Bachelor of Policing

Approved Abbreviation: BPol

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1662.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 044801C

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 2010 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.

Commencement Year 2007 - 2009 - 4555.3 Bachelor of Policing

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.

Study Mode
Three years full-time. Students may take a reduced study load. Additional study is required for students who have passed the NSW Police entry requirements and who wish to join the NSW Police Force.

Advanced standing

Students demonstrating successful completion of relevant studies at other tertiary institutions prior to enrolment may be granted advanced standing for those studies, in accordance with current University policy.

Developed in collaboration with New South Wales 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.


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.

International applicants must apply directly to the University of Western Sydney via the University`s 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.

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

101553Organisations, Communities and Communication
101551Understanding Society
101560Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice
101565Theories and Concepts of Policing

Spring session

101556The Geographies of Social Difference
101557The Individual in Society
101559Introduction to Criminology
101566Contemporary Policing

Year 2

Autumn session

101555Ethics in the Social Sciences
400684Juvenile Crime and Justice
101568Legislation, Courts and Policing

And one elective

Spring session

400337Social Research Methods
101567Evidence, Investigations and Police Intelligence
101564Victimisation and Crime Prevention

And one elective

For students wishing to join NSW Police Force

Cross-institutional studies with Charles Sturt University through the NSW Police College.

During the 2nd year of the Bachelor of Policing degree students who wish to join the NSWPF will be required to undertake two units referred to as 1a, 1b, and an 80 hour placement. It is expected that those students will meet the Western Sydney University required academic and NSW Police professional suitability (PSA) requirements. Session 1 (1a and 1b) are considered to be distance learning subjects, which inclusive of the placement are administered by CSU. With regards to 1a and 1b, there are minor residential requirements that take place at the Goulburn Police College over several weekends during Autumn and Spring Semester of Year 2. Western Sydney University will facilitate all of these requirements with CSU and the NSWPF during the second year. In conclusion, the second year of the NSW Police Pathway of course 1662 - Bachelor of Policing, involves study requirements at Western Sydney University in conjunction with distance learning and placement requirements administered by CSU.

Year 3

Bachelor of Policing - New South Wales Police Pathway (and CSU Associate Degree in Policing Practice)

In the 3rd year of the Western Sydney University Bachelor of Policing degree students will complete Session 2 as a full time residential student at Charles Sturt University. At the completion of Session 2, students will be awarded block credit of 80 credit points towards course 1662 - Bachelor of Policing.

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

Year 3

Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology and Criminal Justice)

Autumn session

101552Applied Social Research
101563Contemporary Perspectives in Criminology
101561Gender, Crime and Violence

And one elective

Spring session

101554Contemporary Debates in Social Science
101562Culture and Crime
101558Prisons and Punishment

And one elective

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

Indigenous Australian Creative Expressions Sub-major

Indigenous Economics Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

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

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