Frequently Asked Questions

What are the admission requirements to enrol in the University Certificate in Workforce Essentials (UCWE)?

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How do I enrol in the University Certificate in Workforce Essentials (UCWE)?

Visit our About the Course & Applying page.

Can I defer my place in the UCWE?

No, this Course cannot be deferred.

What does the Course cost?

The cost of the UCWE for 2021 is $1,690 paid upfront to Charles Sturt or by deferral of fees via FEE-HELP.

How do I defer my fees?

  • FEEā€‘HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible fee-paying students pay all or part of their tuition fees.
  • It cannot be used for additional study costs such as accommodation or text books.

For further information, please refer to Study Assist for information.

Is there a loan fee?

There is no FEE-HELP loan fee for the UCWE if you choose to defer.

How is the loan repaid?

  • Repayment of the loan commences once you reach the salary cap.
  • Information about FEE-HELP loan repayment can be found by visiting the Loan repayment website.

When can I submit a police application to the NSW Police Force?

Once you have enrolled in the UCWE and received the Confirmation of Enrolment email from Charles Sturt. Visit the About the Course & Applying for further information.

Why do I have to complete the UCWE to join the NSW Police Force?

The Course is designed to better prepare applicants for the Associate Degree in Policing Practice and a career with the NSW Police Force.

Does completing the UCWE guarantee me entry to the NSW Police Force?

No. Successful completion of the UCWE does not guarantee recruitment, selection or training as a policing student, or future employment with the NSW Police Force.

What will I study in the UCWE?

Visit the About the Course & Applying page for a full list of the learning content topics.

Is the UCWE offered full-time and online?

The UCWE is normally offered online with two options:

  1. Eight (8) weeks part time online (160 hours learning engagement over Course duration – recommended average of 20 hours per week).
  2. Four (4) weeks full time online (160 hours learning engagement over Course duration – recommended average of 40 hours per week).
    • To be eligible to undertake the Accelerated 4 week 202132GT UCWE Course you must:
      • submit your application to join the NSW Police Force by 11.59pm on Day 2 of the Course (can be submitted from confirmation of enrolment), and
      • be able to meet the learning engagement commitment (recommended average of 40 hours per week).

Final Examination

Closed book exam at home between 1.30pm – 3.30pm last Friday of session (except if a public holiday and then it would be the last Thursday of session).

On Campus Mode

The UCWE may be offered on campus depending on demand. Please note: There are no five weeks on campus sessions scheduled for 2021.

Five (5) weeks full time on campus.

  • If offered, on campus at either Dubbo, Port Macquarie, Sydney or Wagga Wagga
  • Final Examination:
    • Closed book exam on campus at either Dubbo, Port Macquarie, Sydney or Wagga Wagga last Friday of session.

There are no on campus sessions scheduled for 2021.

Register Your Interest

To register your interest in a five-week on campus session, send us an email and include:

  • full name
  • postal address
  • phone number

Do I need a computer or laptop to do the UCWE?

Yes. Visit the About the Course & Applying page for information about technology requirements.

Do I get a grade score for completing the UCWE?

No. Students who successfully complete the UCWE will be receive a SY-Satisfactory or US-Unsatisfactory result.

What do I have to do to pass the UCWE?

Successfully complete course session requirements. Assessments in the Course that assess/examine a student’s literacy and numeracy skills and examine a student’s understanding of the policing and law focused learning content.

Can I apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

No. Recognition of Prior Learning will not be awarded for the UCWE.

What happens if I fail?

Students can apply for admission to another session offering of the UCWE.

I am currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Criminal Justice or Bachelor of Policing and Public Safety. Do I have to complete the UCWE?

Yes. All applicants must successfully complete the UCWE as part of the mandatory requirements to apply to join the NSW Police Force. Visit the NSW Police Recruitment website for full details about applying to join the NSW Police Force.

If I have a Bachelor of Policing from another university, do I have to complete the UCWE?

Yes. All applicants must successfully complete the UCWE as part of the mandatory requirements to apply to join the NSW Police Force. Visit the NSW Police Recruitment website for full details about applying to join the NSW Police Force.

What assistance does the University provide for mature age students and students commencing tertiary study for the first time?

  • If it has been some time since you have studied, STUDY LINK subjects are available.
  • Academic Skills Advisers provide individual and group workshops, together with information packs on topics such as time management; effective reading and note taking; literacy and numeracy; and exam preparation.

How do I obtain my Course transcript after I complete the UCWE?

Once you successfully complete the UCWE and grades are released, you will receive an email with login details to access your digital transcript via the My eQuals website.

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