Diploma in Criminal Justice

SAQA ID: 79466, NQF: LEVEL 6 (CREDITS 374)

Want to learn more about legal systems? Become a legal eagle and sharpen your understanding of criminal justice law.

Course Objectives

Every country has a criminal justice system in place to bring order and maintain a standard of peace.  Trained and committed individuals are in demand especially in the South African context, which makes a qualification in criminal justice a plus.

If you work in the criminal justice field, expect to find yourself in a diverse range of career types.  You could be working as a law enforcement officer, investigator, or even within private and public policing environments.  

Lyceum’s course content has been structured to assist you in developing exceptional skills, knowledge and mental focus in order to function effectively in the criminal justice system in South Africa.

Lyceum’s Commitment

Lyceum’s School of Public Safety Studies is at the forefront of training and education in the field of Public Safety.  Our short learning programmes are uniquely structured by professionals in the field to meet the demands of the South African Society.  We are committed to ensuring our students are equipped with industry relevant skills and gain comprehensive knowledge to make a valuable contribution in South Africa and succeed in their chosen career.

Careers You Can Pursue

Learners could pursue a career as a: 

  • Criminologist
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Border Patrol Agent
  • Children Criminal Professional Assistant
  • Supervisory Professional Assistant

Gaining Entrance

To study this course, you will need to meet the following requirements:

The minimum entry requirement is a National Senior Certificate or equivalent.

Length of Time

Minimum - Three (3) years of study (part-time)

Maximum - Six (6) years of study (part-time)


Upon successful completion of this programme, you will receive a Diploma in Criminal Justice.

Contents of Course

Below are a few examples of the subjects you will cover:

  • Concepts of Policing
  • Business Law
  • Crowd Management
  • Business Ethics

For a detailed breakdown of all your subjects, please refer to the fact sheet.

Learning Material

Your study material will be supplied in a choice of formats (digital only or a combination of printed and digital format).  Prescribed textbooks are excluded and must be procured by the student.  Please see: (Terms and Conditions)

Guidelines for Assignments and Examinations

Lyceum is committed to guiding you through the submission of your assignments and ensuring that you are registered for your examinations. 

Please see the following information below, to ensure your process is smooth.

Assessments consist of:

  • One assignment (formative assessment) and
  • A final examination (summative assessment) for each subject.

All assignments for the year must be submitted in order to qualify for the exams.

Please ensure all your assignments are submitted on time.  If you have missed a deadline, you may re-submit at a small cost.

Your final mark for each subject will be calculated as follows:

  • Assignment contributes 20% towards the final mark
  • Examination contributes 80% towards the final mark

If your assignment mark is low:

If you submit an assignment for a specific subject and fail, you do not have to re-submit a further assignment prior to writing the “supplementary” examination.  The assignment mark will automatically be carried over.  However if the assignment mark is low, and you wish to re-do the assignment, you may apply to the examinations section for a copy of the new assignment (at the prescribed fee) and may then re-submit the assignment on or before the new due date.

Progress Further

If you would like to pursue your studies further, please enquire with our Lyceum Sales Consultants for more information.

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