Associate Degree in Policing Practice

Charles Sturt University

This Associate Degree in Policing Practice program is designed to meet educational needs of people seeking a career in the NSW Police. Courses are designed to provide an ideal combination of hands-on practice and theory and ideas to improve that practice. The Associate Degree is offered under an agreement between CSU and the NSW Police and focuses on the foundation studies and applied skills necessary for the modern policing profession.

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; or TAFE Certificate or Diploma; or mature age entry. Applicants must also satisfy the NSW Police Service professional suitability requirements.


The Associate Degree is offered in 2 components and is delivered over a number of sessions, depending on the pathway you follow. The course is delivered in trimesters. All 5 sessions are of approximately 14 weeks long.

Subjects you can Study:

Policing practice

Study Pathways:

Applicants with previous policing experience in a recognised jurisdiction may elect to be considered for entry with advanced standing (or graduate status). All such applicants should submit a resume detailing service history including duration of service, experience and qualifications gained.

Further information:

Scholarships available


NSW Police Force

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00005F

Related Careers:

Police Officer - State,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
NSW Police Academy No info No Full time 2 years
NSW Police Academy No info No Online 2.5 years

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