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.

2017 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • North Sydney (78.00)
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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.

5 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

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.

Deferment

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

Credit Points

400

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
North Sydney
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
North Sydney
  • Semester 1 - Not on offer
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
  • Average first year fee: $8204 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.

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) or English as an Additional Language (EAL) (Band 4)

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.

Each course has a different ATAR/OP cut off and these vary each year. The table below shows the range of scores achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. Please note some of these scores may have been adjusted by various entry schemes. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2017

ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 87.85 98.85
75th percentile ATAR to receive an offer N/P N/P
Median ATAR to receive an offer N/P N/P
25th percentile ATAR to receive an offer N/P N/P
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 67.20 76.95
  • N/P – indicates figure is not published if less than 25 ATAR based offers made.
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 86.35 99.95
75th percentile ATAR to receive an offer N/P N/P
Median ATAR to receive an offer N/P N/P
25th percentile ATAR to receive an offer N/P N/P
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 65.50 76.05
  • N/P – indicates figure is not published if less than 25 ATAR based offers made.

Student Profile

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

Applicant background 2017
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
0 0.00%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 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) 16 88.89%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) L/N 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) L/N 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%
International students 0 0.00%
All students 18 100%
  • L/N – Low numbers: the number of students is less than 5.
  • N/P – Not published due to low enrolment numbers.
Applicant background 2017
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
L/N N/P
Vocational education and training (VET) study 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) 9 37.50%
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) 11 45.83%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
L/N N/P
International students 0 0.00%
All students 24 100%
  • L/N – Low numbers: the number of students is less than 5.
  • N/P – Not published due to low enrolment numbers.

Further information

Sydney (North Sydney), NSW
Apply through UAC

Direct Applications

Alternative/Special Entry

Adjustment Factors which may improve your entry rank

Mature-age Entry if you’re over 21 and haven’t completed prior study

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience – An entry score can be calculated based on your work experience – you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation.

If you have an entry 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 an entry score
  • Complete an AQF Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Commence another ACU Bachelor degree with a lower required entry rank, successfully complete 2 or more units, then apply for an internal transfer to this course. A new entry score 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.

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.

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).

This course has been specifically developed to meet the requirements for admission to practice law.

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.

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

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.

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.

Law Induction Week

ACU law students are required to attend a Law Induction Week (LIW) prior to the University’s Orientation Week. The LIW is an introduction to the study of law at ACU. It is designed to assist students to acquire the skills and knowledge essential to their studies and the future practice of law.

The LIW will consist of a combination of lectures and information sessions, a moot court session, and a range of social activities for both students and faculty staff.

Domestic Students

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.

5 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Melbourne
  • 12-Feb-2018 , 12-Feb-2018 , 11-Feb-2019 , 11-Feb-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 10-Feb-2020
North Sydney
  • 12-Feb-2018 , 12-Feb-2018 , 11-Feb-2019 , 11-Feb-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 10-Feb-2020

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

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 25% of the program online.

Credit Points

400

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings
  • Unit Fee: $3518.00 (2018)
  • Average first year fee: $28144.00 (2018)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $140720.00 (2018)

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.

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.

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.

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).

This course has been specifically developed to meet the requirements for admission to practice law.

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.

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

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.

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.

Law Induction Week

ACU law students are required to attend a Law Induction Week (LIW) prior to the University’s Orientation Week. The LIW is an introduction to the study of law at ACU. It is designed to assist students to acquire the skills and knowledge essential to their studies and the future practice of law.

The LIW will consist of a combination of lectures and information sessions, a moot court session, and a range of social activities for both students and faculty staff.

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