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What will I learn?

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.

In particular, for those wishing to join the NSW Police Force (subject to NSW Police Force requirements), this degree offers the opportunity to complete the bachelor's while also completing the Associate Degree in Policing Practice.

Course highlights

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.

A sound knowledge and understanding of policing/law enforcement and critical approaches

You'll graduate with a strong foundation in the practical application of skills and knowledge directly relevant to policing /law enforcement. During your degree you will study the following topics: investigation, intelligence, organised crime, interviewing, terrorism awareness and emergency management, to name just a few. You'll develop skills in Indigenous cultural competence and critical thinking, enabling you to work effectively and communicate with the diversity of people who make up our communities.

Your pathway to the NSW Police

At the end of your first year of study you can begin the process of applying to the NSW Police Force. This includes completion of the University Certificate in Workforce Essentials and the professional suitability requirements of the NSW Police Force.

Overseas study opportunities

From the early stages of your degree, you can apply for a range of international programs. You could take a session or two on exchange at one of our partner institutions across the world, go on a study tour during the holidays, or complete some of your subjects in a unique location.

Career opportunities

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.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioral Sciences



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
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Start date

28 February 2022, 11 July 2022


Port Macquarie Campus

7 Major Innes Road,


New South Wales,

2444, NORTH COAST, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are required to complete international academic qualification equivalent to Australian Year 12 (or equivalent). Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) overall score of at least 6.0; TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) internet based score of 60, Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic score of 50; TOEFL PBT: 550; Cambridge English Scale: CAE and CPE from 2015: 169.

For international students

Entry requirements vary from country to country. Students are required to complete international academic qualification equivalent to Australia.

Have obtained an Academic IELTS within the last 2 years with: a minimum overall score of 6, no individual score below 5.5.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

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