Griffith University’s Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, offered through Open Universities Australia, is a broad-based social science degree examining crime, the criminal justice system and related social issues. All the specialised knowledge and skills necessary for a career in the highly demanding criminal justice system are taught in this course. This course focuses on the causes of crime and society's response to crime. It will give you a well-rounded perspective on the various arms of the justice system and the relationships between them. You will graduate with a professional qualification in the field of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
The Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice is a professional qualification. It equips students with the knowledge and skills required to gain employment in the criminal justice system.
Graduates of this course will have the skills and knowledge required for employment in criminal justice areas such as policing, corrections, justice, security, regulatory law enforcement, crime prevention and customs in both private enterprise and government departments.
To obtain this degree, students must complete 24 units and meet the following criteria:
- At least eight units must be Griffith University units, studied at second or third year level
- Completion of eight units at first year level in Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Completion of four compulsory Criminology and Criminal Justice units
- Completion of eight units from the Criminal Justice Major
- At least four units in the degree must be at third year level
- Completion of four elective units
- Students must not study more than 12 units at first year level
- Students must complete this degree within ten years
Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit
Students may be able to receive credit for previous studies conducted at other institutions. Please contact the Administration Officer, Off Campus and Assignment Handling Services at Griffith prior to registering in any units through Open Universities Australia.
Registering in this Course
Students are required to register with Griffith University for this award by completing a registration form and paying the required fee. The non-refundable $100 registration fee is payable when the form is submitted. While there is no immediate requirement for potential students to register in the degree course, students are recommended to register after completing 8-10 units, in order to receive advice on credit and unit selection.
Recommended Study Pattern
To get the most out of this course you are recommended to:
- Start with SSK12 Introduction to University Learning and then complete Level 1 core units
- Complete Level 2 core units, CCJ Major & Electives
- Complete Level 3 core units, CCJ Major & Electives
Course Admission Eligibility Criteria
(Commonwealth supported places)
In order to be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place, students must meet the following requirements:
- At least 4 OUA Undergraduate units that contribute towards the degree requirements of the Griffith University program into which admission is sought with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0 for each unit
To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, please see Commonwealth supported places.
How to Apply
The Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice is open to all students and does not require an Application process. Simply add units from the Course units tab to your Study Cart to begin your enrolment.
Commonwealth Supported Places
The Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice is also eligible for Commonwealth supported places. To enrol in this course as a Commonwealth supported student, you can submit your application by clicking on the Apply online button below. Please ensure you check the eligibility requirements for a Commonwealth supported place in this course in the Requirements Tab.
To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, please see Commonwealth supported places or call 1300 322 870.
If you require an application form in an alternative format please phone a CSP Student Advisor on 1800 870 322.
About Commonwealth supported places
A Commonwealth supported place is a higher education place for which the Australian Government provides funding to the university towards the cost of your education. Commonwealth supported places are only available for students who wish to enrol in a full course of study and are required to contribute to the cost of their higher education through a student contribution. Eligible students in Commonwealth supported places can also receive assistance with their student contribution in the form of HECS-HELP.
To be eligible for Commonwealth support, you must be:
- An Australian citizen OR;
- A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study OR;
- The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.
For more information and to download an information booklet on the eligibility requirements and the payment options available including the process for applying for HECS-HELP assistance, please visit http://studyassist.gov.au/sites/StudyAssist/
Alternatively if you do not wish to apply as a Commonwealth supported place student or are not eligible, you can still apply to study this course or units within this course. Click on the Course units tab above to find out more.
Please note that depending on the course eligibility requirements, you may be required to provide scanned and certified copies of the following supporting documents:
- Certified copies of academic transcripts - required in most cases but check course eligibility rules.(Please ensure you attach all pages of your academic transcript including both the front and back pages)
A “certified copy” is a copy of an original document which has been certified as being a true copy by an authorised person. These include a justice of the peace, lawyer, medical practitioner, pharmacist, accountant, school principal or minister of religion.
- English language test results - if your courses were not predominantly in English e.g. IELTS or equivalent test results.
- IMPORTANT: Please do not send original documents as they will not be returned.
Pricing and Payment Options
The total cost of completing a degree will vary depending on the course you have chosen to study.
Fees can also vary according to the type of unit you enrol in and the applicable fee band. Below is a guide to help you find the fees applicable for your own study path.
Please also note that the fees listed here are only indicative costs for new students in 2012. These fees may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks.
There are four elective units in this degree. These units can be studied at any level and are free-choice units. Students can study additional Criminology and Criminal Justice units if they wish.
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