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Associate Degree of Criminal Justice

About this course

Understand criminal behaviour. Lead a successful career in criminal justice.

You’re intrigued by criminal behaviour and want to know more about our justice system. Our Associate Degree of Criminal Justice gives you deep insight into why we think and act the way we do, and the impact our justice system has on people. Learn about criminal psychology, criminal law and procedure, law enforcement and corrections services. 

Gain an understanding of why people commit crimes and the importance of ethics and legal processes. Then graduate with the practical skills to successfully work in the criminal justice system.

What you'll learn

Expertise in human behaviour forms the foundation of all our courses including our Associate Degree of Criminal Justice.

Explore with an applied focus:

  • Criminal justice systems (and their relationship to the wider community)
  • An understanding of criminal behaviour, criminal law and social control

See the complete course guide here.

Course Structure

16 units

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Course Guide

This course is comprised of a number of core and elective units. Core units are compulsory subjects required to complete your degree. Electives are a range of units that give you the chance to study specific topics you might be interested in. 

You still need to complete a set number of elective units to graduate.

Elective options include Corrections, Forensic Psychology, and Police and Enforcement Studies.

Admission Criteria

Meet one of the following criteria:

  • Participate in a screening interview (typically by phone though online can be arranged if required); and
  • Be 21 years or above at the date of commencement; or
  • Completion of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (or equivalent); or
  • Completion of a Certificate IV or above (or equivalent); or
  • Admission to an undergraduate degree at an Australian University (or equivalent)

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by ACAP as equivalent to Australian qualifications.

Apply or find out more

Chat to one of our ACAP course advisors to make sure you’re picking the right course for your goals. Think about funding options, and whether full-time or part-time study suits your commitments. We’ve also got some entry requirements and practical components to complete.

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