Graduate Certificate of Psychological Science

Why are there changes?

As part of the regular process of reaccreditation of our courses by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), all our courses have been revised to address the new accreditation standards released in 2019 and to respond to feedback from students about some of the things you would like to see. Although the Graduate Certificate of Psychological Science is not a course that requires APAC accreditation, given that most student do it to gain entry to the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science, it is important that we update this course as well.

What are the changes to my course?

We will be releasing more detailed information about this in Trimester 3, however the core content will be retained for students doing this program, but with a slightly different structure.

What do I need to do?

If you will complete your studies by the end of the year, there is nothing you need to do! If you will still have units to complete in 2021 or beyond, it would be helpful to review your Trimester 3 enrolments so that you are in the best position when the course transitions. There is more about this in the section below.

Are there things I should think about in planning my enrolments in Trimester 3?

We are currently reviewing everyone’s enrolments this trimester and planned enrolments for Trimester 3 to ensure that this transition will go smoothly for you. If we notice anything about your plans that we think you should consider changing, we will be in touch, however in general we would recommend that you try to enrol in any remaining units in Trimester 3. If you are unable to do this, prioritise completing PSYC5132 Psychology: An Evidence-Based Approach (Advanced), PSYC5142 Introduction to Psychology: The Individual, Society and Culture (Advanced) and PSYC5152 Introduction to Psychology: Biology, Learning and Cognition (Advanced).

Alexa is studying part time and has completed PSYC5132 Psychology: An Evidence-Based Approach (Advanced). She had planned to do PSYC5142 Introduction to Psychology: The Individual, Society and Culture (Advanced) in Trimester 3 2020, and PSYC5152 Introduction to Psychology: Biology, Learning and Cognition (Advanced) as well as PSYC5392 Professional Issues and Applications in Psychology Advanced in Trimester 1 2021, but we would recommend that instead she does both PSYC5142 Introduction to Psychology: The Individual, Society and Culture (Advanced) and PSYC5152 Introduction to Psychology: Biology, Learning and Cognition (Advanced) in Trimester 3 2020

When will I know more?

We will be releasing further information about the programs, including a study planner for 2021 and beyond and a transition planning tool that will help you identify what units you will need to complete in the revised program to complete your studies, around census in Trimester 3. Check back for updates on your course here.

I have a question. Who can I ask?

We have organised a dedicated email address for any questions you may have. Please email us at psychologytransition@acap.edu.au and one of the team will respond as soon as possible.