Graduate Diploma 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.

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. You will also now have an opportunity to study social psychology in more depth, which previously you missed out on.

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 if you have or will have completed four or more units by the end of Trimester 3 2020 and you have not done PSYC5382 Intercultural Diversity and Indigenous Psychology Advanced and PSYC5392 Professional Issues and Applications in Psychology Advanced, we would recommend that you enrol in those units in Trimester 3 as they will be retired with no equivalent in the revised course.

For example, Jon has completed five of the units that make up the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science and can only enrol in three units in Trimester 3. We would recommend that Jon chooses to do PSYC5382 Intercultural Diversity and Indigenous Psychology Advanced and PSYC5392 Professional Issues and Applications in Psychology Advanced in Trimester 3 if he hasn’t already done so.

When will we 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.