Course information for - 2021 entry

Offered at 2 locations

Study mode
Attendance
Duration
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
VTAC code
1200210341
ATAR
58.50 for Melbourne
Fees (first year)*

$7263 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 - February , Semester 2 - To be advised

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.

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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.

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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).

View course rules

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


A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.

This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

AQF framework

Double Bachelor - Bachelor/Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Entry requirements

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:


StatePrerequisites

New South Wales

Assumed Knowledge: For study in Mathematics: Mathematics (Band 3) (other than Mathematics General 2)

Prerequisites: English (Standard) (Band 2) or English (Advanced) (Band 2) or EAL (Band 3)

Victoria

Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English.

Assumed Knowledge: For study in Mathematics: Mathematical Methods Units 3 and 4

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 2021 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Applicants with recent secondary education

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.  

If your school result was affected by circumstances outside of your control, such as financial hardship, illness, disability or a challenging home environment, you may qualify for an access scheme. You can apply through your TAC as part of your application process.  

Learn more about access schemes 

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.  

For current year 12 students  

If you’re a current Year 12 applicant you can be given a selection rank separate from, and in addition to, your ATAR if you’ve completed a competency-based and graded AQF Certificate III or above.  

For non-school leavers 

If you’ve completed, or are completing a competency-based AQF Certificate IV or AQF diploma you will be assigned a selection rank by your local Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC). This is an entry score based on your individual qualifications and achievements. 

ACU has partnerships with ACU College, TAFE, and many private education providers. If you have completed a qualification with one of these partners, you may be eligible for guaranteed entry and/or credit into a related ACU degree. Please apply through your local TAC and then submit a credit application for your previous study.  

Applicants with higher education study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

If you have completed at least two units of AQF-recognised study at bachelor level or above, you’ll be assigned a selection rank based on your study level, duration and grade point average that will be applied during the admission process. 

If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner. 

Learn more about recognition of prior learning 

Applicants with work and life experience

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

If you have no formal education qualifications you may be eligible for a selection rank based on your work, life or service experience.

  • If you’ve been in paid employment, relevant to the course you’re applying for, for a minimum of six months full-time (or equivalent), this work may be assessed for your selection rank.
  • If you’re 21 years or older you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) through your local TAC.
  • You can apply for an ACU bridging course. Our bridging courses allow you to transition back into studying and can give you a head start on the relevant undergraduate degree.
  • If you have served in the defence force, your rank and time in service may contribute to your selection rank.

Find your path into study

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 current or recent Year 12 students

If you can’t meet the ATAR requirement for your choice of course and you’re currently completing Year 12 or finished Year 12 in the two years previously, we have entry programs to get you where you want to be.  

Understand your pathway options 

Pathways into course for applicants with previous study and/or life experience

Are you applying to ACU as a non-school leaver?  

By that we mean, you’re not currently completing Year 12 and haven’t completed it in the two years previously. If the answer is yes and your selection rank isn’t enough to meet the requirements for your desired course you still have a number of options to help you achieve your study goals. 

If you’re over 21, you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT), or you can complete a diploma or bridging course relevant to your desired course.  

Explore the pathways to your future 

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

Average first year fee*

$7263 CSP

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.

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. 

Search out scholarships

How to apply

Domestic applicants

Melbourne

Apply through VTAC

VTAC code 1200210341

Direct Application

Apply now

Deferment

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

 

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