Bachelor of Emergency Service - CC60

Upgrade your qualification and equip yourself with the skills and knowledge required to progress your career in emergency service. During your studies, you will draw on interdisciplinary learning, teaching and research from a range of emergency service related discipline areas and explore in-depth key concepts and perspectives from across the areas of safety science, public health, community safety and education, and management.






2 years full-time, 4 years part-time




Emergency service related areas.

The Bachelor of Emergency Service recognises the increasingly complex industry and operational environment faced by emergency service workers plus the economic, social and environmental impact emergencies have on the community. By drawing on interdisciplinary learning, teaching and research from a range of emergency service related discipline areas, you will extend upon your current qualifications and work experience to explore in–depth a range of key concepts and perspectives. These concepts and perspectives will come from the areas of safety science, public health, community safety and education, plus management.  You will also gain important lifelong learning and transferable generic skills, such as critical thinking and problem solving, which you can apply to a variety of employment opportunities and life situations. The degree's flexible structure and approach to delivery allow you to tailor this degree to meet your own needs by combining compulsory units with the choice of minor specialisation unit options.

Core Units 10 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units 3


You are required to complete 10 core units and two three-unit minors.


  • management
  • public health, community safety and education
  • safety science


For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.


If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

The Bachelor of Emergency Service has been developed alongside industry, with emergency service professionals in mind, providing an opportunity for you to upgrade your vocational qualifications to the bachelor level. The course is uniquely shorter than most bachelor-level qualifications, as your vocational diploma qualifications in occupational health and safety, paramedic science, police training, or other diploma qualifications relevant to emergency service roles, can articulate into your first year.

Throughout your studies, you will complete project-based, authentic and industry-relevant assessment tasks. This provides you with opportunities to practically apply your learnings and reflect on your current roles in emergency service. Your assessments and the unit tasks ensure that you graduate with relevant skills and knowledge to progress your career.

As a current emergency services professional, you will be able to apply your learnings to your current work and organisations, whether that be with the ambulance service, local, state or federal government, fire and rescue, state emergency service, or police force. You will be equipped with the know-how and confidence to advance into leadership roles, take on strategic projects, advance within the ranks, and be prepared for new and evolving emergency and disaster situations

As an emergency services student, you will benefit from our strong connections with industry that see your course material taught by experienced lecturers with relevant and current experience in emergency and disaster management. You will also connect with and hear from industry experts through guest lectures. Allowing you to take advantage of the knowledge and insight of leaders in the field.

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2022Available Online
Public Health, Community Safety and Education3

Note: Students who select HLTH12031 Community Engaged Learning as part of their minor studies units are expected to volunteer for a minimum of 25 hours with a community agency.

Safety Science 3
No information available at this time.
This course has no residential schools.
Entry scores are not applicable for this course.

Domestic Students

  • Diploma qualification from the national Public Safety Training Package
  • Diploma qualification from the national Police Training Package or
  • Diploma of Paramedical Science (Ambulance) (HLT50412 or earlier) from the Health Training Package from a State or Territory Ambulance Service or
  • Diploma of Paramedical Science (Ambulance) (HLT50412 or earlier) from the Health Training Package from other training providers considered on a case by case basis.
  • Other Vocational Education and Training (VET) training package qualification applicable to an emergency service role or context considered on a case by case basis.

International Students

  • Qualification equivalent to an Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Level 5 Diploma from the Fire and Emergency Service or Emergency Medical Services (EMS) context
  • Refer to the international student section

NOTE: Students with an Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Level 6 Advanced Diploma will be provided with additional credit for study undertaken.

English Requirements:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • a secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • tertiary diploma level qualification, or
  • bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components; or
  • Cambridge Certificate in advanced English (CAE) - Score of 180 or above; or
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - Score of 200 or above; or
  • Combined Universities Language Test (CULT) - 70% with no individual component score of less than 15.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

Security Requirements

No information available at this time.

Health Requirements

No information available at this time.

Assumed Knowledge

Emergency service related areas.

The Bachelor of Emergency Service supports graduates to operate in the increasingly complex environment faced by those working in the emergency service sector. In addition, this qualification provides a pathway for those holding Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications who wish to deepen their knowledge, for example in the areas of safety science, community safety and management for specialist roles in emergency service contexts.

Professional recognition is not applicable to this course.

Please note the following important information:

»» Fees are in Australian dollars A$.

»» Fees are indicative only and do not cover additional costs such as textbooks, accommodation, visa applications, OSHC, general living etc.

»» Fees are based on a full-time study load and the final fee payable will be determined by your selection of units and if any credit was awarded for recognition of prior learning.

»» The University reserves the right to amend fees at any time during the course. Fees are reviewed yearly and may increase in the following year to enable CQUniversity to continue to provide quality services and facilities to students.

»» Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the University.

»» It is your responsibility to make yourself aware of the entry requirements and prerequisites of the courses you wish to undertake.

»» The typical annual fee shown provides an estimate of the tuition fees for the first year of the course in the same academic year. This estimate assumes a full-time study load of 4 units per term (based on two terms).

»» International students holding an Australian Student Visa can only undertake courses online from an overseas location.

»» Courses undertaken online may be studied on a full-time or part-time mode.

»» International students studying on-campus in Australia may take no more than 33 per cent of their entire course by online education, and this option cannot be taken in its entirety during a compulsory term (Term 1 and Term 2).For more information, please submit your enquiry at

Please refer to our international course fees page.

There are no scholarships available for this course.

Tertiary Admission Centre codes are not applicable for this course.

Our easy to use online application system for international students will guide you through the process of applying for a course at CQUniversity Australia.

I like to make sure that people go home to their families, so it was easy for me to transition from the military into an emergency response medicine management role.

Johnny Fisher

Bachelor of Emergency Service