Diploma in Criminal Justice

Diploma | HET


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 work place.

The programme duration is 3 years minimum

Learners could pursue a career in:

  • 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 learners responsibility to ensure they meet all the programme requirements before a qualification can beissued.

  • 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 wish 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.


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