Associate Degree of Criminal Justice

This is course information for enrolled students. For prospective students please visit Associate Degree of Criminal Justice.


Criminal justice covers a broad range of topics, such as criminology, criminal psychology, criminal law and procedure, law enforcement, corrections and justice related issues. In this course you’ll receive a comprehensive, theoretical education in each of these areas – from learning why people commit crimes to understanding the importance of ethics and legal processes.

The Associate Degree of Criminal Justice is a pathway for students exiting the Bachelor program (irrespective of reason), while enabling graduation with an AQF qualification. It requires successful completion of the first four trimesters of the six-trimester Bachelor of Criminology and Justice. With full-time enrolment, the Associate Degree of Criminal Justice is completed in one year and four months, rather than in two years.


Degree Name

Associate Degree of Criminal Justice  

Degree Code


Level of Qualification



1 year and 4 months

Number of Units

16 Units

15 core units and 1 elective

Study Load

For each standard unit NCPS recommends an average of nine hours of study per week, for each week in the trimester, made up of:

  • attending three hours of on-campus classes, and
  • completing at least six hours of personal study and assessment preparation.


On-campus in Melbourne or Online

Award Title

Associate Degree of Criminal Justice