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Bachelor of Psychological Science

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The Bachelor of Psychological Science (BPsychSc) provides a comprehensive education in the theories and models that underpin the scientific discipline of psychology, critical / analytical thinking, and research methodology, design and analysis necessary for conducting and evaluating psychological research. The BPsychSc also introduces students to the applications of psychological theory.

The BPsychSc requires students to complete 24 units. These are made up of:

(a) 13 core psychology units that comprise the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited three year sequence in psychology, or psychology major.

(b) 11 elective units, where 5 of these can either be psychology or non psychology electives and 6 must be non-psychology electives. For a full breakdown of units, see Course Guide.

BPsychSc: Psychology with a major stream in Criminology

For those who are interested in criminology it is possible to complete the BPsychSc with a major stream in Criminology. Students wishing to complete a major stream in criminology must complete the elective sequence specified here.

BPsychSc: Psychology with a major stream in Social Welfare

For those who are interested in social welfare it is possible to complete the BPsychSc with a major stream in Social Welfare. Students wishing to complete a major stream in social welfare must complete the elective sequence specified here.

Professional Accreditation

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.


Degree Name:

Bachelor of Psychological Science

Degree Code:


Level of Qualification:



3 years full time or part time equivalent study^

Number of Units:

24 Units of Study (144 credit points)

Course Sequence:

see Course Guide

Study Load:

3 units per trimester, full time
1 or 2 units per trimester, part-time


Online and On-campus - Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth (in 2020)

Student Placement:


Award Title: 

Bachelor of Psychological Science

Cricos Code:


^ Maximum permitted duration 8 years, subject to regulatory or professional association requirements 

Graduate Attributes

Graduate Attribute 1: Knowledge and understanding of core topics in psychology. These topics include abnormal psychology, biological bases of behaviour, cognition, information processing and language, learning, lifespan developmental psychology, perception, social psychology and intercultural diversity and indigenous psychology.

Graduate Attribute 2: Research methods in psychology. This attribute covers an understanding of the characteristics of the science of psychology and the different and varied research methods used by psychologists. It also includes the acquisition of practical skills in laboratory-based research and other methods, the design of studies to address psychological questions, critical analysis, the formulation of testable hypotheses, the choice of an appropriate methodology, the question of reliability and validity and their meanings and operations, the analysis of data, and the writing of reports.

Graduate Attribute 3: Critical thinking skills. This attribute includes the application of scientific method to the study of mental and behavioural problems, the examination of other modes of understanding the world and the development of other world views, and recognition of the fallacies and the biases that can affect human thinking and analysis.

Graduate Attribute 4: Values, research and professional ethics. This attribute includes the evaluation of the behaviour of psychologists in psychological research and other professional contexts and is in the context of the Australian Psychological Society “Code of Ethics” and the Australian “National Practice Standards for the Mental Health workforce”. Values and professional ethics must also be understood and evaluated in the context of social ethical principles and ethical conduct in legal, medical and institutional behaviour. 

Graduate Attribute 5: Communication skills. Students need to learn how to communicate effectively orally in various settings (group discussion, presentations, both formal and informal) for various purposes. Written communication, in the form of written reports, should be according to professionally accepted formats. In psychology we follow the American Psychological Association structure and formatting conventions.

Graduate Attribute 6: Learning and the application of psychology. This attribute includes the application of knowledge of legislative frameworks and the application of knowledge about laws and conventions in work settings, consumer and carer participation and in the general matter of the conduct of application of psychology. It also considers how there may be variation of legislation across different areas of application.

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.