Bachelor of Psychological Science

2023 course information for Domestic Students
2023 course information for International Students

updated 7:06 AM on Sat, 10 December

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR
70
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Location
Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast, Online
Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast, Online
Start date
March, July
February, June
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.

 Applicants for admission via VET Pathway will not be considered for admission on the basis of:

  • having completed a Certificate III (AQF Level 3) or higher at an RTO or higher education provider since leaving secondary education; or
  • having successfully completed at least six months' full-time equivalent study at a Certificate IV (AQF Level 4) or higher at an RTO or higher education provider since leaving secondary education.

Credit for prior learning

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

CountryScore
Austria AMC3.4
Bangladesh HSC3.6
Brazil SSLC8.2
Canada High School OSSD50
Chile PSU6.4, overall 600-649
China Gao Kao449
Colombia CB (NAT)81, overall 300-349
Denmark USSLE6.2
France FB11
German Abitur3
Hong Kong HKDSE14
India CBSE (best 4)8.5 in external exam
India CISCE71
India Higher Secondary School Certificate (best 4)78 academic subjects
Indonesia SMA8.2
International Baccalaureate24
Japan USSLC4
Korea, Republic of, CSAT298
Malaysia ICSSUEC71
Malaysia STPM5 (3 A levels)
Nepal Higher Secondary Education Certificate73
Nepal Proficiency Certificate82
Norway GPA1.5
Pakistan HSSC Humanities and Science streams77
Pakistan HSSC Pre-Eng and Pre-Med streams31
Papua New Guinea HSC (best 5)2.5 pass Eng & Math
Peru OCSE17
Phillipines NSAT89
Russia FCCSE4.3
Saudi Arabia MESSLC83
Singapore SCGCE15.5
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 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 HarbourTerm  1, Term  3
Gold CoastTerm  1, Term  3
OnlineTerm  1, Term  3

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
Coffs HarbourTerm  1, Term  3$29,360 ($3,670 per unit)071464B
Gold CoastTerm  1, Term  3$29,360 ($3,670 per unit)071464B
OnlineTerm  1, Term  3$29,360 ($3,670 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.

International students studying in Australia

International students studying online or outside of Australia

View domestic application details View international application details

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 Equity & 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 Equity & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
Core Units
HLTH1004The Reflective Learner and Health Science Scholar
PSYC1001Psychology Foundations: Brain and Cognition
PSYC1009Introducing Health Psychology
PSYC1002Psychology Foundations: Self and Situation
PSYC1010Positive Psychology
PSYC2001Psychological Assessment
PSYC2005Psychological Investigation I
PSYC3001Social Psychology
PSYC3003Learning and Memory
STAT2002Quantitative Methods in Psychology
STAT3001Advanced Quantitative Methods in Psychology
PSYC2002Understanding Psychological Diagnoses
PSYC2004Lifespan Psychology
PSYC3004Biological Psychology
PSYC3005Culture and Psychology
PSYC3002Psychological Investigation II
Students can select either the Psychology Extension Major OR one university shared major (excluding the Psychology shared major) OR 8 elective units from university wide offerings.

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
HLTH1005Understanding Wellbeing and Mental Health
PSYC1005Fundamentals of Career Success in Psychology
WELF1003Counselling Theory and Practice
PBHL1003Foundations of Health and Health Care Systems
PSYC2003Exercise and Sport Psychology
PSYC2007Behaviour Change
WELF2005Case Management and Care Planning
Elective


Course progressions

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

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

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete units in the following order to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

HLTH1004The Reflective Learner and Health Science Scholar
Term1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term1,3
Term1,3
Gold Coast
Term1,3
Term1,3
Lismore
Term1,3
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3
N/A
Elective OR Shared Major Unit
PSYC1002Psychology Foundations: Self and Situation
Term2,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term2
Term2
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2,5
N/A
PSYC1009Introducing Health Psychology
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term2,4
Term2,4
Gold Coast
Term2,4
Term2,4
Online
Term2,4
N/A
PSYC1001Psychology Foundations: Brain and Cognition
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
Elective OR Shared Major Unit
PSYC1010Positive Psychology
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term4
Term4
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Elective OR Shared Major Unit

Second Year

STAT2002Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term1
Term1
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
Enrolment informationStudents should have basic mathematical skills equivalent to Year 10 Maths. Students should have basic computer literacy and familiarity with a spreadsheet program, such as Excel.
Elective OR Shared Major Unit
PSYC2001Psychological Assessment
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term2
Term2
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
Pre-requisitesPSYC1001 - Psychology Foundations: Brain and Cognition
PSYC2005Psychological Investigation I
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term2
Term2
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
PSYC2004Lifespan Psychology
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
Elective OR Shared Major Unit
PSYC2002Understanding Psychological Diagnoses
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term4
Term4
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Pre-requisitesPSYC1001 - Psychology Foundations: Brain and Cognition
Elective OR Shared Major Unit

