Bachelor of Psychological Science

2021 course information for Domestic Students
2021 course information for International Students

updated 8:11 PM on Fri, 16 April

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR/OP
70 / 14
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

3.5 years minimum for students commencing in Session 3

3 years full-time
Location
Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast, Online
Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast
Start date
March, July, November
February, June, October
Course code
3007244
Course abbreviation
BPsychSc
Credit points
288
Equivalent units
24
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

How do we think and learn? How do we control our movements and behaviour? What makes us tick? Exploration of the human mind is a fascinating field and this degree is an equally fascinating educational journey into behaviour, cognition, and psychological principles and theory.

The Bachelor of Psychological Science develops strong analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as proficiency in research and statistics, all of which will inform your ability to apply scientific approaches in professional settings. 

Graduates can seek employment in health, social and disability services, youth services, corrective services, armed services, research agencies and education in a range of careers that require critical thinking and an understanding of human psychological factors.

Alternatively, eligible graduates may undertake a fourth year of study by enrolling in the accredited Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours. Completion of this fourth year of study is the minimal educational qualification to apply for conditional registration as a postgraduate intern in psychology in Australia.

How do we think and learn? How do we control our movements and behaviour? What makes us tick? Exploration of the human mind is a fascinating field and this degree is an equally fascinating educational journey into behaviour, cognition, and psychological principles and theory.

The Bachelor of Psychological Science develops strong analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as proficiency in research and statistics, all of which will inform your ability to apply scientific approaches in professional settings. 

Graduates can seek employment in health, social and disability services, youth services, corrective services, armed services, research agencies and education in a range of careers that require critical thinking and an understanding of human psychological factors.

Alternatively, eligible graduates may undertake a fourth year of study by enrolling in the accredited Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours. Completion of this fourth year of study is the minimal educational qualification to apply for conditional registration as a postgraduate intern in psychology in Australia.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Credit for prior learning

Students admitted with a completed Bachelors degree will be required to complete all core units.

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Denmark USSLE6.2
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German Abitur3
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India Higher Secondary School Certificate (best 4)78 academic subjects
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Korea, Republic of, CSAT298
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Malaysia STPM5 (3 A levels)
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Nepal Proficiency Certificate82
Norway GPA1.5
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Phillipines NSAT89
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Saudi Arabia MESSLC83
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Spain SSSD8.2
Spain STBPU7.5
Sri Lanka GCE4.5
Sweden SSLC13
Taiwan GSAT54
Taiwan Senior High School Certificate87
Thailand CSE(Matayom 6) 1.9
Turkey HSD4
UK Board GCE A Levels13
USA SAT & ACTSAT 1410, ACT 20
Vietnam (in 4 subjects)7.5 Average

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall6.0
Listeningminimum 5.5
Readingminimum 5.5
Speakingminimum 5.5
Writingminimum 5.5

About the course

The course covers analytical skills in solving human, organisational and community-wide problems; core topics such as social psychology, cross-cultural psychology, abnormal psychology, and biological psychology; 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 acquisition of an understanding of the scientific principles leading to effective professional practice. Some second and third year units involve applied skills (e.g. personal reflection, demonstration of testing methods and other assessment techniques and methods for facilitating behaviour change) while others emphasise areas in experimental psychology, statistics and research methods.

This degree also allows you to combine subjects from diverse disciplines across the University. You can choose elective units or a group of units in a shared major as part of your degree.

Domestic students

LocationSession
Coffs Harbour1, 2, 3
Gold Coast1, 2, 3
Online1, 2, 3

International students

LocationSessionAnnual FeesCRICOS
Coffs Harbour1, 2$27,600 ($3,450 per unit)071464B
Gold Coast1, 2, 3$29,600 ($3,700 per unit)071464B
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

International students studying in Australia

Coffs Harbour
Session 2 June 2021
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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Apply knowledge of the scientific method in thinking about problems related to behaviour and mental processes

Question claims that arise from myth, stereotype, pseudoscience or untested assumptions and recognise and defend against the major fallacies of human thinking

Use reasoning and evidence to recognise, develop, defend, and criticise arguments and persuasive appeals

Demonstrate practical skills in laboratory-based and other psychological research

Demonstrate an attitude of critical thinking that includes persistence, open-mindedness, and intellectual engagement

Apply psychological concepts, theories, and research findings to solve problems in everyday life and in society

Use information in an ethical manner (e.g., acknowledge and respect work and intellectual property rights of others through appropriate citations in oral and written communication)

Exhibit a scientific attitude in critically thinking about, and learning about, human behaviour, and in creative and pragmatic problem solving

Promote evidence-based approaches to understanding and changing human behaviour

Acquire an understanding of core topics in the discipline

Describe the basic characteristics of the science of psychology

Explain the major themes (e.g., interaction of genetics and environment) and perspectives (e.g., behavioural, evolutionary, sociocultural) of psychology

Demonstrate a capacity for independent learning to sustain personal and professional development in the changing world of the science and practice of psychology

Apply psychological principles to promote personal development through self-regulation in setting and achieving career and personal goals; self-assess performance accurately; incorporate feedback for improved performance; and purposefully evaluate the quality of one’s thinking (metacognition)

Write effectively in a variety of other formats (e.g., essays, research proposals, reports) and for a variety of purposes (e.g., informing, arguing)

Demonstrate effective oral communication skills in various formats (e.g., debate, group discussion, presentation) and for various purposes

Write a standard research report using American Psychological Association (APA) structure and formatting conventions

Recognise and respect social, cultural, linguistic, spiritual, and gender diversity

Recognise how privilege, power, and oppression may affect prejudice, discrimination, and inequity

Reflect on one’s experiences and learn from them in order to identify and articulate one’s personal, sociocultural, and professional values; demonstrate insightful awareness of one’s feelings, motives, and attitudes based on psychological principles


Assessment 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.

Teaching methods

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 online students. 

Career opportunities

This is a pathway to the Honours year for eligible students and to further training for registration as a psychologist.

Psychologists are employed in 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 those with psychology degrees who receive further specialised training for work; in management, human resources and corporate consultancy services.

Professional recognition

The course has Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accreditation for entrance into postgraduate training.

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Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Psychological Science, students must complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), comprising:

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access & Inclusion website. Students who have a disability or health condition which may impact on their ability to meet these requirements are encouraged to visit the Student Access & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.


Course structure




Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

TitleNote
Complete BHS30003 Development Across the Lifespan and/or an elective over Session 3 and then follow the Course Progression for Session 1 Commencement excluding the completed unit/s.


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