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C25 Associate Degree in Criminology and Justice

The Associate Degree in Criminology and Justice adopts a contemporary approach to the education of practitioners in the areas of police and corrections. Students in this course develop an understanding of the theory and research that informs policing practice and offender management as well as excellent academic literacy skills. The design of this course also facilitates students’ practical skills and provides opportunities for students to apply their learning. This course links closely with the WA Police Academy and the Department of Corrective Services, giving students the opportunity to participate in relevant practical training and providing a career pathway into policing or corrections.

The Associate Degree in Criminology and Justice also provides a unique career development opportunity for those working in the area of policing, security, public safety, custodial corrections or community corrections. Students are able to apply their existing knowledge of policing and/or offender management to their learning and develop their academic literacy skills with a high level of support. These skills include understanding and applying research, academic writing and critical thinking.



Police Officer, Community Corrections Officer, Parole Officer, Youth Justice Officer, Research and Policy Officer


Standard ECU entry requirements apply.



In addition, students will need to meet the admission requirements of the Western Australian Police or the Department of Corrective Services. With the approval of the course coordinator, applicants who have previously completed equivalent police or corrections training in another jurisdiction will be considered for entrance.


Admission requirements for WA Police can be found at:


Admission requirements for Corrective Services (Community Custodial Officer, Juvenile Custodial Officer or Prison Officer) can be found at:

This course is available on Joondalup Campus.
This course is available by Full-time, or Part-time mode.
This course is available in the following modes of delivery - On-campus, and Online.

The Associate Degree in Crimonology and Justice requires a minimum of 240 credit points (13 units) and normally requires two years full time study or the part time equivalent.


The degree has the following components:

  • Core program of 195 credit points (10 units) which includes a practicum unit of 60 credit points; and
  • 45 credit points (3 units) of elective units.
CRI1111 Law and Order 15
CRI1102 Quantitative Research Methods in Criminology&Justice 15
CRI1103 Criminology 15
Plus one elective (15 credit points)
CRI1104 The Psychology of Criminal Behaviour 15
CRI1105 Psychology and Criminal Justice 15
CRI1106 Minority Groups as Offenders and Victims 15
Plus one elective unit (15 credit points)
CRI2101 Professional Skills - Case Management 15
CRI2604 Essential Communication Skills for Law Enforcement and Compliance 15
CRI2102 Qualitative Research Methods in Criminology&Justice 15
CRI2103 Correctional Studies - Theory and Practice 15
Plus one elective unit (15 credit points)
JUS2100 Police Academy Practicum 60 
CRI2700 Corrective Services Practicum 60 
The units JUS2100 Police Academy Practicum and CRI2700 Corrective Services Academy Practicum are taught solely at the relevant Academy. Students must not enrol in these units. Upon successful completion of recruit training students will be given advanced standing for the unit.
Students who are unable to complete the practicum required in the Associate Degree, but have completed the required coursework units (180 credit points) may be eligible to exit with an Advanced Diploma in Criminology and Justice following approval from the Course Coordinator.

Students who are unable to complete the Associate Degree, but who have completed the units CRI1102; CRI1103; CRI1105; and CRI1106 (60 credit points) may be eligible to exit with a University Certificate in Criminology and Justice, following approval from the Course Coordinator. Please note that the University Certificate in Criminology and Justice is an award which is not recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework

Students who have completed required coursework units in the Associate Degree in Criminology and Justice are able to apply for entry into the Bachelor of Criminology and Justice. All successfully completed coursework units are able to be transferred to the Bachelor of Criminology and Justice.
Students must complete three (3) elective units as part of their course. Elective units can constitute units from any discipline. The following units are suggested elective units:
CRI1100 Essential Skills for University Study in Criminology and Law 15
PSY1101 Introduction to Psychology 15
LAW1100 Legal Framework I 15
YWK1220 Youth Issues 15
CSV1101 Introduction to Community Work 15
SCY1117 Intelligence Foundations 15
ADS1151 Addiction Studies: Fundamental Concepts 15
ADS2253 Addiction Studies: Processes of Change 15
SCY2112 Counterterrorism 15
SCH2143 Forensic Skills 15
ADS3458 Addiction Studies: Preventive Practice 15
or any other ECU unit with the approval of the Course Coordinator.
Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)
For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes, Graduate Attributes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website:

Last Updated - Higher Education: 15/03/2012 VET: 15/03/2012