Qualification Level



3 years full time or equivalent part time

Start Date

Mar, Jul, Nov



Become a Psychology Professional

If a career in psychology is in your sights, then take the first step to becoming a qualified Psychologist with Swinburne’s Bachelor of Psychological Sciences, accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

You will learn skills fundamental to the science and practice of psychology such as designing research projects and analysing behaviour. You will also study developmental, cognitive and social psychology – laying the foundation for further psychology study.  

This degree is the first step to becoming a professional psychologist. Graduates who wish to practice as a psychologist will need further training in psychology as required by the Psychology Board of Australia.

Learn more about how to become a psychologist.

Career opportunities

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

Mental Health Support Worker
Help individuals and families experiencing mental health issues to cope with the challenges of everyday life.

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.

Further studies in specialised areas of psychology can lead to a range of careers, including

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
Provide counselling support to families in need of assistance.

Forensic Psychologist
Provide psychological advice or conduct research relevant to criminal or civil legal matters in courts, corrections or other legal settings.

Learning at Swinburne Online

An industry-recognised qualification

The Bachelor of Psychological Sciences is an accredited degree from a university ranked among the top 3% in the world. At Swinburne, we offer psychology degrees that are accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. Our degrees support you in becoming a fully registered psychologist, as determined by the Psychology Board of Australia.

A community of critical thinkers

At Swinburne Online, you will join a supportive online community of like-minded psychology students. Like you, each person will bring a unique perspective to discussions and classes, where you will work with others on a range of activities and real-life case studies. Our students support each other throughout their degree, offering a pool of advice, ideas and encouragement. You’ll also collaborate with experienced professionals, and form valuable networks with those working in the industry.

A unique learning experience

You shouldn’t have to put your life on hold to study, so we have created an online degree that can fit around it. You’ll learn in an interactive environment with other like-minded students. Here you will conduct research, practice both critical and reflective thinking, and analyse real situations with others. Our study groups and discussion boards allow you to share your ideas at any time of the day or night.

What you will learn

  • 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.

Support and assistance

Everyone has questions from time to time. That’s why we have a dedicated team of tutors and support staff on-call to help you, seven days a week. So whether you need help with an assignment or have a technical issue, there’s always someone you can talk to.

Course units

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.

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.

Courses are only available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and humanitarian visa holders.

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