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Bachelor of Psychological Science

Bachelor of Psychological Science

Understand success. Lead a progressive career in psychology
Bachelor of Psychological Science
3 Years Full Time
CRICOS Code: 071878B
Australian Qualification Framework: 7
Available at
Adelaide*, Brisbane*, Melbourne, Perth*, Sydney, Online
*Course available to domestic students only
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Be intrigued by the human mind

Bachelor of Psychological Science


You’re intrigued by the human mind and how our immediate environment affects our thinking and actions. Our Bachelor of Psychological Science gives you deep insight into why we think and act the way we do, with an understanding of the connection between an individual, society and culture.

This could be the first step on the path to training and registering as a psychologist in Australia or another career where understanding human behaviour is beneficial.

This course is conditionally accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

This course has been accredited by the Navitas Professional Institute (NPI) under its self-accrediting authority.

*This course is not available to international students on campus in Perth, Brisbane or Adelaide.

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What you'll learn

Expertise in human behaviour forms the foundation of all our courses including our Bachelor of Psychological Science.


Evidence-based approaches
Quantitative and qualitative research methodology
Foundational psychological processes
Biology and cognition
Lifespan development
Abnormal psychology and interventions
Individual differences and assessment
Social and community psychology
Sex and intimate relationships (elective)
Stress, trauma and resilience (elective)
Environment and ecology (elective)
Applications of psychology to the workplace, learning and teaching, and crime and justice (electives)

Course structure

The Bachelor of Psychological Science course is comprised of 13 core units and 11 elective units, which are level 100, 200 and 300 units. Electives may come from the disciplines of Psychology, Social Welfare, Criminology, and/or Counselling.

The course duration is 3 years full time or up to 8 years part time. For more information on the recommended course sequence click here.

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Pathways for future study

Completion of the Bachelor of Psychological Science provides the necessary qualification for further study at fourth year level in psychology.

At ACAP the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) provides a 4th year of accredited study. Entry to fourth year is competitive and also requires at least a credit average in 2nd and 3rd year units as well as a credit or higher in the majority of psychology units.

Completion of a four year sequence enables a student to be provisionally registered as a Psychologist in Australia and New Zealand for the purpose of working towards general registration.

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I’ve always been interested in human behaviour, personality differences and the abnormal psychology topics we hear about in popular culture. I began my study at a mainstream university, but their timetable didn’t support my part-time requirements. ACAP’s blended learning was perfect so I could manage content at my own pace. I also wouldn’t have been comfortable asking those ‘stupid questions’ in a massive lecture theatre. ACAP’s smaller classes gave me all the confidence I needed. Neil, Bachelor of Psychological Science
Michelle, Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science
Personalisation makes the course and enhances learning. As a result I’ve done so much better at ACAP – both personally and academically. The lecturers are relatable, honest and supportive of leading you in the right direction. Michelle, Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science

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Chat to one of our ACAP Course Advisors to make sure you’re picking the right course for your goals. Think about funding options, and whether full-time or part-time study suits your commitments. We’ve also got some entry requirements and practical components to complete. Before you start studying at ACAP, check out the services and support available to students. Feel free to get in touch with us.
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