NCPS - Frequently asked questions

Does NCPS offer courses for international students?

NCPS offers its course to international students, and is registered on the Australian Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). For detailed information regarding the NCPS course available to international students click here.

How and where can I study?

As an international student, you can study at the NCPS campus in Melbourne. Online study is available to all NCPS students however, as an international student studying in Australia on a student visa, you are able to take a maximum of 25 per cent of your total course online delivery and must be enrolled full-time in at least one on-campus unit in each standard study trimester.

What is ‘online delivery’?

‘Online delivery’ refers to online study. However, as an overseas student you are able to take a maximum of 25 per cent of your total course online delivery and must be enrolled full-time in at least one on-campus unit in each standard study trimester.

Can I combine different study modes?

Subject to availability, you can select different modes of study for different modules or units in a given term and you can change the mode of study you select when you enrol each term. However, you cannot switch between modes in a given unit or module, for example, you cannot switch between online and on-campus study for a unit or module halfway through the trimester.

You can also study a mix of modes, for example, one module/unit on-campus and one unit by online delivery each trimester.

How does online delivery work?

If you study one or more units by online delivery, you will be allocated into a class with a dedicated teacher, the same as if you were studying face-to-face. You will still attend a class at a set time each week for tutorials and will have access to an online class space. Course materials and readings will be available online, so that you may undertake activities and interact with your teacher and fellow class members. You will also submit all assessments and receive grades and feedback via this online class space.

When can I study?

You can begin your course at the beginning of any of our three trimesters. Courses begin in February, June and September each year. Click here to view our current academic calendar. Click here to view the current NCPS timetable.

What is the Study load?

As an International student you are required to take on a full-time study load, to fulfil your visa requirement to complete your studies within the timeframe listed on your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).

NCPS recommends an average of nine hours of study per week for each unit studied.

This is typically broken down into:

  • On-campus units consist of 3 contact hours per unit made up of a lecture/seminar and/or tutorial.
  • Online units consist of 2.5 hour self-directed learning and 1 hour tutorials at scheduled times during the week.
  • Six hours per week of self-study, assessment preparation, general research and reading is required regardless of on-campus or on-line unit.

What kind of assessments will I be doing?

Assessments give you an opportunity to demonstrate your learning and receive feedback on your progress.

Assessment types vary with each unit and some include examinations. A broad array of assessments types are utilised at NCPS including critical reflections, group work, reports, written assignments and student work placements (Practicum).

What is a student placement?

The Bachelor of Criminology and Justice includes a student placement, which is unpaid work experience in an organisation related to your study. The Placement allows you to practise your skills in a work environment, meet professionals working in the industry and build valuable experience and referees to add to your resume before you graduate. The placement must be completed before you can graduate.

Which modules/units are currently available?

Click here for the current timetable which details which units are offered in a given term in which modes and at what times.

Should I study via online delivery?

You should choose the study mode that best suits you. Online delivery allows you to study anywhere, anytime. However, this study mode is best suited to students who are self-motivated and/or are unable to attend on-campus classes on a regular basis.

Keep in mind that you will need to devote the same number of hours per week (per unit) to reading the course material, interacting with your classmates and teacher, completing activities and assessments. You will also need to have a reliable internet connection and access to a computer and, depending on which course you are enrolled in, you may also need to attend on-campus workshops.

What are the technology requirements for studying by online delivery?

All NCPS students, whether studying on-campus, online or a combination of both, need to have ready access to the internet and a basic understanding of how to use the web and email in order to study at the College. Familiarity with word processing programs like Microsoft Word is also required for preparing and submitting assignments, and access to a high-speed broadband connection is also required.

Does NCPS recognise advanced standing?

You can apply for advanced standing in a course through either Credit Transfer for formal learning experience, or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for informal and non-formal learning.

To assess Advanced Standing or RPL you will need to fill out a Recognition of Prior Learning form, and submit this along with your Application form. Click here for the RPL form. For more information, contact us on or (03) 8327 2600.

Is the NCPS course recognised nationally and internationally?

All courses delivered by NCPS that lead to a higher education award issued by NCPS are recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). AQF qualifications are recognised all around Australia and by other countries.

NCPS seeks accreditation of its programs with relevant professional bodies for quality assurance purposes and to ensure our courses meet the relevant educational and training standards that allow graduates to seek recognition and to practise as a professional.

For information on accreditation of specific courses, see our Quality and Accreditation page.  (link to follow)

What are the fees?

NCPS courses are priced per module or unit and you pay each term by trimester, for the modules or units in which you have enrolled. Fees are subject to change on an annual basis. Click here for the current fees.

When it comes to studying, you also need to be aware that there are other costs, primarily textbooks, that you need to consider.

How do I pay my fees?

You pay your fees prior to the start of each trimester.

When should I apply?

We recommend you submit your application well before the beginning of the trimester. Applications generally close one week prior to the start of trimester, but will only be accepted if places are still available.

How do I apply?

There are three simple steps to applying to one of NCPS’s courses; complete the NCPS application form (hard copy), submit the relevant certified documents via fax or email, and submit your application.

For more information regarding the application process, click here.

Who can witness a statutory declaration or signature?

Please find the list of authorised witnesses here.