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100% Online Course

Bachelor of Psychological Sciences

  • Qualification

    Undergraduate

  • Duration

    3 years full time or equivalent part time

  • Units

    24

  • Start Date

    Mar, Jul, Nov

Overview of the course

Overview of the course

If human behaviour fascinates you, consider a career in psychology. Swinburne’s Bachelor of Psychological Sciences is a first step to becoming a qualified clinical psychologist.

Psychology examines what makes us do the things that we do by seeking to understand personality, psychological disorders and the effects of social situations on our behaviour. You will learn about cognitive processes including memory, perception and attention, and how we change as we age.

Coursework will equip you with skills to design research projects and analyse behaviour. The degree is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Graduates who wish to practice as a psychologist will need to undertake further study in psychology, as required by the Psychology Board of Australia. If you are interested in a career that uses the theories and scientific methods of psychology, but qualifying and running a clinical practice is not for you, consider our Bachelor of Social Science with a Major in Behavioural Science.

What are the entry criteria?

Non-Year 12 entry

Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees). Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply.

Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit of up to 16 units.

Applicants without a formal qualification but with significant and relevant work experience and appropriate English language skills, or a suitable Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) result, will be considered if they can demonstrate that they can undertake the course with a reasonable prospect of success.

Read our Applying and Enrolling FAQs.

The University may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements.

Year 12 entry

Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.

VCE Pre-requisites

  • Applicants must meet the associated minimum ATAR score
  • Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL

The full Course Information Set and Whole of Institution Set are available for reference.

I enjoy the flexibility and the quality of course content and support.

Ceara, Swinburne Online graduate

Course Units

Learning and Communicating Online (COM10003)
Brain and Behaviour (PSY10007)
Fundamentals of Psychology (PSY10008)
Introduction to Research Methods (PSY10005)
Cognition and Human Performance (PSY20006)
Social Psychology (PSY20016)
Psychology Project (PSY30003)
Psychology of Personality (PSY30008) (PSY30008)
Analysis of Variance and Regression (STA20006)
Foundations of Statistics (STA10003)
Developmental Psychology (PSY20007)
History and Philosophy of Psychology (PSY30013)
Abnormal Psychology (PSY30010)
Electives
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Career opportunities

Career opportunities

  • Psychiatric Technician

    Help mentally or emotionally impaired patients cope with the challenges of everyday life.

  • Mental Health Support Worker

    Coordinate group counselling sessions and provide peer support for people suffering mental illness who are pursuing recovery through the sharing of lived experience.

  • Youth and Welfare Services Worker

    Provide support to children and families in a range of settings, including child protection, youth work, drug and alcohol work.

  • Juvenile Justice and Corrections Officer

    Care for young offenders in both prison and court contexts and in the community.

  • Community Services and Development Officer

    Provide support for adults in settings such as employment service, disability, and housing.

  • Counselling Psychologist

    Assess and evaluate the problems of patients and assist them in overcoming personal issues.

  • Sports Psychologist

    Help athletes and sporting teams deal with the psychological pressures of their sport.

  • Family Therapist

    Work as part of a treatment team to provide counselling and therapeutic support to families navigating crisis, who in many cases have experienced significant disadvantage.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

  • Psychological Disorders

    Explore different psychological abnormalities and disorders.

  • Social Psychology

    Explain and predict people’s behaviour in social situations.

  • Development

    Understand the processes involved in psychological growth and how people change with age.

  • Cognition

    Examine cognitive processes, including perception, attention, memory and learning.

  • Personality

    Learn about the major approaches psychologists use to understand personality.

On successful completion of this Course students will be able to :

  • Systematically review and critically evaluate research from a variety of sources to inform their knowledge and conceptual understandings in psychology
  • Formulate arguments that are fit for purpose and demonstrate an understanding of the relevant theories and evidence in psychology
  • Critically analyse information to generate creative solutions to solve complex problems in the area of 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

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Psychological Sciences, students must complete 300 credit points comprising of:

  • Four (4) core units of study (50 credit points)
  • One (1) online core unit of study (12.5 credit points)
  • Eight (8) Psychology discipline major units of study (100 credit points)
  • Twelve (12) or Eleven (11) units of study* (137.5 to 150cp) comprising a second major, co-major, advanced minor, minor/s and/or electives

Only for students completing this course online through OUA or SOL. Students may not complete more than 150 cps (normally 11 units) at Introductory Level. A unit of study can only be counted once, where units are shared between majors and/or minors, students must choose an approved alternate.

Professional Placements are subject to a competitive selection process. International students may be eligible for a Professional Placement where a relevant Professional degree exists. International students who successful gain a placement through the selection process will be required to change courses to the relevant Professional degree, in order to complete a placement and should consider any visa and extended study duration implications prior to applying. Placements are not available to OUA, Sarawak and other partner students.

Students who undertake a 12 month professional placement are subject to the following course rules and must complete 375 credit points comprising:

  • Four [4] Core Units of Study (50 credit points);
  • Eight [8] units of study from the Psychological Sciences discipline major (100 credit points);
  • Four [4] units of study from the Professional Placement Co-Major (100 credit points);
  • Ten [10] units of study comprising an Advanced Minor, and/or Minor and/or or electives (125 credit points)

Students who elect to undertake a 6 month professional placement are subject to the following course rules and must complete 337.5 credit points comprising:

  • Four [4] Core Units of Study (50 credit points);
  • Eight [8] units of study from the Psychological Sciences discipline major (100 credit points);
  • Two [2] units of study from the Professional Placement Minor (50 credit points);
  • Ten [10] units of study comprising an Advanced Minor, and/or Minor and/or electives (137.5 credit points).

The full Course Information Set and Whole of Institution Set are available for reference.

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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

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  • Do I have to purchase learning materials?

    For students undertaking a degree, most of your learning materials are included with a free license provided to you by Swinburne Online. However, in some cases, you will be notified via your student email that you will need to buy specific software or eTexts. For TAFE Business students, all of your learning materials will be available online and are covered by your course fees. You won’t need to purchase any further materials.

  • Which units should I start with?

    When you enrol to study a degree with us, you will nominate how many units you would like to select per teaching period, based on a recommendation from one of our Course Consultants. From here, our enrolments team will allocate you automatically to the units they feel will be best suited to your needs, so you don’t need to worry about choosing units. If you want to choose something different than what you are allocated to, that is no problem, just get in touch with our Student Liaison Team and they will take care of it for you.

  • Do I need to be logged on to study at specific times?

    You won’t normally have to be online at a specific time. Your course material is available for you from the beginning of each teaching period and you can work through it in the hours that suit you.

    There are some live webinar sessions that run approximately once a month. These are a special opportunity for students to sign in at the same time as their tutors, normally before an assessment deadline. It gives you the chance to ask any questions relating to the assignment in real time and hear other student’s questions and thoughts. We understand that students won’t always be able to make these sessions, so they can be replayed the next day.

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