Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science

Deakin's Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science course brings together two independent degrees. Make an enquiry about this course here.

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Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Campuses

Course information

Deakin’s Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science brings together two independent degrees and combines them in an attractive four-year combined course. This course provides an accredited undergraduate sequence in psychology and includes complementary studies in individual and group counselling, health, and behavioural change.

Combining psychology with criminology provides students with broad theoretical and applied knowledge and skills concerning the meaning of crime; the forms, causes and consequences of crime; and the different institutions and processes involved in preventing and controlling crime. You will be provided with broad theoretical and applied knowledge and skills in relation to policy development, policing and security, and related fields. Topic areas include crime, justice, security and surveillance.

You should consider this degree if you are interested in pursuing a career in psychology or criminology, and particularly the many areas where psychology and criminology overlap.

You will have the opportunity to complete the Criminology Practicum in your final year of study, a unit that brings the professions to the classroom (including online via the ‘cloud’) with practitioner-driven seminars, activities bridging theory and practice, and the development of an e-portfolio that can be used for employment or career development.

In line with Deakin’s commitment to providing flexible study options, you can choose to study the Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science full time or part time, at Waurn Ponds (Geelong) campus or via Cloud (online) mode. All subjects provide considerable online activities.

You will also have the opportunity to significantly fast-track your studies using Deakin’s trimester system.

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Course structure

Students must complete:

32 credit points of study including 16 cp of Arts course grouped units and 16 cp of Health course grouped units;

No more than 10 credit points at level 1

Psychological Science

3 core foundation Health units (HBS107, HPS104, HBS110);

11 credit points of Psychology core units (HPS111, HPS121, HPS201, HPS202, HPS203, HPS204, HPS206, HPS301, HPS307, HPS308, HPS310);

2 credit points of level 3 HPS electives or 1 level 3 HPS and 1 level 3 HXX units.

Criminology

6 credit points of Criminology core units (ACR101, ACR102, ACR201, ACR202, ACR301 and ACR302);

At least 6 credit points of Criminology electives (ACR coded units) taken at level 2 or above;

Up to 4 credit points of electives chosen from Arts course grouped units.

11 credit points of Psychology core units (HPS111, HPS121, HPS201, HPS202, HPS203, HPS204, HPS206, HPS301, HPS307, HPS308, HPS310);

2 credit points of level 3 HPS electives or 1 level 3 HPS and 1 level 3 HXX units.

Criminology

6 credit points of Criminology core units (ACR101, ACR102, ACR201, ACR202, ACR301 and ACR302);

At least 6 credit points of Criminology electives (ACR coded units) taken at level 2 or above;

Up to 4 credit points of electives chosen from Arts course grouped units.

2 credit points of level 3 HPS electives or 1 level 3 HPS and 1 level 3 HXX units.

Criminology

6 credit points of Criminology core units (ACR101, ACR102, ACR201, ACR202, ACR301 and ACR302);

At least 6 credit points of Criminology electives (ACR coded units) taken at level 2 or above;

Up to 4 credit points of electives chosen from Arts course grouped units.

At least 6 credit points of Criminology electives (ACR coded units) taken at level 2 or above;

Up to 4 credit points of electives chosen from Arts course grouped units.

  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

    16

    Arts Units

    16

    Health Units

    32

    Total

    Electives

    Criminology

  • Crime, Victims and Justice ACR203
  • Crime, Media and Justice ACR204
  • Crime, Surveillance and Society ACR210
  • Crime Prevention and Security ACR211
  • Crime, Surveillance and Technology ACR212
  • Crime, Terrorism and Security ACR213
  • Criminology Practicum ACR303 2 credit points
  • The remaining Arts course grouped electives can be found within the Bachelor of Arts.

    Psychological Science

    3 credit points of level 3 HPS electives or 2 level 3 HPS and 1 level 3 HXX units.

    Core units

    Note: Many of the HPS coded units are also offered in Trimester 3, offering students the opportunity to accelerate their studies.

    Criminology core units

  • Introducing Crime and Criminology ACR101 #
  • Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice ACR102 #
  • Issues in Criminal Justice ACR201
  • Criminology Theory ACR202
  • International and Comparative Criminal Justice ACR301
  • Criminology Research ACR302
  •  Psychological Science core units

  • Understanding Health HBS107
  • Health Behaviour HBS110
  • Foundations of Psychological Science HPS104
  • Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour HPS111
  • Psychology B: Individual and Social Development HPS121
  • Research Methods in Psychology A HPS201
  • Child and Adolescent Development HPS202
  • The Human Mind HPS203
  • Human Social Behaviour HPS204
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology HPS206 (this is a core only for the D390 course in the list)
  • Research Methods in Psychology B HPS301
  • Personality HPS307
  • Psychopathology HPS308
  • Brain, Biology and Behaviour HPS310
  • *ACR210, ACR211 are offered in Trimesters 1 and 3 in alternating years; Trimester 1 2018, 2020, Trimester 3 2019, 2021

    ** ACR212, ACR213 are offered in Trimesters 1 and 3 in alternating years; Trimester 3 2018, 2020, Trimester 1 2019, 2021

    Key information

    Award granted

    Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science

    Year
    2018 course information
    VTAC code
    1400310041 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400510041 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400610041 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    D390
    CRICOS code
    079572M
    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)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Cloud Campus

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

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table.
    Some courses may have additional entry requirements.

    Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

    Entry for school leavers will be based on their performance in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 30 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 25 in English other than EAL. Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published clearly in Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year. Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au

    Entry for non-school leavers will be based on their performance in:

    • a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
    • a Diploma in any discipline OR
    • successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR
    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent for example relevant work or life experience

    IELTS / English language requirements Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies. It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the 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 Trimester 1 2017 cohort of students (PDF, 657.3KB) - 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

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of 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

    Professional recognition

    This course is recognised for registration purposes by the Psychology Board of Australia, accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and enables you to undertake additional study in pursuit of professional registration.

    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.

    See course entry for Bachelor of Criminology (A329) or Bachelor of Psychological Science (H344)

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    Apply Through VTAC

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

    Tap the infographic to explore your options

    Disclaimers:
    Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
    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

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.

    Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

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

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