Study Policing

For a rewarding career in policing you need the skills, confidence and ethics that can only come with a first class education. A Policing degree will prepare you for work in the criminal justice system through the development of critical theory, evidence-based practice and real world practical knowledge and skills. 

Our lecturers bring their practical experience and research knowledge to the classroom and engage students with the critical issues facing criminal justice agencies.

If you are more interested in working with offenders, the Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice may be ideal. This degree prepares you for working with offenders in corrections, probation and parole settings.

Policing Courses

Course NameLocationDurationATAR
Bachelor of Science Criminology and Psychological Studies Online 3F / 6P 75.00
Bachelor of Policing (Leadership Program) Penrith; Liverpool 3F / 6P 92.00; 92.00
Bachelor of Policing Penrith; Liverpool 3F / 6P 68.30; 71.20
Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice Penrith; Liverpool 3F / 6P 75.25; 72.15

Career opportunities for Policing graduates

Research and Policy Officers

The two Policing degrees provide students with the core set of skills and competencies essential for a wide variety of career opportunities in the criminal justice system. While both degrees are focussed on preparing students to be law enforcement officers, our degrees also prepare students for allied criminal justice jobs such as policy officers and researchers. These positions are instrumental in how law enforcement officers do their job, and involve translating the criminal law into operational practices that meet the goals of reducing crime.

Police Officer

When recruiting new law enforcement officers, most policing services recognise the value of a Bachelor of Policing but they also require recruits to complete training within the police service in order to become a police officer. The policing degree programs are aimed at preparing students for an application to the NSW Police Force, but these degrees are also recognised by other policing organisations, including the Australian Federal Police. After a probationary period, police officers can specialise in a wide range of areas including prosecution, counter-terrorism, child protection or investigation to name a few.

Crime Prevention Officer

When combined with a sub-major in Criminal and Community Justice or Criminology, the Bachelor of Policing also prepares students for positions such as Crime Prevention Officers. These critical positions play an important role in all levels of government and in some specialist fields like finance and IT security. In addition to developing strategies to prevent crimes, Crime Prevention Officers work with other organisations to develop programs that assist in preventing re-victimisation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I don't intend to or can't join the police force after I complete the Bachelor of Policing?

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

Does the Bachelor of Policing have any electives?

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