Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Laws

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
089312D
Location:
  • Melbourne
  • North Sydney
Duration:

5 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2019 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Melbourne (75.00)
  • North Sydney (75.00)

Description

ACU offers a flexible, work-friendly model of day and evening classes to suit your busy lifestyle.  You can study via part-time evening classes or full-time weekdays, or mix this up to fit your study and work schedule.

The Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Laws combines the study of human behaviour with the study of the law. This double degree is designed to produce well-rounded graduates ready for legal practice and a range of professional careers in an increasingly global environment.

As a graduate you can pursue a range of legal careers including private practice as a solicitor or barrister; legal officer in the public sector; in-house counsel for a wide range of organisations including corporations, regulatory authorities and NGOs. You will be well placed to develop specialist legal practice in a wide range of fields including forensic psychology; litigation; terrorism studies; and industrial law and management.

The program combines the study of human behaviour with the study of law. The Psychological Science component enhances the student’s specialist knowledge by providing a comprehensive understanding of psychology, including behavioural and mental processes. It offers an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) sequence in psychology.

As part of this degree you  complete up to 160 hours of pro bono work (after your first year), providing you with firsthand experience of the legal system while allowing you to contribute to the common good.

Course duration

5 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Melbourne (Attendance)
  • North Sydney (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).

Sydney students will be required to take Psychology units at the Strathfield campus.

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 LAWS104
Legal Reading, Writing and Research
LAWS105
Contract Law
PSYCH108
Psychological practice: theory and techniques
PSYC100
Foundations of psychology
Year 1 - Semester 2 UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
LAWS108
Commercial Law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105)
PSYC101
Applications of psychology
PSYC104
Research design and statistics 1
Year 2 - Semester 1 LAWS106
Criminal Law and Procedure
LAWS206
Torts
(Pre: LAWS104)
PSYC200
Lifespan development
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101)
PSYC206
Research design and statistics 2
(Pre: PSYC104)
Year 2 - Semester 2 LAWS200
Business Organisations
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS106, LAWS206)
LAWS107
Public Law
(Pre: LAWS104)
PSYC213
Individual differences
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101, PSYC104)
PSYC212
Abnormal psychology
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101)
Year 2 LAWP100
Pro bono/Legal professional experience 1
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS106, LAWS107, LAWS108)
   
Year 3 - Semester 1 LAWS202
Comparative legal systems
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS106, LAWS206)
LAWS205
Property
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS108)
PSYC311
Research design and statistics 3
(Pre: PSYC206)
PSYC214
Learning and behavior
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101, PSYC104)
Year 3 - Semester 2 LAWS201
Civil procedure and alternative dispute resolution
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS206)
LAWS204
Land law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS205)
PSYC307
Cognitive psychology
(Pre: PSYC206, PSYC214)
Psychology Elective
Year 3 LAWP200
Pro bono/Legal professional experience 2
(Pre:LAWP100)
   
Year 4 - Semester 1 LAWS304
Evidence
(Pre: LAWs104, LAWS106)
LAWS305
Legal ethics and professional responsibility
(Pre: LAWs104, LAWS105, LAWS106, LAWS107)
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
PSYC315
Brain and behavior
(Pre: PSYC200)
Year 4 - Semester 2 LAWS302
Constitutional law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS107)
LAWS303
Equity and trusts
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS205)
LAWS203
False and Misleading Conduct and Economic Torts
(Pre: LAWS105)
PSYC314
Psychological assessment
(Pre: PSYC104, PSYC213)
Year 4 LAWP300
Pro bono/Legal professional experience 3
(Pre: LAWP200)
   
Year 5 - Semester 1 LAWS300
Administrative law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS107)
LAWS404
Public and private international law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS106, LAWS107, LAWS206)
Law elective 1
(Pre: LAWS104)
PSYC313
Social psychology
(Pre: PSYC104, PSYC200)
Year 5 - Semester 2 LAWS407
International human rights law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS107)
LAWS405
Legal community engagement
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWP100, LAWP200, LAWP300, LAWP400, the required LAWP units will depend upon the Law course being studied)
Law elective 2
(Pre: LAWS104)
Law elective 3
(Pre: LAWS104)

*Campus availability: Sydney students will undertake law units at the North Sydney Campus and all other units at the Strathfield Campus. Students will not be required to travel between campuses on the same day.

