Inherent Requirements


The statements below specify the course requirements of the Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology for student admission and progression. Inherent requirements for this course are clustered under eight domains consisting of ethical behaviour, behavioural stability, communication, cognition, relational skills, reflective skills, and sustainable performance. Many of the activities associated with professional practice in the areas of psychology and criminal justice, for example law enforcement and legal work, are time sensitive where the capacity to perform certain activities within specified time limits is required to reduce or avoid risks to clients’ or others’ safety and wellbeing. The safety and wellbeing of you and others is always of paramount importance. They should be read in conjunction with other course information and the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council Rules and Standards.

What is it like to do this course?

It may be helpful for you to understand what it is like to complete Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology. Further information about the courses is available in course guides and we recommend you familiarise yourself with the information there.

What about when I finish my course?

Successfully completing the Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology provides you with the Foundational Competencies in psychology and may enable you to work in the criminal justice system as well as pursue post-graduate study in criminology, law, or psychology. Following completion you are eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), which constitutes the Pre-Professional Competencies in psychology. It is following the undertaking of an accredited Pre-Professional Competencies course that you are eligible to embark on the pathways to registration as a psychologist. For further information you should visit the Australian Psychological Society Pathways to Being a Psychologist and Psychology Board of Australia websites. You should always consider the inherent requirements for any programs you might consider following completion of this course.

Inherent requirement domains

There are eight domains of inherent requirements in the Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology.

  • Ethical behaviour
  • Behavioural stability
  • Legal compliance
  • Communication
  • Cognition
  • Relational skills
  • Reflective skills
  • Sustainable performance

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