Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Commerce

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
098380F
Location:
  • Melbourne
  • Strathfield
Duration:

4 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.

Therefore, the aims of ACU's Bachelor of Psychological Science are to:

  • facilitate the development of knowledge, conceptual understandings, and skills that are relevant in a broad array of employment contexts; and
  • provide an accredited 3 year sequence in psychology which enables graduates to pursue postgraduate study and training options in psychology and other related disciplines.

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.

The Bachelor of Commerce provides excellent grounding in many areas of business as well as detailed knowledge and skills in your selected major – human resource management, management or marketing. Our graduates understand the ethical, social, political and economic contexts that guide decision-making. The Bachelor of Commerce will not only help you launch your business career but also prepare you for future managerial positions.

Course duration

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Melbourne (Attendance)
  • Strathfield (Attendance)

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 PSYC108
Psychological practice: theories and techniques
PSYC100
Foundations of psychology
BUSN113
Managing people and organisations
BUSN104
Money matters
Year 1 - Semester 2 PSYC101
Applications of psychology
PSYC104
Research design and statistics 1
BUSN112
Managing markets
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 - Semester 1 PSYC200
Lifespan development
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101)
PSYC206
Research design and statistics 2
(Pre: PSYC104)
HRMG200
Applied Human resource management
BUSN111
Working with Technology
Year 2 - Semester 2 PSYC214
Learning and behaviour
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101, PSYC104)
PSYC212
Abnormal psychology
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101)
HRMG213
Sustainable compensation and staffing
Business elective
Year 3 - Semester 1 PSYC213
Individual differences
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101, PSYC104)
PSYC311
Research design and statistics 3
(Pre: PSYC206)
HRMG204
Organisational behaviour
HRMG201
Strategic human resource development
Year 3 - Semester 2 Psychology elective PSYC310
Psychological services experience
Community engagement
HRMG308
Strategic HRM: analytics, metrics, human capital
(Pre: HRMG200, HRMG201)
HRM302
Employmnet relations and legal frameworks
Year 4 - Semester 1 PSYC315
Brain and behaviour
(Pre: PSYC200)
PSYC313
Social psychology
(Pre: PSYC104; PSYC200)
MGMT310
Sustainable organizational change
HRMG305
Sustainable HRM and stakeholders
(Pre: HRMG200)
Year 4 - Semester 2 PSYC307
Cognitive psychology
(Pre: PSYC206, and either PSYC213 or PSYC214)
PSYC314
Psychological assessment
(Pre: PSYC104; PSYC213)
BUSN304
Working with diversity and conflict
or
BIPX301
Professional experience
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)

*Campus availability - students will undertake psychology units at the Strathfield Campus and business units across both Strathfield and North Sydney campuses depending on availability and chosen major.
** Program map will vary depending on the chosen major. Note: Not all majors and minors will be available on all campuses.

'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

320

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $8357 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 level, 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.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2020 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

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 <5 <5
Median ATAR to receive an offer <5 <5
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer <5 <5
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 96.05 99.95
Median ATAR to receive an offer 66.95 74.88
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 61.00 67.55

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)
<5 N/P
Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
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) <5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
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 0 0.00%
All students 5 100%
  • 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)
<5 N/P
Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
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) 8 80.00%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
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 0 0.00%
All students 10 100%
  • 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

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through VTAC
Sydney (Strathfield), NSW
Apply through UAC

Admission Pathways to this course

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

  • Most applicants to undergraduate courses at ACU are eligible for adjustment factors – which can help improve your selection rank when applying for a degree. Your location, school or personal circumstances may make you eligible too. Learn more about the full list of available adjustments.

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

Completing a Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Commerce is excellent preparation for pursuing a career in areas such as:

  • 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
  • Business management
  • Policy administration
  • Business regulation
  • Advertising and marketing communication

Professional experience

Students will undertake 100 hours community engagement when they undertake the unit PSYC310 Psychological Services Experience during the third year of their course.

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. The course is undergoing a scheduled re-assessment of its accreditation status in 2019 for 2020 onwards.

Please note that after completion of an APAC accredited undergraduate degree, a further minimum of three years education and training in psychology are required to register as a psychologist in Australia.

