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Associate Degree in Criminology and Justice

Course code C25

Adopts a contemporary approach to the education of practitioners in the areas of policing and corrections.

Students will develop an understanding of the theory and research that informs policing practice and offender management, as well as excellent academic literacy skills, including cultural awareness. The course facilitates students' practical skills and provides opportunities to apply learning.

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Course overview

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Entry requirements

70 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

C25

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $14,500

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT FT PT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online FT PT FT PT
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

C25

CRICOS code

074068A

Fees

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

2 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

This course is not offered on-campus or online to international students.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

    All applicants are required to meet the admission requirements of the Western Australian Police or the Department of Corrective Services. Applicants who have previously completed equivalent police or corrections training in another jurisdiction will be considered for entrance.

    Admission requirements for WA Police can be found at www.stepforward.wa.gov.au

    Admission requirements for Corrective Services (Community Custodial Officer, Juvenile Custodial Officer or Prison Officer) can be found at www.correctiveservices.wa.gov.au/careers/opportunities/default.aspx.

    All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • AQF Cert IV;
    • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • University Preparation Course;*
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment; or*
    • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

    For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
    • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
    • University Preparation Course;
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment;*
    • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
    • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester availability

This course is not offered on-campus or online to international students.

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CRI1107The Criminal Justice Process15
CRI1103Criminology15
Elective Unitx 115
Elective Unitx 115
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CRI1104The Psychology of Criminal Behaviour15
CRI1208Research Methods I15
CRI2103 ^Correctional Studies - Theory and Practice15
or
CRI2201 ^Critical Aspects of Policing15
and
Elective Unitx 115
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CRI2115Psychology and Criminal Justice15
CRI2110Research Methods II15
CRI3120Aboriginal Australians in the Criminal Justice System15
Elective Unitx 115
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
JUS2100 ^Police Academy Practicum
Or
CRI2700 ^Corrective Services Practicum

^ Core Option

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

  • Students are required to complete Police or Corrective Services training as a unit in the last semester of study. Students must apply for this independently, it is not organised by ECU.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply specialised knowledge of criminology and justice issues to relevant technical and theoretical situations
  2. Communicate knowledge of criminology and justice, sharing perspectives and transferring knowledge and skills to others.
  3. Creatively express ideas and formulate solutions in criminology situations.
  4. Critically identify and analyse complex criminology problems.
  5. Show independent judgement to demonstrate specialist knowledge in contexts that are subject to change.
  6. Use digital technologies and literacies to access and use relevant information from multiple sources.

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $14,500 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

This course links closely with the WA Police Academy and the Department of Corrective Services, giving students the opportunity to participate in relevant practical training and providing a career pathway into policing or corrections. The course also provides a unique career development opportunity for those working in the area of policing, security, public safety, custodial corrections or community corrections. Students are able to apply their existing knowledge of policing and/or offender management to their learning and develop their academic literacy skills with a high level of support. These skills include understanding and applying research, academic writing and critical thinking.

Possible future job titles

Police Officer, Community Corrections Officer, Parole Officer, Youth Justice Officer, Research & Policy Officer

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Student stories

Leilani Kwan

Leilani Kwan

Criminology & Justice student

"The program was challenging, stimulating and very exciting"

I am the first ECU student to participate in the Evidence Based Policing Internship Program with the WA Police, as part of my studies in the Bachelor of Criminology and Justice course at ECU.

This initiative is designed to provide high‑calibre university students the opportunity to gain practical experience and the chance to apply their research, evaluation, critical analysis and writing skills in a dynamic work environment.

My project consisted of data analysis, evaluative research, data selection and processing, which I found highly complementary to my existing course of study at ECU. I cannot emphasise enough the value of this experience.

It has provided me with a strong motivation to contribute to work efforts regarding crime and criminal justice.

Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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