Bachelor of Policing (Leadership Program)

Approved Abbreviation: BPol(LeadProg)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1734.2

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 2017 or later.

Commencement Year 2015 to 2016 - 1734.1 Bachelor of Policing (Leadership Program)

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.

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, 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) 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.

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
102318Policing, Justice and Society
101551Understanding Society
101560Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice

From 2019 students should take the following unit in place of 101560 Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice:

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

101568Legislation, Courts and Policing
400337Social Research Methods
102211Creativity, Innovation and Design Thinking
400684Juvenile Crime and Justice

From 2019 students should take the following unit in place of 400684 Juvenile Crime and Justice:

102699Youth Justice and Practice

Spring session

101567Evidence, Investigations and Police Intelligence
102038Crime Prevention and Community

And two electives

Year 3

Autumn session

101552Applied Social Research
102250Ethical Leadership
102169Governance in Policing
101969Policing Leaders Internship

Spring session

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

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.

MyStudentRecords (MySR)

Students in Advanced courses may use elective units toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major in SM3082 Applied Leadership.

SM3082.1 Applied Leadership

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