Bachelor of Psychological Science
About this course
The Bachelor of Psychological Science provides the first three years (full-time or part-time equivalent) of study and training required to prepare graduates for employment as psychologists in professional practice and in research careers. The course focuses on providing a thorough knowledge of the theoretical basis of psychological science and prepares students to conduct an independent research project.
Upon completion of the degree, eligible students may undertake a fourth year of study by enrolling in the accredited Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours. Applicants with a completed bachelor degree in an area other than psychology can complete an accelerated, two year pathway. This is recommended to students wishing to gain entry into the Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours. Refer to course structure.
The course strikes a balance between research, theory and application to provide relevant skills which are highly sought after by employers in the public and private sectors. Relevant Indigenous material is integrated into the curriculum to ensure graduates have a strong capacity for action in a regional and rural context.
Graduates of this course are highly suitable for employment within various government departments, particularly those connected with health, social and disability services, youth services, corrective services, the armed services, research agencies such as the CSIRO, and in education. Private industry is also a large employer of psychologists in management, human resources and specialised consultancy services.
The course has Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accreditation for entrance into postgraduate training.
Completion of this degree plus completion of an accredited fourth year of study in Psychology (such as SCU’s Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours) is the minimal educational qualification for provisional registration as a Psychologist in Australia.
Major areas of study
The course aims to equip students with deep analysis skills regarding human, organisational and community-wide problems; competency in the design of research and interpretation of research findings; and a comprehensive understanding of statistical methods. The structure moves from basic theory to application, with a strong emphasis on the Scientist Practitioner model.
Some second and third year units involve applied skills (e.g. assessment techniques, behaviour change) or an introduction to applied topics (e.g. health psychology and human factors) while others emphasise areas in experimental psychology, statistics and research methods.
The assessment methods used in this course vary from unit to unit and may include written assignments, oral presentations, research papers, video or audio presentations, and written examinations.
On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit. All of the core units are taught in converged delivery mode, and are available to distance education students.
Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you cut months or years off your degree.
- Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning, the University has evaluated the learning within some Australian and overseas qualifications/courses, visit SCU Pathways. If your previous study or educational institution is not listed, we still encourage you to apply for advanced standing because you might still be eligible.
An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.
MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.
The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.
Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.
The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, email, phone, and one-on-one support.
Equipment and facilities
Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.
Psychology students are fully engaged in learning facilities which include research laboratories, psychology computer laboratory, and a library of psychological tests.
See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.
To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Psychological Science a candidate shall successfully complete the prescribed number of units as follows:
Applicants admitted under Rule 2 Section 2 of the Rules Relating to Awards, will be required to complete not less than twenty-four (24) units comprising:
- all units listed in Part A; and
- any eight (8) elective units that may include the unit in Part B
Applicants admitted with a completed Bachelors degree will be required to complete not less than sixteen (16) units (192 credit points) comprising:
- all units listed in Part A
Schedule of units
How to apply
Distance education (external)
Applications for this course to study by distance education are made directly to SCU via our online application service.
Additional information on how to apply is available at SCU International.
Please note applicants from some countries need to go through an Education Agent.
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