Information on this page is for Australian residents

Next intake: 
23 July 2018
Duration: 
3 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications for next intake due 15 July 2018

Overview

Develop the legal and social understanding to solve real problems in the community with VU's Bachelor of Criminology.

You'll learn to understand the motivations behind criminal acts and gain the knowledge and skills needed to help police, legal, and social-welfare organisations address the causes and results of criminal behaviour.

You'll study areas including:

  • policing and offending
  • law
  • crime
  • forensic investigations.

Your strong foundation in law subjects will help you work effectively within the legal system.

A research project will teach you to apply your learning to cases and scenarios, preparing you for your career.

VU has strong ties to the legal community, including partnerships with the Magistrates’ Courts.

We encourage all our students to gain the practical experience needed to graduate work-ready. One of the ways you can do this is through volunteering.

The Department of Justice has several volunteer opportunities in Victoria’s court, legal and prison systems.

Key parts of the industry and profession, including Victoria Police, recognise the need for a more educated workforce. Our criminology bachelor degree helps you fulfil that need, and makes you highly employable.

Graduates have a valuable overview of the complex criminal justice system. You will understand the interconnectedness of social welfare, law, correctional institutions, community, and policing.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice and can show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available to all students.

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Already a VU student?

To transfer into this course from another apply online at our Admissions centre.

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Careers in criminology

Your qualification will be widely recognised in areas including:

  • forensic work
  • police work
  • community legal settings
  • legal aid
  • security and intelligence organisations
  • paralegal work
  • youth justice
  • correctional services
  • community services.

Salaries

The government site Job Outlook lists the following average salaries:

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Criminology students will be required to complete 288 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of First Year Core Studies
  • 144 credit points of Professional Core Studies
  • 48 credit points of Minor Studies (from the list below)

First Year Core Units

Professional Core Units

Minors

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

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

  1. Integrate conceptual understanding of criminology research, theory and practice with advanced specialist bodies of knowledge such as law and sociology;  
  2. Exhibit expertise and professional judgement in the application of criminological concepts to issues of law and justice in contemporary society;  
  3. Adapt theoretical knowledge applicable to the discipline by critically analysing and applying information with initiative and judgement in order to both anticipate and creatively solve problems and promote justice in authentic/contemporary professional, community settings; (including those that require cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills)  
  4. Communicate effectively to present clear and coherent independent expositions of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences;  
  5. Apply personal and interpersonal competencies including organisational and collaborative skills necessary to operate within successfully in a team;  
  6. Apply professional ethics and accountabilities in their practice and a commit to ongoing professional development;  

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)

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: Completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) will be granted advanced standing of a maximum 96 credit points (Diploma) or 144 credit points (Advanced Diploma).
    OR
    Completion of a non-cognate (not similar) Australian (or equivalent) Diploma or Advanced Diploma will be granted advanced standing on a case by case basis.
  • Year 12: 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: Mature age students with five years relevant experience in the criminal justice area.

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

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Direct applications are due on 15 July 2018 for our next intake which starts on 23 July 2018.

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