This course is not available for domestic application for 2019. If you are interested in the next offering of this course, click the Register Your Interest button and we'll contact you with details.

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
078173A
Location:
  • Melbourne
  • Strathfield
Duration:

3 years full time or equivalent part time.

2019 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Melbourne (58.50)
  • Strathfield (58.50)

Description

ACU’s undergraduate psychology programs help students to acquire knowledge, assimilate conceptual understandings and develop skills of application that are valuable to the enhancement of human functioning in a broad range of professional settings. Graduates of the Bachelor of Psychological Science will complete a sequence in psychology that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). This sequence will ensure graduates acquire an advanced understanding of human behaviour, as well as highly regarded employability skills, including:

  • critical analysis and rational thinking;
  • ethical decision making;
  • scientific thinking and research capabilities;
  • measurement and analysis of data;
  • problem solving skills;
  • written and verbal communication;
  • interpersonal skills, including foundational counselling skills; and
  • life-long learning skills.

This learning helps to prepare all students for optional further postgraduate study which may lead to registration as a professional psychologist.

Our graduates will make meaningful contributions to improving the outcomes of clients, customers, colleagues and collaborators in a diverse range of settings including, but not limited to: government departments, private sector, schools, business, and not-for-profit organisations.

Course duration

3 years full time or equivalent part time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Melbourne (Attendance) - (Application not available)
  • Strathfield (Attendance) - (Application not available)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 PHIL100
Philosophy: The big questions
PSYC100
Foundations of psychology
PSYC108
Psychological practice: Theory & techniques
Minor 1
Year 1 - Semester 2 PSYC101
Applications of psychology
PSYC104
Research design and statistics 1
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Minor 2
Year 2 - Semester 1 PSYC200
Lifespan development
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101)
PSYC206
Research design and statistics 2
(Pre: PSYC104)
PSYC213
Individual differences
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101, PSYC104)
Minor 3
Year 2 - Semester 2 PSYC214
Learning and behavior
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101, PSYC104)
PSYC212
Abnormal psychology
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101)
General elective*
or
Psychology elective 1*
Minor 4
Year 3 - Semester 1 PSYC313
Social psychology
(Pre: PSYC104, PSYC200)
PSYC311
Research design and statistics 3
(Pre: PSYC206)
PSYC310
Psychological services experience
(Pre: PSYC212)
PSYC315
Brain and behavior
(Pre: PSYC200)
Year 3 - Semester 2 PSYC307
Cognitive psychology
(Pre: PSYC206, PSYC214)
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
PSYC314
Psychological assessment
(Pre: PSYC104, PSYC213)
General elective*
or
Psychology elective 2*

*Students must take at least one general elective and at least one psychology elective.

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Credit Points

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $7607 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12, or equivalent:

New South Wales

  • Prerequisites: English (Standard) (Band 2) or English (Advanced) (Band 2) or EAL (Band 3)

Victoria

  • Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English.

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

Admission criteria

The table below shows the range of ATARs/OPs (excludes adjustment factors) and Selection Ranks (may include adjustment factors) achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. These may vary from year to year. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2019

ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 80.80 84.40
Median ATAR to receive an offer 60.00 66.65
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 50.05 58.70
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 89.00 89.00
Median ATAR to receive an offer 61.20 67.80
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 49.50 58.50

Student Profile

Breakdown of how students entered this course last year and in what numbers.

Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
13 18.31%
Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/P
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
<5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 43 60.56%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) <5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 0 0.00%
International students <5 N/P
All students 71 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
11 8.27%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 5 3.76%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
6 4.51%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 102 76.69%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 6 4.51%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) <5 N/P
International students <5 N/P
All students 133 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.

Further information

Applying for admission



This course is not available for domestic application for 2019. If you are interested in the next offering of this course, click the Register Your Interest button and we'll contact you with details.

Admission Pathways to this course

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

Work and Life Experience

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience - A Selection Rank can be calculated based on your work experience - you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation

If you have a Selection Rank but it's not enough for this course

  • Complete 2 non-award individual UG units; the results attained for these units can then be converted to a Selection Rank
  • Complete a VET qualification such as an AQF Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Commence another ACU Bachelor degree with a lower required Selection Rank, successfully complete 2 or more units, then apply for an internal transfer to this course. A new Selection Rank will be calculated from your results in the ACU units.

