Bachelor of Policing and Public Safety
A policing course co-designed with the NSW Police Force
Pursue skills and knowledge relevant to policing. Study topics like emergency management and organised crime. Work on professional skills like investigation. Graduate into rewarding careers in policing, corrections, and criminal justice.
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What you'll learn
The Bachelor of Policing and Public Safety is taught by experienced academics with backgrounds in areas such as policing, corrections, law, and social work, bringing diversity to your studies. The course is available online or on campus, and our faculty staff are leaders in their fields and have significant practical experience and academic expertise. Many have also had successful policing careers.
While Charles Sturt's Bachelor of Policing and Public Safety course is policing/law enforcement focused, it can also prepare you to work in related fields, such as corrections, probation and parole, and juvenile and social justice.
Work in policing
Embark on a rewarding career in policing in either state or federal jurisdictions.
Consider roles in corrections
Work in probation and parole or juvenile justice.
Address criminal justice
Put your skills to work in criminal and social justice research and policy.
Successful study at University level of at least two subjects in any area, provided the subjects are full university level.
A completed High School Certificate (or equivalent) with an ATAR of 55 (including adjustment factors).
A completed Vocational Education and Training (VET) Certificate III or higher, studied at a TAFE or Registered Training Organisation (RTO) - or equivalent.
A completed Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC) or bridging program studied at a TAFE, Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or University - or equivalent.
Partial completion of a Vocational Education and Training (VET) Diploma, of at least 50% from a TAFE or Registered Training Organisation (RTO) - or equivalent.
Work and Life
Work experience of at least two years full time or equivalent, in a related industry to the course, such as law enforcement, human services, corrections or justice administration, demonstrated by a detailed resume.
English Proficiency Requirements
Minimum CSU English Language Proficiency Requirements apply.
Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:
JST321 - Justice Studies Workplace Learning
The following subjects may have a residential school component:
JST313 - Investigative Interviewing
Credit for previous study or work
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) and credit for current competencies may be granted to eligible applicants.
Think policing, think the Bachelor of Policing and Public Safety from Charles Sturt University. It's your opportunity to prepare for a career in a dynamic and exciting profession. This degree is available online and on campus and has been designed in collaboration with the police to provide a solid foundation of knowledge and skills for those wishing to enter this constantly evolving field.
Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
Students must successfully complete 14 core subjects, 9 restricted electives, and 1 unrestricted elective.
COM120 Reasoning and Writing
EMG100 Introduction to Emergency Management
JST123 Indigenous Australians and Justice: An Introduction
JST110 Criminal Justice in Society
JST117 Introduction to Intelligence
JST152 Introduction to Policing
JST219 Criminal Law in Context
JST204 Young People and Crime
JST205 Criminology: History and Theory
JST265 Advanced Studies in Policing
JST309 Indigenous Communities, Criminal Justice and Policing
JST313 Investigative Interviewing
JST321 Justice Studies Workplace Learning
JST352 Professionalism and Resilience in Public Safety & Security
NB: Students undertaking the Associate Degree in Policing Practice will complete 14 core subjects, the UCWE* and one restricted elective. Their last 8 elective subjects will be credited from the Associate Degree in Policing Practice upon completion of that degree.
*The UCWE needs to be completed as a separate course and can be credited to Bachelor of Policing and Public Safety as an elective
Students must successfully complete 9 subjects from the following:
PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services
SOC101 Understanding the Social World
SOC205 Social Research
JST151 Preparing for Criminal Justice Practice
JST203 Punishment and the State
JST220 Gender and Crime
JST264 Criminal Justice Studies with an International Context
JST318 Human Rights and Social Justice
JST320 Drugs, Crime and Society
JST353 Emerging Issues/Professional Project
HCS310 Mental Health and Mental Disorder
Students must complete 1 unrestricted elective.
As a Charles Sturt University student, throughout your course you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.
To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 192 points.