Study mode

There are two study modes available in the Associate Degree:

  1. Full-time on campus - Sessions 1 and 2 will be studied on campus at the NSW Police Academy, Goulburn (Admissions course code: KPOL)
  2. Mixed mode - combines two sessions of distance education (home-based) study (Session 1a and 1b), then distance education students join full-time on campus students for Session 2 at the NSW Police Academy, Goulburn (Admissions course code: EPOL)

Studying by distance education

CSU is one of Australia's largest providers of distance education (DE) and has the technology, support and services to ensure your study experience is positive and successful.

How does it work?

Instead of being locked in to a schedule of class times for Session 1, you will use CSU's online tools to access the study resources, communication tools and support you need to study the DE component of the ADPP. Through CSU's subject websites, you can access your subject information, keep in touch with other students and academic staff, check your grades, order library resources, stay on top of assignment due dates and submit your assignments at the click of a button.

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 current work
  • 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 enquiries or problems you may encounter
  • Orientation: orientation to your studies is provided online and at the compulsory residential schools
  • 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
  • Residential schools: there will be two three-day residential weekends and a five-day residential week in both Session 1a and 1b making a total of 22 days (11 days per session). 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
  • Session 2: Session 2 is conducted at the NSW Police Academy, Goulburn (14 weeks' duration). You will be eligible to apply for a scholarship / financial support. Limited on campus accommodation is available.
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