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Study Criminology

Study Criminology

  • Deep-dive into criminal minds & behaviour
  • Scholarship opportunities available
  • Explore diverse career options


Get equipped for criminology


Criminology courses can open doors to fascinating career options. Your work could take you inside the criminal mind, exploring the thought processes that drive disruptive behaviour and creating strategies for rehabilitation. Or maybe you’re more interested in understanding the justice system and its relationship to our community. Whichever career path you choose, ACAP can help you get there.

Our criminology courses focus not only on exploring the theory behind crime and justice, but also on teaching you the critical applied skills needed to influence positive change in this sector. You’ll gain a deep understanding of what drives criminal behaviour, discover the inner workings of our justice system, and examine the impact that crime has on society.


From working in investigative services as part of the federal police, to being on the frontline of criminal justice as a court reporter, your criminology degree could take you in any number of directions. With a projected national job growth of 18.9 per cent through to 2026 (Labour Market Insights), social professionals including human behaviour experts are in demand. Find out about typical occupations and salaries below, based on industry data.
Job Title/Average Salary Job Title/Average Salary
Border Force: $55,000- $70,000^ Court Registrar: $128,184*
Court Reporter: $52,500** Corrections Officer: $65,000- $80,000^
Community Support Worker: $55,000- $65,000^ Case Manager: $83,893~
Investigator: $95,000-$105,000~ Intelligence: $109,976*
Federal Police: $82,893~ Law Clerk: $60,000- $80,000^
Paralegal: $60,000- $80,000^ Parole Officer: $86,040~
Protection Officer: $75,000- $95,000^ Sheriff: $76,262*
State Police: $74,039* Youth Justice Worker: $60,000- $70,000^
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Sectors you could work in

There were 68,000 police in Australia in 2020. The number of workers has grown strongly over the past five years. This growth is expected to continue over the next five years and reach 73,200 by 2025.

  • Addiction and Substance Abuse
  • Child, Adolescence and Families
  • Community Support
  • Crisis Support
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Group Work
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Trauma Support

Data Sources For Indicated Salaries (sourced January 2023)

* Talent      **Payscale     ^ Seek           ~ Indeed           _ SalaryExpert

Flexible study modes

At ACAP we provide you with a range of flexible study choices including on campus and online study with the option to study full-time or part-time, depending on your chosen course. Whether you are combining your study with a full-time job, trying to balance your family life or hoping to further your education, we can help you reach your career goals.

  • On Campus

    Attend classes for a rewarding, interactive hands-on experience at one of our 6 campuses.

  • Online

    Study anywhere, anytime with our online classes including discussion forums.

  • Blended learning

    A combination of live classes and online learning for freedom and practical experience.

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We'll support you with funding options

Your fees may vary depending on your enrolment. Whether you're a self-funded domestic student, using a FEE-HELP loan or an international student, we have options to meet your needs.

  • Pay Upfront: Pay your tuition fees up front by direct debit, BPAY or credit card every trimester.
  • FEE-HELP: A Commonwealth Government loan to help pay for all or part of your higher education course fees.
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We'll help you succeed

Our deep understanding of human behaviour is reflected in the way you study with us. Smaller, interactive classes help you excel, while our supportive study environment ensures you feel comfortable contributing your thoughts and ideas. ACAP is where your passion for learning is mirrored by our passion for experiential teaching, and where we give you the encouragement and one-on-one support to help you thrive.

We’re outcomes-focused, meaning it’s not just about what you learn while you’re with us, but what you’re capable of when you graduate. Our practical approach provides hours of real-world interaction, insight, and professional connections. You'll graduate with practical skills, enhanced confidence, and contemporary expertise that is industry-recognised and highly sought-after.


We are committed to creating a people-centred college that supports and promotes equity, diversity and inclusion for all.

This philosophy and policy is a work in progress and is brought to you by ACAP’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Steering Group, driven by both ACAP students and staff.

We’re working towards a college culture where every voice is heard and respected, where you have freedom from discrimination and harassment, and feel supported, valued and included.

If you have questions or feedback on how we can improve, we would love to hear from you.

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As a graduate of ACAP’s Bachelor of Criminology and Justice, Lewis is prepared for the situations he faces working with the inmates at one of NSW’s largest remand centres. Armed with expertise in criminology, criminal psychology, crime prevention, law enforcement, corrections and justice-related issues, Lewis also supports inmates participating in victims’ awareness courses.

Click here to read more about how Lewis creates positive change with those in the justice system.

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