Bachelor of Youth Work and Criminal Justice

VU course code: ABYC | Level of study: Undergraduate
3 years full time or longer for part time
Hybrid, In person
29 July 2024
21 July 2024
Bachelor of youth work student


Improve the lives of young people caught up in the justice system, with a Bachelor of Youth Work and Criminal Justice from Victoria University.

This degree will prepare you to work in high-demand areas where youth work overlaps with criminal-justice work.

Our Bachelor of Youth Work and Criminal Justice will give you knowledge of the justice system that will allow you to take on roles supporting young people in vulnerable communities, where the chances of offending or reoffending are high. With the skills that you learn during your degree, you'll be able to help young people reconnect with their community, and escape the cycle of criminal activity and punishment.

You will graduate with skills and knowledge in these sector-specific areas:

  • supporting young people with both mental health and drug/alcohol dependencies
  • addressing issues arising from childhood trauma
  • working in criminal justice systems in Australia
  • advocating for young people's rights
  • helping young people with different abilities.

You will undertake professional placements, to prepare you for the real world of work. The course location, in Werribee, has been chosen to help you connect with real youth-justice experiences and work opportunities, as a new Juvenile Justice Centre is planned in the region. 

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your educational achievements and work experience, as well as your skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a related course or unit(s). We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for course ‘credits’, where you are granted a unit or units towards your qualification for equivalent previous study or work experience, so you can graduate sooner.

ATAR requirements

No minimum ATAR required

This course does not have a minimum ATAR requirement for entry. Read the entry criteria for this course below.

Why ATAR is not applicable

You do not need an ATAR score to apply for this course. Instead, you need to have successfully completed secondary school and to meet any requirements outlined below. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their ATAR, age, education or socioeconomic background.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

To attain the Bachelor of Youth Work students will be required to complete:

  • 288 credit points of Core studies including 24 credit points of Capstone studies.


Fees & scholarships

University fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer (including our generous scholarship program).

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is subsidised by the government, reducing it to the amount listed here. Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens will qualify for a CSP place. If your course is not Commonwealth supported, or you don't qualify, you'll pay full fees.

Learn more about Commonwealth Supported Places

10% discount for alumni

If you’ve previously completed a qualification with us, and you’re paying full fees for this course, you may be eligible for a 10% discount.

Find out how



This course will prepare you for a career in the following sectors:

  • juvenile justice
  • local government
  • police community liaison
  • residential youth work
  • drug and alcohol work
  • Corrections Victoria
  • family violence work.

Demand in these areas is high, improving your chances of finding your ideal job after graduation.