Criminology and Justice

Criminology and Justice

Quick course guide

2016 Price:

$2020 per subject

Duration:

2 years full time (or part time equivalent)

Locations:

Melbourne

Study Modes:

On-campus or Online

CRICOS Course Code:

081562F

Overview

Award: Bachelor of Criminology and Justice*
Criminal justice covers a broad range of topics, such as criminology, criminal psychology, criminal law and procedure, law enforcement, corrections and justice related issues. In this course you’ll receive a comprehensive, theoretical education in each of these areas – from learning why people commit crimes to understanding the importance of ethics and legal processes.

* This course qualification has changed name from Bachelor of Social Science (Criminal Justice) to the Bachelor of Criminology and Justice. All new and continuing students enrolled in Trimester 2 2014 and thereafter will graduate with this new qualification name.

What will I learn

Students graduating from NCPS will have the ability to apply theoretical understanding to practical situations in the administration of criminal justice. Students will learn about criminal justice systems and their relationship to the wider community while gaining an understanding of criminal behaviour, criminal law and social control. 

By the completion of the course, you will be able to:

Students graduating from NCPS will have the ability to apply theoretical understanding to practical situations in the administration of criminal justice. Students will learn about criminal justice systems and their relationship to the wider community while gaining an understanding of criminal behaviour, criminal law and social control. 

By the completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of and integrate concepts and perspectives from the disciplines of criminology, law, legal studies, psychology and sociology
  • Integrate knowledge of the key theories and principles which underpin criminal justice systems, processes and approaches
  • Demonstrate knowledge of specific practices pertaining to law enforcement, the legal system, corrections and other agencies and processes relating to criminal justice
  • Assess and evaluate legislation that is relevant to the conduct of criminal justice systems and the provision of conditions sought to ensure safety and security for the public
  • Communicate effectively the professional and ethical requirements of working in criminal justice and its related environments
  • Analyse critically the policies, practices and processes of criminal justice systems as well as wider public and corporate organisations in criminal justice contexts
  • Independently, and as part of teams, undertake and evaluate social scientific research to solve problems in criminal justice contexts
  • Apply theoretical concepts to practical situations in the administration of criminal justice
  • Adapt and develop legal, policy and practical responses to crime and broader issues affecting criminal justice

Visit our subject pages to get more detailed information on each subject you will study. 

 

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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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Career outcomes

Graduates of the course have a qualification that is widely recognised by professional agencies and major employers within various fields. Graduates can gain employment in a range of occupations and develop careers in areas such as policing and law enforcement, investigations, customs, para-legal work, court administration, youth justice, community services, corrections and much more.

Graduates of the course have a qualification that is widely recognised by professional agencies and major employers within various fields. Graduates can gain employment in a range of occupations and develop careers in areas such as policing and law enforcement, investigations, customs, para-legal work, court administration, youth justice, community services, corrections and much more.

The Criminal Justice degree may also be used to transition into other university courses such as law, forensics, counter terrorism, criminology and psychology, in both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. You may even be able to receive credit for various subjects you have completed with NCPS allowing you to significantly reduce time taken to complete subsequent degrees.

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Work placement

At NCPS we include a work placement in our Bachelor of Criminal Justice meaning you get the chance to practise your skills in a work environment, to meet professionals working in the industry and to get experience on your resume before you graduate.

At NCPS we include a work placement in our Bachelor of Criminal Justice meaning you get the chance to practise your skills in a work environment, to meet professionals working in the industry and to get experience on your resume before you graduate.

NCPS has links with many organisations giving you the opportunity to choose a workplace that matches your interests. Past students have completed work placement in organisations such as Victoria Police, Department of Justice, as well as various courts, law firms, prisons and many more organisations.

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Units and course structure

NCPS deliver three teaching periods (trimesters) per year, which can be completed on-campus, online or a combination of both. To complete the degree students must complete 24 units (18 core units and six elective units)

Course Structure

Typical first year

NCPS deliver three teaching periods (trimesters) per year, which can be completed on-campus, online or a combination of both. To complete the degree students must complete 24 units (18 core units and six elective units)

Course Structure

Typical first year

  • Trimester 1: Academic Enhancement, Criminal Justice, Cultural Diversity, Introduction to Psychology
  • Trimester 2: Drugs and Crime, Ethics, Fundamentals of Law, Theoretical Criminology
  • Trimester 3: Abnormal Psychology, Indigenous Peoples and Justice, Issues in Criminal Justice, Sentencing

