Bachelor of Criminology and Justice
Curious about the criminal mind? Understand whether criminals are born or made.


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Course length
3 years full time (or part-time equivalent) or fast-track your study to complete the degree in 2 years


Tue 5 Feb 2019
Tue 28 May 2019
Tue 17 Sep 2019

Study modes

On-campus in Melbourne, via online delivery, or a combination of both. You will need to have access to a computer and the internet, study mode availability is subject to unit requirements and trimester enrolments.

About this course

Understand criminal behaviour. Lead a successful career in criminology.

You want to do your part in keeping our society safe. Which includes understanding the minds of offenders. Our Bachelor of Criminology and Justice gives you deep insight into why we behave the way we do, and the effect our justice system has on our future actions. 

Understand our criminal justice system and its relationship to our community. Get inside the minds of criminals to understand reasons behind criminal behaviour and how criminal law and social control fits into our justice system.


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.

There are 18 core units and 6 elective units. Elective options include Corrections, Federal Criminal Law, Forensic Psychology, Mental Health and Criminal Justice, and Terrorism and Society.



Before Applying

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.


Feel free to get in touch with us

1800 061 199
Admission Criteria

Current Year 12 applicants

A study score in English of:

  • At least 25 in units 3 and 4 of English (any) or equivalent [VIC based students]; or
  • At least band 2 in 2 units of a Board Developed Course in English, or English Studies [NSW based students]; or
  • At least level 4, which is an overall ‘sound achievement’ or better [QLD based students]

ATAR results are important although there are no clearly-in ATAR or OP scores for this course. Applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage are encouraged to submit a personal statement. Alternatively, VIC based students can apply for the Special Entry Access Schemes (SEAS).


Non Year 12 applicants

  • Completed a Diploma level course or above; or
  • Be aged 21 years or over, and submit a statement directly or through a Tertiary Admission Centre that satisfies the College as to an applicant’s ability and aptitude to successfully undertake study of this type and level

International student IELTS requirement: Academic IELTS minimum overall band of 6.0 with no individual band below 5.5 completed in the last two years (or equivalent).

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Qualifications Recognition Policy Unit to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by ACAP.


What you'll learn

Expertise in human behaviour forms the foundation of all our courses including our Bachelor of Criminology and Justice.

Explore with an applied focus:

  • Criminology
  • Criminal psychology
  • Criminal law and procedure
  • Law enforcement
  • Corrections and justice related issues

See the complete course guide here.

“I’ve always been interested in human behaviour and personality differences. ACAP’s smaller classes gave me all the confidence I needed to seek the answers I was after.”



Your Career Pathways


Gain the experience to work in policing and law enforcement, investigations, customs, para-legal work, court administration, youth justice and community services.

Further Study Pathways

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.

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