Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws

Undergraduate degree

This unique undergraduate course combines the fields of criminology and law to provide you with a wide range of exciting career opportunities.

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Key facts

ATAR

Burwood:
91.30
Waterfront:
85.30
Lowest selection rank

Duration

5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
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Course information

You’ll explore the meaning of crime and justice to graduate with a highly-regarded law degree from one of Victoria’s leading law schools. Deakin’s Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws brings together two independent degrees in an attractive five-year combined course.

Combining law with criminology means you’ll gain broad theoretical, applied knowledge and skills concerning the meaning of crime; the forms, causes and consequences of crime; the different institutions and processes involved in preventing and controlling crime; policy development, policing and security; and related fields.

Deakin's Bachelor of Laws provides the robust training and recognised qualifications you need to start your career as a first-class legal practitioner. All major areas of law are covered, such as contract, torts, property, legal practice and ethics, constitutional law, criminal law and procedure, and administrative law.

In the criminology stream you’ll learn about the various theoretical approaches that shape our understanding of crime in contemporary society. You’ll become familiar with the criminal justice system, crime prevention and security, criminal and civil law, the laws of evidence and crime prevention.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws, students must attain a total of 40 credit points consisting of 16 credit points from the Faculty of Arts and Education and 24 credit points from the Faculty of Business and Law.  Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.  Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake 2 trimesters each year.

16

Credit points from the Faculty of Arts and Education

24

Credit points from the Faculty of Business and Law

40

Total credit points

Units

The 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Criminology (A329) include:

  • at least 12 credit points of ACR coded units (including the core units ACR101, ACR102, ACR201, ACR202, ACR301 and ACR302)
  • up to 4 credit points of elective units from the Faculty of Arts and Education
  • AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

The 24 credit points from the Bachelor of Laws (M312) include:

  • 18 credit points of core units
  • 6 credit points of law elective units^, including 1 credit point of an experiential unit from the WIL/Practical Elective Units list.

^Law electives are offered on a yearly rotational basis. Not every unit is offered every year

Key information

Award granted
Bachelor of Criminology / Bachelor of Laws
Year
2019 course information
VTAC code
1400415301 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400515301 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin code
D335
CRICOS code?
060431B
Level
Undergraduate
Approval status
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Campuses by intake

Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

Trimester 1 - March

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waterfront (Geelong)
    • Cloud (online)

Trimester 2 - July

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)

Please note: Students enrolled in this combined course at Geelong will be required to undertake units of study at both Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Waterfront (Geelong)

Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

Additional course information

Mandatory student checks
Any unit which contains work-integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. Refer to the relevant unit guide.

Course duration
- additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

Mandatory student checks

Units which contain work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. These requirements will be detailed in unit guides upon enrolment.

Workload

As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time. The minimum expected workload for a Law unit will normally be around 150 hours, which includes attendance at class, reading, completion of any assessment, and preparation for the exam.

Participation requirements

Units in this course may have participation requirements that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

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Entry requirements

Entry information

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Students must meet the requirements for entry to both Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws.

Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in the Senior Certificate of Education with an ATAR of at least 50, and pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 35 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 25 in English other than EAL. 

Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience will be based on:

  • Successful completion of at least 4 credit points of study (equivalent to one trimester/semester of full-time study) at a bachelor level (AQF Level 7) or above, from an accredited higher education institution within the last ten years, and with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM), depending on campus, as follows:
    • 70% Burwood campus
    • 65% Geelong Waterfront campus
    • 60% Cloud campus
  • The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) Multiple Choice – with achievement of a minimum percentile rank, depending on campus, as follows:
    • 70% Burwood campus                            
    • 65% Geelong Waterfront campus     
    • 60% Cloud campus                                
  • Applicants with TAFE or equivalent level qualifications (diploma or associate degree studies) are required to sit the STAT.
  • Applicants who have a current WAM may still sit the STAT to improve their eligibility for admission if they wish. Under these circumstances, the applicants’ WAM and the STAT result will each be given a 50% weighting.

 

*From 1 June 2017 Deakin University changed their admission test for Law from the Australian Law Schools Entrance Test (ALSET) to the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT - multiple choice version). Deakin will accept ALSET test results in lieu of STAT until the end of 2019.

For further details on STAT including booking and preparing for your STAT, please visit the VTAC website.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit Deakin Policy Library.

 

Helpful information

Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.

Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2018 students (PDF, 783.5KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
Not applicable
Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
$9,212 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Learn more about fees.

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

Graduate outcomes

Career outcomes

A Law degree, especially when combined with a Criminology degree, is a qualification that offers unequalled career opportunities. As a graduate you can choose to pursue a career as a lawyer, or to take on business and management roles in a range of corporate and private organisations and government agencies. Opportunities exist within state and federal police, ASIO (Australia’s national security service) and various correctional services, community services and private security industries.

Professional recognition

Deakin’s Bachelor of Laws is designed to satisfy the university component of the requirements to become an Australian Lawyer set by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB).  In addition to completing an approved LLB degree, a person seeking entry is required to work for one year as a legal trainee, or to undertake a practical legal training (PLT) course.

Course learning outcomes

Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

Please refer to the Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) of each of the single degrees.

Application information

How to apply

Apply through VTAC
If you studied Year 12 in 2018 or you're applying for more than one course offered through VTAC, your application must be made via VTAC.
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Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal if you're only applying for one course.

Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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Entry pathways

Course pathways to obtain Bachelor’s degree include: 1. Through Deakin – start the same course at a difference campus or start a related course then meet the requirements and apply to transfer, or complete and associate degree then apply for your coal course; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe or a private provider (RTOS)  – Complete one-year diploma, then apply for recognition of prior learning and your Deakin course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning

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Disclaimers:
Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin  are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

Alternative exits

Credit for prior learning

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

Faculty contact information

Faculty of Arts and Education
Tel 03 5227 3379 or 03 5227 2477 Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
artsed@deakin.edu.au

Faculty of Arts and Education: Course Director
Chad Whelan, +61 3 522 72594, chad.whelan@deakin.edu.au

Contact the Course Director for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Support Office.

Student Services Network
Tel 03 9244 6555
Email buslaw@deakin.edu.au

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