Diploma in Criminology

Course information for - 2024 entry

Offered at 3 locations

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time
VTAC code
50.00 for Melbourne
Fees (first year)*

$14835 CSP

Start dates

Semester 1 intake: Not available

Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning July 2024

Applications open April 2024


The Diploma in Criminology is an important stepping-stone to achieve your career and study goals. Students who undertake this diploma will be able to gain credit for up to the first year of study and articulate into the second year of the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at ACU, or exit with the Diploma in Criminology as a standalone qualification.

Not only does our Diploma in Criminology have lower entry requirements than our bachelor degrees, but it will help you to develop skills needed to succeed in more advanced tertiary study.

Our Diploma in Criminology provides domestic students with a Commonwealth supported place (CSP-funded), and will help you achieve your goals.

We are here to support you from start to finish whether you have just finished Year 12 or finished years ago. We ensure smaller class sizes, offer tailored support as you transition to university study, and provide a range of student services to help you succeed.

Students enrolling in Professional Terms can only study at the Townsville Leadership Centre. 

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Once you articulate into the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, you can consider careers as:

  • Policy advisor
  • Reintegration worker
  • Police (state, territory or federal)
  • Immigration and border protection official
  • Community corrections officer 

Course details

Course structure

Course map

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Commencing Semester 1

  • Specified unitsDPLC100Academic Literacy in Law and Criminology10 cp
  • Specified unitsLAWD104Foundations of Law and Legal Research10 cp
  • Specified unitsLCRD101Introduction to Criminology10 cp
  • Specified unitsLCRD105Violent Crime and Society10 cp
  • Specified unitsLHRD111Human Rights and Indigenous People10 cp
  • Specified unitsLAWD107Introduction to Australian Public Law10 cp
  • Specified unitsLCRD106Introduction to Criminal Justice System and Policy10 cp
  • Specified unitsLCRD104Juvenile Justice10 cp

All units are delivered in multi-mode.

Commencing Semester 2

All units are delivered in multi-mode.

Commencing Professional Term (Only available to Townsville Leadership Centre students)

Graduate statement


As an ACU graduate you have personal insight founded on an understanding of who you are as a professional, a citizen and a scholar. You embrace change and growth through critical self-awareness and learning autonomy. You are empowered to seek truth and meaning, drawing on the principles of justice, equity, and the dignity of all human beings.


As an ACU graduate you value human dignity and diversity. This appreciation is founded on deep reflection, and empathy. You have experience of Indigenous Knowings and perspectives and can engage respectfully when working alongside Australia's First Peoples. You can connect with people and cultures and work with community in ways that recognise the dignity of the human person and all cultures


As an ACU graduate you utilise imagination and innovation to solve problems. You critically analyse information from a range of sources to creatively solve practical problems and use critical thinking to make decisions and advance the common good. You appreciate the role of innovation and creative thinking in developing a better future for each person and community.


As an ACU graduate you recognise your responsibility to work for social justice and a sustainable world founded on a commitment to human dignity and the common good. You lead change through respectful collaboration and effective communication of ideas to diverse peoples, groups and communities in local and global contexts. You are empowered to positively impact your profession and the community.

AQF framework

Diploma - AQF Level 5

Exit Points


Entry requirements

An applicant must comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy

International students must also meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

For domestic students to be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed:

  1. Equivalent of year 12 level with the ACU minimum eligibility rank for Diploma programs; OR
  2. Entry via an alternative pathway as approved by ACU.


International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in Schedule Three (Associate Degree, Diploma and Certificate courses) of the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.  

The entry requirements are as follows: 

IELTS: Overall score: 6.0 individual score of: 5.5 in all tests 

PTE: 50 with a minimum of 42 in all four communicative skills

TOEFL: Internet based total of 60: minimum 18 in writing, 8 in reading, 16 in speaking and 7 in listening

ACU English Language Test: C (60-64%)

CAE: Overall CAE: 169 Individual score of at least 162 in all tests.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2024 Admission.

English language requirements

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.  

The entry requirements are as follows: 

IELTS: Overall score: 6.0 Individual score of 5.5 in all tests

 PTE: 50 with a minimum of 42 in all four communicative skills

TOEFL: Internet based total of 60: minimum 18 in writing, 8 in reading, 16 in speaking and 7 in listening

ACU English Language Test: C (60-62%)

CAE: Overall CAE score 176, Minimum score of 169 in all tests

Adjustment factors

If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.

Learn more about adjustment factors

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Further study

Successful completion of the Diploma in Criminology will provide an entry pathway into the following ACU degrees:

  • Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

It may also provide a pathway to the following degrees*:

  • Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice/Bachelor of Laws*
  • Bachelor of Human Rights/Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice 
  • Bachelor of Psychology/Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Laws*

*Credit will be given for the same units completed in the diploma program.


Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.

Explore your options


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.

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How to apply

Domestic applicants


Apply through VTAC

VTAC code 1200210851

Direct application

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