BA in Public Governance with Policing Practice | NWU Distance Education

BA in Public Governace with Policing Pratice


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The Policing Practice programme in the Faculty of Arts of the NorthWest University prepares policing officials and other law enforcement officials to become competent professional law enforcers in a variety of fields of policing. The overarching goal of the training and educational experience in this particular programme is to provide all our students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to live and work in a globally interdependent world and with the support services to help them succeed. This requires a conscious, purposeful, sustained and social-constructivist focus on the actual learning of students that may take place because of their interactions in specific study-related groups. For this reason, this academic programme also seeks to foster inclusivity and to develop a sense of personal and social responsibility and ethical conduct in and amongst our students by encouraging involvement in environmental affairs, as well as in community and public service. It endeavours to offer and cultivate a teaching-learning environment that is hospitable to diverse socioconventional and linguistic interests and activities. The Policing Practice degree programme is focused on the initial training of law enforcement officers in excellent service delivery and the management thereof at Junior, Middle and Senior managerial levels.
Students, who obtained this qualification with its focused vision on law enforcement through effective service delivery will be able to fulfil all the contextual roles and competencies of an effective law enforcement official. The qualification consists of a minimum of 380 credits divided into 28 modules. These modules include fundamental modules and core module


The admission requirements for all formal academic qualifications offered by the University are set out in the Admission Policy as approved by Senate and Council

Specific objectives Students, who obtained this qualification with its focused vision on law enforcement, will be able to fulfil all the contextual roles and competencies of an effective law enforcer.

  • Applicants should be in possession of a grade 12 National Senior Certificate with university exemption.
  • Applicant should have an APS count of at least 20
  • Applicant should have obtained an “E” symbol at HG in the language of tuition, namely English

Method of Delivery

The North-West University provides each student with the opportunity to attend contact sessions at specific NWU venues countrywide. Lecturers are available for students for extra support. Additional student support is provided by means of Learner Management system:


What is a Learner Management system

A Learner Management system supports communication between lecturers and students and creates a collaboration environment for students and researchers. Academic information such as subject content, discussion forums, important dates, additional resources and supplementary instruction are clearly advised on e-Fundi.


Students receive the following study material:

  • a comprehensive study guide and manual;
  • learning materials such as textbooks and readers;
  • tutorial and prospectus booklet.


Supporting Documentation

Recognition of Prior Learning

What is RPL?

RPL refers to Recognition of Prior Learning. This means that if you gathered certain job related experience in for example crime investigation, being an investigating officer for 30 years and completing all the SAPS in-house training courses on crime investigation techniques, you are allowed to apply for recognition of prior learning in the field of crime investigation. Your knowledge will be tested and if your experience and in-house training covers or meets all the learning outcomes of the university module on crime investigation, the university might consider exempting you from registering for that module and will accredit you for that module.

Who will qualify for RPL?

The North-West University accepts the principle underlying outcome-based, source-based and life-long learning, in which considerations of articulation and mobility play an important role, and subscribes to the view that recognition of prior learning, whether acquired by formal education curricula at this or another institution or informally (by experience) is an indispensible element in deciding on admission to and awarding credits in an explicitly selected teaching-learning programme of the North-West University.

RPL procedure

Non-formal and informal prior experiential learning:

An applicant who falls outside of the formal qualifications system, but who can demonstrate (through the production of substantial and satisfactory evidence) experiential or work-based learning or non-formal qualification (or a combination), may be considered for admission and/or for the recognition of prior learning for the achievement of the qualification in part. An applicant who, after such assessment, is deemed to have sufficient potential but is in need of further academic development, will be directed to other suitable learning programmes prior to admission or to parallel programmes after admission.

Study duration and articulation, phasing in dates

Study Duration
The minimum duration of study is three years (six examination opportunities) and the maximum duration of study is five years (ten examination opportunities)

Phasing in dates 

Although students at ODL are allowed to register throughout the year, the university do have cut-off dates for logistical reasons:

  • The final cut-off date to start with your studies in January 2017 was end of October 2016. Any student registering after that date will commence with their studies in July 2017.
  • In order to start with studies in July 2017, the final cut-off date for registration is end of May 2017. Registrations after that date will stand over till January 2018

Program layout

Year 1: Semester 1

Module name Module code Credits
Foundation of Public Management PUMA 113 12
Policing Management: Statutory and Regulatory Framework POMA 113 12
Policing Management: Service Excellence in policing POMA 114 12
Policing Management: Crime Prevention POMA 115 12
Professional Skills Development PSDT 111 12

Year 1: Semster 2

Module name Module code Credits
Academic Literacy AGLE 121 12
Policing Management: Community Service Centre Management PUMA123 12
Communication Skills in the workplace COMS 121 12
The South African Political System POLI 123 12
Introduction to Sociology: Institutions in SA and context SOCL 121 12

Year 2: Semster 1

Module name Module code Credits
Municipal Management PUMA 213 16
Policing Management: Leadership and Management POMA 212 16
Urban Anthropolog SANL 225 16
Forensic Legal Aspects FORP 214 16

Year 2: Semster 2

Module name Module code Credits
Government and Sustainable Development PUMA 223 16
Policing Management: Cooperative Governanc POMA 224 16
Understanding the World WVCS 222 12
Forensic Investigation Management FORP 225 16