Bachelor of Policing and Justice

Bachelor of Policing and Justice

Quick course guide

2018 Price:

$2112 per subject

Duration:

2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)

Location:

Melbourne

Study Modes:

On-campus or Online

Start dates:

5 February 2018, 29 May 2018, 18 September 2018

Overview

The NCPS Bachelor of Policing and Justice is a degree offering a distinct academic program with relevance to policing and contemporary law enforcement.

People looking to enhance their employment prospects in the police services, the risk and security sector and public agencies involved in law enforcement and security will benefit from having this qualification.

In addition to its units specific to Australian policing, the course includes selected criminology, criminal justice and law-based subjects from the NCPS Bachelor of Criminology and Justice degree. This additional learning context enhances students’ theoretical understanding of the core subjects with well-rounded knowledge of the role of policing in society.

The Bachelor of Policing and Justice offers employment opportunities in the following areas:

  • State police
  • Federal police
  • Protective and security services
  • Intelligence agencies
  • Sheriff’s offices

What will I learn?

Graduates will have the ability to apply theoretical understanding to practical situations in policing and the administration of criminal justice.

Contemporary topic coverage includes organised crime, sentencing, terrorism, policing in LGBTQI communities, Federal criminal law, and mental health in policing. Graduates entering the job market are equipped for the practical day-to-day scenarios and community-based challenges of the policing and related professions.

Graduates will have the ability to apply theoretical understanding to practical situations in policing and the administration of criminal justice.

Contemporary topic coverage includes organised crime, sentencing, terrorism, policing in LGBTQI communities, Federal criminal law, and mental health in policing. Graduates entering the job market are equipped for the practical day-to-day scenarios and community-based challenges of the policing and related professions.

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of and integrate concepts and perspectives from the disciplines of policing criminology, law, legal studies, psychology and sociology
  • Integrate knowledge of the key theories and principles which underpin criminal justice systems, processes and approaches
  • Demonstrate knowledge of specific practices pertaining to policing and sentencing, law enforcement, the legal system, corrections and other agencies and processes relating to criminal justice
  • Assess and evaluate legislation that is relevant to the conduct of criminal justice systems and the provision of conditions sought to ensure safety and security for the public
  • Communicate effectively the professional and ethical requirements of working in policing, criminal justice and related environments
  • Analyse critically the policies, practices and processes of policing, criminal justice systems as well as wider public and corporate organisations in criminal justice contexts
  • Adapt and develop practical policing responses to crime and broader issues affecting criminal justice

Visit our subject pages for detailed information about each unit of study. 

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Study on-campus or online

At NCPS you have the flexibility to study online, on-campus or in a combination of both study modes.

Our Melbourne CBD campus is easily accessible by public transport and a short walk from cafes, shopping districts and entertainment venues.

NCPS is a fully equipped educational facility occupying the top five floors of a multi-storey building. It features a number of teaching rooms, student lounges, a course-specific library, a well-equipped IT lab, and wireless broadband internet throughout the campus.

Career outcomes & advancement

Policing

The Bachelor of Policing and Justice will provide a sound academic foundation for those considering careers in policing and in private and public agencies involved in law enforcement and security. A degree qualification in this field shows a commitment to entering the policing profession.

Policing

The Bachelor of Policing and Justice will provide a sound academic foundation for those considering careers in policing and in private and public agencies involved in law enforcement and security. A degree qualification in this field shows a commitment to entering the policing profession.

For school-leavers, this course offers an opportunity to achieve an undergraduate degree in just two years instead of three. In addition to academic outcomes, graduates will be able to demonstrate communication, problem-solving and interpersonal skills; the ability to work in a group environment; creative and innovative thinking; critical analysis and evaluation; ethical conduct and professionalism specific to the policing and justice sector.

Note: Australia’s state police forces have specific recruitment processes. Obtaining a Bachelor of Policing and Justice does not guarantee entry into a police force, intelligence agency or any other agency or organisation. Students pursuing entry to the Police service should also familiarise themselves with the selection and recruitment processes of such agencies.

Career advancement

For serving police officers and others in the workforce, a Bachelor of Policing and Justice will demonstrate the skills and commitment to progressing their careers to higher roles with more autonomy and responsibility, and to specialty areas within the justice sector.

The Department of Employment’s industry projections to 2020 suggest an increased demand for police of 10.3%, or approximately 6,000 additional officers. There is also an anticipated increase in related employment such as Protective Service Workers, of 9.8%. 

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Units and course structure

NCPS delivers three teaching periods (trimesters) per year, which can be completed on-campus, online or in a combination of both. To complete the degree, students must complete 24 units.

The sample structure below outlines a two-year full-time study completion schedule for the Bachelor of Policing and Justice:

NCPS delivers three teaching periods (trimesters) per year, which can be completed on-campus, online or in a combination of both. To complete the degree, students must complete 24 units.

