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Bachelor of Policing

Graduation requirements

To graduate, students must satisfactorily obtain 192 points, comprising points allocated as part of the credit package awarded upon admission, combined with total points earned by way of successful completion of course subjects.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Bachelor of Policing is a course intended for police, and officers in law enforcement agencies with a policing focus, in order to enhance their professional policing practice and knowledge.

About the course

The subjects are policing focused and are delivered entirely by distance education, using up-to-the-minute electronic methods, and allowing participants to carry out their study both when and where is most suitable to them.

The course aims to assist and prepare participants to be able to undertake independent critical reflection on policing policy and practice, and apply the results of research in policing to professional practice.

The Bachelor of Policing is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of law enforcement personnel.  The content of the program is structured to be directly relevant to current policing activities across a wide range of jurisdictions, and policing specialities.

Whilst it is recognised that law enforcement organisations supply a range of training for their personnel, the Bachelor of Policing content goes beyond and outside that level of training.  The course challenges participants to critically and independently analyse their work practices and decisions, particularly in regard to current and emerging police practice.

The ability to consider numerous and new options, and to gather logical evidence and support for decisions and actions, is actively encouraged in the programs. Those qualities are recognised as part of the rapidly growing expectations placed upon law enforcement practitioners by both their organisations, and the communities in which they serve.

The knowledge gained, and the wide range of abilities that are encouraged in the program, provide the opportunity for participants to improve their professional capacity, and encourages them to continue their learning throughout their various careers.

The degree will also enable graduates to understand and contribute to discussions of strategic directions in policing and to contribute to the profession of policing.

Applicants are able enter the course at any of the three sessions each year (February, July, and November), and are able to study across each of those sessions.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Policing is a nationally accredited and registered award in tertiary education.

Articulation and credit

This course fully articulates with CSU's Associate Degree in Policing Practice (ADPP), offered to recruits for the NSW Police Force. Graduates of the Associate Degree in Policing Practice, or its predecessor program the Diploma of Policing Practice, will be granted a minimum of 128 credit points on entering the Bachelor of Policing program, leaving a maximum 64 points (eight subjects) to complete the program, and be able to graduate.

Further credit packages for the program, based on prior learning and training, have been negotiated with other jurisdictions such as the Queensland Police Service, the Australian Federal Police, the Northern Territory Police, and the Australian Defence Forces. An attractive academic credit package is also available to Canadian police officers wishing to enter the program. Similar negotiations are ongoing with other jurisdictions. Please contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

Where no other formal credit package is available, students are admitted to this course based on demonstrated experience in policing, or a relevant related field. In recognition of that experience, all students will be granted a minimum 80 credit points (equivalent to the study of ten single subjects), leaving a maximum of 112 points (14 subjects) to complete to graduate.

Where applicable, students who hold the Diploma of Public Safety are entitled to an extra 16 points credit.

Additional credit may be available to applicants, up to the maximum allowable credit, dependent on their previous studies and training.

Students are formally advised of the exact amount of credit granted in their letter of offer to enter the program.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

Developed in close conjunction with police services throughout Australia and selected overseas jurisdictions, this course is designed to meet the career needs of servicing police officers from all jurisdictions and from other agencies with a policing focus.

The course aims to contribute to the enhancement of professional practice in policing by developing police from junior operational level to the level of front line managers.

Course structure

There is no prescribed enrolment pattern. The course consists of elective subjects relevant to police practice which have been organised into topic areas or streams.

Terrorism Safety and Security

THL242 New Religious Movements, Cults and Sects
JST344 Terrorism awareness
JST326 Policing and Crime Prevention


JST310 Information and Investigation
JST313 Investigative Interviewing
POL303 Organised Crime
FSC200 Introduction to Forensic Science
FSC201 Crime Scene
JST322 Crime Reduction

Policing Practice

JST320 Drugs, Crime & Society
JST323 Custody and Duty of Care
JST324 Team Management and Leadership
JST327 Working with the Community
JST345 Police and Victims
JST325 Accountability and Policing
JST346 Criminal Investigations in Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Societies

Cultural Studies

JST309 Indigenous Issues in Policing
JST456 Islam and Policing in the Modern World.

Emergency Management

EMG100 Introduction to Emergency Management
EMG101 Emergency Management Planning 1
EMG102 Emergency Management Planning 2
EMG103 Emergency Management Planning 3


JST328 Road Trauma Reduction
JST329 Major Traffic Incidents

Vocational Education

EEL320 Learning Theories for Post Compulsory Education
EEL407 Mentor/Workplace Professional Development Strategies for VET.

Enrolment pattern

As there are no core subjects, there is no prescribed enrolment pattern. Students undertake subjects in any order they choose until they have satisfied the requirements of the course.

To remain enrolled in the course, students must maintain professional suitability by continuing to be employed in a relevant field or have the express consent of the course coordinator.

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Study Mode

Distance education




Session 1; Session 2; Session 3




2-4 years distance education



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