Undergraduate degree

Bachelor of Psychology (Professional Streams)

The Bachelor of Psychology (Professional Streams) is a single VTAC entry point only.

Domestic student information

Key facts


Burwood: 71.95
Waurn Ponds: 71.10
Cloud: N/A
Clearly-in ATAR 2018


3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Course information

The Bachelor of Psychology (Professional Streams) is a single VTAC entry point only. During the first year, you will choose the professional stream you wish to follow, and then transfer to the named specialist course (i.e. Bachelor of Psychology (Child and Family), Bachelor of Psychology (Forensic), Bachelor of Psychology (Health), or Bachelor of Psychology (Organisational)) at the end of Year 1.

Regardless of which course stream you choose, you will complete the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited major sequence in psychology, which, in turn, allows you to qualify for postgraduate training in research or applied/professional psychology.

The units you complete that are specific to your course stream will prepare you to apply the skills and knowledge you develop through your psychology major in a work-relevant specialist area regardless of whether you continue to post-graduate study or not. Up to four electives from any of the four faculties can be incorporated. Classes in psychology are available to students face-to-face and also in the Cloud. This is also the case for the majority of units in the professional streams, however students should check unit details before enrolling.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Psychology with the specialisation students must attain 24 credit points. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. In order to gain 24 credit points you will need to study 24 units (AKA 'subjects'). Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The 24 credit points include 12 core units (these are compulsory), and the units listed under each stream.

In Year 1, all students complete the four core units in psychology, and the first year units required for their chosen stream (see course maps for full course structure).


Compulsory units


Stream units


Elective units



Core units

All streams must complete the core units

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour HPS111
  • Foundations of Psychological Science HPS104
  • Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Psychology B: Individual and Social Development HPS121
  • Foundations of Psychological Practice HPS105
  • Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • The Human Mind HPS203
  • Human Social Behaviour HPS204
  • Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Research Methods in Psychology A HPS201
  • Child and Adolescent Development HPS202
  • Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Research Methods in Psychology B HPS301
  • Brain, Biology and Behaviour HPS310
  • Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Personality HPS307
  • Psychopathology HPS308
  • Stream units


    H360 Bachelor of Psychology (Child and Family)

    Waurn Ponds (Geelong) students must travel to Burwood (Melbourne) to complete HSN107 Physiology of Human Growth and Development as this unit is not offered in the Cloud

    SLE111 Cells and Genes and SLE254 Genetics units are offered only in the ON CAMPUS mode and students enrolled in the Cloud mode will need to travel to Burwood (Melbourne) or Waurn Ponds campus to undertake these units

    Students who choose to enrol in the Child and Family stream must follow this course structure in addition to the core units. The elective units must be selected at the level indicated in this list.

    Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Human Structure and Function HBS109
  • Understanding Families and Health HSH105
  • Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Physiology of Human Growth and Development HSN107
  • PLUS Level 1 elective unit

    Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Human Development and Healthy Families HSH206
  • Cells and Genes SLE111
  • Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program SLE010 (0 credit points)
  • Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Genetics and Genomics SLE254
  • PLUS Level 2 elective unit

    Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Pathways Through Adulthood HPS302
  • PLUS Level 3 elective unit

    Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • The Social Psychology of Relationships HPS304
  • PLUS Level 3 elective unit


    H361 Bachelor of Psychology (Forensic)

    Students who choose to enrol in the Forensic stream must follow this course structure in addition to the core units. The elective units must be selected at the level indicated in this list.

    Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Introducing Crime and Criminology ACR101
  • PLUS Level 1 elective unit

    Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice ACR102
  • PLUS Level 1 elective unit

    Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Issues in Criminal Justice ACR201
  • Crime, Victims and Justice ACR203
  • Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Criminology Theory ACR202
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology HPS206
  • Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • International and Comparative Criminal Justice ACR301
  • Addiction HPS325
  • Level 3 - Trimester 2

    Level 3 elective unit

    Level 3 elective unit


    H362 Bachelor of Psychology (Health)

    Students who choose to enrol in the Health stream must follow this course structure in addition to the core units. The elective units must be selected at the level indicated in this list.

    Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Human Structure and Function HBS109
  • Foundations of Food, Nutrition and Health HSN101
  • Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Health Behaviour HBS110
  • PLUS Level 1 elective unit

    Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Human Development and Healthy Families HSH206
  • Nutritional Physiology HSN211
  • Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Applied Health Psychology HPS226
  • PLUS Level 2 elective unit

    Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Diet and Disease HSN301
  • PLUS Level 3 elective unit

    Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Assessing Food Intake and Activity HSN305
  • PLUS Level 3 elective unit


    H363 Bachelor of Psychology (Organisational)

    Students who choose to enrol in the Organisational stream must follow this course structure in addition to the core units. The elective units must be selected at the level indicated in this list.

    Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Management MMM132
  • PLUS Level 1 elective unit

    Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Workplace Counselling and Negotiation MMH250
  • PLUS Level 1 elective unit

    Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Fundamentals of Human Resource Management MMH230
  • Organisational Behaviour MMM240
  • Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Team Dynamics MMM211
  • PLUS Level 2 elective unit

    Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Human Resource Development MMH232
  • Business Ethics MMM343
  • Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Change Management MMH356
  • PLUS Level 3 elective unit

    Elective units

    You may choose elective units offered and recommended by the School of Psychology from the following if the unit is NOT listed as a core unit under a specialisation.

    Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Coaching and Counselling Individuals for Behaviour Change HPY210
  • Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Preparing for Employment HPS207
  • Pathways Through Adulthood HPS302
  • Addiction HPS325
  • Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • The Social Psychology of Relationships HPS304
  • Research Methods Capstone HPS327
  • Cognitive Neuroscience HPS395
  • Start Anytime

  • Transitioning to Work HPS328
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Psychology (Professional Streams)
    2018 course information
    VTAC code
    1400310421 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400510421 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400610421 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Cloud (online)

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    The current requirements for registration as a provisional psychologist include the completion of four years of academic study of psychology that is recognised by the Psychology Board of Australia. The academic program usually consists of an approved undergraduate psychology sequence – such as Deakin’s Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) – followed by an approved fourth-year of study (such as Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Psychology or honours in psychology).

    Following successful completion of an approved fourth-year of psychology study, you may apply for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia and associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

    In order to gain full registration, provisional psychologists must then complete either two years of supervised practice, or a minimum two years of further study, which may include: Master of Psychology, Doctor of Psychology or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (with supervised practice completed outside the degree).

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.


    As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Work experience

    As part of this course, you will also be given the opportunity to undertake preparation for work and work placement elective units as well as elective units designed to develop your counselling skills.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    Not applicable
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)
    $7,266 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Learn more about fees.

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    As a graduate of this course you will have developed the knowledge and skills that make you highly employable across an array of stimulating employment settings such as community work, Counselling, Health and human services, human resources, management, marketing, and research. You may find work in schools and education settings, or in a variety of businesses, delivering employee assistance programs or training. Increasingly, opportunities are available in commerce and industry such as human resources, business and management.

    Professional recognition

    APAC rules hold that accreditation can only occur once courses have commenced, and this will be sought for each of the four specialist courses in 2018. Graduates seeking to become registered psychologists must complete an APAC accredited fourth-year, and then postgraduate training in psychology.

    Deakin University makes no representation that students will meet those requirements.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

    Integrate theoretical knowledge of the discipline of psychology in relation to: health psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology, methodology in psychology, neuroscience, psychological development and personality.


    Communicate psychological knowledge and arguments effectively using the most appropriate means using clear, discipline appropriate, coherent and well-developed communication skills.

    Digital Literacy

    Utilise online technologies to interact with others, access research and evaluate empirical evidence; and create and disseminate psychology-relevant content.

    Critical thinking

    Identify and critique the factors that contribute to the development of unhealthy mental processes and behaviours, develop arguments, reports, or commentaries based on empirical research and apply the results to effect healthy behaviour change in oneself or others, and apply the skills required to effect healthy behaviour change in oneself and in others in diverse contexts.

    Problem Solving

    Apply knowledge of the scientific method when addressing problems related to behaviour and mental processes; design, plan, and conduct research that addresses these problems; and apply analytic and statistical skills to interpret the results and validity of research.


    Values and ethics in psychology: Demonstrates knowledge, understanding and appropriate application of the code of ethics and professional values through successful completion of ethics-related tasks in core research methods units.


    Collaborate and communicate psychological principles and practices effectively in interdisciplinary teams to work and learn in a range of environments including communities of practice, research and professional practice.

    Global Citizenship

    Articulate the values of the scientist-practitioner model; demonstrate awareness of the professionally required ethical standards of care for diverse communities and future clients; demonstrate and articulate an awareness of the diverse cultural considerations necessary in providing health care across the sector.


    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    If you studied Year 12 in 2017 or you're applying for more than one course offered through VTAC, your application must be made via VTAC.

    Apply Through VTAC

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal if you're only applying for one course.

    Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

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    How to apply

    Register your interest to study at Deakin

    Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

    Entry pathways

    Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

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    Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
    Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
    Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

    Credit for prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Faculty contact information

    Health - Student and Academic Services
    Tel 03 9251 7777

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