Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours

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

updated 6:01 AM on Fri, 25 November

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR
N/A
Duration
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

This degree must be completed within 1 year of full-time study or 2 years of part-time study.

1 year full-time
Location
Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast
Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast
Start date
March
February
Course code
3507245
Course abbreviation
BPsycSc(Hons)
Credit points
96
Equivalent units
8
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

The one-year Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours adds to the skills and knowledge acquired during the Bachelor degree, and moves students closer to a career as a registered psychologist.

You will explore pre-professional skills in psychology, such as interview and counselling skills, culturally responsive and ethical practice in psychology, basic assessment strategies in psychology and psychometric theory, and how to appraise evidence-based psychology interventions across different settings.

With the guidance and support of our academics, you will conduct a research project in psychology and grow your understanding of research methodologies and data analysis.

Psychology honours completed after a three-year accredited sequence of study in psychology is the minimum qualification required to apply for the fifth year of accredited study. This is part of the 5+1 pathway for provisional registration as a psychologist in Australia. It is also required training to apply for Clinical Masters programs and can qualify graduates for entry into postgraduate research programs such as a PhD.

For more information on the Honours year, please see the Honours Handbook about studying this course in Coffs Harbour or at the Gold Coast.

The one-year Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours adds to the skills and knowledge acquired during the Bachelor degree, and moves students closer to a career as a registered psychologist.

You will explore pre-professional skills in psychology, such as interview and counselling skills, culturally responsive and ethical practice in psychology, basic assessment strategies in psychology and psychometric theory, and how to appraise evidence-based psychology interventions across different settings.

With the guidance and support of our academics, you will conduct a research project in psychology and grow your understanding of research methodologies and data analysis.

Psychology honours completed after a three-year accredited sequence of study in psychology is the minimum qualification required to apply for the fifth year of accredited study. This is part of the 5+1 pathway for provisional registration as a psychologist in Australia. It is also required training to apply for Clinical Masters programs and can qualify graduates for entry into postgraduate research programs such as a PhD.

For more information on the Honours year, please see the Honours Handbook about studying this course in Coffs Harbour or at the Gold Coast.

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 to candidature shall normally have satisfied the requirements prescribed in the Rule 5 of the University’s Rules Relating to Awards; and

  1. must have completed an APAC accredited AQF Level 7 degree, including the 3 year sequence in Psychology stipulated in the APAC Rules and Standards (2019), with a GPA not less than 5.0 (a credit average) across the degree, or
  2. must have completed an APAC accredited postgraduate qualification (e.g. Graduate Diploma in Psychology) providing the APAC 3 year psychology sequence for holders of an AQF Level 7 degree, with a GPA of not less than 5.0 (a credit average).

These qualifications must have been completed within the last 10 years unless approved by the Course Coordinator.

Offers will be made according to academic merit and supervisory resources.

Applicants with international qualifications need to have their qualifications assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS)

In order to register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency [AHPRA], standards for English language must be met. See  https://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registration-Standards/English-language-skills.aspx for further information.

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 one-year Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours allows students to focus on a research project in psychology with the support of specialist academics.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
Coffs HarbourTerm  1
Gold CoastTerm  1

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
Coffs HarbourTerm  1$29,360 ($3,670 per unit)071465A
Gold CoastTerm  1$29,360 ($3,670 per unit)071465A
 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

Please note applications for this course close 16th December 2022.

Coffs Harbour
Term 1 March 2023

International students studying in Australia

Please note applications for this course close 16th December 2022.

View domestic application details View international application details

Course requirements

Rules concerning Bachelors Degrees with Honours (where Honours is taken as a separate year) can be found under Rule 5 in the University’s Rules Relating to Awards.

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) students must complete the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising all core units.

Class of Honours

This degree may be awarded in the following classes:
1. First Class;
2. Second Class (Division 1);
3. Second Class (Division 2); or
4. Third Class.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Equity and 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 and Inclusion website for further information and contact details.


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
PSYC4001Psychology Seminars
STAT4002Advanced Psychological Data Analysis
PSYC4003Psychology Honours Thesis I Note 1
PSYC4002Advanced Topics in Professional Psychology
PSYC4005Psychological Assessment and Intervention Across Settings: Practice, Research and Evaluation
PSYC4004Psychology Honours Thesis II Note 1


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

PSYC4001Psychology Seminars
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term1
Term1
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
PSYC4003Psychology Honours Thesis I
Dual Term2
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Dual Term2
Dual Term2
Gold Coast
Dual Term2
Dual Term2
Online
Dual Term2
N/A
STAT4002Advanced Psychological Data Analysis
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term2
Term2
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
PSYC4002Advanced Topics in Professional Psychology
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
PSYC4004Psychology Honours Thesis II
Dual Term3
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Dual Term3
Dual Term3
Gold Coast
Dual Term3
Dual Term3
Online
Dual Term3
N/A
Pre-requisitesMust have completed or be currently enrolled in PSYC4003 - Psychology Honours Thesis I
PSYC4005Psychological Assessment and Intervention Across Settings: Practice, Research and Evaluation
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term4
Term4


Notes

Note 1: Double-weighted unit

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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

Critically analyse and integrate theoretical principles and practices in psychology using scientific approaches and independent scholarly inquiry to generate and defend creative solutions to complex problems.

Evaluate and interpret complex information in psychology in a reflexive manner appropriate to a range of socially and culturally diverse people including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Evaluate and apply values and ethics in psychology necessary for professional conduct across a range of contexts.

Explain and demonstrate basic psychological assessment strategies and examine some of the more widely used standardised psychological test instruments and intervention strategies appropriate for applied psychology practice.

Design, investigate and report on a substantive research question relevant to the discipline of psychology with intellectual independence while implementing principles of respect, propriety and integrity.

Explore and apply professional communication and interview skills in situations appropriate to psychological practice and research.

Evaluate and interpret complex information in psychology in a reflexive manner appropriate to a range of socially and culturally diverse people including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


Teaching methods

Psychology honours includes a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, tutorials, workshops, and labs. In addition to this, students receive supervision from a psychology academic who supervises their psychology honours research project.

Career opportunities

Graduates are highly suitable for employment within various government departments, particularly those connected with health, social and disability services, youth service, corrective services, the armed services, research agencies and education. Graduates might also find employment in the private sector in management, human resources and specialised consultancy services.

Professional recognition

Completion of the Bachelor of Psychological Science degree and the Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours meets the requirements for conditional registration as a psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Both of these degrees are accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

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