'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

400

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - July
North Sydney
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - July

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $8756 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 3) or English as an Additional Language (EAL) (Band 4)

Queensland

  • Prerequisites: English (4, SA) at year 12 level

Victoria

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

International students 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 88.05 90.65
Median ATAR to receive an offer 77.90 82.08
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 68.50 75.55
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 85.20 95.80
Median ATAR to receive an offer 73.80 83.65
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 67.05 75.05

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)
6 20.69%
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) 22 75.86%
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 29 100%
  • 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)
12 24.00%
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
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) 21 42.00%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 6 12.00%
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) 7 14.00%
International students 0 0.00%
All students 50 100%
  • 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

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

Direct Applications

You can apply Direct to ACU for selected Bachelor's degrees if you have not already applied through VTAC or UAC.
Please note that you must apply through VTAC or UAC if you are a Year 12 student, or if you're applying for an undergraduate course at more than one institution.

North Sydney

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. Note - you may need to complete up to 8 units (equivalent to one year full-time) and achieve more than a pass grade to gain entry to this course.

Career paths

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

  • Academic
  • Criminology researcher
  • Health department researcher
  • Human resources consultant
  • In-house legal counsel for NGOs, community or health service organisations
  • Legal Practitioner (barrister or solicitor)
  • Policy writer
  • Psychologist (after further studies)
  • Training consultant
  • private legal practice as a solicitor or barrister
  • legal officer in the public sector (for example in federal or state government departments and publicly-funded organisations as diverse as national regulatory bodies, universities or public broadcasters)
  • in-house counsel to a wide range of organisations from corporations to trade unions
  • public interest legal work in community legal centres
  • legal research.

within a variety of organisations such as:

  • Australian Institute of Criminology
  • Centrelink
  • Department of Community Service
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Human Services
  • Rehabilitation Centres.

Professional experience

You will complete up to 160 hours pro bono experience (after your first year) which will count as credit towards the compulsory community engagement unit (10 cp).

Professional recognition

This course has been specifically developed to meet the requirements for admission to practice law in Victoria and New South Wales, and is recognised for admission as a legal practitioner in other States and Territories in Australia.

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.

Volunteer experience

The pro bono program provides practical, work place based experience in a community context.

English language requirements

IELTS (International English Language Testing System), Overall score of 7.0, Individual score of 6.5 for all tests.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language – Academic) from an Internet based total of 100, achieve a minimum of 25 in writing, speaking, reading and listening.

Pathways to further study

Bachelor degree graduates may be eligible to progress to Honours study or to a range of postgraduate coursework programs, eg Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma and, through them and/or with relevant work experience, to Master’s degree programs.

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

Description

ACU offers a flexible, work-friendly model of day and evening classes to suit your busy lifestyle.  You can study via part-time evening classes or full-time weekdays, or mix this up to fit your study and work schedule.

The Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Laws combines the study of human behaviour with the study of the law. This double degree is designed to produce well-rounded graduates ready for legal practice and a range of professional careers in an increasingly global environment.

As a graduate you can pursue a range of legal careers including private practice as a solicitor or barrister; legal officer in the public sector; in-house counsel for a wide range of organisations including corporations, regulatory authorities and NGOs. You will be well placed to develop specialist legal practice in a wide range of fields including forensic psychology; litigation; terrorism studies; and industrial law and management.

The program combines the study of human behaviour with the study of law. The Psychological Science component enhances the student’s specialist knowledge by providing a comprehensive understanding of psychology, including behavioural and mental processes. It offers an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) sequence in psychology.

As part of this degree you  complete up to 160 hours of pro bono work (after your first year), providing you with firsthand experience of the legal system while allowing you to contribute to the common good.

Course duration

5 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Start dates and campus availability

Melbourne
  • 22-Jul-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020 , 08-Feb-2021 , 19-Jul-2021
North Sydney
  • 22-Jul-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020 , 08-Feb-2021 , 19-Jul-2021

Sydney students will be required to take Psychology units at the Strathfield campus.

