Course essentials

VU course code:
ABCY
Location:
Delivery mode:
Blended
Face to Face
Duration:
3 years full time or longer for part time

Prepare for a fascinating career in the justice system or community welfare, with VU's Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Psychological Studies.

You'll gain a strong understanding of the factors that contribute to criminal behaviour. You'll also learn about the legal, political and community responses to social dislocation and disorder.

Our expert lecturers deliver a clear overview of:

  • criminal justice systems
  • ethics
  • crime investigation
  • law and governance.

Your psychology studies will give you insight into the factors that underpin human behaviour and development.

You'll graduate equipped with analytical and problem-solving skills needed for roles in criminal justice, police and welfare systems.

Placement program

If you choose to continue on to postgraduate studies in psychology, you’ll be able to take up professional training at VU’s Psychology Clinic, providing supervised psychology services to the community.

Accreditation & professional recognition

The Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Psychological Studies is accredited by the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC). APAC is an independent, not-for-profit, quality and standards organisation.

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time.

Browse our other Criminal Justice courses or send us an enquiry to be notified of updates relating to this course.

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Careers

Graduate ready for a career these rewarding areas:

  • justice sector (for example, victim support officer, investigator)
  • health and community services (for example, child protection worker)
  • policy development and related services.

Further study

After graduation, you may choose one of these paths towards a psychology career, or a senior role in justice or welfare:

  • apply for Honours in Psychology, then pursue postgraduate studies in such fields as Forensic and Clinical Psychology
  • undertake postgraduate studies in Criminal Justice/Criminology
  • pursue further professional training in the justice or welfare sectors.

Salaries

In Australia, these are the average full-time salaries of relevant jobs:

  • starting salary of a bachelor degree psychology graduate aged under 25: $49,900 (GradStats)
  • psychologists: $78,000  (Job Outlook)
  • correctional officer: $59,000 (PayScale)
  • court and legal clerks: $53,000 (Job Outlook).

Course objectives

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate and apply the principles of responsible, accountable and ethical practice required to work in a range of criminal justice and psychological professions;  
  2. Demonstrate a critical analysis and application of key theoretical areas in psychology and criminal justice;  
  3. Generate, organise and undertake research into relevant aspects of criminal justice and psychology;  
  4. Apply skills in independent research, theoretical analysis and critical evaluation in criminal justice and psychology;  
  5. Advocate, dispute and negotiate with professional competence using a range of well developed communication and interpersonal skills; and  
  6. Communicate clearly and effectively and in a socially and culturally responsible manner.  

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Psychological Studies students will be required to complete 288 credit points in total consisting of the following: 

  • 264 credit points of Core studies units

  • 24 credit points of Psychology Elective studies as required by APAC accreditation. 

First Year Core

Year 2

Plus

12 credit points of Psychology Electives from the list below

Year 3

Plus

12 credit points of Psychology Electives from the list below

Psychology Electives

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), Full-fee

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: Successful completion of an Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent).
  • Year 12: Successful completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience will be considered for admission to the course.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time.

Browse our other Criminal Justice courses or send us an enquiry to be notified of updates relating to this course.

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