Bachelor of Policing

Approved Abbreviation: BPol

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4555.3

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 044801C

For further course information contact The Bachelor of Policing equips graduates with a comprehensive knowledge of policing as a distinct area of academic study. It provides a thorough grounding in the skills required to undertake effective policing or related careers. Students study a range of specialist policing units, and also units of their choice drawn from the behavioural sciences, humanities, human services, law, languages and the social sciences. This will 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.

While most students entering the course are seeking a career within NSW Police, the course continues to offer graduates alternatives to a NSW policing career. It is sufficiently broad to be attractive to graduates seeking career choices with national intelligence agencies, border protection authorities, other State and Federal police agencies, juvenile justice, corrections and other human services organisations.

Study Mode
Three years full-time. Students may take a reduced study load. Students seeking employment with NSW Police are required to complete some units at the NSW Police College at Goulbourn.

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 NSW Police, the course fulfils the academic requirements for employment with them. Graduates seeking employment will still be required to meet the entry standards of NSW Police on a competitive basis, for example in relation to fitness and other aspects of professsional suitability.


Students are admitted to the course via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Students hoping to gain admission to the degree via the Western Sydney University Unitrack program should enrol in the units which are recommended as a pathway to the Bachelor of Policing.

International applicants should contact International Office for details on admission. Contact information for the International Office is available via their website.

International Office

Special Requirements Prerequisites
Criminal record checks are mandatory prior to undertaking second year policing practice units, and are also a prerequisite to acceptance into the NSW Police.

Course Structure

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

The order of completion of core, elective and professional units may be varied, provided that all pre-requisites are met.

Elective units may be chosen from any award offered by Western Sydney University, provided that unit prerequisites are met and space is available.

Recommended sequence


Year 1

Autumn session

400680Crime and Criminal Justice
400289Foundations of Australian Policing
400290Introduction to Policing Practice
101336Introduction to Sociology

Spring session

400681Crime and Criminology
101363Global Structures and Local Cultures
400291Traffic: Safety, Crime and Management
400292Multi-Disciplinary Policing Practice

Year 2

Autumn session

400293Ethics in Policing
400294Law, Evidence and Procedure

And two electives

Spring session - for NSW Police Service

400296Criminal Investigations
400295Technology for Policing
400297Policing Operations

And one elective

Spring session - for employment options other than the NSW Police Service

400296Criminal Investigations
400302Computer Crime

And two electives

Year 3

Autumn session

400299Crime Prevention and Community Safety
400298Young People and Policing

And two electives

Spring session - for NSW Police Service

Cross institutional studies with Charles Sturt University through the NSW Police College, to the weight of 40 credit points.

Spring session - for employment options other than the NSW Police Service

400303Policing and Governance

And three electives

Elective Units

Students can choose elective units from any of The University''s courses. Elective units which are most relevant to policing will be found in programs in Criminology, Sociology, Youth Work, Welfare studies, Law, Psychology, Politics, Languages and Forensic Science.

Major and Sub-major elective spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved major (80 credit points) or sub-major (40 credit points).

Search for majors and sub-majors

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

Indigenous Australian Studies Major

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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