Higher Certificate in Criminal Justice

Faculty of Humanities







This programme is designed to provide students with a comprehensive and interrelated understanding of current and relevant policing theories and practices prevalent in law enforcement and crime prevention. From a law enforcement perspective, criminal justice is a demanding career, requiring exceptional skills and knowledge. This programme is directed at a broad range of law enforcement agencies that form part of the criminal justice system in South Africa. Law enforcement agencies that will benefit from this program include the private security industry, correctional institutions and other fields of policing. Students will be afforded the opportunity to improve their knowledge within the criminal justice environment

The programme duration is 1 years minimum

Students could pursue career:s as

  • Public law enforcement officer
  • Metropolitan police officer
  • Safety and security manager
  • Military police
  • Private security iofficer
  • Private investigator

Upon successful completion of your programme, you will receive a certificate depicting: – Higher Certificate 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.

NB: Certificates cannot be issued to the students before a graduation ceremony.

The student’s responsibility is to ensure they meet all the programme requirements before issuing a qualification.

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The minimum entry requirements for the Higher Certificate in Criminal Justice are:

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Higher Certificate endorsement, or
  • A National Certificate Vocational (NCV) at NQF Level 4 with Higher Certificate endorsement, or
  • Amended Senior Certificate (ASC), with Higher Certificate endorsement, or
  • A Senior Certificate (SC), with University Exemption or Higher Certificate endorsement, or
  • Foreign School leaving Certificate that complies with minimum admission requirements for Higher Certificate study as gazetted by the Matriculation Board (The Matriculation Board will do equivalency evaluation)Alternative admission requirements:
  • Senate discretionary admission
  • Mature Age (25 - 45 years of age)
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)Age exemption certificates must be attained from the Matriculation Board before admission can be granted.
    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 respect 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.
    Study materials are supplied in digital format only.


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