You gain entry in the NSW Police Force by completing the Associate Degree in Policing Practice (ADPP). It is a fully accredited and nationally recognised tertiary award and can be used to obtain an advanced standing or credit in other relevant courses.
The course is focused on the practical application of the applied skills and knowledge necessary for the modern policing profession. Subjects and activities in communication, physical skills and weapons and tactics, for example, provide students with the opportunity to participate in hands-on training in the practical aspects of policing. Students may be required to participate in scenarios designed to emulate events that often occur during routine police service.
Upon completion of the Associate Degree in Policing Practice graduates are able to:
- critically evaluate their professional practice;
- continue to enhance their contribution to policing and society through professional development;
- have a clear understanding of the ethical standards and accountability expected of police officers.
The Associate Degree in Policing Practice is studied over approximately two years depending on the study pathway chosen.
Normal course duration:
- On campus for session 1: 1 2/3 years (five terms)
- Distance education for session 1 (1a and 1b): 2 years (six terms)
How does it work?
Instead of attending on campus lectures and tutorials, you are provided with a mail package, which may include printed and e-learning materials (such as CD-ROMs) as well as a host of online support functions to enable you to study at home. All DE subjects are supported online to enable you to check your grades, order a library book, email your lecturer, chat online with other students and submit assignments.
What should you know about studying the Associate Degree in Policing Practice by DE?
- Part-time study: as a part-time student, you study the two sessions (Session 1a and 1b) of the course over an eight-month period, based at home, without having to resign from your job.
- Support: you will receive subject materials and teaching aids to assist with study.
- Tutors and lecturers: can be contacted by phone (leave messages to be returned) or email to help with any inquiries or problems you may encounter.
- Orientation: a compulsory orientation weekend will be held when the course begins where you will receive information to help you manage and cope with the study. Subject information will be provided at the orientation weekend.
- Residential schools: compulsory residential schools will be held throughout your eight-month study to simulate practical aspects of the policing profession, to provide feedback on your fitness levels, for assessment, and to network with students and teachers.
- There will be a three-day residential weekend and a five-day residential week in both Session 1a and 1b making a total of 16 days. Residential schools are generally conducted at the NSW Police Academy, Goulburn. All students are involved in both physical and academic activities. Students should come prepared with appropriate clothing and subject materials to suit both activities and the Goulburn climate.
- Assessment: you will be assessed via a combination of assignments, examinations, practice simulations, presentations or seminars. The work requirements of assignments vary but often written essays, short answer questions, practical work, fieldwork or verbal presentations are used to assess skills and understanding of a topic.