor of Policing Studies

For students not continuing into the New South Wales Police Pathway

For students not wishing or able to continue into the New South Wales Police Pathway.

After completion of the second year of studies, those students who do not want to join the New South Wales Police Force (NSWPF) or who do not satisfy the NSWPF Professional Suitability assessment criteria, will exit 1662 B Policing and transfer into 1719 Bachelor of Policing Studies - Non NSW Police Pathway to continue their studies.

Autumn session

102169Governance in Policing
101552Applied Social Research

And two electives

Spring session

102203Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice
102251Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice and Policing

And two electives

Mid Year Intake

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Spring session

101900Working with Communities
102170People, Place and Social Difference
102039Crime, Deviance and Society
102314Policing Practices

Autumn Session

101557The Individual in Society
101560Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice
102318Policing, Justice and Society
101573Human Rights, Peace and Development

Year 2

Spring session

101555Ethics in the Social Sciences
101567Evidence, Investigations and Police Intelligence
102038Crime Prevention and Community
101575Peace-Making and Peace-Building

Autumn session

400337Social Research Methods
400684Juvenile Crime and Justice
101568Legislation, Courts and Policing

And one elective

Students who would like to join NSW Police Force see information in handbook description above.

Students who do not want to join NSW Police Force should complete the following unit sequence.

After completion of the second year of studies, those students who do not want to join the New South Wales Police Force (NSWPF) or who do not satisfy the NSWPF Professional Suitability assessment criteria, will exit 1662 B Policing and transfer into 1719 Bachelor of Policing Studies - Non NSW Police Pathway to continue their studies.

Year 3

1719 - Bachelor of Policing Studies

Spring session

102203Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice
102251Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice and Policing

And two electives

Autumn session

102169Governance in Policing
101552Applied Social Research

And two electives

Sub-major elective spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major (40 credit points).

Search for sub-majors

Western Sydney University offers sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

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