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

400

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 LAWS104
Legal Reading, Writing and Research
LAWS105
Contract Law
PSYCH108
Psychological practice: theory and techniques
PSYC100
Foundations of psychology
Year 1 - Semester 2 UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
LAWS108
Commercial Law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105)
PSYC101
Applications of psychology
PSYC104
Research design and statistics 1
Year 2 - Semester 1 LAWS106
Criminal Law and Procedure
LAWS206
Torts
(Pre: LAWS104)
PSYC200
Lifespan development
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101)
PSYC206
Research design and statistics 2
(Pre: PSYC104)
Year 2 - Semester 2 LAWS200
Business Organisations
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS106, LAWS206)
LAWS107
Public Law
(Pre: LAWS104)
PSYC213
Individual differences
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101, PSYC104)
PSYC212
Abnormal psychology
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101)
Year 2 LAWP100
Pro bono/Legal professional experience 1
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS106, LAWS107, LAWS108)
   
Year 3 - Semester 1 LAWS202
Comparative legal systems
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS106, LAWS206)
LAWS205
Property
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS108)
PSYC311
Research design and statistics 3
(Pre: PSYC206)
PSYC214
Learning and behavior
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101, PSYC104)
Year 3 - Semester 2 LAWS201
Civil procedure and alternative dispute resolution
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS206)
LAWS204
Land law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS205)
PSYC307
Cognitive psychology
(Pre: PSYC206, PSYC214)
Psychology Elective
Year 3 LAWP200
Pro bono/Legal professional experience 2
(Pre:LAWP100)
   
Year 4 - Semester 1 LAWS304
Evidence
(Pre: LAWs104, LAWS106)
LAWS305
Legal ethics and professional responsibility
(Pre: LAWs104, LAWS105, LAWS106, LAWS107)
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
PSYC315
Brain and behavior
(Pre: PSYC200)
Year 4 - Semester 2 LAWS302
Constitutional law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS107)
LAWS303
Equity and trusts
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS205)
LAWS203
False and Misleading Conduct and Economic Torts
(Pre: LAWS105)
PSYC314
Psychological assessment
(Pre: PSYC104, PSYC213)
Year 4 LAWP300
Pro bono/Legal professional experience 3
(Pre: LAWP200)
   
Year 5 - Semester 1 LAWS300
Administrative law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS107)
LAWS404
Public and private international law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS106, LAWS107, LAWS206)
Law elective 1
(Pre: LAWS104)
PSYC313
Social psychology
(Pre: PSYC104, PSYC200)
Year 5 - Semester 2 LAWS407
International human rights law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS107)
LAWS405
Legal community engagement
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWP100, LAWP200, LAWP300, LAWP400, the required LAWP units will depend upon the Law course being studied)
Law elective 2
(Pre: LAWS104)
Law elective 3
(Pre: LAWS104)

*Campus availability: Sydney students will undertake law units at the North Sydney Campus and all other units at the Strathfield Campus. Students will not be required to travel between campuses on the same day.

'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: $3698.00 (2019)
  • Average first year fee: $29584.00 (2019)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $147920.00 (2019)

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 whose first language is not English must have either:

  1. Successfully completed at least two full–time years of study in secondary or higher education where the medium of study was English; or
  2. Demonstrated their English proficiency, as set out below:
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Overall Score 7.0, Individual Score of 6.5 in all tests.
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language – Academic (TOEFL): from an Internet–based total of 100 – minimum of 25 in writing, speaking, reading and listening.

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

Career paths

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

  • Academic
  • Criminology researcher
  • Health department researcher
  • Human resources consultant
  • In-house legal counsel for NGOs, community or health service organisations
  • Legal Practitioner (barrister or solicitor)
  • Policy writer
  • Psychologist (after further studies)
  • Training consultant
  • private legal practice as a solicitor or barrister
  • legal officer in the public sector (for example in federal or state government departments and publicly-funded organisations as diverse as national regulatory bodies, universities or public broadcasters)
  • in-house counsel to a wide range of organisations from corporations to trade unions
  • public interest legal work in community legal centres
  • legal research.

within a variety of organisations such as:

  • Australian Institute of Criminology
  • Centrelink
  • Department of Community Service
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Human Services
  • Rehabilitation Centres.

Professional experience

You will complete up to 160 hours pro bono experience (after your first year) which will count as credit towards the compulsory community engagement unit (10 cp).

Professional recognition

This course has been specifically developed to meet the requirements for admission to practice law in Victoria and New South Wales, and is recognised for admission as a legal practitioner in other States and Territories in Australia.

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.

Volunteer experience

The pro bono program provides practical, work place based experience in a community context.

English language requirements

IELTS (International English Language Testing System), Overall score of 7.0, Individual score of 6.5 for all tests.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language – Academic) from an Internet based total of 100, achieve a minimum of 25 in writing, speaking, reading and listening.

Pathways to further study

Bachelor degree graduates may be eligible to progress to Honours study or to a range of postgraduate coursework programs, eg Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma and, through them and/or with relevant work experience, to Master’s degree programs.

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