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Bachelor of Psychological Science

About this course

Understand success. Lead a progressive career in psychology.

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. You also have the option to complete a major stream in Criminology or Social Welfare.

This course is accredited without conditions by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The course is conditionally accredited in Perth.

What you'll learn

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

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

Explore with an applied focus:

  • Evidence based approaches
  • Professional Issues and Applications
  • Research Methodology
  • 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)
  • Psychology of sex and intimate relationships (elective)

See the complete course guide here.

Course Structure

24 units

This course is made up of:

  • 13 core psychology
  • 11 elective units
    • 6 electives must be non-psychology electives
    • 5 electives can be psychology or non psychology electives

For more information see the full course guide

Course Guide

Psychology Elective units

200 level units

PSYC2062 Personality and Individual Differences

PSYC2072 The History and Philosophy of Psychology

300 level units

PSYC3062  Behavioural Neuroscience 

PSYC3072 Psychology of Stress, Trauma and Resilience

PSYC3082 Contemporary Psychological Issues

PSYC3092 Psychology of Sex and Intimate Relationships

PSYC3312 Introduction to Forensic Psychology

PSYC3322 Organisational Psychology

 

Non-Psychology Elective units

Non-psychology electives may be chosen from a choice of non-psychology electives at equivalent level from the selected units listed subject to any required pre-requisites having been met.

100 Level units

JALE1024 Criminal Justice

MULT1015 Applications in Context

SWSP1003 Introduction to Human Services

SOSC1004 Cultural Diversity

MULT1025 Professions and Society

SWSP1043 Government, Public Policy and Civil Society

(Pre-Requisite: SWSP1003)

SOSC1014 Ethics

MULT1035 Sustainability in Helping Professionals

SWSP1053 Introduction to Contemporary Society

CRIM1004 Theoretical Criminology

COUN1231 Counselling Skills Training 1

COUN1251 Counselling Theory

200 Level units

CRIM2014 Applied Criminology 

(Pre-Requisite: CRIM1004) 

BESC2101 Organisational Theory

SWSP2003 Critical Social Work Theories

(Pre-Requisite: SWSP1003)

CRIM2034 Issues in Criminal Justice

(Pre-Requisite: JALE1024) 

COUN2211 Counselling and Neuroscience (Pre-Requisite COUN1251 Counselling Theory)

SWSP2033 Social Work Theory and Practice (Individuals, Children & Families)

(Pre-Requisite: SWSP1003)

CRIM2024 Transnational Crime

COUN2221 Counselling Skills Training 2 (Pre-Requisite COUN1231 Counselling Skills Training 1)

SWSP3013 Influencing Policy and Practice

(Pre-Requisite: SWSP1003)

SOSC2004 Indigenous Peoples & Justice

(Pre-Requisite: SOSC1004)

COUN2281 Coaching Theory and Practice

SWSP3913 Ageing and Aged Services

(Pre-Requisite: SWSP1003)

COUN2311 Addictive Behaviours Counselling (Pre-Requisite - COUN1231 Counselling Skills Training 1)

COUN2321 Crisis Counselling (Pre-Requisite - COUN1231 Counselling Skills Training 1)

300 Level units

CRIM3004 Victimology

COUN3261 Group Work Counselling (Pre-Requisite - COUN2221 Counselling Skills Training 2)

SWSP3033 Social Work Theory and Practice (Group, Teamwork and Organisational Learning)

(Pre-Requisite: SWSP1003)

JALE3924 Mental Health and Criminal Justice

SWSP3043 Interpersonal, Family and Structural Violence

(Pre-Requisite: SWSP1003)

CRIM3914 International Criminal Justice

SWSP3053 Social Work Theory and Practice (Community and Social Action)

(Pre-Requisite: SWSP1003)

JALE3904 Youth Justice

 

 

Admission Criteria

Domestic student
Meet one of the following criteria:
  • Participate in a screening interview (typically by phone though online can be arranged if required); and
  • Be 21 years or above at the date of commencement; or
  • Completion of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (or equivalent); or
  • Completion of a Certificate IV or above (or equivalent); or
  • Admission to an undergraduate degree at an Australian University (or equivalent)
International student
Meet one of the following criteria:
  • Participate in a screening interview (typically by phone though online can be arranged if required); and
  • Be 18 years or above at the date of commencement; or
  • Completion of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (or equivalent); or
  • Completion of a Diploma or above (or equivalent); or
  • Admission to an undergraduate degree at an Australian University (or equivalent)

International student IELTS requirement: Academic IELTS minimum overall band of 6.0 with no individual band below 5.5 completed in the last two years (or equivalent).

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by ACAP as equivalent to Australian qualifications.

The accrediting body may have additional requirements, including minimum English language, to meet professional accreditation standards. For more information on meeting those requirements visit psychologycouncil.org.au

Apply or find out more

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.

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