Admission Criteria

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. View the Entry Requirements Policy document here.

Applicants with higher education study

  • Full or partial completion of a Bachelor’s degree.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

  • Full completion of a related (i.e. non-trade) Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

Australian Year 12 students

  • Current Year 12 prerequisites include a study score of at least 25 in units 3 and 4 of English (any)
  • 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)
  • Study scores in individual subjects, especially Legal Studies and Psychology, if undertaken in Year 12.
  • Information contained in the VTAC Personal Statement
  • Any information contained in a VTAC SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme) application (if applicable)

ATAR-related adjustments

Through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC), if eligible, an applicant can receive a maximum of 5 bonus points from EAS (Educational Access Scheme) and 5 from their school, so the maximum possible of system derived bonus for any eligible applicants will not be more than 10 bonus points.

Interstate Year 12

Applicants who meet the requirements for tertiary entrance in their home state will meet the minimum requirements in Victoria. Study score equivalency is based on information provided by the Victorian TAC in its annually published ‘Current School Leaver Prerequisite checking for selection’.

Applicants with work and life experience

Students who are over the age of 21 can apply as a mature age student for our undergraduate courses. Depending on individual circumstances, selection is based on a range of criteria, including some or all of the following:

  • 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;
  • ATAR;
  • Individual study scores in previous year 12 subjects;
  • Results of the STAT (Special Tertiary Admissions Test) multiple choice test;
  • Information contained in a SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme) application (if applying through VTAC)
  • 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 appropriate expression. A copy of the personal statement form, and the three questions that need to be answered, is contained here
  • Relevant work and/or life experience.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

For guidance on how to apply and the documentation you will be asked to supply to finalise your application, please click here and then click on the link for the course you are interested in applying for.

Domestic applicants with overseas qualifications

We can accept overseas qualifications completed in English or translated into English.

English language proficiency

Students are required to provide current evidence of their English language proficiency for admission to NCPS. International students can provide their results from one of these three options:

  • an accepted English language proficiency test, or
  • an accepted English language provider, or
  • a recognised qualification

Additional Requirements for International Applicants: A minimum Academic IELTS score of 6.5 with no sub-score less than 6.0 obtained in the previous 2 years (or equivalent) is required for submission.


Domestic Students

For guidance on how to apply and the documentation you will be asked to supply to finalise your application, please click here.

International Students

For guidance on how to apply and the documentation you will be asked to supply to finalise your application, please click here.


Important information on enrolment including fees, variations, deferral and withdrawal, is available from here.


The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at the institution. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available, including those admitted through all offer rounds, across all Australian campuses, and international students studying in Australia.