Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Arts

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 2 locations

Study mode
Attendance
Duration
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
CRICOS Code
098379K
IELTS
7.0 minimum overall score (with a minimum score of 7.0 in all bands)
Fees (first year)*
$25568
Start dates
February 2023, February 2024, February 2025

Overview

Psychological science explores how the mind works and why people behave the way they do. Our arts students learn to gather and evaluate evidence, think critically, and apply ethical principles in decision-making. Combine these degrees and you will be well equipped to help people address issues and challenges in their lives.

Our graduates 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.

Professional experience

Students will complete 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)

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.

Careers

Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • 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

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Arts, a student must complete 320 credit points (cp).

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Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5
Year 1 - Semester 1

PSYC108 Psychological Practice: Theory and Techniques

PSYC100 Foundations of Psychology

Bachelor of Arts major 1Bachelor of Arts minor 1
Year 1 - Semester 2

PSYC101 Applications of Psychology

PSYC104 Research Design and Statistics I

Bachelor of Arts major 2

Core Curriculum

100 level unit: 

Either UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society

or

PHCC102 Being Human

or

PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life

Year 2 - Semester 1

PSYC200 Life Span Development


PSYC206 Research Design and Statistics II


Bachelor of Arts major 3Bachelor of Arts elective
Year 2 - Semester 2

PSYC214 Learning and Behaviour


PSYC212 Abnormal Psychology


Bachelor of Arts major 4Bachelor of Arts minor 2
Year 3 - Semester 1

PSYC213 Individual Differences


PSYC311 Research Design and Statistics III


Bachelor of Arts major 5Bachelor of Arts minor 3
Year 3 - Semester 2

PSYC310 Psychological Services Experience

Psychology electiveBachelor of Arts major 6Bachelor of Arts minor 4
Year 4 - Semester 1

PSYC314 Psychological Assessment


PSYC315 Brain and Behaviour


Bachelor of Arts major 7Bachelor of Arts elective
Year 4 - Semester 2

PSYC307 Cognitive Psychology


PSYC313 Social Psychology

Bachelor of Arts major 8

Core Curriculum

300 level unit:

Either

UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World

or

PHCC320 The Just Society


This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

AQF framework

Double Bachelor - Bachelor/Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Entry requirements

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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).

Adjustment factors

If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.

Learn more about adjustment factors

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you

Pathways

Pathways into course for international applicants

If you don’t currently meet the direct entry requirements for admission to your chosen program, don’t worry. Our range of pathway programs can help you build the language proficiency, academic skills and confidence you need to succeed. 

Find out more about English language programs 

Find out more about the ACU Foundation Studies program 

Find out more about Diploma pathways 

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).

Fees

Course costs

  • Unit fee: $3196
  • Average first year fee: $25568
  • Estimate total cost: $102272

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.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.

Explore your options

Scholarships

You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education. 

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How to apply

International applicants

Melbourne

Apply through VTAC

VTAC code 1200210343

Direct application

Apply now

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.

 

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