Typical second year

  • Trimester 4: Applied Criminology, Criminal Law and Procedure, Transnational Crime, Elective 1 (choose from list below)
  • Trimester 5: Research Methods, Victimology, Elective 2 (choose from list below), Elective 3 (choose from list below)
  • Trimester 6: Practicum, Elective 4 (choose from list below), Elective 5 (choose from list below), Elective 6 (choose from list below)

Elective Subjects

Students complete six electives from the following list:

Applied Research, Australian Law in Context, Case Management, Corporate Crime, Corrections, Deviance, Federal Criminal Law, Forensic Psychology, International Criminal Justice, Investigative Processes, Mental Health and Criminal Justice, Police and Enforcement Studies, Terrorism and Society, Youth Justice

*Not all elective options may be offered each trimester

Please note:

* Course structure is subject to change.

* Students must have successfully completed the relevant pre-requisite unit prior to enrol in subsequent units.

* Electives are subject to change.

* If you are an international student studying in Australia on a student visa please be aware that you are required to complete your course within the stipulated timeframe on your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). In order to complete your course within the stipulated timeframe you must maintain a full-time workload. As an international student you are also able to study a small proportion (25 percent) of your course by online delivery. You must also ensure you undertake a minimum of one on-campus unit in any standard study trimester. If you would like to take a unit by online delivery you must first obtain approval from NCPS.

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Start dates

2016

Trimester 3: 19 September

2017

Trimester 1: 13 February

Workload

For each standard unit we recommend an average of nine hours of study per week, for each week in the trimester. This is made up of:

• attending three hours of on-campus classes, and

• completing at least six hours of personal study and assessment preparation

Entry Requirements

NCPS has general requirements of entry which applicants are required to meet in order to demonstrate their capacity to successfully complete the Bachelor of Criminology and Justice. Current Year 12 prerequisites include a study score of at least 25 in units 3 and 4 of English (any)

International Applications:

NCPS has general requirements of entry which applicants are required to meet in order to demonstrate their capacity to successfully complete the Bachelor of Criminology and Justice. Current Year 12 prerequisites include a study score of at least 25 in units 3 and 4 of English (any)

International Applications:

Additional Requirements: A minimum Academic IELTS score of 6.5 with no sub-score less than 6.0 obtained in the previous 2 years (or equivalent). International applicants normally require a visa for study in Australia. For further information go to: http://www.ncps.edu.au/international-students/visa-arrangements-for-study/

If you need to improve your academic English before starting one of our courses you can package your English course and your NCPS course on a single student visa. Our preferred English language partners for course packaging are listed in the College Credit Arrangements Policy.

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Selection Criteria

In selection, a range of criteria is used. ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) scores are important, but selection decisions are also based on:

  • An applicant’s ability to cope with academic study and to satisfy the requirements of the course; and

In selection, a range of criteria is used. ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) scores are important, but selection decisions are also based on:

  • An applicant’s ability to cope with academic study and to satisfy the requirements of the course; and
  • An applicant’s goals, career aspirations and level of commitment.

Selection is based on the following criteria:

Current year 12 applicants

  1. ATAR (although there is no established or clearly-in ATAR, the NCPS degree course is primarily academic in nature and therefore a reasonable ATAR is an indicator that an applicant has a greater chance of succeeding in the course)
  2. A study score of at least 25 in units 3 and 4 of English (any)
  3. Study scores in individual subjects, especially Legal Studies and Psychology, if undertaken in Year 12.
  4. Information contained in the VTAC Personal Statement
  5. Any information contained in a VTAC SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme) application (if applicable)

Non-year 12 applicants

Depending on individual circumstances, selection is based on a range of criteria, including some or all of the following:

  1. Any tertiary courses, complete or incomplete (in this case a tertiary course means a Diploma level course or above), and the results received in the completed subjects;
  2. ATAR;
  3. Individual study scores in previous year 12 subjects;
  4. Results of the STAT (Special Tertiary Admissions Test) multiple choice test;
  5. Information contained in a SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme) application (if applying through VTAC)
  6. Information contained in a personal statement (for both VTAC and direct applicants). If no other selection criteria can be met, direct applicants may be asked to complete our personal statement form. This is made up of three questions designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the knowledge and skills needed for the completion of a degree qualification. It will also allow you to demonstrate your ability to write with clarity and expression. A copy of the personal statement form, and the three questions that need to be answered, is contained here 
  7. Relevant work and/or life experience.
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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 stud

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

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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.

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.

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