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.
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
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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.
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
0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 1 years maximum.
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.
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 Plan 2021 219.1 KB
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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Complete the following core courses to fulfill the requirements of the program:
|Code||Title||Term / Location||Units|
|FNLS1002||Foundations in Australian Criminal Justice||10 units|
|FNSO1110||Foundations in Sociology and Academic Literacies||10 units|
Choose 20 units from the following directed courses:
|Code||Title||Term / Location||Units|
|CRIM1010||Introduction to Criminology||10 units|
|HUSE1001||Introduction to Human Services||10 units|
|PSYC1010||Psychology Introduction 1||10 units|
|PSYC1800||Sex, Drugs and Serial Killers||10 units|
|SOCA1050||Youth, Health and Crime: A Sociological Introduction||10 units|
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.
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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