Bachelor of Public Safety and Security

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration:

    3 years full time, 6 years part time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Charles Sturt University

  • Location


  • Career Outcomes:

    Parole or Probation Officer | Federal Police Officer | State Police Officer | Probation Worker | Correctional Officer | View All

Course Rundown

Give yourself dynamic career options with this Bachelor of Public Safety and Security from CSU. The course explores the complex ways in which law enforcement, corrections and criminal justice work to keep communities safe, providing you with insight into this multidisciplinary field.

Always dreamed of being a police officer? This course can help you begin the application process with the NSW Police force at the end of your first year of study and start your initial police training (subject to professional suitability and NSW Police Force’s operational needs).

With new opportunities for employment and growing diversity in the field, this multidisciplinary course allows you to pursue a career that aligns with your interests and passions. Social justice, corrections, research, policing and policy are just a few avenues you can explore; take the first step in your career journey today!


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • A completed High School Certificate (or equivalent) with an ATAR of 65 (including adjustment factors); OR
  • Successful study at University level of at least two subjects in any area, provided the subjects are full university level; OR
  • A completed Vocational Education and Training (VET) Certificate III or higher, studied at a TAFE or Registered Training Organisation (RTO) (or equivalent); OR
  • A completed Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC) or bridging program studied at a TAFE, Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or University (or equivalent); OR
  • Partial completion of a Vocational Education and Training (VET) Diploma, of at least 50% from a TAFE or Registered Training Organisation (RTO) (or equivalent); OR
  • 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.

What You’ll Learn

In this course, subjects you may study include:

  • Reasoning and Writing
  • Introduction to Emergency Management
  • Law and Society
  • Introduction to Intelligence
  • Indigenous Australians and Justice: An Introduction
  • Criminology: History and Theory
  • Introduction to Police Investigations
  • Police and the Community
  • Indigenous Communities and Policing
  • Investigative Interviewing
  • Terrorism Awareness
  • Theoretical Applied and Forensic Victimology
  • Professionalism and Resilience in Public Safety & Security
  • Organised Crime
  • Organisations and Management
  • Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services
  • Psychology of Crime
  • Introductory Sociology
  • Social Research
  • Criminal Law and Process
  • Young People and Crime
  • Information and Investigation
  • Human Rights and Social Justice
  • Drugs, Crime and Society
  • Justice Studies Workplace Learning
  • Team Management and Leadership
  • Police and the Media
  • Criminal Investigations in Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Societies

Why study with Charles Sturt University?

One of the first universities to adopt distance education study, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's leading university in online education and continues to strive for innovation and excellence in higher learning. With a track record in graduate employment and strong industry contacts, CSU offers relevant training and workplace skills at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU specialises in a range of industries such as agriculture, viticulture, education, librarianship, allied health and criminology.

Charles Sturt has 6 campuses in NSW, Australia. All CSU students can attend any campus for support and to use available facilities. Campus locations include; Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga.

Student Support

CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.

You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Bachelor of Public Safety and Security from Charles Sturt University.

This course is an important first step in a dynamic career in policing, corrections and criminal justice with scope for employment in a diverse range of roles at a state or federal level.

Curious about where a career in police could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Charles Sturt University offers upfront payment for this course. Students who meet citizenship and residency requirements may be eligible for Government support, allowing you to defer part or all of your course fees.

Enquire now to find out more about your options.

HECS-HELP You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.