Criminal justice is a demanding career requiring exceptional skills and knowledge. This programme is directed at criminal law practitioners such as lawyers, forensic and police investigators; public policing as well as the private security industry.
Security and risk management, although there are many generic issues, distinguishes itself from related fields of study such as social control, the criminal justice system and community safety.
Security and risk control practice is fast becoming a specialised field of study in safety and security in South Africa. Law enforcement investigators, analysts and response officers should be able to manage the primary and secondary functions within the sphere of policing in the public and private policing environment.
Learners will be required to integrate core knowledge into society and effectively execute their functions. There is a definitive escalating demand for professionally trained, practically orientated and knowledgeable law enforcement officers in the public and private sector. This demand calls for a higher level of knowledge and competence regarding a series of legal subjects as well as procedures and processes which are vital for effective policing and maintaining a safe society.
This programme is career directed. Law enforcement practitioners are capacitated to establish a private enterprise in the field of security. Apart from following a career as a private law enforcement officer, successful candidates will also be able to articulate to related fields of study such as criminology, policing, traffic and metropolitan police services.
Learners studying towards this programme will find that the acquisition of the numerous competencies in the programme will add value to their understanding of any of these sectors and functioning in the workplace.
Assessments consist of one assignment (formative assessment) and a final examination (summative assessment) for each subject. If you fail to submit the compulsory assignment in time, you can request permission to submit a penalty assignment at a penalty fee. If you did not submit an assignment, you cannot register for examinations. Make sure you submit the compulsory assignment within the prescribed time because it does not cost you anything.
Your final mark for each subject will be calculated as follows:-
- Assignment contributes 60% towards the final mark
- Examination contributes 40% towards the final mark
A student who submitted an assignment for a specific subject, and fails that subject, does not have to re-submit a further assignment prior to writing the “supplementary” examination. The assignment mark is automatically carried over. However, if the assignment mark is low, and the student wishes to re-do the assignment, he/she 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.
Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) or Experiential Learning (EL)
Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) or Experiential Learning (EL) implies that a learner will gain practical knowledge in the field of study through formative assessment.
Accreditation and Duration
This is a part-time higher education programme accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). It is also registered at SAQA.
- Minimum – 3 years of study (part-time)
- Maximum – 6 years of study (part-time)
Learners could pursue a career at:
- South African Police Service
- Private Security Companies
- Municipalities (Investigation, Auditing and Security)
- Risk Management Companies
- Private and Governmental Departments (Legal and Forensic Investigation)
- Intelligence Agencies
Upon successful completion of your programme, you will receive a certificate depicting: – Diploma in Criminal Justice and an academic transcript. These documents will be issued at the annual graduation ceremony, couriered to the nearest branch or posted to you, provided that your account is in order.
It is the learner’s responsibility to ensure they meet all the programme requirements before a qualification can be issued.
Study material is largely supplied in digital format only. Printed copies can be ordered at the prescribed tariffs.
Prescribed textbooks are excluded and must be procured by the student. (Terms and Conditions apply)
The College has a small number of prescribed textbooks. Should you experience undue problems to acquire your textbooks, you may enquire at the College.
Lyceum College has prescribed textbooks in the Library that can be issued for a limited period on a first come first serve basis. Should you experience undue problems to acquire your textbooks, you may enquire at the College.
A Degree at NQF Level 7 may progress to a Postgraduate Diploma or Honours Degree at NQF Level 8.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) processes and Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT) are articulation mechanisms. The institution reserves the right to conduct a formal assessment for purposes of CAT. An evaluation will be conducted to recognise prior learning. This evaluation may or may not be based on a form of formal assessment and can include a portfolio of evidence submission. These mechanisms are in line with the HEQSF as envisaged in the NQF Act 67 of 2008 and the CHE “Policies on the Recognition of Prior Learning, Credit Accumulation and Transfer, and Assessment in Higher Education” published by the CHE in August 2016.
The final approval for applications in respects of CAT and RPL is subject to academic vetting in terms of applicable legislation and institutional policies.
Enquire at your nearest Lyceum Branch Office for more information regarding the awarding of subject credits (Credit Accumulation and Transfer – CAT) towards Lyceum Qualifications.
- A National Senior Certificate granting permission to study at diploma level.
- Candidates over the age of 23 at registration or during their first year of attendance who have attained a Senior Certificate with at least 40% in at least four Higher Grade or Standard Grade subjects, at least three of which were passed simultaneously, one of which is a Higher Grade subject and one is English.
- At least five years’ post-Secondary School experience in the field in which the student wishes to study.
- Candidates having attained the age of 45 before or during the first year of registration.
- A Diploma or Advanced Diploma in a cognate discipline.