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Undergraduate Certificate in Criminology and Human Services

The University of Newcastle

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Explore theories about crime and society, key legal principles and learn about human behaviour.   

This Undergraduate Certificate provides you with a basic introduction to criminology, human services and related fields. You will learn about the relationships between the social construction of crime, transgression and deviance, and the causes of social disadvantage and inequality. You will explore the historical changes in social, political and economic arrangements of cultural groups and social structures, and examine the many influences on human behaviour. The criminology, social assistance and human services sectors are large and diverse, and employment opportunities exist in law, security, policing, community welfare, corrections, courts, disability support, health and aged care, immigration, government and public administration, and social work.  

Guaranteed degree entry: Complete the Undergraduate Certificate in Criminology and Human Services and receive guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Criminology, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Science and Bachelor of Psychological Science.

Receive credit: Receive up to 40 units of credit towards an undergraduate degree.

No extra time or cost: Depending on which degree you would like to move into after the undergraduate certificate, it may be possible for you to complete your degree in the standard, minimum timeframe. Also, once you get in your degree, you don’t have to pay for any courses for which you receive credit.

Extensive support: Gain access to our support services, including academic and peer learning support and our NUPrep suite of courses.

Areas of study

Community services.

Career opportunities

The criminology, social assistance and human services sectors are large and diverse, and employment opportunities exist in law, security, policing, community welfare, corrections, courts, disability support, health and aged care, immigration, government and public administration, and social work.

Essential requirements for admission

Applicants must satisfy the University of Newcastle English Language Proficiency Requirements. Applicants must be turning 18 or older in 2021. Current senior secondary applicants are not eligible for admission.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Applicants who have completed senior secondary studies are eligible for admission.

Applicants with higher education study

Applicants who have completed a minimum of 2 units of study are eligible for admission. 

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Applicants who have completed a VET program at Certificate III are eligible for admission. Applicants with incomplete diploma or advanced diploma level qualifications will also be considered.

Applicants with work and life experience

The University of Newcastle accepts a range of qualifications, including STAT tests, enabling/pathway programs, professional qualifications, employment experience and Australian Defence Force experience.

For more information, visit University admission criteria and Getting in to the University of Newcastle.

Further information

View all details of this course on the UON website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2021)

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2020 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in 2016 to 2018) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites by publishing:
    • separate data for 2018 Year 12 students and 2016/17 Year 12 students
    • data relating to an entire year's intake (eg all offers made in 2019 – semesters 1 and 2).
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

Student profile

Course updates
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The academic content of all programs is subject to routine review. For up-to-date details, visit University of Newcastle degrees.

Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs with honours are four-year programs available with direct entry. Other programs are three-year bachelor degree programs. Meritorious students have the option to apply for an additional one-year end-on honours component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.