Criminal justice is at the forefront of how a society is shaped and functions.
Described as the ways in which social control, deterring and mitigating crime and rehabilitation are developed and delivered in a society, criminal justice offers a range of diverse and exciting careers.
CSU’s Bachelor of Criminal Justice equips you with the skills and knowledge to progress to the Associate Degree in Policing Practice (ADPP) and to be further considered for entry into the NSW Police Force, subject to professional suitability.
It prepares you to work in diverse criminal justice fields, such as corrections, probation, and parole, or work with refugees, criminal offenders, victims and their families.
Alternatively, during your work placement experience, you may discover other careers in law enforcement and social justice. There is also the possibility of entering an academic career after the Bachelor of Criminal Justice, embarking upon law studies or undertaking a higher degree by research.
Why study this course?
Reasons to study Criminal Justice at CSU:
- this is a multidisciplinary degree: students study a range of subjects, including justice studies, criminology, sociology, psychology, philosophy, communication and Indigenous studies. This means you can explore different career paths and stitch subjects together that suit your career plans or current workplace
- the course is offered online and on campus at Bathurst and Port Macquarie, allowing you to study as flexible as you need to
- for those interested in a career in policing, the course offers a recognized pathway to apply for the NSW Police Force via the ADPP, subject to professional suitability and the availability of positions, which are determined based on the operational needs of the NSW Police Force
- prepare yourself for other social justice challenges, including refugee incarceration, and community justice and crime prevention programs in Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.
How will I enter NSW Police?
At the end of the first year of study, students can, if they choose, begin the process of applying to NSW Police. This includes completion of the University Certificate in Workforce Essentials and further information can be found at the NSW Police Recruitment site. If selected, you may enter the Goulburn Police Academy.
With credit available for study at the Goulburn Police Academy, students may secure both the ADPP qualification and the Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree within three years.
Although the course offers a recognized pathway for students to apply to the NSW Police Force via the ADPP subject to professional suitability, there is no guarantee a graduate will be offered a place or employment with the NSW Police Force.
What will I learn?
CSU’s graduates possess a strong theoretical background and highly developed critical and analytical skills in diverse disciplines. Graduates understand the importance of reflexivity and the application of ethics to enable them to practice good citizenship and apply this to professional practice. Students will graduate with Indigenous cultural competence.
Career opportunities are found in areas such as:
- criminal and social justice research and policy
- corrections, probation, and parole
- associated work with offenders and families
- community and welfare organizations
- juvenile justice
- other criminal justice and social justice occupations.
- Standard UAC admission criteria apply for this degree. HSC subjects are not assumed knowledge. There are no professional or other employment requirements.
Prospective students from regional areas may be guaranteed an offer for full-time internal study prior to the release of their ATAR by participating in the Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS). The region served by CSU for the application of the SRS scheme is defined as the northern half of Victoria, the ACT and most of regional NSW, apart from the Sydney, Newcastle, and Wollongong areas.
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Last updated February 3, 2018