Bachelor of Social Science With a Major in Criminology

Bachelor Degree

Course description



3 yrs

Study mode



Start date


3 start dates per year. Contact us about enrolling.

  • Get qualified to work as a Criminologist or Forensic Analyst with this Bachelor of Social Science With a Major in Criminology
  • No upfront cost & your textbooks are provided
  • Flexibility of studying online

Course details

Entry requirements

Year 12, or relevant academic or work experience

Start dates
3 start dates per year. Contact us about enrolling.
3 years full time or part time equivalent
Study mode
Education institution
Swinburne (RTO 3059)
The course price can vary depending on a few factors, including your citizenship or whether you have completed any other courses. To find out more, contact the course provider.
Payment options
Study now pay later – HECS-HELP

Have a question or ready to enrol?

A SEEK Learning Education Advisor can:

Answer your course questions

Give advice on job outcomes

Explain finance options and help you enrol

  1. Your enquiry is sent direct to SEEK Learning
  2. We’ll confirm your enquiry has been received
  3. An Education Advisor will respond to your enquiry

Phone 1800 891 011

9am – 5:30pm AEDT Monday to Friday

Entry requirements

Non-Year 12 entry

Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees). Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply.

Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit.

Applicants without a formal qualification but with significant and relevant work experience and appropriate English language skills will be considered if they can demonstrate that they can undertake the course with a reasonable prospect of success.

The University may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements.

Year 12 entry

Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.

VCE Pre-requisites:

Applicants must meet the associated minimum ATAR score.

Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

Further information

The full Course Information Set and Whole of Institution Set are available for reference.

What you’ll learn

Become trained in:

  • How crime affects all levels of society and leaves a lasting impact on victims and their families 
  • Ways to reduce crime
  • Understanding the motivations of crime and implementing strategies to combat it
  • Learn how to use research to identify the social issues that lead to crime 
  • Development of policy and systems to address social problems that lead to crime

Course content

24 units

You will need to complete 12 electives as part of this course. You can select your units from a range of other Swinburne Online courses.


Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.

Support and delivery

Set your own timetable

Designed for maximum flexibility, this criminology course allows you to study anytime, anywhere.

There are 3 teaching periods a year, and you can enrol in 1 to 4 units every period.

On average, for a single unit, you should allow for approximately 8 hours of active learning each week. Active learning includes engaging with learning materials and activities, interaction with other students, readings and assessment tasks.

Possible study loads

  • Full-time: 8 units per year over 3 years
  • Suggested: 6 units per year over 4 years
  • Part-time: 4 units per year over 6 years

There are study breaks between teaching periods and over Christmas / New Year so you can take time out during your course.

Study Now, Pay as You Earn

Commonwealth supported places are available for the Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology). If you're eligible:

  • the Australian government contributes to the cost of your course
  • you pay the remainder of your fees (known as a student contribution), and
  • you may be eligible for HECS-HELP assistance to pay your student contribution

HECS-HELP is a government loan available to eligible students enrolled in Commonwealth supported places, and covers all or part of your student contribution.

If you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, you don't need to pay for your course upfront. Instead, the Australian government will pay the loan amount to Swinburne Online on your behalf.

You may also be eligible for Youth Allowance, Austudy or Abstudy.

Supportive, Interactive Learning

With many distance education courses, content originally designed for traditional face-to-face learning is adapted for online use, which may not always be practical.

With Swinburne Online, your course has been developed specifically for online delivery, so you get the most out of your online studies. The entire learning experience is designed to be supportive, engaging and collaborative. Your course content is supplemented by online communication technologies such as discussion boards, chat sessions, email and blogs.

  • Access your course through an online learning platform
  • Excellent tutor-student ratio
  • Regular feedback and guidance from eLearning Advisors

In addition, Student Advisors are available by email and phone 7 days a week to respond to any queries you may have around your study.

These Student Advisors will provide information on admissions, enrolment and re-enrolment, course advice, policies and regulations and academic assessments, and assist you with any technical issues you may experience.

Familiarise Yourself with Online Study

The Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology) includes a foundation unit called "Learning and Communicating Innovative Practice". This unit is especially useful if you're returning to study after a long time, or are unfamiliar with online learning.

It will help you gain skills in:

  • written and online communication
  • collaborating in individual and group work
  • critiquing and analysing information sources

Upon completion of this unit, you'll be more confident about online study.

Payment options

Study now pay later – HECS-HELP

Have a question or ready to enrol?

A SEEK Learning Education Advisor can:

Answer your course questions

Give advice on job outcomes

Explain finance options and help you enrol

Send an enquiry direct to SEEK Learning about the Bachelor of Social Science With a Major in Criminology.

We’ll confirm your enquiry has been received and a SEEK Learning Education Advisor will respond to your enquiry.

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Phone 1800 891 011

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