Diploma of Social Science - Policing / Bachelor of Policing

Western Sydney University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00917K; 02851G (WS, The College)

This course equips graduates with an introduction to policing as a distinct area of academic study, and provides the foundation for students wishing to join policing or criminal justice organisations. Students study social science and criminology units, and a range of specialist policing units to equip graduates with a broad understanding of the role of police in society. The curriculum recognises the complexities and challenges of contemporary policing and explores the application of policing practice to a changing Australian society.


Extended face-to-face hours in smaller learning environments.


  • Social Science, Criminology, Policing

Standard entry requirements

Completed an English unit in the NSW Higher School Certificate, or competency in English at IELTS 6.0 equivalent (unless a native speaker) or passed The College English test at IELTS 6.0 equivalent or passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit at C grade level or higher. Met other entry requirements such as: an ATAR identified prior to the offer of a place, or completed The College Foundation Studies course with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

Study pathways

The first year of this course is delivered by Western Sydney University The College, as an agent of Western Sydney University, via extended face-to-face hours in smaller learning environments. A Diploma in Social Science (Policing) exit point is also available at the end of the first year of the course.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
  • ATAR: 55
  • Full-time : 3 years
WS, The College, Nirimba
  • ATAR: 55
  • Full-time : 3 years

Further information

Students seeking a policing career will be required to satisfy the entrance requirements for these policing or criminal justice organisations. Completion of this degree does not guarantee entry into these selective positions.

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