Career paths

  • Counselling
  • Child welfare and development
  • Community work
  • Education
  • Health
  • Human resources
  • Marketing and Market research
  • Fourth year study in psychology to pursue a career in psychology

Professional recognition

This course is currently accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as a suitable program of study for the purpose of registration as a psychologist.

Please note that a minimum six-year sequence of education and training in psychology is required for an individual to become eligible for general registration as a psychologist in Australia.

English language requirements

Academic IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 (with minimum scores of 7.0 in all tests).

See English language proficiency (Schedule 2) for details.

Pathways to further study

High-achieving graduates from this program may be eligible to apply for fourth year studies in Psychology (Honours degree in Psychological Science or Graduate Diploma in Psychology).

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

Description

ACU’s undergraduate psychology programs help students to acquire knowledge, assimilate conceptual understandings and develop skills of application that are valuable to the enhancement of human functioning in a broad range of professional settings. Graduates of the Bachelor of Psychological Science will complete a sequence in psychology that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). This sequence will ensure graduates acquire an advanced understanding of human behaviour, as well as highly regarded employability skills, including:

  • critical analysis and rational thinking;
  • ethical decision making;
  • scientific thinking and research capabilities;
  • measurement and analysis of data;
  • problem solving skills;
  • written and verbal communication;
  • interpersonal skills, including foundational counselling skills; and
  • life-long learning skills.

This learning helps to prepare all students for optional further postgraduate study which may lead to registration as a professional psychologist.

Our graduates will make meaningful contributions to improving the outcomes of clients, customers, colleagues and collaborators in a diverse range of settings including, but not limited to: government departments, private sector, schools, business, and not-for-profit organisations.

Course duration

3 years full time or equivalent part time.

Start dates and campus availability

Melbourne
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 08-Feb-2021
Strathfield
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 08-Feb-2021

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Credit Points

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course structure – 1st year

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 PHIL100
Philosophy: The big questions
PSYC100
Foundations of psychology
PSYC108
Psychological practice: Theory & techniques
Minor 1
Year 1 - Semester 2 PSYC101
Applications of psychology
PSYC104
Research design and statistics 1
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Minor 2
Year 2 - Semester 1 PSYC200
Lifespan development
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101)
PSYC206
Research design and statistics 2
(Pre: PSYC104)
PSYC213
Individual differences
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101, PSYC104)
Minor 3
Year 2 - Semester 2 PSYC214
Learning and behavior
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101, PSYC104)
PSYC212
Abnormal psychology
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101)
General elective*
or
Psychology elective 1*
Minor 4
Year 3 - Semester 1 PSYC313
Social psychology
(Pre: PSYC104, PSYC200)
PSYC311
Research design and statistics 3
(Pre: PSYC206)
PSYC310
Psychological services experience
(Pre: PSYC212)
PSYC315
Brain and behavior
(Pre: PSYC200)
Year 3 - Semester 2 PSYC307
Cognitive psychology
(Pre: PSYC206, PSYC214)
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
PSYC314
Psychological assessment
(Pre: PSYC104, PSYC213)
General elective*
or
Psychology elective 2*

*Students must take at least one general elective and at least one psychology elective.

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $2953.00 (2020)
  • Average first year fee: $23624.00 (2020)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $70872.00 (2020)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Essential requirements for admission

Equivalent to Australian High School completion plus an overall academic IELTS score of 7.0 (with minimum scores of 7.0 in all tests).

Applying for Admission

How to Apply

Information on the application procedure.

International Students Apply Now
International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre:
NSW & ACT
Apply through UAC
(not offered)
Victoria
Apply through VTAC
(not offered)

Career paths

  • Counselling
  • Child welfare and development
  • Community work
  • Education
  • Health
  • Human resources
  • Marketing and Market research
  • Fourth year study in psychology to pursue a career in psychology

Professional recognition

This course is currently accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as a suitable program of study for the purpose of registration as a psychologist.

Please note that a minimum six-year sequence of education and training in psychology is required for an individual to become eligible for general registration as a psychologist in Australia.

English language requirements

Academic IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 (with minimum scores of 7.0 in all tests).

See English language proficiency (Schedule 2) for details.

Pathways to further study

High-achieving graduates from this program may be eligible to apply for fourth year studies in Psychology (Honours degree in Psychological Science or Graduate Diploma in Psychology).

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