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Bachelor of Psychological Sciences

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Course guide

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  • Qualification

    Undergraduate

  • Duration

    3 years full time or equivalent part time

  • Units

    24

  • Start Date

    Mar, Jul, Nov

Overview of the course

Psychology

Bachelor of Psychological Sciences

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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.

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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.

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  • Career opportunities
  • What you will learn
  • 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.

  • 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.

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

Ceara, Bachelor of Psychological Sciences

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How online study works

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  • One-to-one contact with dedicated tutors to guide your learning

  • A team of Student Advisors for support, 7 days a week across extended hours

  • You'll graduate with the exact same degree as an on-campus student

Your study journey

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