Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Available to:
Domestic students only.
Location:
  • Melbourne
  • Strathfield
Duration:

4 years full time or equivalent part time.

2019 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Strathfield (85.00)

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. This degree 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.

Therefore, the aim of ACU’s Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is to:

  • facilitate the development of knowledge, conceptual understandings, and skills that are relevant in a broad array of employment contexts.

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

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 PHIL100
Philosophy: The big questions
PSYC100
Foundations of psychology
PSYC108
Psychological practice: theory and 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 behaviour
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101, PSYC104 )
PSYC212
Abnormal psychology
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101)
Psychology elective Minor 4
Year 3 - Semester 1 PSYC313
Social psychology
(Pre: PSYC200, PSYC104)
PSYC311
Research design and statistics 3
(Pre: PSYC206)
PSYC310
Psychological services experience
Community engagement
(Pre: PSYC212)
PSYC315
Brain and behaviour
(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)
PSYC322
Critical thinking and research skills for psychology
(Pre: PSYC206 and either PSYC213 or PSYC214)
Year 4 - Semester 1 PSYC410
Honours thesis A
(Pre: PSYC311)
PSYC424
Research methods
(Pre: PSYC311)
PSYC429
Assessment in Psychological Practice: Foundation Skills and Professional Issues
Year 4 - Semester 2 PSYC421
Honours thesis B
(Pre: PSYC410)
PSYC430
Psychological Interventions: Theory, Foundational Strategies and Professional Issues
Fourth year 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

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: $6680 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.

*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 90.80 92.75
Median ATAR to receive an offer 82.75 86.70
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 70.85 70.85
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 95.55 99.95
Median ATAR to receive an offer 84.50 91.50
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 77.65 86.55

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)
8 57.14%
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) 6 42.86%
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) 0 0.00%
International students 0 0.00%
All students 14 100%
Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
11 37.93%
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) 17 58.62%
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 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.

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

Graduates of this course - once the course is accredited - will be eligible to apply for provisional registration as a psychologist (subject to the conditions prescribed by the Psychology Board of Australia). They may also find employment in fields such as counselling, child welfare and development, education, health, human resources, marketing and market research.

Professional experience

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

Professional recognition

As this is a new program, ACU is in the process of seeking accreditation from the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) in 2019 for 2020 onwards.

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.

Other prerequisites to undertaking this course

To progress to the third year of the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), students must maintain a GPA of 5.75 on the ACU seven point scale in the first two years of this course. Students who do not meet this requirement will be transferred into the Bachelor of Psychological Science.

To be eligible to continue to the Honours year i.e. the fourth year of this course, a student must maintain a grade point average of at least 5.75 on the ACU seven point scale in the third year of this course. In addition, students will be required to achieve at least four (4) Distinctions in the psychology units undertaken in the second and third year of the program. Students who do not meet these requirements will be transferred into the Bachelor of Psychological Science.

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

Graduates of this course - once the courses is accredited - may be eligible to apply for further study in psychology, including Masters programs, Clinical Doctorates, and/or Higher Research Degrees (Doctor of Philosophy)

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. This degree 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.

Therefore, the aim of ACU’s Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is to:

  • facilitate the development of knowledge, conceptual understandings, and skills that are relevant in a broad array of employment contexts.

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

4 years full time or equivalent part time.

Start dates and campus availability

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

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 and 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 behaviour
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101, PSYC104 )
PSYC212
Abnormal psychology
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101)
Psychology elective Minor 4
Year 3 - Semester 1 PSYC313
Social psychology
(Pre: PSYC200, PSYC104)
PSYC311
Research design and statistics 3
(Pre: PSYC206)
PSYC310
Psychological services experience
Community engagement
(Pre: PSYC212)
PSYC315
Brain and behaviour
(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)
PSYC322
Critical thinking and research skills for psychology
(Pre: PSYC206 and either PSYC213 or PSYC214)
Year 4 - Semester 1 PSYC410
Honours thesis A
(Pre: PSYC311)
PSYC424
Research methods
(Pre: PSYC311)
PSYC429
Assessment in Psychological Practice: Foundation Skills and Professional Issues
Year 4 - Semester 2 PSYC421
Honours thesis B
(Pre: PSYC410)
PSYC430
Psychological Interventions: Theory, Foundational Strategies and Professional Issues
Fourth year 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

Important Note on Fees

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).

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

Graduates of this course - once the course is accredited - will be eligible to apply for provisional registration as a psychologist (subject to the conditions prescribed by the Psychology Board of Australia). They may also find employment in fields such as counselling, child welfare and development, education, health, human resources, marketing and market research.

Professional experience

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

Professional recognition

As this is a new program, ACU is in the process of seeking accreditation from the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) in 2019 for 2020 onwards.

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.

Other prerequisites to undertaking this course

To progress to the third year of the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), students must maintain a GPA of 5.75 on the ACU seven point scale in the first two years of this course. Students who do not meet this requirement will be transferred into the Bachelor of Psychological Science.

To be eligible to continue to the Honours year i.e. the fourth year of this course, a student must maintain a grade point average of at least 5.75 on the ACU seven point scale in the third year of this course. In addition, students will be required to achieve at least four (4) Distinctions in the psychology units undertaken in the second and third year of the program. Students who do not meet these requirements will be transferred into the Bachelor of Psychological Science.

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

Graduates of this course - once the courses is accredited - may be eligible to apply for further study in psychology, including Masters programs, Clinical Doctorates, and/or Higher Research Degrees (Doctor of Philosophy)

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