Bachelor of Psychological Science

Bachelor of Psychological Science

Quick course guide

National CRICOS Course Code:

071878B

Course length:

3 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)

Study modes:

On-campus in Sydney or Melbourne, or by online delivery, or a combination of both.

Units:

24

ACAP’s Bachelor of Psychological Science provides the first step on the path to training and registering as a psychologist in Australia.  The Bachelor of Psychological Science is offered at our Sydney and Melbourne campuses, and by Online Delivery.

ACAP offers Psychology courses from Bachelor through to Masters level - the full 6 year study sequence. This course provides a pathway to postgraduate studies in psychology as well as related fields.

This course is accredited without conditions by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), the body that set the standards for psychology education in Australia.

Criminology major stream

Bachelor of Psychological Science students have the option to complete a major stream in Criminology. This requires successful completion of 11 criminology units, including one elective, in addition to the psychology subjects.

These units cover various aspects of criminal justice, as well as cultural diversity, ethics, theoretical and applied criminology, transnational crime, Indigenous justice and mental health. The three elective topics are international or youth justice and forensic psychology.

The Criminology major stream is available on-campus at Melbourne and online. See the course overview with criminology units here.

Entry Criteria/Prerequisites

Meet one of the following criteria:

Meet one of the following criteria:

  • Minimum ATAR 65 (or equivalent), or
  • Be aged 21 years or over and submit a 500 word statement that satisfies the College as to your ability and aptitude to successfully undertake study of this type and level.

International student IELTS requirement: Academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score less than 6.0 completed in the last two years (or equivalent).

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Campuses

ACAP’s Bachelor of Psychological Science is available on-campus in Sydney (domestic and international students) or Melbourne (domestic and international students) or by online delivery. You can also study the Bachelor of Psychological Science in a combination of online delivery and on-campus study.

Course Duration and Start Dates

3 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)

3 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)

2017
Trimester 1: Monday 13 February 2017
Trimester 2: Monday 29 May 2017
Trimester 3: Monday 18 September 2017

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What will I learn?

Areas of study include:

Areas of study include:

  • biology, learning and cognition
  • the individual, society and culture
  • learning and memory
  • life span development
  • social psychology
  • psychopathology
  • psychological measurement and assessment
  • intercultural diversity and Indigenous psychology
  • personality and individual differences (elective)
  • behavioural neuroscience (elective)
  • contemporary psychological issues (elective)
  • psychology of sex and intimate relationships (elective)

For more information, see the course guide

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Study Modes

ACAP’s Bachelor of Psychological Science is available on-campus in Sydney (domestic and international students) or Melbourne (domestic students only) or by online delivery. You can also study the Bachelor of Psychological Science in a combination of online delivery and on-campus study.

ACAP’s Bachelor of Psychological Science is available on-campus in Sydney (domestic and international students) or Melbourne (domestic students only) or by online delivery. You can also study the Bachelor of Psychological Science in a combination of online delivery and on-campus study.

On-campus study in Sydney or Melbourne
On-campus study requires you to attend one three hour class per week for each of the modules or units you are studying. Classes provide an interactive and hands-on experience, which allows your teacher to provide immediate feedback on your work in class.

Online delivery
With online delivery you can study anywhere, anytime. All classes have an online class space containing course materials, discussion forums and announcements, student profiles and assessment drop boxes and are accessible to the class group and the teacher. To find out which units are offered online, please refer to our course sequence for more information.

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Fees

FEE-HELP is available to eligible students enrolled in the Bachelor of Psychological Science. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa you will be eligible to apply for and receive FEE-HELP once you have enrolled in this course. 

FEE-HELP is available to eligible students enrolled in the Bachelor of Psychological Science. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa you will be eligible to apply for and receive FEE-HELP once you have enrolled in this course. 

Click here for additional information regarding fees. For assistance from our course advisors call 1800 061 199 or email info.acap@navitas.com.

For international student fees, click here.

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Further Study

As a graduate of this course, depending on your results, you may be eligible to enter fourth year psychology programs such as the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), the Graduate Diploma of Psychology, or graduate-entry degrees in areas such as health sciences, community services, business and accounting or policy.

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Psychological Science is comprised of:

  • 13 x core psychology units

  • 11 elective units

    • 6 electives must be non-psychology electives
    • 5 electives can be psychology or non-psychology electives

For more information about the sequencing and structure of the Bachelor of Psychological Science, see our course guide.

Testimonials

Testimonial

James McElroy

I am now studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science after graduating from a Diploma of Counselling.

The big thing for me at ACAP is that age is not a barrier, it's how much you enjoy and appreciate what you're doing that makes you a success...Read more

The Psychology Study Sequence

It takes 6 years to become eligible to be registered as a psychologist in Australia. The 6 years can be made up of:

  • 6 years of accredited study
  • 5 years of accredited study and 1 year of supervised practice
  • 4 years of accredited study and 2 years of supervised practice

Further Study Pathways

As a graduate of this course, depending on your results, you may be eligible to enter fourth year psychology programs such as the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), the Graduate Diploma of Psychology, or graduate-entry degrees in areas such as health sciences, community services, business and accounting or policy.

A Career in Psychology

Psychology graduates build careers in areas where knowledge of psychology and well‑developed research and writing skills are valued, such as health and social welfare, social policy and research, market research, human services, disability and ageing, mental health services, juvenile justice, immigration and refugee support services. Some graduates continue their study in psychology with the aim of becoming registered psychologists and others undertake further specialist study for careers in diverse areas such as allied health, teaching, and business.

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Organisational Psychologist
  • Psychologist

Did you know?

  • Employment for psychologists is expected to grow very strongly for the period up to 2016-17.
  • ACAP offers Psychology courses which cover the full 6 year psychology study sequence - from Bachelor through to Masters level.

(Source: www.joboutlook.gov.au)