Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
Course information for - 2023 entry
Offered at 2 locations
This as a four-year embedded Honours program for students who attain and maintain the required GPA to progress to the Honours year. Please visit the Psychology Honours page for further information and details of sample Honours research projects.
Explore how the mind works, and why people behave the way they do. This course gives you the opportunity to complete a four-year sequence in psychology by including an embedded honours year. This meets APAC's requirements that enable you to apply for postgraduate courses in psychology which may lead to registration as a psychologist.
You will be required to complete 100 hours of community engagement.
During your time at ACU you’ll take part in volunteering work that has a psychological focus. This may be with organisations such as the Department of Health and Human Services, community groups or schools.
With an emphasis on work-integrated learning, there are opportunities throughout the third year of the program to undergo 100 hours of community engagement to develop knowledge and skills related to psychology practice.
Community engagement organisations and opportunities range from Challenges Abroad Australia (Nepal Trip), Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Islamic College of Melbourne (Wellbeing team), Switchboard Peer Counselling and Casey Youth Support.
This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)
Students who complete an APAC accredited honours degree in psychology will be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist with the PsyBA (Psychology Board of Australia). Please note that a minimum six-year sequence of education and training in psychology is required to register as a psychologist in Australia.
Our graduates have pursued careers in:
- child care work
- career counselling
- welfare support
- drug and alcohol counselling
- research assistance
- case work
- juvenile justice
To complete the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), 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|
PHIL100 Philosophy: the Big Questions
PSYC100 Foundations of Psychology
PSYC108 Psychological Practice: Theory and Techniques
|Year 1 - Semester 2|
PSYC101 Applications of Psychology
PSYC104 Research Design and Statistics I
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
PSYC213 Individual Differences
|Year 2 - Semester 2|
PSYC214 Learning and Behaviour
PSYC212 Abnormal Psychology
|Psychology elective||Minor 4|
|Year 3 - Semester 1|
PSYC314 Psychological Assessment
PSYC311 Research Design and Statistics III
PSYC310 Psychological Services Experience
PSYC315 Brain and Behaviour
|Year 3 - Semester 2|
PSYC307 Cognitive Psychology
300 level unit:
Either UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World
PHCC320 The Just Society
PSYC313 Social Psychology
PSYC322 Critical Thinking and Research Skills for Psychology
|Year 4 - Semester 1|
PSYC410 Honours Thesis A
PSYC424 Research Methods
PSYC429 Assessment in Psychological Practice: Foundation Skills and Professional Issues
|Year 4 - Semester 2|
PSYC421 Honours Thesis B
PSYC430 Psychological Interventions: Theory, Foundational Strategies and Professional Issues
|Fourth year psychology elective|
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.
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
English (Standard) (Band 2) or English (Advanced) (Band 2) or EAL (Band 3)
Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English.
International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.
Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.
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.
Graduates of this course may be eligible to apply for further study in psychology, including masters programs, clinical doctorates, and/or Higher Research Degrees (Doctor of Philosophy).
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.
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.