The sample structure below outlines a two-year full-time study completion schedule for the Bachelor of Policing and Justice:

Typical first year

Trimester 1:
Academic Enhancement
Criminal Justice
Police Studies
Police and Diversity

Trimester 2:
Drugs and Crime
Fundamentals of Law
Police and Accountability
Theoretical Criminology

Trimester 3:
Crime Prevention
Issues in Criminal Justice
Sentencing
Global Policing

Typical second year

Trimester 4:
Criminal Law and Procedure
Organised Crime
Police and Indigenous Populations
Policing and Mental Health

Trimester 5:
Corporate Crime
Investigative Processes
Police and Young People
Victimology

Sixth Trimester:
Contemporary policing Issues
Federal Criminal law
Public Order Policing
Terrorism and Policing

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Start dates

2018

Begin the course at any of these dates:
Trimester 1: Monday, 5 February
Trimester 2: Monday, 29 May
Trimester 3: Monday, 18 September

Workload

For each standard unit we recommend an average of nine hours of study per week. This time allowance for the duration of a trimester would consist of:

For each standard unit we recommend an average of nine hours of study per week. This time allowance for the duration of a trimester would consist of:

  • attending a three-hour class on-campus (or online) each week, and
  • completing at least six hours of personal study and assessment preparation each week.
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Entry Requirements

NCPS has general entry requirements for applicants to meet in order to demonstrate their capacity to successfully complete the Bachelor of Policing and Justice:

Year 12 Applications

Prerequisites include a study score of at least 25 in units 3 and 4 of English (any).

NCPS has general entry requirements for applicants to meet in order to demonstrate their capacity to successfully complete the Bachelor of Policing and Justice:

Year 12 Applications

Prerequisites include a study score of at least 25 in units 3 and 4 of English (any).

International Applications

Additional Requirements: A minimum Academic IELTS score of 6.5 with no sub-score less than 6.0 obtained in the previous two years (or equivalent). International applicants normally require a visa for study in Australia. For further information go to: http://www.ncps.edu.au/international-students/visa-arrangements-for-study/

If you need to improve your academic English before starting one of our courses you can package your English course and your NCPS course on a single Student Visa. Our preferred English language partners for course packaging are listed in the College Credit Arrangements Policy.

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Selection Criteria

In selection, a range of criteria is used. ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) scores are important, but selection decisions are also based on:

  • An applicant’s ability to cope with academic study and to satisfy the requirements of the course; and
  • An applicant’s goals, career aspirations and level of commitment.

Selection is based on the following:

In selection, a range of criteria is used. ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) scores are important, but selection decisions are also based on:

  • An applicant’s ability to cope with academic study and to satisfy the requirements of the course; and
  • An applicant’s goals, career aspirations and level of commitment.

Selection is based on the following:

Year 12 applicants

  1. ATAR (although there is no established or clearly-in ATAR, the NCPS degree course is primarily academic in nature and therefore a reasonable ATAR is an indicator that an applicant has a greater chance of succeeding in the course)
  2. A study score of at least 25 in units 3 and 4 of English (any)
  3. Study scores in individual subjects, especially Legal Studies and Psychology, if undertaken in Year 12.
  4. Information contained in the VTAC Personal Statement
  5. Any information contained in a VTAC SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme) application (if applicable)

Non-year 12 applicants

Depending on individual circumstances, selection is based on a range of criteria, including some or all of the following:

  1. Any tertiary courses, complete or incomplete (in this case a tertiary course means a Diploma level course or above), and the results received in the completed subjects;
  2. ATAR;
  3. Individual study scores in previous year 12 subjects;
  4. Results of the STAT (Special Tertiary Admissions Test) multiple choice test;
  5. Information contained in a SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme) application (if applying through VTAC)
  6. Information contained in a personal statement (for both VTAC and direct applicants). If no other selection criteria can be met, direct applicants may be asked to complete our personal statement form. This is made up of three questions designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the knowledge and skills needed for the completion of a degree qualification. It will also allow you to demonstrate your ability to write with clarity and expression. A copy of the personal statement form, and the three questions that need to be answered, is contained here 
  7. Relevant work and/or life experience.
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Fees

Students may choose to pay fees directly to the College or apply for an interest free loan from the Commonwealth Government which will cover the entire cost of the tuition fees for the course. This loan scheme is called FEE-HELP. For full details visit www.studyassist.gov.au 

Click here to view the full schedule of tuition fees for domestic and international students

Study Modes

On-campus study in Melbourne
On-campus study requires you to attend three contact hours per subject per week, made up of a lecture and tutorial for each of the units you are studying. Classes provide an interactive and hands-on experience, which allows your teacher to provide immediate feedback on your work in class.

On-campus study in Melbourne
On-campus study requires you to attend three contact hours per subject per week, made up of a lecture and tutorial for each of the units you are studying. Classes provide an interactive and hands-on experience, which allows your teacher to provide immediate feedback on your work in class.

Online delivery
With online delivery you can study anywhere in Australia, anytime. All classes have an online class space containing course materials, discussion forums and announcements, student profiles and assessment drop boxes and are accessible to the class group and the teacher.

Mixed mode
Studying in mixed mode allows you to combine on-campus study and online delivery to create a study mode that fits your lifestyle.  You can select different modes of study for different units in a given term and you can change the mode of study you select when you enrol each term.

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