Undergraduate Certificate in Psychological Science

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
View full English language requirements
ATAR
40
Duration
0.5 years full-time; 1 year part-time
0.5 years full-time
Location
Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast, Online
Online
Start date
March, July
February, June
Course code
2004630
Course abbreviation
CertPsychSc
Credit points
48
Equivalent units
4
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

If you are interested in human behaviour and the science behind it, the Undergraduate Certificate in Psychological Science is an excellent place to start your studies.

This course provides you with a foundational knowledge of the health sciences and the Australian healthcare system, and an introduction to the concepts, ethics and research as it applies to the discipline of psychology.

Graduates of this course are eligible for entry and up to four units of credit towards the Diploma of Health (Psychological Science) or the Bachelor of Psychological Science. Subsequent postgraduate studies are necessary to become a registered psychologist. 

If you are interested in human behaviour and the science behind it, the Undergraduate Certificate in Psychological Science is an excellent place to start your studies.

This course provides you with a foundational knowledge of the health sciences and the Australian healthcare system, and an introduction to the concepts, ethics and research as it applies to the discipline of psychology.

Graduates of this course are eligible for entry and up to four units of credit towards the Diploma of Health (Psychological Science) or the Bachelor of Psychological Science. Subsequent postgraduate studies are necessary to become a registered psychologist. 

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 to the Undergraduate Certificate in Psychological Science must have an assessable entry qualification from a country where English is the main language and where the medium of instruction for that qualification was English, or have completed an International English Language Test (or comparable test scores*) with:

  • a minimum overall score of 5.5 minimum score of 5.0 in each subtest (or comparable test scores*), except for writing with a minimum score of 5.5

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

Core units:

  • Language and Learning in your Discipline
  • Introduction to Science for Health Professions

Elective units (Choose two from the following):

  • Introduction to Psychological Investigation
  • The Australian Health Care System
  • Introduction to Psychology I
  • Fundamentals of Career Success in Psychology.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
Coffs HarbourTerm  1, Term  3
Gold CoastTerm  1, Term  3
OnlineTerm  1, Term  3

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
OnlineTerm  1, Term  3$14,680 ($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 online or outside of Australia

View domestic application details View international application details

Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Undergraduate Certificate in Psychological Science, students must complete the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points), comprising:

 
Exit Pathway
Students admitted to the Bachelor of Psychological Science may be eligible to exit with the Undergraduate Certificate in Psychological Science after completing 4 approved core units (48 credit points) from the Bachelor of Psychological Science.

 

 


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
EDUC1001Language and Learning in your Discipline
HLTH1001Introduction to Science for Health Professions
Select two (2) units (24 credit points) from the following:
PSYC1002Psychology Foundations: Self and Situation
PSYC1009Introducing Health Psychology
PSYC1010Positive Psychology
HLTH1005Understanding Wellbeing and Mental Health

Bachelor of Psychological Science Early Exit Pathway

To be eligible to exit from the Bachelor of Psychological Science with the Undergraduate Certificate in Psychological Science, complete four core units from the Bachelor of Psychological Science including at least one of the following units:
PSYC1001Psychology Foundations: Brain and Cognition
PSYC1002Psychology Foundations: Self and Situation
PSYC1010Positive Psychology


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 the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

EDUC1001Language and Learning in your Discipline
Term1,3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Brisbane - The Hotel School
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Hayman Island - Hotel School
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Lismore
Term3
Term3
MelbourneN/A
Term1,3,5
Melbourne - The Hotel School
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Online
Term1,3,5
N/A
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Term1
PerthN/A
Term1,3,5
SydneyN/A
Term1,3,5
Sydney - The Hotel School
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
HLTH1001Introduction to Science for Health Professions
Term1,3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term1,3,5
N/A
Anti-requisitesCannot be taken if already completed or enrolling in SCIN1001 - Nature of Science.
Option Unit


Unit groups

Option Unit

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
PSYC1002Psychology Foundations: Self and Situation
PSYC1009Introducing Health Psychology
PSYC1010Positive Psychology
HLTH1005Understanding Wellbeing and Mental Health

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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

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demonstrate an understanding of foundational scientific concepts that are essential for successful university study in Psychological Science

apply independent learning and self-management strategies to university studies

identify and use different forms of communication relevant to Psychological Science

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Assessment methods

Assessment may be in the form of essays, reports, audio or video presentations, online quizzes, case analyses or problem resolution. Under the Southern Cross Model, assessment is designed to help you learn. Most units don't have exams, and instead focus on real-life tasks and scenarios that allow you to gain experience and confidence in the same tasks you'll be doing in your future career.

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.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Career opportunities

This course will provide you with foundational knowledge in health sciences. More study will lead into careers within counselling and psychological sciences.

Graduates of this course are eligible for entry and up to four units of credit towards the Diploma of Health (Psychological Science) or the Bachelor of Psychological Science. Subsequent postgraduate studies are necessary to become a registered psychologist. 

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