Undergraduate Certificate in Psychological Science



Course Summary

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. This course is a pathway toward a Bachelor degree in psychology and the further studies necessary to become a registered psychologist.

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CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System

Provides students with an overview of the Australian health care system and the factors which influence the way it functions. Historical, socio-political and cultural contexts of health care in Australia will be presented to encourage an awareness of how these factors influence health care delivery, systems, services, and the health care workforce.

Start Date

6 July


6 months, Fulltime




To support workers displaced by the COVID 19 crisis the maximum student fees for these courses have been set at significantly discounted rates, and students will still be able to defer payment through HECS-HELP.

Commonwealth-Supported Place: $1,250

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International students can apply for a non-award variation of the Undergraduate Certificate, this is a Higher Education Certificate. Fees: $6,000

How to apply

Complete the International Application for Admission form with all supporting documents:

  • Academic Transcripts
  • Proof of English Language proficiency

Send your completed documentation to intapps@scu.edu.au

Career Opportunities

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


Admission Criteria

ATAR 40; OR Certificate III or above; OR one year of paid work experience or equivalent.

Advanced standing

Successful completion of this course will guarantee entry and four units of credit towards the Diploma of Health. Upon successful completion of the additional four units in the Diploma of Health, students will have guaranteed entry and may receive up to one year of advanced standing toward a Bachelor of Psychological Science.

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