Bachelor of Human Services/Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





4 years full-time
8 years part-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

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Entry requirements


OP 2019


Rank 2019 (more)

OR VET qualification

Certificate III

Commencing in

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2


  • English (4SA)

Assumed knowledge


VET Guarantee

If you receive a VET and meet subject prerequisites, you are guaranteed a place in this program.

Why choose this program?

In this double degree, you will develop an understanding of the vital importance of human services within Australia's legal and social systems. You will be prepared for work in areas such as community development, welfare services and correctional services.

You will learn from the latest research and from experts with strong links to the health sector, government and community. You will have the opportunity to use this knowledge to carry out supervised practice in a real-world human services setting in your final year professional practice placement.

Attendance information

The Bachelor of Human Services/Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice is offered full-time and part-time at the Gold Coast and Logan campuses (for the Human Services component) and the Mt Gravatt and Gold Coast campuses (for the Criminology component).

There are two modes of study for this program.

As a full-time on-campus student, you will generally attend 10-15 hours of scheduled classes per week throughout the trimester. Classes may be scheduled during the day and evening throughout the week. The program includes a practical professional placement during which you must be available for five working days each week. Some of the courses in this program may be run in trimester 3 or in an intensive block format. It is important to check course profiles and your timetable carefully to ensure that all course requirements are fully understood.

Distance Education
Students can enrol in the external offering of the Human Services program and will be able to complete the program online with the exception of one compulsory Human Services five-day face-to-face intensive course and up to two other Human Services core courses which are offered on-campus as five-day face-to-face intensives at the Gold Coast campus.

As a full-time Distance Education student, you will study online which may include online coursework, readings, research, discussions and other course related study. You should check the minimum computer specifications for studying online and the complete the short self-assessment test "Are you ready to study online?" which can be found on the New students website.

Your compulsory attendance is in the form of one five-day intensive course per year held at the Gold Coast campus as follows:

Domestic students studying off-shore will be required to attend the compulsory face-to-face intensives on-campus in Australia.

Criminology component
In this program, almost all the courses in the Criminology component of this degree are delivered in a variety of ways and you can choose how you wish to undertake a course - with only a very small number of courses limited to on-campus delivery. If you enrol in an on-campus offering of a course you will be required to attend 2-3 hours of classes per course per week throughout the trimester at the Mount Gravatt campus (some larger courses are conducted at Nathan campus) or Gold Coast campus.

If you enrol in a Distance Education offering of a course you will be provided course materials via a variety of means including printed materials and via Learning@Griffith. You may be required to use the internet or other electronic media during your enrolment in this course and access to a reliable computer with internet connection is advantageous. Alternative arrangements can be made for students who cannot access the internet. There will be no requirement for on-campus attendance for an Distance Education student.

Some listed elective courses are offered in trimester 3 which allows you to study in intensive mode.

Student Income Support

To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.

Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.

Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.

Work-integrated learning

Work-integrated learning activities (professional placements) integrate theoretical learning with its application in the workplace. The inclusion of work-integrated learning activities in the degree program demonstrates Griffith's commitment to preparing its graduates for success in their working life.

In this program, you will spend 52 days (unpaid) in the work/professional environment through an Industry Practicum. This activity will take place in Year 4/Trimester 2 which will require full-time attendance at a practice location. Some placements may be outside the Brisbane metropolitan or Gold Coast areas.

My career opportunities

You will find work in areas such as welfare services, family support, mental health services, correctional services, policy development and research, rehabilitation services, women's services, and youth work. You will also find opportunities in policing and security, probation and parole, child protection, crime analysis, courts and justice services and crime prevention regulatory agencies.

Program accreditation

The Bachelor of Human Services is accredited by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA).

Professional recognition

Bachelor of Human Services graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) subject to meeting any additional requirements that may be stipulated by the ACWA. As these requirements may change from time to time, students should contact the ACWA to confirm registration requirements.

Before I enrol

  • Criminal History Check
  • Immunisation and Health Record
  • Working with Children Check (Blue Card)

Professional placements

  • Griffith University Health and Safety Induction
  • Griffith University Student Deed Poll
  • Queensland Health placement requirements

There are placements associated with this program. Students should refer to the checklist of pre-placement and placement requirements for their Health discipline on the Fit for Placement website for full details of the requirements regarding clinical placement to ensure that they meet eligibility for placement.

Note: In the event that there is a difference between the contents published on the Fit for Placement website and the program-specific information published on the Degree and Career Finder/Programs and Courses websites, or where information published on the Fit for Placement website is not in accordance with University Policy, the Degree and Career Finder/Programs and Courses website contents and University Policy shall override the information on the Fit for Placement website.

If you are enrolled in the Distance Education offering of the program, you must be aware that if you live in a remote or rural area, you may be expected to travel to a professional placement and this may also incur accommodation and living expenses to you. A Griffith University Placement Officer will work with you to find a suitable local placement. However, this cannot always be guaranteed. Domestic students studying off-shore can complete the placement (by negotiation) interstate or overseas.

Commonwealth supported students

  • The fee is indicative of an annual full-time load (80 credit points) in a program categorized to one of the Australian Government's three broad discipline areas (student contribution bands). A student's actual annual fee may vary in accordance with his or her choice of majors and electives. The Australian Government sets student contribution amounts on an annual basis.
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Fee-paying undergraduate (domestic) students

These fees are only applicable to domestic students who are not Commonwealth supported including:

  • Full-fee paying domestic students who commenced their program prior to 2009.
  • International students who have been approved to pay domestic tuition fees after obtaining Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency or a permanent humanitarian visa and who have not obtained a Commonwealth supported place.
Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying undergraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.
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Program fees for the Bachelor of Human Services/Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice (1263)

Year of study Fee category/Band Fee per CP Tuition fee 80cp
2020 Fee Band 29.0 $362.50 $29,000.00
2019 Fee Band 27.5 $343.75 $27,500.00

Eligible undergraduate fee-paying students may defer their tuition fees by taking out a FEE-HELP loan which is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Payment of the loan is via the taxation system when income reaches a specified level.

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