Bachelor of Policing

The UWS Policing degree gives you an advanced knowledge of modern policing theory and practice. You will also develop an appreciation of the diverse nature of Australian society, analytical and problem solving skills, and a client-focused approach to serving the community. 

Whether you plan to join the NSW Police Force, or you are after a career in other law enforcement or justice agencies, the UWS Policing degree is the ideal choice. The course has been developed in collaboration with the NSW Police Force and is based on real life, practical experience. It will provide you with essential knowledge and skills in policing theory and practice to equip you for a career with the NSW Police Force and other policing agencies. 

If you are planning to join the NSW Police Force your third year of study will be completed at the Goulburn NSW Police Academy. Professional suitability assessment occurs during first and second year of study (this assessment is not a requirement for entry into the degree). You must also satisfy the professional suitability criteria before any offer of police employment is made.

If you plan to pursue a career in a law enforcement agency other than the NSW Police Force, or for whatever reason are unable to join the NSW Police Force, you will do your third year on-campus at UWS completing a Bachelor of Social Science with a major in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Other agencies include national intelligence agencies, border protection authorities, juvenile justice, corrections, corporate sector crime prevention, and fraud control and investigations. 

Local International
Delivery Mode On campusOn campus
Location Penrith; BankstownPenrith; Bankstown
Duration 3F / 6P3F
Course Code

727065 [Penrith]; 727060 [Bankstown]

1662.4 [CRICOS Code 044801C] 
Entrance Rank

75.00 ATAR [Penrith]; 75.00 ATAR [Bankstown]

Please refer to Admission Requirements

In the third year, International students complete elective units from the Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology and Criminal Justice)
Fee Information

Local Course Fees (opens in a new window)

International Course Fees (opens in a new window)

Key :  FFull time study,  P = Part time study,  A =  Accelerated full time study

Part-time refers to study load, not to timetabling of evening classes.

A Career in Policing

With its focus on problem solving and analytical skills, the Policing degree opens doors into the NSW Police Force, the Australian Federal Police, numerous other law enforcement agencies, and an array of alternative careers. You may pursue roles in:

  • criminal investigation
  • prosecutions
  • youth liaison
  • crime prevention
  • accident investigation
  • traffic management
  • education and training
  • human resource management
  • national intelligence agencies
  • juvenile justice
  • corrections
  • probation and parole

Frequently Asked Questions

Is part of this course taught at Goulburn Academy?

Yes. If you are looking at joining the police force, your third year will be entirely on site at Goulburn.

What happens if I don't intend to or can't join the police force after my degree?

In your third year, you will continue with regular lectures at UWS instead of being situated at Goulburn.

Are there any electives in this course?

Yes. There are two electives, which can be used to study any course at UWS that you have not already completed.

How to apply

All domestic applications for entry to UWS undergraduate courses must be made through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) (opens in a new window). Step by step instructions are available on the Apply Now pages.

Instructions for international applications are available on the UWS International Admissions pages.

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If you are interested in completing a higher research degree, for example Masters Honours, information is accessible from UWS Research (opens in a new window).