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Bachelor of Policing

Approved Abbreviation: BPol


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1844.2

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 044801C


Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing 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 2019 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

For Commencement Year 2017 to 2018 - please refer to 1844.1 Bachelor of Policing

This course 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 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.

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

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

Accreditation
Developed in collaboration with NSW Police Force and other law enforcement and criminal justice agencies, the course 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.

Admission

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.

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

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

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.

Note regarding Professional Accreditation

Developed in collaboration with NSW Police Force and other law enforcement and criminal justice agencies, the course 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.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
Students enrolled in 101969 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 unit 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.

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 course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

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

International students should be aware that if an elective is a requirement of the course 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

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 - Start-year

Year 1

Autumn session

101557The Individual in Society
102709Introduction to Criminal Justice
101594Mental Health in the Community
101551Understanding Society

Spring session

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

Year 2

Autumn session

400337Social Research Methods
102699Youth Justice and Practice
101568Legislation, Courts and Policing
102690Criminal Law for Policing

Spring session

101555Ethics in the Social Sciences
102691Evidence and Investigation
102708Crime Prevention and Drugs

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

102169Governance in Policing
101552Applied Social Research
101561Gender, Crime and Violence

And one elective

Recommended elective

300935Evidence and Crime Scene Management

Note: this unit is available only in Summer session

Or

101969Policing Leaders Internship

Note: this unit is available only by invitation

Spring session

102203Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice
102713Creating Criminal Justice Solutions

And two electives

Recommended Sequence - Mid-year

Year 1

Spring session

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

Autumn session

101557The Individual in Society
102709Introduction to Criminal Justice
101594Mental Health in the Community
101551Understanding Society

Year 2

Spring session

101555Ethics in the Social Sciences
102691Evidence and Investigation
102708Crime Prevention and Drugs

and one elective

Autumn session

400337Social Research Methods
102699Youth Justice and Practice
101568Legislation, Courts and Policing
102690Criminal Law for Policing

Year 3

Spring session

102203Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice
102713Creating Criminal Justice Solutions

And two electives

Autumn session

102169Governance in Policing
101552Applied Social Research
101561Gender, Crime and Violence

And one elective

Recommended elective

300935Evidence and Crime Scene Management

Note: this unit is available only in Summer session

Or

101969Policing Leaders Internship

Note: this unit is available only by invitation

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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