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Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology and Criminal Justice)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now, for start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    Western Sydney University Online

  • Course fees:

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes:

    Case Worker | Correctional Officer | Researcher/Analyst | Juvenile Justice Officer | View all

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About this course

The Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology and Criminal Justice), from Western Sydney University Online, equips students with the highly developed criminology skills and knowledge necessary for working in the criminal justice sector.

Throughout this online course, you'll study crime and criminal justice in a critical way, closely examining the process of dealing with criminal acts and perpetrators. You'll learn the theory, politics and practice of crime prevention; discover the relationships between gender, crime and violence; and delve into the major approaches used to study crime and deviance in society.

This degree is delivered entirely online by specially trained coaches, equipping you with the highly sought-after skills you need to succeed in a range of national and international criminology careers.


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold a Cert III or Cert IV, in any field; OR
  • Completion or partial completion of tertiary study; OR
  • Work experience, in any industry; OR
  • Completion of Year 12 HSC (or equivalent), with a minimum required ATAR; OR
  • Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC); OR
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).

Areas of study

In this criminology course, the subjects you may study include:

  • The Individual in Society
  • Understanding Society
  • Working with Communities
  • People, Place and Social Difference
  • Social Research Methods
  • Ethics in the Social Sciences
  • Applied Social Research
  • Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice
  • Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Crime, Deviance and Society
  • Juvenile Crime and Justice
  • Crime Prevention and Community
  • Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice
  • Perspectives in Criminology
  • Gender, Crime and Violence
  • Culture and Crime
Western Sydney University Online Start your study journey with Western Sydney University Online and gain the same online degree in business, social science, human resources, marketing and more as you would on campus.

Enjoy an advanced digital learning environment that’s has been created with your needs in mind. Begin your course at a time that’s convenient for you, and log on and learn at a time and place that suits you.

Western Sydney University have a reputation for excellence, so you can be proud to graduate with a degree that comes from a uni ranked in the top 2% globally!
When you join Western Sydney University Online you’re also joining an engaged online community of fellow students and academics, who are committed to helping you succeed during you studies.

Chat to a student advisor online or over the phone any day of the week, reach out to specially trained online learning advisors, gain access to online assignment assistance and ensure your work is always on the right track, plus stay in touch with other students via WSU’s specially-built digital portal.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology and Criminal Justice) from Western Sydney University Online.

Graduates are prepared to pursue a range of specialised careers in the criminology and criminal justice sector. You may wish to seek out roles in prisons, correctional centres, transition and counselling services, or research and analysis.

Curious about where a career in criminology could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Case Worker
  • Correctional Officer
  • Researcher/Analyst
  • Juvenile Justice Officer

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay your course fees upfront.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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