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Mode of deliveryFace to Face, Online
Start datesSemester 2 (19 Jul 2021)Semester 2 (19 Jul 2021)Semester 2 (19 Jul 2021)
Program Code40285
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Entry requirements

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

Program handbook


The Undergraduate Certificate in Criminology and Human Services is only available in 2021.  This program provides a basic introduction to Criminology, Human Services and related fields. Students will learn about the relationships between the social construction of crime, transgression and deviance and the causes of social disadvantage and inequality. Students will  also explore the historical changes in social, political and economic arrangements of cultural groups and social structures, including the human services sector.

The criminology and human services sectors are large and diverse and employment opportunities exist in law, security, policing, community welfare, corrections, courts, disability support, immigration, government and public administration and social work.

This Undergraduate Certificate consists of 4 courses. The courses are taught out of our Callaghan (Newcastle) or Ourimbah (Central Coast) campuses. It’s possible that some of these courses may be able to be completed by minimal or no campus attendance. If online or distance study is of interest to you, please give us a call and we can discuss options.

The core courses within this undergraduate certificate are distinguished from similar bachelor level courses through the following key features:

  • Access to NUPrep the free academic preparation and support before commencement of the undergraduate certificate
  • Embedded support from the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre
  • Smaller class sizes
  • A focus on transition to university studies
  • Delivery of academic skills training  

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • technical and theoretical knowledge in a specific area or a broad field of work and learning
  • cognitive and communication skills to identify, analyse, synthesise and act on information from a range of sources
  • cognitive, technical and communication skills to analyse, plan, design and evaluate approaches to unpredictable problems and/or management requirements
  • specialist technical and creative skills to express ideas and perspectives
  • communication skills to transfer knowledge and specialised skills to others and demonstrate understanding of knowledge
  • application of knowledge and skills with depth in some areas of specialisation, in known or changing contexts
  • application of knowledge and skills to transfer and apply theoretical concepts and/or technical and/or creative skills in a range of situations
  • application of knowledge and skills with personal responsibility and autonomy in performing complex technical operations with responsibility for own outputs in relation to broad parameters for quantity and quality
  • application of knowledge and skills with initiative and judgement to organise the work of self and others and plan, coordinate and evaluate the work of teams within broad but generally well defined parameters


Information correct as at21 Sep 2021 6:36 pm
Program code40285
AQF level

Level 5 Diploma

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Online
  • Australian students - 0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Selection Rank
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Callaghan CampusNANA

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    Admission information

    Admission requirements

    Admission is available to Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents who are turning 18 or older in the year of study. 

    Minimum English language proficiency requirements

    All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

    Credit transfer

    If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.

    Academic requirements for program completion

    Total units required

    40 units

    Program duration

    0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 1 years maximum.

    Program requirements

    In the Undergraduate Certificate in Criminology and Human Services program students are required to complete 40 units (made up of 4 courses worth 10 units each), which is comprised of:

    • 20 units of core courses; and
    • 20 units of directed courses.

    Program plans

    Download a program plan from the list below for the year/term that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

    The Program Plan provides information on the structure and rules of your program. Used in conjunction with your Program Handbook, it is designed to be used as an enrolment guide.

    You can track your progress by ticking off the courses you have completed and plan your current and future enrolment.

    Program structure

    Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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    Core Courses

    Complete the following core courses to fulfill the requirements of the program:

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    FNLS1002Foundations in Australian Criminal Justice
    • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    FNSO1110Foundations in Sociology and Academic Literacies
    • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
    10 units


    Directed Courses

    Choose 20 units from the following directed courses:

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    CRIM1010Introduction to Criminology
    • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    HUSE1001Introduction to Human Services
    • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    PSYC1010Psychology Introduction 1
    • Summer 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
    • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
    • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
    • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    PSYC1800Sex, Drugs and Serial Killers
    • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    SOCA1050Youth, Health and Crime: A Sociological Introduction
    • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
    10 units

    Additional information

    Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.

    Additional support

    AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the College or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

    Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.

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