Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool
Cloud CampusYes
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

2016: November (Trimester 3)

2017: March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees
LevelUndergraduate
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Tel 03 5227 1359
artsed@deakin.edu.au

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100
artsed@deakin.edu.au

Warrnambool
Tel 03 5563 3489
artsed@deakin.edu.au

Cloud (online) 
Tel 03 5227 1359
artsed@deakin.edu.au  

Clearly-in ATAR
Burwood (Melbourne): 60.40
Waurn Ponds (Geelong) - off campus: 57.25
Waurn Ponds (Geelong): 57.25
Warrnambool: N/A
CRICOS course code077384J
VTAC Codes1400316261 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400516261 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400616261 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400716261 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code A301

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Study people's behaviour, their cognitive processes, and the factors that influence all of us to think and act in different ways.

The Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) requires students to combine research with professional study, and draws on subjects from both liberal and creative arts.

As a student of this course, you’ll study psychology as a scientific discipline and appreciate the important role it plays within society. Some of the areas you’ll learn about include behavioural and clinical neuroscience, child and adolescent psychology, relationships and the psychology of groups, cognitive psychology, forensic psychology, and psychopathology. You’ll also explore selected arts, social science and humanities disciplines.

This course is perfect for empathetic people who are passionate, understanding people who wish to better understand themselves and those around them.

Professional recognition

Deakin's Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and enables you to undertake additional study in pursuit of professional registration.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

Career opportunities

As a Deakin Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) graduate you will develop some of the most important skills a student can gain at university. You will become expert at managing knowledge and communicating information, and develop skills of critical analysis and systematic thinking.

Graduates of this course will be well placed to enter a variety of employment fields after a combination of a broad range of specialised and general skills, often demanded by today's employers. Some of these fields include psychology, media and communication, photography, politics and policy studies, history, languages and visual arts. The broad range of major sequence options ensures that graduates have the opportunity to gain qualifications in a number of areas.
 
On completion of this degree, you may choose to undertake an honours degree or postgraduate study. These studies normally provide professional qualifications directed to a particular career.

For more information go to My Course My Career

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge in the Arts disciplines, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines or areas of practice.

Communication

Demonstrate highly developed skills in oral, written and electronic communication and the ability to communicate research outcomes, and produce scholarly papers. 

Digital literacy

Research, analyse, synthesise and disseminate information using a range of appropriate technologies and resources in a rapidly-changing global environment. 

Critical thinking

Use critical and analytical thinking and judgment in selecting and applying appropriate theories and methodologies to evaluate information and knowledge about society, culture and the arts. 

Problem solving

Apply cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems in the Humanities, Social Sciences and the Creative Arts, including cross-disciplinary approaches. 

Self-management

Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility and accountability for personal actions and a continued commitment to learning in personal, professional, and scholarly contexts. 

Teamwork

Work and learn collaboratively with colleagues, other professionals and members of the wider community. 

Global citizenship

Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues, cultural diversity, and social responsibility when engaging in scholarship and professional roles in the local, national or international community. 

Approved by Faculty Board June 2014

Course rules

To qualify for the Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), a student must successfully complete 24 credit points of study including:

  • 10 credit points of Psychology units including the approved 10-credit-point Psychology major sequence
  • 10 credit points of Arts units including an approved Arts major sequence of at least 8 credit points.
  • 4 electives credit points from units offered by either Faculty or by another Faculty
  • no more than 10 credit points at Level 1
  • a minimum 4 credit points at level 3

Major sequences

Arts major sequence

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.  Refer to A300 Bachelor of Arts handbook course entry for list of Arts majors on offer.

Course structure

Core units

Course map

Level 1

HPS111Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour

HPS121Psychology B: Individual and Social Development

Level 2

HPS201Research Methods in Psychology A

HPS202Child and Adolescent Development

HPS203The Human Mind

HPS204Human Social Behaviour

Level 3

HPS301Research Methods in Psychology B

HPS307Personality

HPS308Psychopathology

HPS310Brain, Biology and Behaviour


Transition to University study
The faculty offers two units AIX160 Introduction to University Study and AIX117 Professional Writing for Work, that are specifically designed to ease the transition into university study. New students are encouraged to enrol in one or both of these units in their first year.

Assessment
Assessment within the award of Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) varies from written assignments and examination to practical and technical exercises and performance. In some units assessment may also include class participation, online exercises, seminar exercises, and tests.

Entry requirements - general

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 Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

Applicants should have successfully completed VCE, or equivalent, including Units 3 and 4–a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL.

The Faculty offers alternative entry options for mature age and other special categories of applicants.  Information about these is available in the VTAC guide and on the Deakin University’s website at http://www.deakin.edu.au/study-at-deakin/apply

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Trimester 3 – start studying in November 2016

To see if this course is taking applications, check our Trimester 3 webpage. Applications for Trimester 3 are made directly to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Apply through VTAC for Trimester 1.

Exceptions to submitting a VTAC application

If you are:

  • not studying Year 12 in 2016 and only intend to apply to one institution for one course (which is Deakin), or
  • applying for a Deakin course, which is not listed on the VTAC website.

a direct application can be submitted to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.