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This qualification - a recognised pathway to further study at university - will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to secure a fulfilling role in the justice sector.

You will acquire and apply technical and theoretical knowledge relevant to the justice sector, including legislation and legal frameworks, the judiciary system, and research methods. You will develop the skills to analyse research and collect evidence, analyse and investigate routine and complex justice-related issues, and effectively communicate accurate information and advice to clients and colleagues on justice related processes and issues. Course details

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Recognition of prior learning (RPL): up to 18 months / 12 weeks per 2 units
Flexible: up to 18 months / 12 weeks per 2 units

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  • Full Fee $5,000

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Key dates

External Any time 12 weeks per 2 units Flexible
Any time 12 weeks per 2 units Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Entry requirements

Although there are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, it is recommended that you satisfy at least one of the criteria below:

  • successful completion of a Certificate IV in Crime and Justice Studies
  • successful completion of a Certificate IV qualification
  • completion of Year 12 or equivalent with a sound achievement in English
  • relevant work or life experience (including volunteering) in the business or justice fields

Additionally, the following language, literacy and numeracy skills will support successful completion of the course:

  • oral and written communication skills sufficient to clarify instructions and read and understand manuals and reports
  • interpersonal skills sufficient to acknowledge and respond to a wide range of views and relate to persons from differing cultural, social and religious backgrounds
  • problem solving skills required to fulfil job roles
  • ability to perform basic numeric calculations
  • ability to use computers, to access resources online send and receive emails and use a range of Microsoft Office programs
  • a range of study skills, self-motivation, discipline and reasonable independence to direct your study and prioritise your workload to meet assessment deadlines

Please also be mindful that although you will be functioning fairly independently in your learning, you should feel confident in contacting your teacher or support staff when needed. Staff at TAFE are here to support you throughout your training.


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Resources required

It is essential that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning systems, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at a  number of TAFE Queensland locations. Additionally, you will require a valid and appropriate email address for communication and, of course, your own personal stationary (pens and paper).

You will also require the following 2 textbooks:

i. Crime, Criminality and Criminal Justice (Perrone and White) 2nd ed., 2015. ISBN 9780195520125, Oxford.

ii. Principles of Criminal Law in Qld and WA (Burton, Crofts and Tarrant) 2nd ed., 2016. ISBN 9780455236971, Thomson Reuters.

These 2 textbooks can be purchased via the publisher's website. There are a small number of these textbooks available to borrow from the TAFE Queensland North Library. Reference will be required to both of these textbooks in several different Units of this course.

All other learning resources are located on TAFE Queensland's Online Learning System Connect, which you will have access to from the commencement of your studies, once enrolled. This will include PowerPoints, additional materials, assessments and study guides. You will submit assessments and receive feedback and results in Connect


At TAFE Queensland North's Pimlico Campus in Townsville there are Face-to-Face classes available if enrolled students would prefer help or tutoring through the Online work in the Diploma course. Mondays and Tuesday are the only days available for these classes, from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Attendance in class is not compulsory. They are completely optional for students. The course materials, work and necessary assessments are all completed Online, however a computer lab has been booked 2 days per week for students to attend class if they wish for discussion of the materials or their application to real life situations.

Mondays and Tuesdays will be the only days available for Student - Teacher class meetings. Otherwise, please feel confident that you can email or phone the Teacher to ask questions or discuss the work or assessments.

Please contact the Crime and Justice Studies teacher for further information - Paul Houston, 07 4750 5604 or email him on

Course Duration:

As this course is Online based it's duration for each student can vary - dependent upon the number of units completed per 12 week study block. A maximum of 2 Units per any 12 week block is recommended as the level and amount of work required can surprise students. Units are paid for upfront by the student, so it is strongly suggested that students do not bite-off more than they can complete in any 12 week study period. This included any students anticipating attending a particular study class on a Monday or Tuesday.

Ultimately, it is anticipated by us, that students progressing through the course without interruption and should expect to complete the course of 14 units in under 18 months, if studying and successfully completing 2 units within 12 weeks. Of course this course duration can be shorter or longer depending on each student's' abilities and time available for study.

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The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete 14 units in total, including 12 core units and 2 elective units.

Please note however, the Electives are the only available electives this year and must be completed as well.

Semester 1
PSPETH003 Promote the values and ethos of public service Core
CJSACL501 Analyse and apply criminal law Core
BSBLEG417 Apply the principles of evidence law Core
CJSCVI503 Analyse crime and victimology issues Core
Semester 2
BSBLEG413 Identify and apply the legal framework Core
PSPREG012 Gather information through interviews Core
CSCORG027 Research issues of concern in correctional services Core
PSPINV001 Plan and initiate an investigation Core
Semester 3
PSPINV002 Conduct an investigation Core
PSPINV003 Finalise an investigation Core
PSPGEN050 Manage conflict Elective
PSPREG010 Prepare a brief of evidence Elective
CJSDCP402 Prepare documentation for court proceedings Core
CJSSJI403 Analyse social justice issues Core


Not all electives available at all campuses

Payment options are available for students; as well as Merit and Access & Equity scholarships via TAFE Queensland Scholarships



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Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.


The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.


You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability. Further information about concessions.

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Additional costs

Please refer to the 'Resources required' section on the Course Details tab for further information about additional costs you may incur to undertake this qualification.


10284NAT Diploma of Crime and Justice Studies

Job prospects

  • Law Clerk
  • Legal Secretary
  • Corrective Services Officer
  • Youth justice roles
  • Customs Officer
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers
  • Police Officer (State or federal)

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You're ready if you have:

  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked you meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • Read the student rules and refund policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to TAFE Queensland
  • If you are applying for a subsidised cost, please ensure you have all the relevant documents at time of enrolment

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By telephone: 1300 656 959. In person: at any TAFE Queensland North location.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

Find out more about RPL

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Week commencing Monday 30 January 2017, classes do not commence unit Monday 6 February 2017, 10am in D Block, room D202.

Last updated on 18 May 2017

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