Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Commerce
Course information for - 2023 entry
Offered at 2 locations
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. Graduates of the Bachelor of Psychological Science will complete a sequence in psychology that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). This sequence will ensure graduates acquire an advanced understanding of human behaviour, as well as highly regarded employability skills.
This learning helps to prepare all students for optional further postgraduate study which may lead to registration as a professional psychologist.
The Bachelor of Commerce provides excellent grounding in many areas of business as well as detailed knowledge and skills in your selected major – human resource management, management or marketing. Our graduates understand the ethical, social, political and economic contexts that guide decision-making. The Bachelor of Commerce will not only help you launch your business career but also prepare you for future managerial positions.
Students will undertake 100 hours community engagement when they undertake the unit PSYC310 Psychological Services Experience during the third year of their course.
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.
Completing a Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Commerce is excellent preparation for pursuing a career in areas such as:
- child welfare and development
- community work
- human resources
- marketing and market research
- fourth year study in psychology to pursue a career in psychology
- business management
- policy administration
- business regulation
- advertising and marketing communication
To complete the Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Commerce, a student must complete 320 credit points (cp).
Sample program map
|Year - Study period||Unit 1||Unit 2||Unit 3||Unit 4||Unit 5|
|Year 1 - Semester 1|
PSYC108 Psychological Practice: Theory and Techniques
PSYC100 Foundations of Psychology
BUSN112 Managing Markets
BUSN104 Money Matters
|Year 1 - Semester 2|
PSYC101 Applications of Psychology
PSYC104 Research Design and Statistics I
BUSN113 Managing People and Organisations
100 level unit:
Either UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society
PHCC102 Being Human
PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life
|Year 2 - Semester 1|
PSYC200 Life Span Development
PSYC206 Research Design and Statistics II
HRMG200 Applied Human Resource Management
ITEC100 Information Technology in Action
Year 2 - Semester 2
PSYC214 Learning and Behaviour
PSYC212 Abnormal Psychology
HRMG213 Sustainable Staffing and Remuneration
|Year 3 - Semester 1|
PSYC213 Individual Differences
PSYC311 Research Design and Statistics III
HRMG204 Organisational Behaviour
HRMG201 Strategic Human Resource Development
|Year 3 - Semester 2|
PSYC310 Psychological Services Experience
HRMG308 Strategic HRM: Metrics and Analytics
HRMG302 Employment Relations and Legal Frameworks
|Year 4 - Semester 1|
PSYC314 Psychological Assessment
PSYC315 Brain and Behaviour
MGMT310 Organisational Change for Sustainability
HRMG305 Sustainable Human Resource Management and Stakeholders
|Year 4 - Semester 2|
PSYC307 Cognitive Psychology
PSYC313 Social Psychology
BUSN304 Working with Diversity and Conflict
BIPX301 Professional Experience
300 level unit:
Either UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World
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.
* Campus availability - students will undertake psychology units at the Strathfield Campus and business units across both Strathfield and North Sydney campuses depending on availability and chosen major.
** Program map will vary depending on the chosen major. Note: Not all majors and minors will be available on all campuses.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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) or select from a range of postgraduate courses offered by the Faculty of Law and Business.
- Unit fee: $3519
- Average first year fee: $28152
- Estimate total cost: $112608
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.
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.
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.
How to apply
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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.