Higher Certificate in Criminal Justice

SAQA ID: 91795, NQF Level 5 (Credits: 120)

Do you have a strong sense of right and wrong? Make a career out of your intuition with a Higher Certificate in Criminal Justice. 

Course Objectives
Launch or advance your career in the private security industry, correctional institutions or a number of other fields within the criminal justice system.
Improve your knowledge and upgrade your skills involved with bringing criminals to justice and making South Africa a safer place. This programme is directed at a broad range of law enforcement agencies, meaning that there are many opportunities for those who hold this Higher Certificate.
Through Lyceum’s course content you will acquire the life skills and knowledge that you’ll need to earn a living making a difference in your community.

Lyceum’s Commitment
Our certificates 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: 

  • Public Law Enforcer
  • Metropolitan Police Officer 
  • Safety and Security Officer
  • Military Policeman
  • Private Security Officer
  • Private Investigator 

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

  • Have a National Senior Certificate or equivalent qualification

Length of Time
Minimum - One (1) year of study (part-time)
Maximum - Two (2) years of study (part-time)

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will receive a Higher Certificate in Criminal Justice.
This is an accredited higher education programme registered with SAQA.

Contents of Course
The programme covers the following subjects:

  • Communication and Life Skills
  • Introduction to Legislation
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Principles of Policing
  • Community Policing

Electives: (select one)

  • Security Practice (elective)
  • Traffic and Metropolitan Policing (elective)

For further information, 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 speak to our Lyceum Sales Consultants for more information.
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