Course essentials

VU course code:
ABCJ
Location:
Delivery mode:
Face to Face
Duration:
3 years full time or longer for part time

Contribute to the welfare and safety of your community with a career in social services or law enforcement.

In our Bachelor of Criminal Justice you’ll gain in-depth knowledge of our justice systems, studying the law, sociology, criminology and social philosophy.
You’ll graduate ready to work in areas that keep people safe and support the legal system. These include:

  • correctional institutions
  • police
  • social welfare
  • the courts
  • youth work
  • law firms.

We teach up-to-date ideas and methods, through a combination of traditional lectures and practical experience. You’ll gain an excellent understanding of the connected systems that contribute to criminal justice.

Meet the current needs of the justice system

Key parts of the industry and profession, including Victoria Police, recognise the need for a more educated workforce. Our criminal justice bachelor degree helps you fulfil that need, and makes you highly employable.

Graduates have a valuable overview of the complex criminal justice system. You will understand the interconnectedness of social welfare, law, correctional institutions, community, and policing. For example, how early-intervention programs for at-risk young people are a cost-effective way to reduce crime (Smart Justice).

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time.

Browse our other Community Development courses or send us an enquiry to be notified of updates relating to this course.

[Supp. Desc. Info] Bachelor of Criminal Justice

 

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Study criminal justice, criminology, sociology and the law.

Careers in criminal justice

Your qualification will be widely recognised in areas including:

  • police work and law enforcement
  • community legal settings
  • law firms
  • security and intelligence organisations
  • paralegal work
  • youth justice
  • community services.

Possible job titles include:

  • police officer or correctional officer
  • customs or border-force officer
  • public service administrator
  • court administrator
  • welfare worker.

Salaries

The government site Job Outlook lists the following average salaries:

Course objectives

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Exhibit high levels of responsibility, accountability and ethical practice required to work as a professional in the criminal justice system;  
  2. Initiate professional judgement in diverse and challenging settings within the modern criminal justice system;  
  3. Exhibit a range of intellectual and social skills in their understanding of the application of legislation and social policy;  
  4. Develop critical analysis and understanding of relevant areas of criminal justice social science research in specific areas of study;  
  5. Generate, organise and undertake research into relevant aspects of criminal justice;  
  6. Exemplify advanced academic skills in analysis, critical thinking and communication; and  
  7. Advocate, dispute and negotiate with professional competence using a range of well developed communication and interpersonal skills.  

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Criminal Justice students will be required to complete 288 credit points in total consisting of:

  •  96 credit points First Year Core units;
  • 192 credit points Professional Core studies including 24 credit points Capstone studies;

First Year Core

Year 2

Year 3

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: Successful completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) will be granted advanced standing of a maximum 96 credit points (Diploma) or 144 credit points (Advanced Diploma). OR Successful completion of a non-cognate (not similar) Australian (or equivalent) Diploma or Advanced Diploma will be granted advanced standing on a case by case basis.
  • Year 12: Successful completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience will be considered for admission to the course.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

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