Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology

Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology

Quick course guide

2018 Price:

$2112 per subject

Duration:

3 years full time (or part time equivalent)

Locations:

Melbourne

Study Modes:

On-campus or Online

Overview

Award: Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology*

This course combines a comprehensive education in the theories and models underpinning psychological research with related approaches to criminal behaviour.

Psychology is the discipline of understanding connections between the human mind and behaviour across a number of contexts including clinical and mental health, as well as business and education. Psychology is highly relevant for those seeking employment in the criminal justice system and its support agencies, which is the focus of this double major bachelor degree.

*This course is delivered by the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP). To apply online click the Apply Now button and you will be redirected to the ACAP application form.

What will I learn

The areas of study covered by this double major degree include:

  • Research methods in psychology
  • Theories of personality
  • Learning and memory
  • Perception and cognition
  • Lifespan development

The areas of study covered by this double major degree include:

  • Research methods in psychology
  • Theories of personality
  • Learning and memory
  • Perception and cognition
  • Lifespan development
  • Social psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Psychological measurement and assessment
  • Intercultural diversity and Indigenous psychology
  • Professional issues and applications in psychology
  • The criminal justice system
  • Cultural diversity and its relevance to crime and criminal justice
  • Substance use and crime
  • Law and the legal system
  • Theoretical and applied criminology
  • Alternative approaches to criminal justice
  • Victimology
  • Case management
  • Forensic psychology

For more information, see the course guide on ACAP’s website.

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Career outcomes

This Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology provides the first step on the path to training and registering as a psychologist in Australia. 

Entry-level jobs in Criminal Justice may include:

  • Justice Case Worker
  • Youth Justice Officer
  • Probation and Parole Officer
  • Intelligence Officer or Analyst

This Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology provides the first step on the path to training and registering as a psychologist in Australia. 

Entry-level jobs in Criminal Justice may include:

  • Justice Case Worker
  • Youth Justice Officer
  • Probation and Parole Officer
  • Intelligence Officer or Analyst
  • Compliance Officer
  • Community Corrections Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Child Safety Officer
  • Community Support Officer
  • Risk and Intelligence Analyst
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Course Structure

Typical first year

  • Psychology: An Evidence-Based Approach 1
  • Introduction to Psychology: The Individual, Society & Culture
  • Introduction to Psychology: Biology, Learning & Cognition

Typical first year

  • Psychology: An Evidence-Based Approach 1
  • Introduction to Psychology: The Individual, Society & Culture
  • Introduction to Psychology: Biology, Learning & Cognition
  • Criminal Justice
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Drugs and Crime
  • Fundamentals of Law
  • Theoretical Criminology

Please note: This course structure is subject to change.

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Workload

Psychology units - You will be required to undertake four hours of classes per week for each unit. To find out which units are offered online, please contact a course adviser.

Criminology units - You will be required to undertake three hours of classes per week for each unit. To find out which units are offered online, please contact a course adviser.

Campuses

With NCPS, you have the flexibility to study online, on-campus or a combination of both.

Our centrally located Melbourne campus is easily accessible by public transport and just a short walk from cafes, shopping districts and entertainment venues. The campus is located at 123 Lonsdale Street, in Melbourne’s CBD.

With NCPS, you have the flexibility to study online, on-campus or a combination of both.

Our centrally located Melbourne campus is easily accessible by public transport and just a short walk from cafes, shopping districts and entertainment venues. The campus is located at 123 Lonsdale Street, in Melbourne’s CBD.

The NCPS campus is a fully equipped educational facility occupying the top five floors of a multi-story building. It features a number of teaching rooms, student lounges, a course-specific library, a well-equipped IT lab, and wireless broadband internet throughout the campus.

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Start dates

2018

Trimester 1: 5 February
Trimester 2: 29 May
Trimester 3: 18 September

Entry Requirements

If you are under 21:

  • A copy of your HSC (or equivalent) with an ATAR of 65 (if applying before your ATAR is available a copy of your most recent school report), or Certificate IV (or above), or admission to candidature for an undergraduate degree at an Australian University (or equivalent).
  • A copy of your passport or if this is not available an Australian Driver’s licence OR state ID card.
  • If applying for FEE-HELP, a ‘Request for FEE-HELP Assistance Form’ (completed online).

If you are under 21:

  • A copy of your HSC (or equivalent) with an ATAR of 65 (if applying before your ATAR is available a copy of your most recent school report), or Certificate IV (or above), or admission to candidature for an undergraduate degree at an Australian University (or equivalent).
  • A copy of your passport or if this is not available an Australian Driver’s licence OR state ID card.
  • If applying for FEE-HELP, a ‘Request for FEE-HELP Assistance Form’ (completed online).

If you are a mature age student (21 years and over):

  • A 500 word statement. The purpose of the statement is to provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate your understanding of the knowledge and skills needed for the completion of a Psychology degree and how completion of the degree will assist you to achieve your career and academic goals. Your statement provides the School with an opportunity to assess:
    1. your understanding of the discipline of psychology, and of the characteristics of psychology education;
    2. your ability to distinguish between what is required to pursue a career in psychology compared to related fields, such as counselling;
    3. your ability to write with clarity of expression.
  • Mature age students may also be required to complete a brief telephone interview with academic staff from ACAP based on the statement provided.
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Fees

Students may choose to pay fees directly to the College or apply for an interest free loan from the Commonwealth Government which will cover the entire cost of the tuition fees for the course. This loan scheme is called FEE-HELP. For full details visit www.studyassist.gov.au

Click here to view the full schedule of tuition fees for domestic and international students

Study Modes

On-campus study in Melbourne

On-campus study requires you to attend three contact hours per subject per week, made up of a lecture and tutorial for each of the units you are studying. Classes provide an interactive and hands-on experience, which allows your teacher to provide immediate feedback on your work in class.

Online delivery

With online delivery you can study anywhere in Australia, anytime. All classes have an online class space containing course materials, discussion forums and announcements, student profiles and assessment drop boxes and are accessible to the class group and the teacher.

Mixed mode

Studying in mixed mode allows you to combine on-campus study and online delivery to create a study mode that fits your lifestyle.  You can select different modes of study for different units in a given term and you can change the mode of study you select when you enrol each term.