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 7.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

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) or select from a range of postgraduate courses offered by the Faculty of Law and Business.

More course information

As part of their Commerce studies, students can choose a major in Human Resource Management, Management or Marketing. Students choosing the Management major will be required to study these units on the ACU campus in North Sydney as they are not offered on the Strathfield campus.

Contacts for future students

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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.

Therefore, the aims of ACU's Bachelor of Psychological Science are to:

  • facilitate the development of knowledge, conceptual understandings, and skills that are relevant in a broad array of employment contexts; and
  • provide an accredited 3 year sequence in psychology which enables graduates to pursue postgraduate study and training options in psychology and other related disciplines.

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.

The Bachelor of Commerce provides excellent grounding in many areas of business as well as detailed knowledge and skills in your selected major – human resource management, management or marketing. Our graduates understand the ethical, social, political and economic contexts that guide decision-making. The Bachelor of Commerce will not only help you launch your business career but also prepare you for future managerial positions.

Course duration

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Start dates and campus availability

Melbourne
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 15-Feb-2021
Strathfield
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 15-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

320

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 PSYC108
Psychological practice: theories and techniques
PSYC100
Foundations of psychology
BUSN113
Managing people and organisations
BUSN104
Money matters
Year 1 - Semester 2 PSYC101
Applications of psychology
PSYC104
Research design and statistics 1
BUSN112
Managing markets
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 - Semester 1 PSYC200
Lifespan development
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101)
PSYC206
Research design and statistics 2
(Pre: PSYC104)
HRMG200
Applied Human resource management
BUSN111
Working with Technology
Year 2 - Semester 2 PSYC214
Learning and behaviour
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101, PSYC104)
PSYC212
Abnormal psychology
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101)
HRMG213
Sustainable compensation and staffing
Business elective
Year 3 - Semester 1 PSYC213
Individual differences
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101, PSYC104)
PSYC311
Research design and statistics 3
(Pre: PSYC206)
HRMG204
Organisational behaviour
HRMG201
Strategic human resource development
Year 3 - Semester 2 Psychology elective PSYC310
Psychological services experience
Community engagement
HRMG308
Strategic HRM: analytics, metrics, human capital
(Pre: HRMG200, HRMG201)
HRM302
Employmnet relations and legal frameworks
Year 4 - Semester 1 PSYC315
Brain and behaviour
(Pre: PSYC200)
PSYC313
Social psychology
(Pre: PSYC104; PSYC200)
MGMT310
Sustainable organizational change
HRMG305
Sustainable HRM and stakeholders
(Pre: HRMG200)
Year 4 - Semester 2 PSYC307
Cognitive psychology
(Pre: PSYC206, and either PSYC213 or PSYC214)
PSYC314
Psychological assessment
(Pre: PSYC104; PSYC213)
BUSN304
Working with diversity and conflict
or
BIPX301
Professional experience
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)

*Campus availability - students will undertake psychology units at the Strathfield Campus and business units across both Strathfield and North Sydney campuses depending on availability and chosen major.
** Program map will vary depending on the chosen major. Note: Not all majors and minors will be available on all campuses.

'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: $3251.00 (2020)
  • Average first year fee: $26008.00 (2020)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $104032.00 (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

Applicants require the equivalent of an Australian Year 12 Certificate. Applicants must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy and require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 7.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

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
Victoria
Apply through VTAC

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Career paths

Completing a Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Commerce is excellent preparation for pursuing a career in areas such as:

  • 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
  • Business management
  • Policy administration
  • Business regulation
  • Advertising and marketing communication

Professional experience

Students will undertake 100 hours community engagement when they undertake the unit PSYC310 Psychological Services Experience during the third year of their course.

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. The course is undergoing a scheduled re-assessment of its accreditation status in 2019 for 2020 onwards.

Please note that after completion of an APAC accredited undergraduate degree, a further minimum of three years education and training in psychology are required to register as a psychologist in Australia.

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 7.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

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) or select from a range of postgraduate courses offered by the Faculty of Law and Business.

More course information

As part of their Commerce studies, students can choose a major in Human Resource Management, Management or Marketing. Students choosing the Management major will be required to study these units on the ACU campus in North Sydney as they are not offered on the Strathfield campus.

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