Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Arts

Course information for - 2024 entry

Offered at 2 locations

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
7.0 minimum overall score (with a minimum score of 7.0 in all bands)
Fees (first year)*
Start dates
February 2024, February 2025, February 2026


The Bachelor of Psychological Science explores how the mind works and why people behave the way they do. Within the Bachelor of 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 50 -100 hours of volunteer community engagement work when they undertake the unit PSYC310 Psychological Services Experience during the third year of their course.

Work placement

During your time at ACU you’ll take part in 50-100 hours volunteering work that has a psychological focus. With an emphasis on work-integrated learning, there are opportunities to develop knowledge and skills related to psychology .   


This course is 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. When completing this double degree a minimum of seven-years is required to become eligible for general registration as a psychologist.


After completing the course our graduates have pursued careers in diverse areas such as child welfare and protection, community work, marketing and market research, health, education, human resources. Graduates who also go onto complete further studies in psychology have registered as practicing psychologist or have pursued careers in the area of psychological research. 

Course details

Course structure

Course map

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Please note: Course maps are subject to change.

Commencing Semester 1

  • Specified Psychology UnitsPSYC100Foundations of Psychology10 cp
  • Specified Psychology UnitsPSYC108Psychological Practice: Theory and Techniques10 cp
  • Arts Major Units Bachelor of Arts Major Unit 1 (100 level)10 cp
  • Arts Minor UnitsBachelor of Arts Minor Unit 1 (100 level)10 cp
  • Specified Psychology UnitsPSYC101Applications of Psychology10 cp
  • Specified Psychology UnitsPSYC110Research Design and Data Analysis 1

    (Inc. PSYC104)

    10 cp
  • Arts Major UnitsBachelor of Arts Major Unit 2 (100 level)10 cp
  • Core Curriculum UnitsCore Curriculum Unit 1See the ACU Core Curriculum page for details.10 cp

All units are delivered in On Campus mode unless otherwise indicated in the map. Delivery modes of Major, Minor and Elective units depend on the specific Major, Minor or Elective units chosen.

Prerequisites (Pre:) are other units that you must have passed before enrolling in the unit.

Incompatibles (Inc:) are units similar to this unit. If you have previously passed an Incompatible unit, you are not able to enrol in this unit. 

AQF framework

Double Bachelor - Bachelor/Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Overseas study available

There are several international experiences for psychology students at ACU, however, these are subject to international border restrictions. You may also like to view other short-term international study experiences (STISE) that the faculty has on offer.   

Entry requirements

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International applicants

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  (see English Language Proficiency).

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  (see English Language Proficiency).

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 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).


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


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


Apply through VTAC

VTAC code 1200210343

Direct application

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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.

Staff Profile

Dr Joel Anderson

Senior Lecturer (Psychology), School of Behavioural and Health Sciences

Dr Joel Anderson completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at ACU, and after a brief stint of working abroad has returned to ACU where he is a senior lecturer in psychology. He teaches units that focus on personality, cross-cultural and social psychology. He also coordinates a unit that gives students the opportunity to undertake a 100-hour placement in the community. In this unit, students can undertake a local placement, or work on a partnership-project based in Nepal. His research interests in social psychology focus on prejudices towards sexual and gender minority groups and individuals with refugee or asylum-seeking backgrounds. He is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Dr Ellen Warne

Senior Lecturer, School of Arts and Humanities (VIC) and National Coordinator, Programs & Quality Assurance

Dr Ellen Warne is a Senior Lecturer in history and the National Coordinator, Programs & Quality Assurance in the School of Arts and Humanities at Australian Catholic University, based in the Melbourne campus. She has worked as a research fellow investigating the long histories of 'working mothers' in Australia. Her major research interest has focused on women in women-only organisations from the suffrage campaigns onwards, including the long-standing debates around 'family values' and contrasting dynamics that required women's political and economic engagement in Australia.


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