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Bachelor of Policing (Leadership Program)

Approved Abbreviation: BPol(LeadProg)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1734.3

AQF Level: 7

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.

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)

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.

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 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.


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.

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.

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

Spring session

102170People, Place and Social Difference
102039Crime, Deviance and Society
102314Policing Practices
200855Leadership in a Complex World

Year 2

Autumn session

102699Youth Justice and Practice
101568Legislation, Courts and Policing
102816Investigating and Communicating Social Problems
102690Criminal Law for Policing

2H session

301070Logic, Rhetoric and Argumentation

Spring session

102691Evidence and Investigation
102708Crime Prevention and Drugs

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

102250Ethical Leadership
102169Governance in Policing
101969Policing Leaders Internship

Choose one of

101552Applied Social Research
101561Gender, Crime and Violence

Spring session

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

And two electives

Equivalent Core Units

The core unit listed below counts towards completion of this course for students who passed this unit in 2020 or earlier.

400337 - Social Research Methods

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