Third Year

PSYC3004Biological Psychology
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term1
Term1
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
Pre-requisitesPSYC1001 - Psychology Foundations: Brain and Cognition AND must have completed or be currently enrolled in STAT2002 - Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Elective OR Shared Major Unit
PSYC3001Social Psychology
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term2
Term2
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
Pre-requisitesSTAT2002 - Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Elective OR Shared Major Unit
PSYC3003Learning and Memory
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
Pre-requisitesPSYC1001 - Psychology Foundations: Brain and Cognition AND STAT2002 - Quantitative Methods in Psychology
STAT3001Advanced Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
Pre-requisitesSTAT2002 - Quantitative Methods in Psychology
PSYC3005Culture and Psychology
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term4
Term4
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Pre-requisitesPSYC1001 - Psychology Foundations: Brain and Cognition
PSYC3002Psychological Investigation II
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term4
Term4
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Pre-requisitesPSYC2005 - Psychological Investigation I

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete units in the following order to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

HLTH1004The Reflective Learner and Health Science Scholar
Term1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term1,3
Term1,3
Gold Coast
Term1,3
Term1,3
Lismore
Term1,3
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3
N/A
HLTH1005Understanding Wellbeing and Mental Health
Term1,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term1
Term1
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1,4
N/A
PSYC1002Psychology Foundations: Self and Situation
Term2,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term2
Term2
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2,5
N/A
PSYC1009Introducing Health Psychology
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term2,4
Term2,4
Gold Coast
Term2,4
Term2,4
Online
Term2,4
N/A
PSYC1001Psychology Foundations: Brain and Cognition
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
PSYC1005Fundamentals of Career Success in Psychology
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
PSYC1010Positive Psychology
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term4
Term4
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
WELF1003Counselling Theory and Practice
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Enrolment informationTo meet the accreditation standards of these courses, all students are required to meet participation requirements to pass the unit. A record of attendance will be kept.

Second Year

STAT2002Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term1
Term1
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
Enrolment informationStudents should have basic mathematical skills equivalent to Year 10 Maths. Students should have basic computer literacy and familiarity with a spreadsheet program, such as Excel.
PBHL1003Foundations of Health and Health Care Systems
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term1
Term1
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
PSYC2005Psychological Investigation I
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term2
Term2
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
PSYC2001Psychological Assessment
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term2
Term2
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
Pre-requisitesPSYC1001 - Psychology Foundations: Brain and Cognition
PSYC2004Lifespan Psychology
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
PSYC2003Exercise and Sport Psychology
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
PSYC2002Understanding Psychological Diagnoses
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term4
Term4
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Pre-requisitesPSYC1001 - Psychology Foundations: Brain and Cognition
PSYC2007Behaviour Change
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term4
Term4
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A

Third Year

PSYC3004Biological Psychology
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term1
Term1
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
Pre-requisitesPSYC1001 - Psychology Foundations: Brain and Cognition AND must have completed or be currently enrolled in STAT2002 - Quantitative Methods in Psychology
WELF2005Case Management and Care Planning
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
PSYC3001Social Psychology
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term2
Term2
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
Pre-requisitesSTAT2002 - Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Elective Unit
PSYC3003Learning and Memory
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
Pre-requisitesPSYC1001 - Psychology Foundations: Brain and Cognition AND STAT2002 - Quantitative Methods in Psychology
STAT3001Advanced Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
Pre-requisitesSTAT2002 - Quantitative Methods in Psychology
PSYC3005Culture and Psychology
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term4
Term4
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Pre-requisitesPSYC1001 - Psychology Foundations: Brain and Cognition
PSYC3002Psychological Investigation II
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term4
Term4
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Pre-requisitesPSYC2005 - Psychological Investigation I



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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

Comprehend and apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge of psychological principles, theories, and concepts using a scientific, evidence-based approach.

Demonstrate independence and integrity in scholarly inquiry and creative problem-solving in psychology.

Demonstrate the capacity to evaluate evidence, tolerate ambiguity, recognise biases, and apply values and ethics necessary for professional conduct in psychology.

Apply appropriate research and assessment methods in psychology.

Apply knowledge and skills of psychology to meet personal, professional, and societal needs.

Analyse and evaluate information, theory, and research in the discipline of psychology and apply academic literacy skills to communicate these in a variety of written and oral forms.

Employ interpersonal and communication skills conducive to effective collaboration.

Demonstrate a reflexive manner appropriate to a range of socially and culturally diverse people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


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 collaborative research.

 

Teaching methods

All core units in the Bachelor of Psychological Science are offered online and most on campus. All students have access to online workshops and a variety of teaching approaches including smaller group tutorials, online activities, and live classes.

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.

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