Diploma in Criminal and Community Justice/Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice

  • Effective from: 2022
  • Approved Abbreviation: DCriComJusBCriComJus
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 6025
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 096979B

This program applies to students who commenced in 2022 or later. 

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.

For Commencement Year 2020 and 2021 - please refer to 6025.2 - Diploma in Criminal and Community Justice/Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice

For Commencement Year Term 2 2017 - 2019, please refer to 6025.1 - Diploma in Criminal and Community Justice/Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice

The Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice degree is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in corrections, probation or parole. The degree will draw upon disciplinary areas such as Criminal Justice, Criminology, Psychology, Social Work and Welfare in order to provide a theoretical framework for those who work with offenders and on issues of rehabilitation, through-care and resettlement. As well as providing a theoretical framework, the program will provide those who complete the degree with the knowledge and skills to develop and evaluate practice to enhance their ability to work with offenders. The Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice can be described as an ‘applied degree pathway’ insofar as the teaching within the program will link theory to practice. It is important to note that this degree does not guarantee direct employment into Corrections Services.

The first year of this program is delivered by Western Sydney University The College, as an agent of Western Sydney University, via extended face-to-face hours in smaller learning environments. A Diploma in Criminal and Community Justice exit point is also available at the end of the first year of the program.

For more information on Western Sydney University, The College, please refer to their web site.

Western Sydney University, The College

For program advice during your first year of study, please use the contact below under ‘Program Advice’. For program advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice.

Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice

Study Mode

Three years full-time or six years part-time.

Program Advice

College Program Enquiries
 

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Bankstown Campus Full Time Internal See above
Bankstown Campus Part Time Internal See above
Liverpool Campus Full Time Internal Ken Wooden
Liverpool Campus Part Time Internal Ken Wooden
Penrith Campus Full Time Internal Erin Kruger
Penrith Campus Part Time Internal Erin Kruger
The College - Nirimba Education Precinct Full Time Internal See above
The College - Nirimba Education Precinct Part Time Internal See above

Admission

Students are admitted to the program via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

For more information on applying please see link to The College admission pages below.

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/thecollege/how_to_apply

Domestic students are required to have:

  • Completed an English subject in the NSW Higher School Certificate, Or
  • Competency in English at IELTS 6.0 equivalent (unless a native speaker) Or
  • Passed The College English test with 70% or higher Or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English subject at C grade level or higher.

Met other entry requirements such as:

  • An ATAR identified prior to the offer of a place, Or
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies program with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher

International students must satisfy one of the following language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each sub band Or
  • Completed the College EAP 4 program with a 50% pass Or
  • Passed The College English test at IELTS 6.0 equivalent Or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English subject at C grade level or higher for which advanced standing can be applied for.

Academic Entry Requirements vary according to country of origin. However, in general:

  • Completion of Year 12 or its equivalent is the minimum entry requirement Or
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies program with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 250 credit points which include the subjects listed in the recommended sequence below.

The early exit College Diploma consists of 90 credit points which includes one College Preparatory subect.

Western Sydney University The College Subjects

Bankstown Campus

Please note that all campuses may not have intakes each year.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1Credit Points
Students must pass the following University level subjects  
First Term of Study  
Preparatory Subjects  
LANG 0052 Academic Communication for Policing and Justice (WSTC Prep) 10
CULT 1025 Introduction to Criminal Justice (WSTC) 10
BEHV 1023 The Individual in Society (WSTC) 10
Second Term of Study  
WELF 1004 Human Services Intervention Strategies (WSTC) 10
CULT 1019 Understanding Society (WSTC) 10
One subject to be advised 10
Third Term of Study  
WELF 2009 Human Rights, Human Services and the Law (WSTC) 10
HUMN 1042 People, Place and Social Difference (WSTC) 10
Select one of the following: 10
Crime, Deviance and Society (WSTC)  
Mental Health in the Community (WSTC)  
 Credit Points90
 Total Credit Points90

Students may exit at this point and graduate with the Diploma in Criminal and Community Justice following a passing grade in all of the above subjects. Students who progress onto Year 2 may also be awarded the Diploma if they gain a passing grade in all of the above subjects.

  • Students must pass all College Preparatory subjects before progressing to the Year 2 subjects.
  • Students must pass at least 70 credit points of University level subjects in Year One before progressing to the Year 2 subjects.

Western Sydney University Subjects

For program advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice.

Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice

Liverpool and Penrith Campus

Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 2
Autumn sessionCredit Points
HUMN 2066 Investigating and Communicating Social Problems 10
BEHV 2008 Mental Health in the Community 10
CULT 2017 Youth Justice and Practice 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
CULT 1005 Crime, Deviance and Society 10
CULT 2005 Ethics in the Social Sciences 10
CULT 3025 Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
CULT 3001 Applied Social Research 10
CULT 3018 Perspectives in Criminology 10
Select two electives 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
JUST 3002 Assessment and Treatment of Offenders 10
CULT 3007 Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice 10
JUST 3014 Creating Criminal Justice Solutions 10
WELF 3009 Managing Offenders in the Community 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points160

Note: Students in the integrated diploma program will be required to select one additional elective if they complete either BEHV 2015 Mental Health in the Community (WSTC)  or CULT 1006 Crime, Deviance and Society (WSTC) through The College.

Full-time mid-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 2
Spring sessionCredit Points
CULT 1005 Crime, Deviance and Society 10
CULT 2005 Ethics in the Social Sciences 10
CULT 3025 Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
HUMN 2066 Investigating and Communicating Social Problems 10
BEHV 2008 Mental Health in the Community 10
CULT 2017 Youth Justice and Practice 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Spring session
JUST 3002 Assessment and Treatment of Offenders 10
CULT 3007 Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice 10
JUST 3014 Creating Criminal Justice Solutions 10
WELF 3009 Managing Offenders in the Community 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
CULT 3001 Applied Social Research 10
CULT 3018 Perspectives in Criminology 10
Select two electives 20
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points160

Note: Students in the integrated diploma program will be required to select one additional elective if they complete either BEHV 2008 Mental Health in the Community or CULT 1005 Crime, Deviance and Society through The College.

Minor elective spaces

Elective subjects may be used toward obtaining an additional approved minor (40 credit points).  Western Sydney University offers minors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Global Sustainability Minor

Indigenous Australian Studies Minor

Search for minors

Students can apply for an elective minor via MySR.

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