Bachelor of Psychological Sciences
Swinburne Online - online delivery only
The three-year undergraduate major in psychology is professionally accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.
Graduates of this degree are eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) – Graduate Entry.
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3 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Online (March, July, November) - View application and start dates
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Course information in detail
- Course detail, course structure and units of study.
The Bachelor of Psychological Sciences provides students with knowledge and skills that will improve their ability to understand and explain human behaviour and relationships.
The Psychology sequence within the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). This course provides a first step to becoming a professional psychologist.
After completing a degree with an APAC accredited major in psychology, students may apply to undertake a fourth year in psychology and then further study in specialist areas of professional psychology such as counselling, health, clinical, organisational, and sports psychology.
- 4 core units of study (50 credit points)
- 1 online core unit of study (12.5 credit points)
- 8 Psychology discipline major units of study (100 credit points)
- 11 units of study (137.5 credit points) comprising a second major, co-major, advanced minor, minor/s and/or electives
Maximum Academic Credit
The maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences is 200 credit points (normally 16 units)
Units of study
PSY10008 Fundamentals of Psychology
PSY10005 Introduction to Research Methods
PSY20007 Developmental Psychology*
PSY30013 History and Philosophy of Psychology
STA20006 Analysis of Variance and Regression*
PSY20016 Social Psychology *
PSY30003 Psychology Project*
PSY30008 Psychology of Personality*
PSY30010 Abnormal Psychology*
Careers and graduate outcomes
- Career opportunities, course aims and objectives, graduate skills and professional recognition.
Aims and objectives
- systematically review and critically evaluate research from a variety of sources to inform their knowledge and conceptual understandings in social and behavioural sciences, and psychology
- formulate arguments that are fit for purpose and demonstrate an understanding of the relevant theories and evidence in behavioural studies and psychology
- critically analyse information to generate creative solutions to solve complex problems in the area of social and behavioural sciences and psychology
- define and integrate theoretical principles and apply these in their disciplinary areas of expertise
- apply knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability for their own learning and practice, individually and in collaboration with others
- interpret and communicate ideas, problems and arguments in modes suitable to a range of audiences using a range of media
- coherently articulate a line of reasoning demonstrating cultural sensitivity and apply a framework to analyse and offer solutions to ethical dilemmas in local and international context.
- Capable in their chosen professional, vocational or study areas
- Entrepreneurial in contributing to innovation and development within their business, workplace or community
- Effective and ethical in work and community situations
- Adaptable and able to manage change; and
- Aware of local and international environments in which they will be contributing (e.g. socio-cultural, economic, natural)
The Psychology sequence within the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
Pathways and scholarships
- Pathways, credit transfer, recognition of prior learning and scholarships.
Course fees and requirements
- Fees, entry requirements and non-year 12 entry.
Students who participate in a six- or 12-month professional placement will be subject to an increase in total course fees.
|2023 rate*||Estimated total cost of the course||Estimated cost of the course per year if studying full-time*||Amenities fee per year if studying full-time*|
|Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)
||$24,903||$8,301||See how your SSAF is calculated|
How do I pay my fees?
HECS-HELP is a loan and discount scheme available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place. A HECS-HELP loan can cover all or part of the student contribution amount.
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- Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.
- Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including Certificates IV (completed), Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, Associate Degrees and Degrees)
- Applicants without a formal qualification may be considered for entry if they have significant and relevant work experience and/or upon completion of the STAT test.
How to apply
View the Course Admission Information, which includes the ATAR and Student profiles for this course. Swinburne’s general admissions information is also available here.
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