Bachelor of Psychological Science

2022 course information for Domestic Students
2022 course information for International Students

updated 6:03 AM on Tue, 3 August

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR
70
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, Online
Start date
March, July, October
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 and behaviour is a fascinating field and this degree is an equally fascinating educational journey into behaviour, cognition, and psychological principles and theory.

We have designed our Bachelor of Psychological Science to be a rich, flexible, and highly engaging learning experience. It will shed light on how humans work, individually and in sociocultural groups, and will take you inside your own head –to develop a deep and real understanding of your own thoughts, emotions, and behaviour. It will take you across many different fields of psychological practice –many you will never have considered. You will be working with an academic team comprising active researchers publishing their work in international journals.

This degree will help you develop 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 as well as enhancing your understanding of yourself and of the world.

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

We have designed our Bachelor of Psychological Science to be a rich, flexible, and highly engaging learning experience. It will shed light on how humans work, individually and in sociocultural groups, and will take you inside your own head –to develop a deep and real understanding of your own thoughts, emotions, and behaviour. It will take you across many different fields of psychological practice –many you will never have considered. You will be working with an academic team comprising active researchers publishing their work in international journals.

This degree will help you develop 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 as well as enhancing your understanding of yourself and of the world.

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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UK Board GCE A Levels13
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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 individual, interpersonal, and community-wide problems. Core topics include the biological bases of behaviour, social psychology, learning and memory, cross-cultural psychology, abnormal psychology, as well as research design, interpretation of research findings, and statistical methods.

The structure encompasses basic theory to application, with a strong emphasis on acquisition of an understanding of the scientific principles leading to effective professional practice. Some 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 has flexibility that 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 Bachelor of Psychological Science.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
Coffs HarbourSession  1, Session  2, Session  3
Gold CoastSession  1, Session  2, Session  3
OnlineSession  1, Session  2, Session  3

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
Coffs HarbourSession  1, Session  2, Session  3$28,800 ($3,600 per unit)071464B
Gold CoastSession  1, Session  2$28,800 ($3,600 per unit)071464B
OnlineSession  1, Session  2, Session  3$28,800 ($3,600 per unit)N/A
 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

STAR Early Offer

If you're a current Year 12 student you can register for our STAR Early Offer program and may be eligible to receive an early offer based on your School Principal's recommendation. STAR Early Offers must be undertaken in Session 1.

Apply for your STAR Early Offer

International students studying in Australia

Coffs Harbour
Session 1 February 2022Session 2 June 2022

We are currently updating the apply methods for this course, please check back soon or contact our Future Students Team on 1800 626 481.

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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, blog or journaling assignments, research reports, video or audio presentations, and written examinations.

 

Teaching methods

All units in the Bachelor of Psychological Science are offered online and most on campus. All students have access to online lectures and a variety of teaching approaches including tutorials or labs, online activities, and live online or podcast virtual classes. On-campus students may take part in small-group tutorials, labs, or workshops. The method of teaching varies from unit to unit.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Psychological Science can seek employment in health, social and disability services, human resources, youth services, corrective services, armed services, research agencies, in ‘big data’, education, and in a range of careers that require critical thinking and an understanding of human psychological factors.

This degree is also a pathway to the Honours year. Eligible graduates may apply a fourth year of study in the APAC accredited Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours. Completion of that fourth year of study is the minimal educational qualification to apply for provisional registration as a psychologist in Australia (conditional on undertaking an approved practice pathway).

Psychologists can undertake private practice and/or can gain employment in health, social, and disability services, youth services, corrective services, the armed services, research agencies as the CSIRO, in education, and in many other areas.

Professional placement

There are no compulsory placements in this course.

Professional recognition

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

Ask a question

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.


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