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Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology

About this course

Understand criminal behaviour. Lead a successful career in criminology.

You’re intrigued by the workings of a criminal mind, what motivates and drives criminal behaviour, you want to help people work towards a more positive future. Our Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology gives you deep insight into why we think and act the way we do, and how to help change behaviour before it becomes destructive.

You’ll graduate with the practical skills and strategies to successfully work in the criminal justice system. With an understanding of the role society plays in shaping crime and criminal minds.

 

Research by the Australian Institute of Criminology highlights the links between mental illness, crime and rehabilitation, with mental disorders up to four times higher in prison populations compared to the general population. This specialised double major degree is ideal if you’re interested in working in the courts, corrections, youth justice or with offenders, victims or vulnerable populations including young people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This course is accredited without conditions by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The course is conditionally accredited in Perth.

What you'll learn

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

Explore with an applied focus:

  • Biology, learning and cognition
  • Research Methodology
  • Learning and memory
  • Perception and cognition
  • Lifespan development
  • Social psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Psychological measurement and assessment
  • Intercultural diversity and Indigenous psychology
  • Professional issues and applications in psychology
  • The criminal justice system
  • Cultural diversity and its relevance to crime and criminal justice
  • Substance use and crime
  • Law and the legal system
  • Theoretical and applied criminology
  • Alternative approaches to criminal justice
  • Victimology
  • Case management
  • Forensic psychology

See the complete course guide here.

Course Structure

24 units

For more information see the full course guide

Course Guide

This course is comprised of a number of core units. Core units are compulsory subjects required to complete your degree. 

There are no elective units available for this degree. 

Admission Criteria

Domestic student
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)
International student
Meet one of the following criteria:
  • Participate in a screening interview (typically by phone though online can be arranged if required); and
  • Be 18 years or above at the date of commencement; or
  • Completion of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (or equivalent); or
  • Completion of a Diploma or above (or equivalent); or
  • Admission to an undergraduate degree at an Australian University (or equivalent)

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 ACAP as equivalent to Australian qualifications.

The accrediting body may have additional requirements, including minimum English language, to meet professional accreditation standards. For more information on meeting those requirements visit psychologycouncil.org.au

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.

Before you start studying at ACAP, check out the services and support available to students. 

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