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UNISA Higher Certificate in Criminal Justice Course

UNISA Higher Certificate in Criminal Justice Course

The Higher Certificate in Criminal Justice at UNISA is a foundational program designed for students interested in the field of criminal justice. Below is an overview of this qualification:

Qualification Overview

Qualification Code: 90006

NQF Level: 5

Total Credits: 120

SAQA ID: 93594

APS/AS: 15

Purpose of the Qualification

Target Audience: Students who do not meet the minimum institutional admission requirements for diploma or degree studies in the College of Law, specifically in various fields of Criminal Justice.


Introduce the main fields of criminal justice theory and practice.

Prepare students for specialized training at an advanced level.

Enhance academic skills, particularly in the context of law and criminal justice.

Mode of Delivery

The qualification is presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who Can Register?

Eligibility: Applicants who have received an offer of placement from Unisa and accepted it online.

Re-registering Students: Can register for the 2024-2025 academic year once the registration period opens.

Choosing Modules

Students need to pass a specified number of credits at each NQF level within a set time.

Co-requisites and pre-requisites must be considered when selecting modules.

Registration for modules is subject to maximum credit limits per semester or academic year.

Effective time management is crucial for academic success.

Curriculum Overview

  • First Level Compulsory Modules:
    • CMY1501: Introduction to Criminology: Crime, Offenders, and Criminal Behavior
    • ENG1503: Academic Language and Literacy in English
    • FOR1501: Forensic Methods and Techniques
    • ILW1501: Introduction to Law
    • INS1502: Developing Information Skills for Lifelong Learning
    • PEN1502: Introduction to Corrections Science
    • POL1501: Crime Prevention Principles for Policing IA
    • SEP1501: Security Principles and Practices I
    • SJD1501: Social Dimensions of Justice
  • Group B (Choose one):
    • AFL1503: Language and Communication Skills Acquisition in an African Language I
    • CMY1502: Introduction to Criminology: Victims and Reduction of Crime

Key Points to Consider

This program is ideal for those looking to enter or understand the criminal justice field but are not yet ready or eligible for a full degree in law.

It provides a solid foundation for further studies in law, policing, corrections, or related fields.

The qualification caters to distance learning students, offering flexibility and accessibility.

For more detailed information and updates, potential students should visit UNISA’s official website, especially for updates on module offerings and registration details.

UNISA Online Application Guide:

Accessing the Application Portal: Visit our dedicated online application portal at UNISA Application Portal to access the official application forms for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Key Dates: Stay informed about crucial deadlines by visiting our Unisa Online Application Date 2024-2025 page.

Need Assistance? If you encounter any difficulties accessing the UNISA Online Application or have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us through our official website. Alternatively, you can leave a comment below, and we aim to respond within 48 hours.

We look forward to welcoming new students to our vibrant academic community at UNISA!

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